The teen prequel to the very adult HBO series, "Sex and the City" (SATC) has arrived. Premiering on the CW network on January 14, "The Carrie Diaries" takes us into the pre-sex column years of the character Sarah Jessica Parker made a legend. Chomping at the bit is actress AnnaSophia Robb who proves that taking on this role is serious business. Finally, we get a chance to see the girl as she transformed into the adult character millions of women have grown to love. Whether you dug this primitive peek into the Manolo-lover's fabulous Manhattan life, these highlights are worth mentioning.
There's plenty of Teen Sex in the City.
As is expected, sex plays a big role in the series opener and we discover that Carrie is amongst the last of her peers to have sex. (Ironically, SATC's Carrie is the last to marry.) The lunchtime chat she has with friends - which includes cheeky references to hot dogs and keyholes - is just naughty enough to be considered a realistic part of Bradshaw's sexual journey.
AnnaSophia "becomes" Sarah Jessica…
Capturing the character's quirks as she blossoms into a carefree socialite takes some finessing. But AnnaSophia Robb gives the role a decent spin. Her first kiss with Sebastian provoked the same deer-in-headlights expression of her often-perplexed grown-up self from the SATC series. Luckily she doesn't overdo it with the big gestures, allowing glimmers of Parker's quirkiness to bubble to the surface.
We're introduced to Carrie Bradshaw's fashion sense.
During the "Diaries" premiere, we discover where her funky fashion sense was born. Displaying the first inklings of savvy, she turns a nail polish spill on her late mother's purse into a customized piece of art. The rest is history.
Carrie's stroke of good luck starts early in life...
This happens to be one character whose good luck was often the immediate topic of brunch discussion in the adult version. Outside of dealing with her mother's tragic death, teen Bradshaw just so happens to have that same stroke of good fortune. She effortlessly lands an internship in Manhattan. While there, she meets a trendy kleptomaniac who sends her a cocktail dress and sets her up in the intoxicating club scene (bad pun intended). Hardly a place for an impressionable teen - but it's too late; we've already gotten a peek at her steely disposition. She's well on her way to Cosmopolitan heaven.
The CW's sensible approach to Candace Bushnell's SATC prequel is enough to satisfy the simple thirst. Diehard fans of the famous foursome might find the character's road to fabulousness a bit too modest. The series can easily slide into a cloud of juvenile melodramatic fluff in the turn of one episode. But "The Carrie Diaries" seems to jump right into some juicy territory, leaving plenty of room to take things up a notch…or several.