Grey’s Viewers might not want “McDreamy” Dr. Patrick Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) to end up TV’s next Ross and Rachel (Friends) or Luke and Lorelai (Gilmore Girls).
After scouring various message boards the main pet peeve viewers have with the show is the relationship between Grey and Shepherd. One viewer says that it reminds of her of Dawson’s Creek where the couple is splitting from one another for no apparent reason other than to complicate their lives. “The characters are striving to be unhappy,” posts another Grey’s viewer.
While the show does seem a lot like a soap opera (essentially that’s what it is) I think that Shonda Rhimes should be careful intertwining the plot into something that never plays out. LOST really struggled for a bit during season three when they kept opening up new doors without closing ANY.
Ross and Rachel drug out for upteen seasons, and if Meredith and Shepherd’s romance does the same it may keep some viewers locked in to see what will happen next. I feel that many other viewers will see it as a ‘been there, done that’ type scenario and get bored with that whole story line.
There is some speculation that the show will try to sell the Lexie (Meredith’s sister introduced at the end of the season) with McDreamy. If this occurs some viewers are saying that’s fine with them because she’s together enough to handle McDreamy while Meredith is a mess.
Most of the negative comments are coming from women who seem angry with Meredith for not taking Dr. Shepherd after he proclaims that she is the ‘love of his life.’ There are a number of aspects to love and relationships in real life and thus TV life should not be much different, but I’m not certain that Meredith saying no to McDreamy really makes sense to many viewers in the context in which it was done.
There has to be some level of suspense that keeps the show going, but with so many characters, and really a pretty solid cast (though there are currently a lot of behind the scenes issues). Because of this there is no reason that Rhimes can’t become more creative in her story lines without banging viewers over the head with 10 years of will they won’t they like we got with Ross and Rachel in Friends.
On the other hand, this viewer has a solid point.
“As for Meredith and Derek, their relationship will be off and on for as long as the show in on the air. I’d put money on it. As much as I want to root for them, honestly, I’d be bored with their story if they got together, stayed together, and were happy forever. The drama is what keeps us watching. It’s going to be exactly like Friends with Ross and Rachel. Everyone knew that they should be together, but they were off and on until the last episode. Both of them will be in different relationships until the very end and everyone will hate their new partners, i.e. everyone hated Emily on Friends and a lot of people didn’t like Finn when he was with Meredith. The one thing we can count on is that there will always be little sparks between them.” – fabulouse
I think it could very well be a never-ending discussion and it just depends on people’s preferences. Honestly, since my most recent girlfriend and I broke it off I haven’t watched the show once so I honestly could careless what happens, but I know that for many viewers it’s a topic of controversy so I figured I would stir the pot a little.
Authors Note: All of the message board quotes used in this article were from Buzz Sugar’s Grey’s episode guide: http://buzzsugar.com/262289?page=1