Friday, February 16, 2007

"She's my person!": Grey's Anatomy



Two episodes into this ferryboat thing and I'm a mixture of pleasantly surprised and a little disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised to see (Emmy nominee) Kyle Chandler at the end of the episode. I'm disappointed at the hype that this story event was going to be epic, when it's turned out to be really rather ordinary. The disaster scene itself turned out to be basically a big parking lot with a few shots of a CGIed boat in the background. While it was probably more realistic to have the interns focusing more on patients than dodging flying debris, I don't turn to Grey's Anatomy for realism. Keeping focus on the characters is not a problem, but they should have maybe included a little more action. Even though "Drowning on Dry Land" included Izzie doing impromptu drill surgery on a man's skull and Meredith sinking into the ocean (were there weights in her shoes or something? She sure went down fast!) it still never quite picked up the pace, just like last week.

Justin Chambers was my pick for star of the show tonight. His character feels a lot less messed around than the other interns, but he's still grown nonetheless and Karev was very stoic and sweet in his dealings with Addison and the relatives of the survivors. Up until they found Meredith, definitely the most arresting plot, and Alex never even left the hospital. Interesting that they're setting up a connection between him and face-crushed Jane Doe, though--especially as they've already kicked off his relationship with Addison. Two female companions after almost a year of nothing for the dude? It's high time, I guess, especially now that all the other interns are coupled (it doesn't look like Izzie will be abandoning the memory Denny anytime soon).

The "main-character-as-patient" storyline is always repeatedly rolled out on any hospital show (hell, Grey's has done it about half a dozen times already) but they still did Meredith exactly right. Derek's morose frustration at being unable to help her (with Mark comforting him being a particularly nice touch), George's pessimism in the face of another tragedy striking someone near to him, Cristina's precognitive worry that Meredith was going to steal her engagement thunder somehow--it was all gold. Except for Izzie's speech, which I don't think Heigl quite had the chops to sell (although it was otherwise a strong performance from her). Bringing up her disapproval of George's speed-marriage was risky: Izzie has been far too sanctimonious towards her BFF recently, especially when she immediately dismissed him bringing up Denny's name a little while back. She can dish it out, but boy if she can't take it! Anyway, it just struck a specifically sour note in what should have just been broad-strokes drama stuff.

As for Meredith flatlining and waking up in limbo, or the afterlife, or whatever, I get what Sepinwall's saying about The Sopranos and St. Elsewhere, but it all seems fair enough to me, seeing as St. Elsewhere was like 20 years ago and The Sopranos is not TV (it's HBO!). Plus I'm sure they're gonna have fun with it. And, um, hello? Kyle Chandler? Maybe he'll drop tons of FNL references in the next episode, and it'll add five million viewers. Given that the numbers for "Drowning On Dry Land" were the highest the show has ever recorded (outside of the Superbowl), I'm thinking glass-half-full here.

4 comments:

Todd VanDerWerff said...

"Meredith, you forgot about what really matters in life -- Texas high school football."

*later, in voiceover*

"After I was brought back from the dead, I realized the most important lesson -- clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose."

David Sims said...

Maybe he can talk to Meredith while they play catch with a football.

Or the interns can start wearing Panthers uniforms instead of scrubs.

I bet we're like, the only people excited that Kyle Chandler is back while ignoring good ol' Denny.

Todd VanDerWerff said...

I get the sense that the writers are way more attached to Denny Duquette than the viewers. Shonda Rhimes' seems particularly fascinated by him for some reason.

Then again, Libby and I once met a woman who really, really felt attached to the Denny/Izzie pairing. When she was talking about how she was so worried about Denny, Libby, THIS SHOW'S BIGGEST FAN, was, like, "Huh?"

David Sims said...

Yeah, I get the sense from blog entries and stuff that Shonda is like, in love with Denny, but I'm pretty sure a lot of the fans just want Izzie to shut up about him already. I wasn't really tapped into the buzz on Grey's last year though, so I don't really know how well received he was.