I watched a single half episode of Grey’s Anatomy once on television. It was the “End of the World” section of a season two episode in which a patient comes into the hospital with a live bazooka round lodged in his body. It always stuck in my mind as well handled entertainment and I wished I could have caught the second part of it. Well, thanks to the miracle of television on Dvd I was able to rent seasons 1 and 2 of Grey’s Anatomy on Dvd and view every single episode. It was a lot of drama and fairly depressing, yet good music, but I made it through all of them and could jump right into any water cooler talk of who was screwing who or what patient had what weird malady. Season 3 of Grey’s Anantomy is out of Dvd and I decided that I was too far informed about the relationships of Meridith and McDreamy, Addison and Sloan and I needed to watch more to see what would happen with the characters. Also knowing that the actor playing Dr. Burke was going to be fired due to some off camera disagreements also peaked my interest in seeing what plots would be presented. However, here are the thoughts Season 3 is bringing up for me.
If you try to say that Grey’s Anatomy is a wonderful blend of comedy and drama and it is not a “guilty pleasure” it is an astounding and smart series of work which one can liken to ER or other past medical evening dramas: don’t kid yourself. Grey’s Anatomy is a Soap Opera and Season 3 shows this off more than ever. However, not only is it a soap opera it is a soap opera straining to find ideas, just like any show that has been on the air for a while it starts to recycle plot ideas or borrow from past shows since gone. What do I mean? I mean everyone who has ever appeared on the show is or has slept with everyone else on the show and since it is a medical based show everyone will come down with some sort of medical problem that is near tragedy. The hip music doesn’t even stop this feeling anymore, and add on top of that a few episodes in which the lead character is actually dead and talking to people in the afterlife, or the two part episode that is some sort of spin off tie in( Oh, yes it is, currently entitled “Private Practice”), where Addison visits some other health clinic place and we have all new actors and characters in the show instead of our regular favorites and ugh. You know a Soap Opera is struggling when they start adding in paranormal plotlines or a sitcom is going sour when they do a clips of past memories show, which Grey’s has yet to do, but could it be on the near horizon? There were some specials aired on television involving that I understand.
Another thing Grey’s did for season 3 was up the gore. This seems like it was done to compete with shows such as CSI. Now more than ever the camera is zooming in on wounds and into abdomens to show more guts and blood. There was some great special effects involving a pregnant lady who was crushed by some concrete debris, but it seemed like they relied too much on her messed up face for too long to actual try and carry episodes.
Thirdly for Season 3, we’ve got a bit of overacting. George’s character used to be fairly meek, but it seems this is his season to yell a lot. He has had several outbursts and the writers also decided that the man playing Tucker, Meridith’s dad, needed to have his lovable face exploited. The actor has one of those faces that just makes you like him automatically and to make that face cry is a dirty trick. Here’s a spoiler they kill of both of Meridith’s mom’s within a few episodes of each other, good grief. I guess it was cool that Tucker smacked Meridith instead of just being the lovable bawl baby, but really I figure it is time for Alex or McDreamy to get some sort of injury or ailment: they’re due. Note I have not watched the last two episodes of Season 3 prior to writing this, so if they get hurt in one of them: ha ha. Yes, George’s wife seems to be destined for something ill as well, because fans probably want him to hook up again with Izzy in that Ross and Rachel of Friends sort of way.
I am tuning into Grey’s Anatomy in hopes that it finally ends soon, because with Season 4 looming and having just watched all of Season 3 there isn’t much to keep a person’s interest anymore, and yet I cannot stop watching it. I watch it to see how it will end, whether or not I give a crap about the actual characters doesn’t matter, as a writer and creative being I need some closure, need to see who dies, who cries, who lies, and how the time flies for each of the main leads. It was the same reason I kept watching The Sopranos, I was not all that interested anymore and the formula was predictable and dull, but I needed to see who would get whacked next and to what music. Meridith is like Tony in a way as well, she is the main character more or less and to me the least interesting. Hopefully all of the quirks and ins and outs of Grey’s Anatomy will have some sort of shocking and entertaining conclusion, and soon, because now I don’t wish I hadn’t missed that second part of the bomb episode, I wish I had never started watching at all.