Saturday, October 10, 2009

Grey's Anatomy ~ Such a Disappointment

When ER was in its heydey, a friend of mine whose husband suffers from multiple and major illnesses said that it was unbearable to watch.

I'm still watching Grey's, but I'm about finished.

Today, out for breakfast with a friend who has sustained some major hits of her own, I verbalized my feelings for the first time and found that she had already had all the same thoughts.

All having to do with the first episode of the season and George's death.

First, the FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF, intoned in a solemn voiceover by Meredith at the beginning of the episode and used to frame it as a nice little package. Make your way consecutively through each stage, check it off as you finish, and voila! -- you have done your grief work and can return to prime time. It takes something like 42 minutes.

Second, the scene between George's mother and the new doc, who had some very nice things to say about George and left Mom beaming, all resolved and grateful. I think we all know that in real life she would have collapsed, sobbing, into his arms, and gone home to stare out the window for many days and months ahead. Maybe years.

Third, the subsequent episodes. Big merger in the works, people losing jobs, Callie applying for a job in Cleveland, Izzie's hair growing back -- everyone all done with the grief thing.

I'm not saying that the show should have turned into a morgue. But we're talking about their colleague of all these years, Izzie's best friend, Callie's ex-husband, Lexie's ex-crush, Meredith's ex-one night stand and, of course, his mother's son . . . Hello? Not a word? No one having a little meltdown at an inappropriate time in an inappropriate place?

I have sadly concluded that my once favorite show is completely idiotic.

9 comments:

Jan said...

I guess I should see that, though I am still watching it. Also, "House."

Mompriest said...

This describes most TV these days. I can barely stand to watch it...except that on some occasions I can stand the thoughts in my own head even less...

Karen and Joe said...

the writers are arrogantly penning a travel guide for a country they have never visited...

Lisa :-] said...

Don't forget that most tv "deaths" are just ways to write actors out of the show. The story lines aren't particularly designed to be any kind of reflection of real life.

I'm the last person to defend television--I think it has descended to a level of inanity that is doing serious damage to our society. That said, TV is meant to be entertainment. meant to be escapism. What you have been going through for the past fifteen minutes can be described in a lot of ways, but "entertaining" is not one of them...

Lisa :-] said...

Fifteen months. Duh. The fifteen minutes is what happens on TV...

Kathryn J said...

I can barely stand to watch it now. I just can't work up an interest in what happens to them anymore.

I think I might need to try some comedies. I don't know what that says about me.

Daisy said...

Mostly, I find myself having the urge to slap most of the characters; could they possibly be any more shallow and self-absorbed? Hard to imagine, really.

The show does often have some good music featured though...

Mich

Rev SS said...

Karen said it well ... typical soap opera ... as Lisa said: the "level of inanity that is doing serious damage to our society"

Gal said...

Speaking of Grey's Anatomy (and other shows, and books, and the portrayal of babies dying and parents losing them)...

http://www.glowinthewoods.com/home/2009/9/17/is-that-me-youre-talking-about.html