To dedicated fans of “Grey’s Anatomy”, who have been loyal viewers since its debut back in 2005, the characters on this outstanding medical drama are like…well…family. We care about what happens to them, want to see their love lives thrive and happiness overtake them at last. At least, that’s the way I am. I have invested a lot of emotional energy into watching my favorite characters go in and out of relationships. I have been moved by their suffering when they were heartbroken and frustrated by their stubbornness in avoiding real love.
All of us have favorite characters and mine have been Dr. Preston Burke, played by Isaiah Washington and Dr. Cristina Wang, portrayed by Sandra Oh.
I waited a long time to see them get to the point of making a final commitment, only to have my hopes dashed, as Preston dumped his bride-to-be at the church on their wedding day, at the end of last season. Of course, we all know that Isaiah Washington was “let go” by the show because of his insensitive remarks about a gay co-star and because he was, according to the gossip columns, butting heads with his fellow actors on the set. I had still anticipated that, after his massive barrage of apologies and efforts to make up for his actions, ABC would accept his contrition, put the whole ugly mess behind them and move forward.. This was not to be, sadly, and Doc Burke is gone.
Since the romance between Preston and Cristina was one of the pivotal storylines on “Grey’s Anatomy”, it will be difficult for some of us to suddenly have to deal with their relationship biting the dust and him removed from the premises totally. A lot of fans, like me, have been hooked on waiting for a happier outcome for this couple for so long and it felt like a betrayal, in a sense, to have the rug pulled from under us last season.
Washington may very well have been a pain in the backside, but he is an excellent actor and his was a strong role. Given the fact that another character – Dr. Addison Montgomery, played by Kate Walsh- will also not be on the show this season, due to starring in her own spin-off series, some fans may get woozy from having to make all these new adjustments.
Is it fair that Isaiah Washington’s character has been dispensed with and that Sandra Oh’s character has basically been left dangling in uncertainty? No doubt, they will match her up with one of the remaining doctors on staff or some new person they force upon us.
Ah, well, Guess I’ll just have to resign myself to transferring my attentions to Meredith and Derek. Let’s just hope that Patrick Dempsey doesn’t insult somebody in the cast, so that Season 4 doesn’t end with him mysteriously disappearing into the jungle, while on a trip to the Amazon.
I don’t think I could take that.