Since Sex and The City’s TV episodes ended and a movie hasn’t been released in years, we’ve been having some serious Carrie Bradshaw withdraws. That said, The CW’s The Carrie Diaries premiered last night and although it could never replace SATC as we know it, the pilot episode set in 1984 gave us what we always wanted – a glimpse into the earlier life of fashion it girl, Carrie Bradshaw.
Opening up in (where else but) NYC, a young Carrie hustles through Manhattan – only to wake up in nearby Connecticut, realizing it was all a dream. Cue the 80’s music, The Cure’s “I’ll Stop the World and Melt With You” we see 15 year-old Carrie jump out of bed and rumage through her closet, of course, finding nothing to wear. Enter Carrie’s younger rebellious, pot-smoking goth sister, Dorrit, we discover that Carrie’s mother recently passed away and everyone’s taking their emotions out on each other. And although previously forbidden from entering her mother’s closet and touching her belongings (in hopes that maybe she’d come back), Carrie’s finally opens the door and lets her into the pristine perfectly organized closet. Needless to say, we found the root of Carrie Bradshaw’s fashion obsession.
The pilot introduces us to Carrie’s best friends who swap stories about their summer (remember, this takes place in the pre-cell phone era), losing their virginity and typical high school gossip. Carrie’s high school love interest/crush
Mr. Big Sebastian also comes on the scene, who we can already tell is going to stir up some trouble in Carrie’s life – hello heartbreak.
In this episode, Carrie lands her first internship – a law firm in NYC. Although it seems to be the most boring job in the world, her love affair with New York grows, as she explores the city and meets new people (namely a fashion editor from Interview magazine). From here, Bradshaw ditches her high schoool dance and encounters her first NYC night out on the town, drinking champagne, encountering a gay man for the first time, and staying out past curfew. She also discovers that Manhattan is a place you can reinvent yourself, be whoever you want to be. And this episode sets that storyline up and refers to the Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City’s motto.
Although this new series doesn’t completely line up with HBO’s original storyline, we have to keep in mind that this show – although keeping the same character, is a separate entity entirely. I haven’t made my mind up yet on whether or not this show is going to be one of the fortunate ones that make it onto my DVR weekly, but I am interested to see how The CW unfolds The Carrie Diaries and ultimately learn more about the younger version of the Carrie Bradshaw we know and love so much.