Earlier this year, I posted three articles about three distinctly different television shows that were on two distinctly different paths. One article was on the downfall of One Tree Hill. Another was on the rise of Grey’s Anatomy, and the third one was on the confusion of Lost. Well, their seasons have ended, with the exception of One Tree Hill at press time and all three of them were picked up for the 2007-2008 seasons. Granted, One Tree Hill will now be a mid-season replacement, but it has been picked up. I think that it’s safe to say that all three shows had dramatically improved since the articles that I have written were posted. So, here is a few synopses and thoughts on the shows as they were. Let me add that there are spoilers so if you haven’t seen the shows, please do not read any further.
Lost ended with a suicidal Jack (played by Matthew Fox) telling Kate (played by Evangeline Lilly) that they should’ve never left the island. The show began with Future Jack learning that someone that both he and Kate knew had died. This person, whose identity has still yet to be revealed, had no funeral and no visitors except for Future Jack, who was dealing with a lot of issues. On the island, Jack was able to be the leader that he was once given the position of being and he managed to contact a boat in which Naomi, a new castaway, had contact to. Charlie (played by Dominic Monaghan) managed to get into contact with Desmond’s lost love, Penny (played by Sonya Walger), and save Desmond (played by Henry Ian Cusick) before he met his demise due to a grenade flooding the hatch that he was in. However, he also managed to let Desmond know that Naomi was not from Penny’s search team after all.
The deaths of Sayid (played by Naveen Andrews), Jin (played by Daniel Dae Kim) and Bernard; Rose’s husband (played by Sam Anderson), turned out to be a ploy and just as Sawyer (played by Josh Holloway) and Juliet (played by Elizabeth Mitchell) were about to make their move and rescue the three men; Hurley (played by Jorge Garcia) came to the rescue and a shot ended the saga of the Others. The French warrior island woman, Rousseau (played by Mira Furlan), was finally reunited with her daughter, Alex (played by Tania Raymonde), and they shared a mother-daughter moment by tying Ben up. Naomi (played by Marsha Thomason), the new castaway, met an untimely end when she was quite literally stabbed in the back by the seemingly dead Locke (played by Terry O’Quinn). Then, there’s the moment where Future Jack tells Future Kate that he constantly gets on planes in hopes that they would crash and he could go back to the island. In reply to this, Future Kate tells Future Jack that she has to go home because “he” is waiting for her. Is “he” someone they knew on the island? Is it Sawyer, or is it someone new that they both know?
The flash forwards were intriguing and since I was so confused in the last article, I have to say that I was very satisfied with the outcome of the show. However, I also have to say that this episode was also very sad. To see Jack so despondent after doing what he thought was best was a bit depressing.
Grey’s Anatomy ended with Meredith (played by Ellen Pompeo) helping Cristina (played by Sandra Oh) out of her wedding dress, just like the season began with Meredith helping Izzie out of her prom dress, as Shonda Rhimes said in her blog on the Grey Matter website. That much is true. With the latest development of Isaiah Washington’s departure from the show, the scene between Sandra Oh and Ellen Pompeo is so much more significant than it was before. Katherine Heigl’s role as Izzie significantly dwindled to a woman deeply in love with her patient enough to steal a heart for him to someone who was in love with her best friend. Last season’s finale had Katherine Heigl at her best, and it only took about ten minutes of the show’s time. This season’s finale left her sitting in a church pew looking forlorn and hoping for her best friend, George (played by T.R Knight) to reciprocate her feelings, even though his wife, Callie (played by Sara Ramirez) made it clear that they were going to have a baby and that she was now the chief resident. Dr. Bailey, played by Chandra Wilson, had to re-evaluate everything that she had worked hard for when she found that she didn’t get the job as chief resident, and George found himself back at the beginning. He failed his exams and learned that he would either have to study another specialty in medicine or become an intern again.
Then, he met Lexie Grey, McBarWhore (according to E! Online) and Meredith’s younger half sister. Of course, this is after Meredith lost faith in her relationship with Derek (played by Patrick Dempsey) and ended it as she was announcing that Dr. Burke (played by Isaiah Washington) would not be marrying Cristina. There is one scene that almost brought me to tears, and I have to say that it was the scene in which Dr. Bailey asks George if she failed him and he tells her that he had instead failed her. It showed that Bailey was no longer the Nazi and in fact, her group of interns were more her children than her own child. Alex found himself in nearly the same position that Izzie was in last year when he fell for his patient, who was suffering from amnesia for the better part of five months. Needless to say, she regained her memory and her husband returned. She gave Alex a chance to make her stay and instead of doing what he wanted, he insisted that she should go home with her husband. Just as Addison told him to go after her, she was gone. In the race for the chief’s position, Derek won. However, he gave the job back to the current chief (played by James Pickens) and told him to start over again.
Next season; Meredith, Izzie, Cristina and Alex will be residents and all of them will seemingly be single. I had to say that I wasn’t particularly a fan of Izzie’s quick change from Denny to George without a second thought. Other than that, the season finale made watching the entire season completely worth it.
One Tree Hill had been on a hiatus since March and when it returned, it returned with a bang. Brooke (played by Sophia Bush) came to the rescue when her “frenemy,” Peyton Sawyer (played by Hilarie Burton) was being held against her will by a stalker who had pretended to be her brother (played by Matt Barr). The two women basically had to put their brains together to stay alive and managed to kick a little butt in the process. In the other episodes following that, Lucas (played by Chad Michael Murray) learned that a girl by the name of Abby Brown (played by Alison Scagliotti) had seen what really happened to his uncle Keith. When he sought her out, her mother (played by Sean Young), decided that it was time to leave town.
Before they left, Abby told Lucas that it was his father, Dan (played by Paul Johansson), that killed Keith. Peyton learned that she had an internship that Lucas told her to go on and Nathan (played by James Lafferty) decided to give up his scholarship and admit that he was involved in a point shaving incident with the basketball games that he was playing. Haley (played by Bethany Joy Galeotti) was given the opportunity to give her valedictorian address after the principal told her that she couldn’t. On the last episode that aired, as of the time that this has been written, Brooke admitted to cheating on her calculus test and was still able to graduate. After holding Dan up at gunpoint, Lucas’ mother, Karen (played by Moira Kelly) needed an emergency c-section and gave birth to a baby girl. The teens at Tree Hill High graduated and Nathan was able to play basketball in college, thanks to his high school basketball coach, Whitey (played by Barry Corbin). Haley was also in the middle of her speech when she went into labor.
One Tree Hill improved dramatically from the episodes that had aired at the beginning of the season. Though this show will return as a mid season replacement, fans are still pulling for this show and I have to admit that I am as well.
Out of the three shows that are currently discussed in this article, I can not find a problem with any one of them. There were some moments in each of these shows’ seasons where they could’ve either become even bigger hits than they are or flop to the point of cancellation. One Tree Hill was at that point of cancellation and I am glad that it’s staying on for a fifth season. I can’t wait until next season. Hopefully, these shows can only get better.