Sex and the City: Season Five

January 28, 2012 10 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

“Sex and the City” will be no more this time next year and this is something that struck me when I was watching the episodes of Season Five. Something struck me that I had not realized before this season, that the show; like “Friends”, had changed since its first season. What initially drew me to the show was that the somewhat candid depiction of sex and relationships in the late 90’s (and now early 21st Century) hadn’t really been seen before. The women, Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) were all single and loving it. Their conquests (aka “Men”) were hashed over morning breakfast like nothing else. But as the fifth season aired, I realized that things have definately changed. First and foremost, Sarah Jessica Parker’s real-life pregnancy shortened the season to a mere eight episodes. There’s no word if those will be “made up”, but last I checked, the television show wasn’t a baseball game. The supporting characters have also gone through some major changes as well. Charlotte has been married and now divorced, Miranda now has a child and a majority of this season shows how the women will deal with this new life in thiers. And finally, the “fairest of them all”, Samantha is now actually in love and spends the first episode trying to get over heartbreak after she herself has broken so many. To say that the show has changed is an understatement. It’s still good and entertaining, but it’s not the same as it used to be. Below are some episode synopsis as to what to expect for the eight-episode season.

“Anchors Aweigh” – As Fleet Week kicks off in New York City, Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte begin to adjust to Miranda’s new life with baby Brady. Samantha is finding it hard to adjust to “cleaning up her act” in front of Brady, especially since she’s still seething over Richard’s infidelity. Newly single Charlotte is ready to find her next great love, whereas Carrie wonders if after Big and Aidan, she’s all out of great loves…

“Unoriginal Sin” – At their weekly breakfast, Samantha tells the girls that she’s back together with Richard. The girls are shocked and skeptical. Miranda is also shocked when Steve tells her he’d like baby Brady to be baptized so he doesn’t go to Hell. Carrie relates that she’s finding it difficult to drum up new material for her weekly sex column now that she’s not in a relationship.

“Luck Be an Old Lady” – Charlotte’s turning 36, but plans on staying 35 as far as anyone else is concerned. To celebrate Charlotte’s “faux” birthday, Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte join Samantha on her latest private jet trip with Richard. Destination: Atlantic City. Carrie is determined to spend some quality time gambling with her girlfriends, but finds that isn’t so easy. Miranda wants to catch up on her sleep and read The New Yorker, and Samantha is busy keeping an eye on Richard’s every move…

“Cover Girl” – Carrie is appalled to see a mocked-up photo of herself all but naked on the proposed cover of her “Sex and the City” book. While browsing for book cover ideas at Barnes & Noble, Samantha offers to help Carrie create a look that says ‘smart and sexy.’ Charlotte heads for the Self Help aisle but when she sees the lonely desperate looking characters there, she flees. She refuses to identify with such women and opts to buy a book in the privacy of her own home – online.

“Plus One is the Lonliest Number” – Carrie is gearing up for the biggest night of her life – her book-launch party. Naturally, Samantha serves as Carrie’s publicist and party-planner. Miranda, who’s back in the office and loving it, gets a timely call from her pre-baby ex-lover, Walker Lewis. Excited by the prospect of a replay of their one-night stand, she invites him to be her ‘plus one’ for the party.

“Critical Condition” – Miranda is a sleepless cranky mess. Baby Brady won’t stop screaming and crying, leaving mommy Miranda at her wits end. Charlotte’s screaming problem comes in the form of her ex-mother-in-law Bunny who is fighting tooth and nail to get Charlotte out of the MacDougal apartment. Charlotte hires a fierce lawyer to get Bunny off her back.

“The Big Journey” – Carrie tells the girls that she’s headed to San Francisco for her book tour and that she is desperate to get laid. And well, yes, she just might call upon Big while she’s there. She recruits Samantha to join her on the journey West – by train. Feeling jaded by NY and NY men, Samantha is up for the adventure…

“I Love a Charade” – The girls are invited to the unlikely wedding of Carrie’s supposedly gay friend, flamboyant lounge singer Bobby Fine to society lady Bitsy Von Muffling. Stunned by the news, Carrie thinks about what it takes to make a relationship work. Charlotte’s new ‘just sex’ partner, Harry, invites her to be his date for the big Hamptons wedding. Charlotte worries about his crass behavior, but accepts provided that hairy Harry wax his back. In another not so clear relationship, Miranda inexplicably finds herself having sex with Steve. Meanwhile, Samantha calls upon the services of her ex, Richard, in another way: she arranges to throw a party at his house in the Hamptons.

Video: How does it look?

While we have become so used to things being “re-mastered” in Dolby Digital 5.1, we tend to overlook the things that don’t really need that “power” to excel. Sex and the City, as with the two previous seasons, is presented in a basic Dolby Surround track. There are no major flaws here, just the audio as you most likely heard it either on the DVD or when it aired on HBO. Still, it’s not a bad thing as split surrounds or discrete effects couldn’t do a whole lot for our four heroines. The dialogue is witty and presented without a single flaw, and the more “umph” of the tracks takes place during the opening credits, but if it’s a “Saving Private Ryan” track you’re looking for you won’t find it here, just some women looking for some love and we can hear every minute of it in good ‘ol Dolby Surround.

Audio: How does it sound?

While we have become so used to things being “re-mastered” in Dolby Digital 5.1, we tend to overlook the things that don’t really need that “power” to excel. Sex and the City, as with the two previous seasons, is presented in a basic Dolby Surround track. There are no major flaws here, just the audio as you most likely heard it either on the DVD or when it aired on HBO. Still, it’s not a bad thing as split surrounds or discrete effects couldn’t do a whole lot for our four heroines. The dialogue is witty and presented without a single flaw, and the more “umph” of the tracks takes place during the opening credits, but if it’s a “Saving Private Ryan” track you’re looking for you won’t find it here, just some women looking for some love and we can hear every minute of it in good ‘ol Dolby Surround.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Season five of “Sex and the City” provides us with some audio commentaries and they aren’t really that bad. They comment on things that make you really think, as I have become spoiled by the commentaries for movies, I found that they’re trying just as hard (maybe even harder) to do things right and that there is just as much thought that goes into a television show as a full-length movie. All of the tracks are informative, but only the true fans will give them a listen. But these are pretty good, even considering the shortened season. Additionally, each episode also contains a trailer and some DVD-ROM content is included as well.

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