Chick Lit On TV: The Carrie Diaries, Episode 2

Nancy's Discussion of The Carrie Diaries, Episode 2

Young Carrie Bradshaw is back this week. In "Lie with Me," there's a lot of fibbing going on, as expected from the episode title. Carrie is still juggling her double life. Regular high school kid most days, but on her internship day, she goes to Manhattan for a taste of the glamorous world of fashion, hiding it from her boss and her family. She's also trying to win the affection of new guy/bad boy Sebastian without letting the popular girl get to him first. Luckily for Carrie, Sebastian appears to be totally smitten with her and resists the advances of the other girl. I like Carrie and Sebastian together, and I'm sure it won't be long before they are an official couple, even though her dad forbid her from seeing him. That only makes her want him even more, of course. It was nice to see Carrie and her sister, Dorrit, getting along more, so I was disappointed when Carrie dumped Dorrit at the pool because she invited Sebastian instead. But at least she made it up to her later. They don't have that much of an age difference, so I'd like to see Dorrit included more in Carrie's life and see the two of them become friends, eventually. 

In the city, Carrie risks losing her internship to bring her purse to Larissa so it can be photographed for Interview magazine. Am I the only one who thought it was strange that Carrie left her purse there? She wanted it so badly in the first episode and didn't want to part with it, and then she willingly left it behind. I know the magazine was a big deal to her, but I was still surprised by that. And I have a feeling she won't get it back. Larissa isn't my favorite character. She seems untrustworthy, and I think she's going to get Carrie into trouble soon. But I did love her cell phone. It was gigantic! I remember having a toy phone when I was younger that looked just like that. 

Carrie's friends kicked it up a notch this week. They were way more dynamic than in the pilot. Did anyone else notice Carrie's dad's hair? It was so much longer than last week. There must have been a big gap between when they filmed the pilot and the second episode. Speaking of hair, I love Carrie's hair. It's big and curly and frizzy and wouldn't work for a lot of people, but on her, it's adorable. And the white sweater with the black hearts on it that she wore at the end was my favorite piece of clothing in this episode. 

They noticeably toned down the 80s music. There were a few popular songs, but not nearly as many as the pilot. And did you see the old footage of the city? It was near the beginning. I don't think they had any old clips of Manhattan in the first episode. I read an article that criticized the show for using modern day NY as the scenery for a show set in the 80s. Looks like they sort of corrected that this time around. But the old footage really stood out because it didn't match at all with the rest of the show.

Overall, an entertaining episode. I don't totally see where the show is going. There aren't enough conflicts at this point to really reel people in week after week. The episode ended on a happy, settled note and didn't really make me wonder what will happen next. But I'll tune in next week anyway because I like the characters, and the show has potential. 

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