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A guide to survive high school in a time without cellphones and Facebook by the young Manhattanite-to-be Carrie Bradshaw.
1. What is The Carrie Diaries about?
Let’s not get too excited The Carrie Diaries is just another teen soap. The only difference is that it’s set in the eighties, which means a lack of cellphones and internet and a lot of over the top hairdo’s and clothes. Expect your usual teen soap ingredients like someone getting out of the closet, a pregnancy (scare), an inappropriate relationship, prom kings and queens, a big fall out between two besties, first kisses and so on… That we have all seen this before doesn’t mean the show can’t be good. Besides the teens nowadays deserve their own show to live by too!
The Carrie Diaries is the prequel to SATC and stars AnnaSophia Robb as heroine Carrie Bradshaw. She is still in high school and just lost her mother to cancer over the summer. That’s why her dad thinks it is a good idea to take things slow at school and do an internship at a law firm in Manhattan. At a department store in Manhattan she runs into a stylist at Interview Magazine who introduces her to fashion world she has been admiring from afar. The other four days of the week when she is actually attending school she has to deal with the Queen B and her minions, the teen troubles of her best friends and the new guy who she already made out with a year ago.
2. The cast and characters of The Carrie Diaries
AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw: the heroine of this story. A young high school girl battling her way through life after her mom died of cancer.
Austin Butler as Sebastian Kydd: the new guy where everyone (read: Donna and Carrie) is fighting over. You might know him from Life UneXpected.
Ellen Wong as Jill “Mouse” Thompson: one of Carrie’s best friends who goes by the nickname Mouse and was just dumped by her older boyfriend. Plus she owns a Mickey Mouse telephone.
Katie Findlay as Maggie Landers: also one of Carrie’s best friends, a free spirited girl who is the chief’s daughter. She has been dating Walt for over two years but is cheating on him with an older guy.
Brendan Dooling as Walt Reynolds: he is Carrie’s soon-to-get-out-of-the-closet best friend (he is the only one who doesn’t see this coming) and boyfriend of Maggie.
Freema Agyeman as Larissa Loughlin: the woman who is Carrie’s personal guide in Manhattan. She is a stylist at Interview Magazine and is kind of a klepto when it comes to clothes.
Stefania Owen as Dorrit Bradshaw: Carrie’s baby sister who turned into a punk lover after their mother died. Also lies a lot and does pot.
Matt Letscher as Tom Bradshaw: Carrie and Dorrit’s dad, who is having trouble with the whole single parent thing.
Chloe Bridges as Donna LaDonna: the school’s Queen B who has set her eyes on Sebastian (which makes her Carrie’s nemesis) and isn’t able to walk around school grounds without her two minions.
3. What’s good so far
+ The eighties innocence. Giggling girls, Carrie being surprised by two gay people making out and asking Larissa if she needed money after stealing clothes. It’s nice to see this kind of innocence back on the screen.
+ A really good pilot. Sometimes pilots are a bit of a letdown (remember the shaky cameras on the OC?), but the Carrie Diaries had some nice storytelling – although it was a bit slow at the being of the episode – and a few interesting triggers to keep you watching.
+ The show is very quotable! (“It was like putting a hot dog in a keyhole.”) The Carrie Diaries is definitely the new Gossip Girl. I already see teenage girls giggling in the school halls because of this and parents associations panicking in 3, 2, 1…
4. What needs some work
– The music. Covering famous eighties songs isn’t going to cut it. Most covers aren’t as fabulous as the original, so I’ll hope the music department will get some new music with an eighties vibe on the show.
– Please stop pouting your lips, Austin! I’m scared you are going to hurt yourself (and it’s very distracting).
5. Should it get a full season order?
I would give the pilot a 7,5. Maybe my expectations weren’t that high to begin with… I was too young when SATC was broadcasted, but I’m not 15 anymore either so I’m kind of over the teen soap genre because I’ve seen so many storylines like this before. But I’ve decided to give The Carrie Diaries a try. Since I’m giving the show the benefit of the doubt I’m also going to say yes when it comes to a full season order for now.
What do you think of The Carrie Diaries? Are you going to tune in for the second episode?