Once upon a time, Carrie Bradshaw was a virgin teenager who lived in Connecticut and wasn’t very good at typing.
Before the cosmos and disposable relationships, there was high school and her first kiss. “The Carrie Diaries” unlocked the vault to Carrie’s beginnings so that we could get to know the iconic character before the infamous Mr. Big.
“The Carrie Diaries” premiered last night (Monday, Jan. 14) on CW, familiarizing us with an innocent Ms. Bradshaw – an uncertain naive teen who lost her mother to cancer and was the last of her friends to lose her virginity. The series acquainted us with another part of Carrie’s life that we didn’t get a chance to see in “Sex and the City,” her family life. Besides being an understanding friend, Carrie (played by AnnaSophia Robb) is an older sister and daughter.
While putting the pieces back together after spending the summer mourning the loss of her mother, Carrie has to now return to school. She feels like the odd girl as sympathetic eyes and interesting condolences are sent her way. But she is reassured that the year will be bright when she spots her crush and first kiss, the mysterious Sebastian.
Carrie gets her first introduction to New York when her father arranges for her to start an internship on Wall Street in New York at his friend’s law firm. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, Carrie experiences her first rude awakening as a passerby accidentally knocks her to her knees causing her to tear her stockings.
Following the suggestion of an employee at the law firm, Carrie goes to retail giant Century 21 for a new pair of stockings and bumps into a talkative chic shoplifter who also happens to work at Interview magazine. Instantly, Carrie flickers the flame of her future love for fashion and shopping, makes her first New York connection, and lines up an invite to her first nightlife party in the city.
After a night of champagne and getting acquainted with the gay scene, Carrie declares that her innocence has been lost and that she lost her virginity to Manhattan.
The series is a welcoming watch for fans that are still hooked on “Sex and the City” reruns. Yet, the average fan may find a couple of the discrepancies in the show similar to an eyelash that falls into the eye that can’t be ignored.
“The Carrie Diaries” has been marketed as being based on the bestselling prequel to the HBO classic; however, there are things that don’t add up.
For one, Carrie revealed to Charlotte on “Sex and the City” that she lost her virginity in the eleventh grade to a Seth Bateman. It was also pointed out by Carrie to Vogue editor Julian that her father walked out on her and her mother when she was 5 years old which added some elements to her character in the show. However, in “The Carrie Diaries” series, we begin following Carrie as she heads to school for the first day as a virgin senior and her father is very much in her life.
But even with the slight flaws, the show does a great job of showing us the foundation of who Carrie becomes. Whereas in “SATC” Carrie wouldn’t be caught dead without her gold name-plated necklace, young Carrie turns a purse that once belonged to her mother into a signature fashion piece that dons her name scribbled in pink nail polish. “SATC’s” Carrie had her Mac laptop to jot down her questions about sex, love, and relationships; young Carrie uses one of her mother’s old blank journals and a pen.
“The Carrie Diaries” has the potential to keep fans hooked for several seasons if it will allow it. The series does an excellent job of introducing us to a fresh faced Carrie before the men of Manhattan and the inevitable jaded feelings and questions about love.