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The Carrie Diaries S02E01: "Win Some, Lose Some"


It's really unfortunate that The Carrie Diaries is never going to be that popular of a show—and that it probably won't even survive beyond this season—because on top of being a rock-solid teen drama, it really knows how to cast. However you feel about the original Sex in the City, you have to admit that AnnaSophia Robb does a wonderful job of embodying Carrie Bradshaw in a way that's both fully her own performance and recognizable to those of us who are familiar with Sarah Jessica Parker's older version of the character. Robb doesn't mimic Parker, but she's clearly picked up on some important mannerisms, resulting in an enjoyable level of consistency to the two shows.

"Win Some, Lose Some" introduced perhaps the second most important figure in the Sex and the City mythos (I'm a Charlotte man myself, but I know I might be in the minority there): Samantha Jones. Or, as she was initially referred to here, Sam Jones. At first she was presumed to be a guy, because Donna was apparently too concerned with finding her own Patrick Bateman that she couldn't bother to inform Carrie, Walt, and Sebastian that her cousin is a lady, not a dude. In any event, The Carrie Diaries' version of Samantha is just as successful as its Carrie. Lindsey Gort was probably cast because she looks just enough like Kim Cattrall, but she basically nailed the performance right off the bat. This Samantha is tough, resourceful, and charming. Frankly, it's actually kind of nice to hang out with this new (old?) iteration of Samantha, since Sex and the City turned her into a caricature by the release of the franchise's last film. And although some things are quite different—she's working as bouncer... er, "keeper of cool"... at a rock n' roll bar, wearing so much black, and ranting about the danger in having too much stuff—it didn't feel like The Carrie Diaries changed things just for the sake of change. Let's be real: She wasn't wearing any underwear. That still seems like Samantha to me.


This was the perfect time to introduce Samantha, too. Although Carrie appeared to be having quite the summer in the city, it was just that—an appearance. She's still bummed about Sebastian and Maggie drunkenly making out, mostly because she loves Sebastian and doesn't really want to get over him. Things got worse when Donna brought him to Manhattan, flustering Carrie so much that she sat her CARRIE PURSE on the sidewalk, only for it to be obviously stolen. As a symbol of a younger, perhaps more naive Carrie—and for Season 1 as a whole—it was nice to see the purse go. "Win Some, Lose Some" probably beat that theme a little too hard, but with the purse gone and Samantha in the picture driving Carrie to hijinks (picturing anyone standing on AnnaSophia Robb's shoulders is funny, and seeing it in the flesh was even better), The Carrie Diaries is on the right track for a second season full of new friends, identity shifts, and hopefully fun. The Carrie-Sebastian relationship drove much of the action in Season 1, and it was often effective doing so, but I hope the show tries some different things in the dozen episodes still to come. Carrie deserves to be happy—if not satisfied—every once in a while. Maybe she too can lose her underwear sometime soon.



JOURNAL ENTRIES


– This episode was structured kind of oddly, with Carrie almost immediately leaving the city to go home so she (and we) could catch up with all the other characters and the drama that happened at the end of last year. You expect shows to lay the exposition on pretty thick at the beginning of any given season, but that was just awkward. And apparently you're only a true New Yorker if you eat lox and bagels. I can barely look at lox, let alone consume it.

– Dorrit's boyfriend Miller met Mr. Bradshaw, and it went very well, so she responded by wearing more eye makeup and being emo. Props to Stefania Owen because every word out of Dorrit's mouth might as well be punched up with "UGGGH GOD." 

– Maggie worked at a country club, but got fired because Mouse caused a scene at the Fourth of July party. It's nice to remember how many of this show's running storylines convalesced at the end of last season, but Maggie hasn't had enough to do outside of hooking up with men to make her a remotely sympathetic character. She has no money for college, though. Possibly that's The Carrie Diaries' attempt to trace the origins of our national student debt crisis? Probably, right?

– Just in case you were wondering, Sebastian Kydd is such a great person for recognizing all his mistakes with Carrie and mostly being willing to accept his punishment. He also knew Walt was gay the whole time, doesn't think it matters, and would never want Walt to apologize for it. 


What'd you guys think of the premiere? How does The Carrie Diaries' Samantha stack up with the original?

 

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AIRED ON 1/31/2014

Season 2 : Episode 13

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Sam Jones played by Lindsey Gort is a match made in heaven. For most of the episode I completely forgot that I was watching somebody other then a young Kim Catrall. Linsey plays Sam Jones with such ease. Every single detail seems to match with Sam in Sex and the City. The facial expressions, the words she uses, body language. Big kudo's to the writers for finding Linsey to fulfill this role. Plus a great script to make us learn more about Sam in the younger years. Lots of Kudo's! +++++++
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I end up watching this one with my wife, but I seem to be liking the show more and more. I never watched Sex in the City, but I am surprised to discover that I want to watch this one more than some of "my" shows.
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Loved the premier!! I do however have an issue with the casting of Samantha. I know she's older than Carrie, but damn did they have to someone that looks like she's pushing forty in the eighties?
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i'm happy this show is back and i loved samantha!!!
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I haven't watched the episode yet, but it's not really something I worry about spoiling. Are Donna and Sebastian together now? Why did they go to Manhattan together?
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I had never watched the show before and because I love SATC,I gave it a shot and I really liked it.I will definitely be back every week.I loved the scene with Carrie and Samantha trying to get into Carrie's apartment,hilarious!I didn't enjoy the show as much when they were dealing with the stuff back home but I loved the New York scenes.As a child of the 80's I can say the fashion and music were perfect for that time.Really,really enjoyed it!!
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I love Kydd. But don't want to see him on and off again and again with Carrie.
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people in this show need to eat, everybody looks like a bubblehead (except for donna, walt and mouse)
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Love this show, despite not having actually watched Sex and the City
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oh Corey, how i love you and your posts! :) I agree, more people should really give this show a chance!
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This was the best teen drama last season. I am so glad it is back. If this was on network TV, it would probably get much higher ratings.

I have yet to warm up to this younger version of Samantha. The older Samantha seems way more sophisticated and probably won't have everything she owned fit in a car. It is acceptable though as this is a younger version and people do change over time.

This is probably the start of Carrie and Samantha influencing each other. One of my favorite thing about the show is trying to remember all 80s song in each episode. CW official website use to have all the answer last season and listing down all the songs that was played. So bump that this year it seems they don't ! I just hope they are late !
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I'm pretty sure that the CW is network TV. I understand you mean popular network TV though!
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Yes I meant the big three or four if you count NBC.
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I thought the first SATC characyer we would meet would be Stanford after he got a mention in the season 1 finale. But never mind, 'Sam' Jones was a pleasant surprise.
I hope this does last longer than two seasons, although I know we were surprised it got picked up for a season 2. I would love for it to last long enough to meet all the characters :)
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too many inconsistencies with the original, Carrie once said her father ran out on her and her mom when she was very young, never once did Carrie mention a sister, sorry but this just work for me so I won't be watching again
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That's kind of how I feel about them bringing in Samantha while she's a teenager. They talk about meeting in SATC, which I love, and she was much older!
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They aren't inconsistencies. TCD is based on the books, not the show with SJP. In the books, Carrie's mom died, she lives with her dad and 2 sisters. Most of it is right.
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I agree, a bit. I remember mention of a dad leaving, but there's still time...although I don't believe the story will go down that route.
I'm interested to see how they work in Carrie becoming a smoker...what with this being a teen drama.
But I'm going to keep watching anyway.
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I really liked it, although I hope Carrie gets over sebastian soon
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They couldn't find a better Samantha. She nailed it.
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yeah carrie's back and she met samantha! Gosh I had missed the fashion of the show, so good to see carrie's (and now also samantha's) outfits again
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Remember when I said that the second season should be 13 episodes set in the summer in the city? I swear I should work in TV. I love this show. It literally just makes me happy. I can't explain it.

Anyway, I'm so worried about it. WB didn't release the first season on DVD and made no Netflix attempt to gain interest in the seven months it was on hiatus. I feel like we're gonna get a "Complete Seasons One & Two" ala Life Unexpected, another great show (with Austin Butler) that was over too soon.
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It is on netflix!
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Yes! Thanks for telling me!
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The CW has some sort of deal with Netflix. TVD and Hart of Dixie (another show CW doesn't really seem to care about and I'm surprised but happy got renewed) are on it! So it is weird that they didn't even try with this one. More people may like it then they think.
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Agreed!
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It didn't come out on DVD? That's BAD. It's on Hulu though.
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Yea, I've been waiting to throw my money at the box set, but alas it's yet to arrive.
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*this
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In my opinion they were better off with the secret circle airing on Fridays or even ringer instead of ghis
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