There’s an inherent risk when you create a TV series about teenagers and the teenagers aren’t vampires, superheroes or trying to solve their friend’s murder. When teenage characters act like actual teenagers, there’s a possibility they could be a little boring. I mean you couldn’t make a TV show out of my high school experience.
Last week, I commended The CW’s The Carrie Diaries for its distinct old school feel. Like the era the show is set in, the series felt like a throwback to another time. But in its second outing, the show struggled to hold my attention.
Note: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Monday’s episode, “Lie With Me.”The biggest crisis Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) faced this week was making sure her boss didn’t find out she left work to bring her purse to the Interview magazine photo shoot. Yawn. The thing is – we all know that Carrie Bradshaw shouldn’t be working at a law firm. That’s so not the job for her. I want her to get caught, so she can start interning for Larissa (Freema Agyeman).
And the Donna LaDonna (Chloe Bridges) character feels a little tired too – she is so the bitchy, popular girl in every single 80s movie. But, I did like how Carrie confronted Sebastian about the fact that he lied to her about seeing Donna at the country club. “I should have told you. It won’t happen again,” he tells Carrie. I’m not sure it’s believable that a high school sophomore would be that mature, but I like it.
The Walt (Brendan Dooling) and Maggie (Katie Findlay) storyline was the highlight of the hour. This is a show set in a time before Kurt on Glee or Mitchell and Cam on Modern Family. Before stars including Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons and Matt Bomer had so gracefully come out. I like Walt’s utter confusion about how he is feeling. He wouldn’t have had anybody who would have paved the way for him coming to terms with his sexuality. When he said, “I wanted to believe that I was in love with you in the way that it matters,” I really felt his pain.
And poor Maggie is definitely looking for love in all the wrong places. She craves the physical connection Walt can’t give her and is now having empty, meaningless sex with a guy much too old for her.It’s concerning that so far the most interesting characters and conflicts on the show aren’t Carrie’s. But, the episode ended with Carrie’s dad telling her she can’t date Sebastian (Austin Butler). That is exactly the kind of angst the show and Carrie needs.
OMG!: Carrie’s dad tells her she can’t date Sebastian. Seriously? Even after Sebastian so politely introduced himself?
Thank you, TV gods.: I kind of feel like we should have a swimming pool scene between Carrie and Sebastian every episode.
Awk-ward: When in front of Walt, Maggie says, “Some of them won’t have sex with you at all,” during a conversation about boys with Carrie and Mouse (Ellen Wong). Poor Walt.
Hotness: At the top of the episode, Carrie and Sebastian lament they’ve only had about a minute of alone time and Sebastian seductively says, “Just imagine what would have happened if we had another 19 seconds.” This kid is good.
Fab-u-lous: That gigantic cell phone Larissa was toting around. Such good times.
Can. Not. Wait.: I’m waiting for Walt to fully understand just why he isn’t into Maggie or any girl. His coming out could be a great moment for the series.
Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 6.5. The show needs to add a little more oomph.
What did you think about the second episode of The Carrie Diaries? How difficult is it going to be for Walt to come out? Did you find Carrie’s storyline boring this week? Talk about it below.
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