Flattie G (the good one) and I have spent many nights over the last few months re-aquainting ourselves with those lovely Manolo/Cavalli/Prada clad ladies of the Big Apple.
Having today watched six episodes of Season 4 back to back (including the one where Carrie breaks up with Aidan, at which I remember shedding a few tears back in the day... I just didn't understand why she wouldn't stay with a man who was so devoted and adorable), I have observed an annoying script device which I don't remember really paying attention to back in the day when I would watch it once a week, late night on Channel 9.
I refer to the predictable mid-episode voice-over of:
"Later that day/night"
...as a (usually) scantilly-clad SJP curls up in her fabulous $750 per month rent-controlled apartment on the Upper East Side (do those apartments even EXIST??), (usually) puffs away on a Marlboro Light and taps on her Macbook...
"As I [insert theme of episode], I couldn't help but wonder [insert witty observation about said theme]"
After the word "wonder", cut to said witty observation being typed out on the screen. Always with perfect spelling... I have yet to see her make a typo. No one is that good a typist.
Scene then cuts to somewhere else and voice-over is (usually):
"Meanwhile, uptown/downtown/on the West side... Samantha / Charlotte / Miranda was..."
I couldn't help but wonder tonight (as I sit here, scantilly clad, tapping away on my ancient PC)...
Why, if this show is so predictable and formulaic, do we love it? I use the royal "we"... I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who dislike the show immensely, but you can't deny, it was a huge hit for women the world over. Especially ones like me, who found solace in the fact that we weren't the only ladies who found themselves single with a shoe-fetish, an addiction to cocktails and inappropriate men and even more importantly, were reassured that there was NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.
Maybe that's why. Maybe its nice to for the media to affirm that its ok to be single when you are surrounded by smug married types who shoot looks of pity on a regular basis and flaunt blatant PDAs in your face. No. There is nothing wrong with being single and having a life filled with shoes and not children. We don't all have to live on Walton's Mountain or at the Huxtables you know.
Its nice to be visiting the girls again.
But another thing I can't help but wonder is will these new shows (Cashmere Mafia and Lipstick Jungle) live up to the standard already set by Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte? They do have the Star man (Darren) behind them, but has he already had his one Big show?
I await February (and the return of the ratings period) with great anticipation.
In the meantime, Seasons 5 and 6 will have to keep me happy.
I just wish I could find an apartment like hers, for only $750 a month.
And an Aidan. I always had a soft spot for John Corbett, although I did go through a brief faze of thinking Chris Noth was attractive. I got over that every time he sniffed (those enlarged nostrils... ewwww).