Distributed by: Buena Vista
Reviewed by: Justine Manzano
The Fall 2006-2007 television season is quickly approaching. Now, we here at G-POP know how hard it is to sift through a bevy of new shows, while simultaneously struggling to keep up with the one’s you have always loved and still finding time to correct yourself when you miss out on one of those shows. Last year, when I was struggling with this very same predicament, I decided to check out ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, then in its second season. I prepared by taking in the first season. I purchased the DVD and I think that’s exactly what you, the reader, should do. Even if you are staunchly against medical dramas, as I am, you will find that you can’t help but fall in love. Here’s why.
Grey’s Anatomy follows Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo, Moonlight Mile, Old School) as she begins her first day as a resident in Seattle Grace Hospital. Things wouldn’t have been easy either way—it’s her first day as a doctor! But things are made worse instantly. Meredith is the daughter of the famous Ellis Grey, who worked at the hospital years ago and who is known as a legend. Her mother is suffering from early Alzheimer’s, but she has been asked by her mother not to share that information, so she is stuck trying to think of excuses for what her mother has been up to as she works her tail off. All the while, she takes the time out to discover that the one night stand she shook off that very morning was none other than Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, Can’t Buy Me Love—who grew up quite nicely, by the way), an attending neurosurgeon, AKA one of her bosses. It’s all a lot to deal with considering the all nighters and harshly competitive world of medicine.
To spice things up, we get Meredith’s fellow interns. There’s Izzie (Katherine Heigl, Roswell), the model who used her modeling career to pay her way through med-school and has been trying to bury that secret ever since. There’s George (newcomer T.R. Knight) the sweetheart/bumbling idiot who immediately falls for Meredith. These two later become Meredith’s roommates. Then there is Christina (Sandra Oh, Sideways), the scary, competitive and sarcastic intern who puts her job before absolutely anything else in her life. And finally, there is the unlikeable Alex (Justin Chambers, The Wedding Planner) who does his very best to insult the other interns and alienate his patients. Add to that the other doctors like Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington, Soul Food), the hospital’s main surgeon, who strikes up a friendly competition with Shepherd. There’s the Chief of Staff, Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) who seems to always have their heads on a platter, and Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) who is teaching them and who is supposedly the scariest teacher there.
As you go through all of their quirky adventures, both personal (Meredith struggling to avoid a relationship with Derek) and professional (the otherwise good doctor George, fumbling with a patient), you can’t help but fall in love with these characters. The actors portray them beautifully and both writing and direction are a pleasure to behold—the quirky characters struggling to make it through situations that are entirely too serious seem to be a staple in the type of fair I enjoy. My only complaint would have to rest with the series’ theme song, which feels much more light and airy then the series it is connected with. The scenes showing while it is playing are equally annoying, as it shows things like an eyelash curler on a surgical plate and a girl slipping on red shoes. This would have made a lot more sense if Izzie was the main character, but with Pompeo’s Meredith as the lead, this just doesn’t gel. Perhaps this is why the theme sequence has mysteriously disappeared in Season 2.
Grey’s Anatomy is a well-written show that isn’t about doctors or medical dramas but about real people struggling through the horrors and miracles of the medical world and living with it. The cast of characters are wonderfully neurotic—in good times, their quirkiness is far more clever than anything you could have come up with, in harder times, they say exactly what you would, in all its raw beauty. So, but Season 1 and 2 on DVD and check out the third season’s premiere on September 21st. This is definitely a show for people who love powerful realism, in a hospital, or out.