So far this year has felt like permanent deja vu, everything feels familiar but not necessarily in a good way. Which is kind of how we’re feeling about news that our old favourite Sex and The City has been green-lit for a revamp…
Presumably riding a wave of ’90s nostalgia, squeezing every last drop of potential revenue from an ailing franchise and terrified about going into a recession with untested ideas, the ‘suits’ over at HBO have opted for a reprise of SATC. Or, rather, another reprise, as we also had to sit through two movies.
Don’t get me wrong, Sex and The City was really great. Over six seasons and 94 episodes we bonded with Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha and they became like the sex-obsessed sisters we didn’t have.
We cared deeply about Carrie’s on-off relationship with Mr Big, Charlotte’s pregnancy was personal to us and we knew more about Samantha’s orgasms than our own. We even still wonder to ourselves if Cynthia Nixon’s 2018 run for New York governor might’ve seen the city’s covid crisis go differently.
But do we want them back on our screens? Kim Cattrall, the actor who played Samantha, is clear that the answer is ‘no’, and has made it clear that she’s definitely not onboard.
Which could be as much down to her long-standing beef with SJP, but either way is, off the bat, a reason why this reboot feels doomed. To keep things nicely ’90s, it’s like Take That without Robbie, or Spice Girls without Posh.
To quote Carrie Bradshaw, 'They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go...'
And maybe she’s onto something?
The 1990s were really rather good, the world felt like a generally happy place; those were days when Presidents didn’t need to lead an armed insurrection to get impeached, when times were simpler, sex wasn’t mainstream telly and when a journalist like Carrie could credibly afford to live in a Manhattan brown stone.
The question has to be, how will these three white women, now all older than Samantha’s character was back then, possibly be able to operate in a world of #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and when our attitudes to sex and life are wildly different to what they were back then? Culture has moved on so far since the show aired in 1998 that we can’t really understand where this over-privileged trio could possibly fit or how they could speak to a modern audience.
Maybe they’ve got a plausible answer, and either way I’ll be the first person to devour a new boxset anyway, but it does make you wonder.
To quote Carrie Bradshaw, ‘They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go…’