So another season begins of The Carrie Diaries and it comes back with its expected 80s music and fashion, and yet there were a few surprises. The first good surprise is the great acting from our new Samantha. She wasn’t perfect, but she truly helps tie this prequel series with the original by being so reminiscent of Kim Cattrall’s character. But let’s begin with finding out what everyone is doing this summer.
Walt and Carrie are staying the summer in the city by staying in Larissa’s loft. They seem to be living the life by going out to the clubs at night, and Carrie is still working at Interview. Maggie is going through hell since Jill, Sebastian, and Carrie isn’t talking to her for kissing Sebastian. She is also working at the country club which apparently everyone at high school goes to hang out. Oh rich kids! Jill is still with West and she has been taking SAT courses which she finds exciting.
Carrie drags herself back from the city to visit her dad and Dorritt. She then does what bigger sisters do and tells her dad that Dorritt is ‘going steady’ with Miller. I have to admit that even though Dorritt is against the phrase I’ll always think going steady is a very cute relationship definer. Anyways their father does everything in his power to watch over Dorritt, and eventually Miller just goes over to meet her father. Everyone lives and everything stays the same, except Dorritt has to be a rich rebellious teen for no reason and goes back to wearing gothic makeup just because Miller and her father agreed that they like her with less makeup. Teenagers…
Anyways Carrie and Walt are about to go out on the town with Donna but she ends up bringing Sebastian. Carrie doesn’t want to face him just yet so she goes out on her own to club Area, where she gets her mother’s purse stolen. She trudges back to the bar where she knows the others should be, but gets blocked by Samantha at the door. This is where the magic happens.
Lindsey Gort is obviously the life raft to this show. She seems to have done her homework since she has the Samantha squint and pout down. The only thing is that she never seems to stop with this robotic type of talking. For more emotional scenes Cattrall certainly slowed down her speech and talked like a normal human being, but it’s only the first episode so there is hope.
Samantha and Carrie go back to Carrie’s apartment to break in. They get stopped by police and Samantha works her magic by flirting with them to get them to help. After getting into the apartment Carrie starts talking about her boy trouble and Samantha comes up with very ‘Samantha’ advice –go hookup with someone to get over Sebastian. In the end Carrie decides that this isn’t a good plan so the girls go their separate ways.
During all this time Jill has been picking on less fortunate Maggie. Jill and West go for dinner back at the country club, but Maggie ends up being their waitress. Rich kid problems! When Maggie doesn’t back down into being a sorry, crying mess then Jill gets angry enough to confront her and falls in a pool. Because whenever there is a pool on these dramas someone has to fall in. In the end Maggie loses her job, and Jill is all “NBD,” until Maggie says she needs a job if she is ever going to college. Jill feels like a jerk as she should, and they kiss and makeup.
In the end Sebastian is still feeling very sorry for the whole kiss with Maggie and is hoping to somehow get Carrie back. Maybe next episode Carrie will have the guts to face him, or she will move on. Samantha makes one last appearance at Carrie’s loft to ask if she could crash for a few days. Of course Carrie says yes!
So Lydia readers do you like this younger Samantha as much as I do? Are you hoping that Sebastian and Carrie will reunite?
Nicole Weaver is a graduate from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She has written about entertainment, fashion, and women issues. Her work has been printed in many magazines and websites such as Hollywood Life, Cosmopolitan, Happy Valley, and Reader’s Digest. When she isn’t working she is busy watching movies and binge watching television shows. Stalk her twitter feed by going to @nikkibernice.