Monday, March 14, 2011

SHONDALAND GOING STRONG, PART II


PART II – SEATTLE GRACE MERCY WEST MOVES ON

‘Let the healing begin’ was the punchline of GREY’S ANATOMY S7 and in the aftermath of the shootout that ended S6, the doctors of Seattle Grace Mercy West (SGMW) did move on. It was hard for some, like Christina Yang and Lexie Grey, but move on they did. The highlight of the closure that everyone got was the episode in which the doctors of SGMW had to treat victims of a shootout that had taken place in a school in town. That was also the episode when Christina comes back to work, after ambulance sirens remind her of her true calling. Arizona also regains privileges at the hospital, while in the midst of trying to woo back Callie.

A MATURE MEREDITH GREY
In the middle of it all, Meredith finally showed some signs of having been affected by the shootout in the hospital than she had been letting on earlier. The way she had been handling herself from the beginning of the season, I thought, had been indeed admirable, even as I totally understood how she felt responsible about updating the wife of a patient on his status. Meredith Grey’s character, in general, has been seeing quite a healthy evolution, since S5, and in S7, I think she has really come into her own. It might have been the stability of her relationship with Derek that caused this change in her, but now, I can truly say that even though I haven’t liked her for a large part of the series, I do like her now. Her maturity as an older sister, giving advice to Lexie, when their father reveals his much younger girlfriend to them, was baffling, to say the least. And with her managing the ER through a very stressful hour, in a later episode, I could happily say that Meredith Grey has definitely grown up!

THE THREE PARENTS TO BE
Lexie Grey took her time to move on from the shootout, and even gave her relationship to Mark another shot. As happy as I was for Mark to have found out that he was having a baby, I really felt for Lexie, because she’s really got the hard end of the bargain with this turn of events. On the other hand, we are all seeing what Shonda Rhimes meant when she said that she was going to put Callie and Arizona through hell this season. After surviving a major setback in their relationship, Callie’s pregnancy was thrown at them. Fortunately, they decided to make the most of the situation, taking charge as a family, so to speak. It would be convenient for the writers to have Callie lose the baby mid-term, but I think they’re going to relish the opportunity for the drama that this will bring out. I’m sure there will be situations when the three of them have differences in matters regarding the baby, and that’s when each one will be shown their place, by the views of the others on how much of a parent each of them really is.

THE MISUNDERSTOOD PRETTY BOY
While Mark Sloan is getting ready to raise his family with Callie and Arizona, Lexie seems to be getting close with Jackson Avery. That guy has been one misunderstood person. From once having been scolded by Teddy Altman for flirting with her, to being ordered around by Mark to do him personal favors, he’s just not being noticed by anyone. I admired in him the fact that he wanted to believe that he deserved to scrub in on Mark’s surgery, and not because he did some personal favors, and I really think that people should stop seeing him as nothing more than just a pretty boy! Lexie’s slowly noticing him; let’s see where that goes. In the meantime, another ex of Lexie, Alex Karev is slowly getting close to Lucy Fields. After Addison, he’s going for another gynac attending, and I think there’s going to be some excitement there. For some reason, I can already see her as a permanent fixture on the show, maybe because I like her hardcore, no-nonsense persona.

MARRIAGES THAT WORK
On the other hand, another female attending got hitched. Teddy Altman may have only married her patient Henry Burton to help him with his insurance, but I see some real chemistry there, and I see Henry as this genuine guy who’ll really appreciate her. After having to move on from Owen Hunt, I think she really deserves that. Speaking of Owen, he’s another character I’m slowly beginning to like. Maybe it’s his relationship with Christina, or maybe he’s finally learnt to carry the baggage of war that he’s always had, but he’s really become likeable, especially since what he shares with Christina is so sweet.

…So much is happening with GREY’S ANATOMY this season, with all the above relationships, and Miranda Bailey giving ‘love’ another shot. Even in the medicine, things seem to be moving forward, with Derek’s clinical trial and Chief Webber’s clinical trial…there’s certainly a lot to look forward to. With rumors of Alex getting some kind of closure from his failed marriage with Izzie, and news that Adele Webber will take seriously ill, there’s even more coming up. In the meantime, do share your views on the developments so far. TV TALK would love to hear from you…

COMING SOON: ON THE MAP, AND HERE TO STAY!

5 comments:

  1. Well, well, well we both are on totally different pages for most of the characters. I have always loved Meredith from season 1, maybe 'coz I relate to her a lot in different ways and loved her when she was dark and twisty Meredith (though she was a little whiny back then.) She has definitely matured as a character since the start and I was so glad when she told Lexie off and didn't take her side.
    The three parents to be is probably the strongest story at this point of time and I'm glad that it has happened. Sloan has always wanted a baby and so has Callie and somehow I never did like Mark with Lexie find her way too annoying. It will be nice to see how Shonda makes this work though. As Mark will definitely want to be a part of the baby's life and Arizona is not too happy about him being the dad.
    Coming to the misunderstood pretty boy. I mean Avery is really hot and awesome eye candy but he sucks as a character. I mean initially when he came from Mercy West he was probably the strongest character but now he's just a floater kind of like the Karev of the Mercy West Bunch. Lexie I have never been a huge fan of, I hate her more when they pair her up with Mark as she becomes this whiny thing. I would be so happy if Mark and Lexie don't end up together, they don't work for me at all. Mark should be with Addie :)
    Alex well he seems to be getting a better story than before atleast and I like the new Gynac and am hoping she will stick around. Hope Karev finally stops acting like an ass. Teddy is another doctor I really like. I also am really fond of her husband and hope that they explore that story a little more.
    Oh I have also started liking Owen of late finally he's likeable and he is definitely good for Cristina. Am also hoping there is some good news for Mer and Der soon. I really want to see more of Patirck Dempsey.
    All in all season is going good so far, still think seasons 1-3 were way superior, just my personal opinion though.

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  2. I didn’t like Meredith, but now that I’m watching the show all over again, I’ve realised she’s quite a strong character, not all whiney like I’d first perceived her to be. Even so, I can see that she has really grown. She’s put to rest the stuff that troubled her – like her unhappy childhood, and she’s reached a place where she can give Lexie advice on how to move on. She’s even stronger than Christina now.

    Speaking of Christina, I think Shonda’s lost the plot. Yang is the woman who was “right” after her miscarriage and performed surgery at gunpoint. You can’t have her break down like she did. That, I thought, was too gimmicky.

    The three parents-to-be plot is exciting. We all loved Callie and Arizona until Shonda had a fight with her husband, came to work and told her writers that all good relationships on Grey’s Anatomy HAVE TO end. The woman’s over-dramatic and I love the show, but sometimes, her reasons for doing what she does are just too lame. They could have fought over the baby issue, but no! Shonda had to send Arizona halfway across the world for them to really ‘fight’. Anyway, she’s back now, pregnant and all. And we can only wait to see what Shonda’s going to do with that triangle…

    One plot I’m super-excited about is Teddy and Henry. Initially, I thought their marriage was just a matter of convenience, but it’s shaping up to be something more and I can’t wait to see how it goes. I hope it’s not the Denny Duquette way. I feel bad for Teddy because Hunt was to blame for everything. Poor Teddy got the bad deal in the process. Also, I like Henry. He’s cute and how!

    Avery. I like. He’s hot, smart, rich, and – I agree with @rnvj – misunderstood. I hope he’s got a good storyline coming up. I don’t know if Lexie will work... She's too spoilt-brattish and he's running away from the family name. He needs someone dark and twisty.

    April. Wha...at? Who? Seriously?

    PS: i hear there’s a musical ep coming up?

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  3. @sherine if mark were to be with addie, he'd have to leave the show, so no! he shouldn't be with addie.

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  4. @geetanjali. Like I said before scrap Private Practice and bring Addie back. Mark needs a strong woman. Not this silly whiney, needy Lexie. Annoying thing she is :)

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  5. LaShanda M. FarmerJune 25, 2011

    Thanks for being faithful fans of my work.....And a special thanks to the staff and actors on all my shows executive produced SHONDALAND....Mark Gordon/LaShanda Farmer/Shonda Rhimes/Betsey Beers.......East.St.Louis,Il is were I have been........

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