: : : Sex and the City - Season Six, Part 2

Story

With these eight episodes, HBO's grand sitcom concluded, leaving untold numbers of women--and many men--feeling deprived. The six-year series certainly did not outlast its welcome; the final season is some of the best TV had to offer in 2004. In many ways, the eight episodes served as a single finale, with all four characters approaching a kind of destiny and happiness, the theme of this last half-season (which aired weeks after the first half). Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) continues her romance with Russian artist (Mikhail Baryshnikov), a flippantly arrogant man who's been around the block, but able to supply Carrie's needed desire for magic. Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has settled down with Steve (David Eigenberg), but there is more that will change with her, including her address. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) continues to make baby plans now that the husband slot is filled quite nicely (Evan Handler). Samantha (Kim Cattrall) brings a good sense of drama to the show with a breast-cancer scare.

Going down the final stretch--and Samantha's cancer--gives the series a more serious tone, but there's always a jab to tickle the funny bone: Miranda's awkwardness with happiness, Charlotte's latest passion, Carrie typing someplace new, and Samantha getting into Paris Hilton territory. Like any series winding down, there is a wedding, a baby, old faces popping up, and some star-ladened new ones (like creative consultant Julia Sweeney as a nun). In the final two-part episode, "An American in Paris," Carrie faces her romantic destiny, but also solidifies herself as a fashion icon, an Audrey Hepburn for 21st-century television. In the penultimate episode, she asks her friends an emotional question: "What if I never met you?" Certainly fans can ask of themselves the same question and reminisce how much better TV became since they first tuned in these four women of the City.

For the last of the DVD sets, the folks behind SATC give their fans a few more DVD extras. As we find out in the near-hourlong 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Seminar (with executive producer Michael Patrick King, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the writing team), the alternate endings seen here were false leads to throw off the press. Thank goodness--what fan would want one of these endings? More enjoyable is the 11 minutes of deleted scenes from the run of the show. King's expert touches on the commentary are fun to listen to, if a lovefest. And speaking of love, the two farewell tributes are filled with reminiscences and favorite clips, all done with a beautiful fondness for this series.

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Commentary by: executive producer Michael Patrick King on four episodes
  • All 8 episodes from the second half of the 2003 series
  • Three never-before-seen alternate endings to series finale
  • Two farewell tributes (30 mins. each)
  • 2004 US Comedy Arts Festival Seminar
  • Deleted scenes from seasons 1-6

Cast

Sarah Jessica ParkerCarrie Bradshaw
Kim CattrallSamantha Jones
Kristin DavisCharlotte York
Cynthia NixonMiranda Hobbes
David EigenbergSteve Brady
Jason LewisJerry 'Smith' Jerrod
Mikhail BaryshnikovAleksandr Petrovsky
Mario CantoneAnthony Marantino
James RemarRichard Wright
Blair UnderwoodDr. Robert Leeds
Anne MearaMary Brady
Evan HandlerHarry Goldenblatt
Mark MargolisJean Paul Sandal
Kristen JohnstonLexi Featherston
Candice BergenEnid Frick
Chris NothMr. Big

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