The CW prequel series introduces us to a pre-‘Sex and the City’ Carrie Bradshaw. Plus, on the Jan. 14 series premiere, Carrie makes her first venture to New York City and loses her virginity.
AnnaSophia Robb made her debut as Carrie Bradshaw in The CW’s new series The Carrie Diaries on Jan. 14, taking us on a new venture with the girl we fell in love with 15 years ago. However, this time, Carrie is a teenager in high school in the mid 1980’s. I’ll admit, I was a bit wary of the news of this prequel series, as I was a huge fan of the original series, Sex and the City. However, at the close of the episode, I’ve decided that not only was I extremely entertained, but I fell in love with Carrie Bradshaw all over again!
Carrie Bradshaw’s Backstory
In the series premiere episode, we find out that Carrie’s mother has recently died. Carrie has a rivalry with and devotion to her younger sister, Dorrit (Stefania Owen), and a concerned father (Matt Letscher) who sets her up with an awesome internship in New York City at a law firm.
It’s Carrie’s mother’s death that serves as the backbone to the relationship Carrie, Dorrit and their father have throughout the first episode. Dorrit feels as though Carrie got to experience a deep relationship with their mother before her passing, while Dorrit was too young to bond with her mother in the same way. It’s because of this that Dorrit acts out, sports a rather rebellious look (did you see that dark eyeliner?!), and runs away from home and doesn’t think it’s a big deal.
Carrie’s Internship In The City
On Carrie’s first day at her internship, she is “picked up” during her lunch break by fashion editor Larissa (Freema Agyeman), who likes her purse, and takes her out for a night out on the town, where Carrie gets an idea of the world she’ll soon takeover in a different series on HBO. (Sidenote: Larissa has no idea that Carrie is a high school student. She thinks Carrie is an adult.)
Carrie Has A Gang Of Friends — Unfortunately, Not Miranda, Charlotte or Samantha… Yet
Mouse (Ellen Wong), Maggie (Katie Findlay) and Walt (Brendan Dooling) serve as Carrie’s best friends, while Sebastian (Austin Butler) is the troublesome new kid who will most likely serve as Carrie’s love interest throughout the first season. (If you’ve read the book like me, you know where this is heading. And how cute was their scene in the pool together? More shirtless scenes, please!)
Mouse seems like the one Carrie will be able to count on the most, Maggie is cute but appears to have a secret side to her, while Walt may be the most entertaining character to watch, aside from Carrie, of course.
While Carrie doesn’t actually sleep with anyone in this episode, during her episode-ending narration, she admits that she lost her virginity. She says that she may have just lost her innocence, her virginity, but not to the guy she had hoped but rather, Manhattan. (Love it!)
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you a fan of The Carrie Diaries? Will you give it a season pass on your TiVo?
— Chris Rogers
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