Die-hard fans know there is a Gender and city quote for everything. For example: when HBO Max announced its SATC to restart, And just like that …, would debut without Kim Cattrall’s Samantha Jones, I couldn’t help but wonder why they would ever attempt such a reckless plan. But then I remembered a quote from the sexually positive sage herself. “Men cheat for the same reason dogs lick their balls,” Samantha told her friends. “Because they can.”
As teased in a short music video, And just like that … will meet SATC fans with famous Sarah Jessica Parker New York Star columnist Carrie Bradshaw and her best friends Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis). Based on SJP’s timid comments on Instagram and this writer’s personal guesswork, Chris Noth – who played Carrie’s primary love interest Mr. Big – also looks likely to return.
But Samantha – the Gender and city character who loved sex the most; the faithful friend who once pulled out a diaphragm from her friend’s vagina with a fresh manicure; the only person Carrie could tell about her affair with Big; the woman who says things like ‘the nipples are huge right now’, and ‘I’m a sexual temptress. I will try anything once ”- will miss.
Samantha, a powerful PR executive who unabashedly enjoys doing it everywhere (and with whom) she loves, has been one of the things that made Gender and city really great, even radical. Despite being the show’s designated sex columnist, Carrie has spent a lot of time agonizing over sex; Miranda, the show’s only redeemable character in terms of real humanity, spent a lot of time not having her or having her with men too disgusting to take advantage of, until she and Steve finally settle down together in (gasp!) Brooklyn. Charlotte – the ultimate WASP who, we must never forget, canonically eats ass – nonetheless spent a lot of time twisting the mind into a moral pretzel before or after coitus. Samantha, on the other hand, was the one who spent most of her time fucking – and had a wonderful adventure doing so. How, then, is this show supposed to work without her?
That HBO Max would attempt a rebirth without the character who put “Sex” in “Gender and city ” This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone at this point, given the reboot craze that has set in in particular over the past five years. Unlike many of these projects, however, at least one cannot accuse Gender and city rebirth of being unwanted.
Fans have spent years clamoring for a third film, even as Kim Cattrall publicly set her former co-star Sarah Jessica Parker on fire. A few years ago, Cattrall put an end to the idea of ever going back to her fabulously excited character, telling Piers Morgan, “Me playing her, I can assure you that you will never happen. For me, it’s over; it’s over with no regrets.
That didn’t mean Cattrall wanted the franchise itself to come to a complete halt. Regarding the prospect of a third SATC movie, she said to Morgan, “I want them to do the movie, if that’s what they want to do. That’s a big part … Maybe they could make her an African American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones?
We don’t know how And just like that … fill the gaping Samantha-shaped hole in its center. But even with Cattrall’s blessing, it’s hard to imagine the series recasting its role. (That being said, however, we can only hope the series adds a lot more non-white roles of real significance.) More likely, we’ll have a line of dialogue explaining his absence – like how The Conners Explained Roseanne Barr’s absence from her premiere – or one of those one-sided phone calls More complete house used to explain Michelle Tanner’s disappearance. Whatever they do, one thing remains certain: Whether this revival finds a way to live up to the original or not, it won’t be the same.
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