And Just Like That… The Finale

***Warning: This blog post contains spoilers for episode 10 of the HBOMax series, And Just Like That…***

Even though I’m taking an unofficial hiatus from my blog, I figured I couldn’t just leave everyone hanging when all we had left is the finale of And Just Like That…

That being said, I don’t feel I have it in me to do a play-by-play recap of the episode. For one thing, I watched it like 2 weeks ago. I can break down some of the things I do remember and my thoughts on them, as well as my thoughts on a potential future for the series.

I have to say, as a whole, I give it a “C.” If they are to continue with another season, I’d like to see hopefully a more fluid integration of new characters and their storylines, which in theory should work because we’ve already spent a season with them. I love Seema. Good on her for getting the hot club owner into bed, and as she said, she likes him! They left us with the impression that Nya and her husband may be taking some time apart. Lisa is still BFFs with Charlotte, while Che and Miranda appear to be trying to make it work.

But they need to figure out Miranda for the future. As I noted in my recap of episode seven, I just don’t buy that the Miranda Hobbes we came to know and love in Sex and the City would be making some of these seemingly knee-jerk, life-altering choices. I’m not talking specifically about her sexuality — I’m talking about picking up and moving to LA, giving up an internship in her competitive career field no less. The Miranda of SATC days would give any of her friends major MAJOR shit for doing something crazy like that! And the way Che told her they were moving/invited her along — with a little song and dance routine at a club in front of Che’s whole family — leaves a bit to be desired in the couples’ communication department, I think!

As annoying as Charlotte’s character was to me for the bulk of the season, I think it was pretty authentic to who she is, and she does show some growth and open mindedness, at least when it comes to her own children. I ended up appreciating her a bit more by the end.

As for Carrie, I generally enjoyed her story arc throughout the season. I was a little thrown in the finale that she suddenly seems interested in this other guy at the end who supposedly is involved in her podcast (was he in previous episodes??), rather than Peter. I did enjoy Carrie’s trip to Paris to spread Big’s ashes and thought it a fitting end to that chapter.

And then there’s Samantha. In the finale, we see Carrie texting with her about meeting up for drinks, and it’s heavily implied they do. I’ve sort of been rolling my eyes throughout the season at how they’re trying to keep Samantha in it, but then I came across this article today, and it made me think of it a bit differently.

It was this quote that really resonated with me:

“Samantha is not gone,” {Sarah Jessica Parker} said. “The actress that played the role is no longer playing that role, but people are absent from your life when you don’t want them to be. You know, and I thought that in typical Michael Patrick fashion, he threaded it through with grace and dignity and respect and love and affection for that character.

“I thought it mimicked many friendships that challenge each other and struggle and want to remain connected in a way, because it’s too painful.”

Ain’t that the truth. Real-life drama between Kim Cattrall and the rest of the cast aside, relationships are complicated. I’m not quite 40, but I’ve had a falling-out or two in my life, and in some cases, you might come around to texting or connecting online again, even if you don’t make plans to get together. From a pure plot standpoint, I do think they managed to keep Samantha involved in a way that made some sense. And when you go through a trauma like Carrie has, it can shift your perspective quite a bit.

As for a future season — it seems like they’re at least considering it. I’d love it to be a little more fun and lighthearted like the SATC days. Yes, they’re older, but this is New York! Let’s bring back some nights out on the town and MORE LAUGHS. As one of my friends said, SATC was funny, and this show? Not so much. I want to laugh more.

Hopefully the show creators are avid readers of my blog (heh heh)! With that, I bid you adieu, for now.

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