September 29, 2012 at 9:48 am #262561
So the show returned for season 9 on Thursday with an interesting premiere. They decided to jump ahead about a month from the plane crash to see how everyone adjusted. It was an interesting approach since it left us guessing as to what happened to some of the characters. The big one being Arizona.
I’m extremely thankful they didn’t kill her off. After the insane drama that Callie and Arizona went through in season 7, it would have been ridiculous to then kill her off. Arizona and Callie deserve to end this show together. Arizona being an amputee now should lead to some insane drama, and their 2 characters have gone through the most “soap opera”ish plotlines on this show.
Goodbye Mark Sloan. I won’t miss you. He’s never had a place on this show, and even more so since Addison left (he didn’t have chemistry with Kate Walsh to begin with), but he’s hung around and never really had much impact around Seattle Grace.
The flashback device was interesting but was kinda weird as it didn’t add much to things (especially since they didn’t use it much in the second half of the episode).
This still continues to be a solid show though. It’s amazing how strong it still is in season 9. LOVED the BCB nickname for Bailey. What a change.
Will be interesting to see how effective this flashback episode is now next week since we know the outcome of it now.September 29, 2012 at 9:59 am #262563
I think this is the first Grey’s season opener that I didn’t actually like,
The time-jump was great idea, but it wasn’t greatly executed
Most of the exposition dialogue was truly awful, with the nicknames and such
Honestly, Bailey’s nickname should’ve been since Season 5. She hasn’t been the Nazi in such a long time, I don’t understand why it’s just now being presented.
The fight between Callie and Arizona at the end, they wanted it to be a big reveal. But it just felt like if Rhimes was trying to shock us.
Grey’s Anatomy has always been good with actors, but in this episode, Ramirez was the only Valuable Player. Everyone else has kept on doing the same thing they have always done. I actually realized that Dempsey hasn’t truly acted since season 2, he has just kept on doing the same sad face to every problem.
Honestly, I believe, they should probably cancel this show. It has had 2 awesome seasons, and both season 6 and season 7 seemed like they were returning to form, but last year was a complete bust and with this season premiere this season doesn’t seem to be any better.
I’ll probably keep on watching, since I’ve been watching since season 1. But, in my opinion, this isn’t even Shonda’s best show anymore.September 29, 2012 at 10:09 am #262564
Thanks OnTheGo for creating this thread! I enjoyed the “Meduua” nickname & the new interns. Also, the Christina scenes. I’m glad they decided to kill off Mark Sloan. The only thing he brought to the table were looks.September 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm #262565
First of all, they treated Mark Sloane as if Eric Dane had died. It was way too much drama for a character that wasn’t an original member of the show, somebody who hardly had anything huge regarding the outcome of the show and somebody who had been a very unnecessary character for a couple of seasons. I didn’t see them do this for Lexie who was the main character’s sister and did cause a lot of drama to her, for example.
Mark was fun, but nowhere near the things a character had to do to recieve this treatment which fell weird until the very end with that title card. And with that final picture of Mark, it again felt like the actor had died and the show was doing an homage or something.
Everything else was also very strange. The flashbacks could’ve used a bit more detail, these men have had the exact same haircurts for 18 years. I also didn’t know it had been 18 years since Addison and Derek got married, seems like a lot. They did go back to 1994 for the first flashback right?
And then the thing with April could’ve been handled differently, this back and forth with Christina and Owen can’t be good for the season either.
The Arizona reveal was nice, I didn’t know if she was dead or not, so at least they did that. It seems like Callie did this to her without Arizona knowing or agreeing with it, she probably came back to the hospital unconcious and woke up without the leg and blames Callie for it. I hope they don’t stretch this out too long.
I agree that the show should end already, it’s just too much.September 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm #262566
ABC wont cancel this show.
Rhonda you have to plug the chord out…September 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm #262567
I heard that Ellen and co. signed up for 2 more seasons, so if that’s true, we’re getting a season 10 too.October 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm #262568
So the show flashed back in time, but it wasn’t the flashback I was expecting. I thought we were going to go back to the forest, but instead, it flashed back to those moments after they were first rescued.
I thought this was extremely well done. While the flashbacks didn’t really work last week (they didn’t serve much purpose), this was extremely well written. It jumped around like crazy between characters and timelines but it all worked. Great performances from the whole cast. Richard by Sloane’s bedside was outstanding, Arizona’s speech to Karev was devastating, and I just love the Meredith and Cristina relationship. It continues to be the heart of this show.
I love how Ellen Pompeo anchors this show and her final voiceover (which was really a voicemail to Cristina) was a thing of beauty. That’s the kind of speech she could give on the series finale of this show.
October 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm #262569
Yeah, this was a beautiful episode. Ellen Pompeo really is a good, underrated moral center of this group and that final voice over was beautifully said (although a little too flowery for a voicemail message.)October 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm #262570
Yes, yes, yes. I didn’t get to watch the complete episode since I was changing it between this and Glee, but I did get to pay full atention to the final scene and wowâ€¦ this show may not be in the Top Dramas anymore, but it is still GOOD drama! And how many shows can say that in their 9th season? 😉October 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm #262571
I also liked it a lot. I thought it was miles better than last week. However, now that we got this episode, I like the idea of showing us last week’s episode first, even if it wasn’t very good, and then this one. I thought it was fun.
I don’t know how well a whole episode dedicated to the forrest would’ve worked, kind of repetitive and annoying since we already knew the result of the whole crash from last week’s episode.October 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm #262572
I enjoyed this episode for than last week. I too thought this episode was be just from the forest and getting saved, didn’t expect it going from character to character flashbacks but it was good. I was wondering how Mark would end of dying after seeing he looked like he was getting better, so Mark ending up just having a “surge” was heartbreaking. Arizona telling Alex off was really great scene as well, i actually kinda felt bad for him.November 9, 2012 at 8:19 am #262573
Great episode, although you can’t really go wrong with centering it around Meredith and Cristina. Loved Pompeo and Oh. I love that this show still is so creative in its structure in season 9. It’s still willing to try things and experiment.January 17, 2013 at 5:43 am #262574
Well, that was surprising, and I can’t help but feel a little bit cheated. There has been so much emphasis placed on Richard and Adele, and it’s provided great material for Pickens, Jr. and Devine (her winning an Emmy), but her quick death left me a little cold. Having it happen offscreen was a bold choice, but I would have liked a little more emotional payoff, especially when you’ve got Pickens Jr. telling Pompeo. There’s so much history between them, and while they both started to get me a little choked up, I wanted more.
By the way, this show is doing a strong job at integrating these new interns. I didn’t realize they were going to become this developed and integrated into the cast, but the writers are doing it pretty seemlessly and I’m liking them all. It’s certainly not a trainwreck situation like Glee.February 8, 2013 at 5:30 am #262575
Caught up on the last 2 episodes last night. The hospital being bankrupt is providing some great material. Loved the stuff of Meredith, Bailey, and Richard having to take a class to learn the new standardized procedure. Great interplay between the 3 actors and that scene where Meredith’s baby was kicking was just beautiful. Great work by Pompeo.
And then last night…I love when the doctors go “rogue”. This was L-vad wire worthy. It was great intense stuff that had me on the edge of my seat.February 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm #262576
Last night was a pretty good episode, I really like this shonda one-two puch I have to look forward on thursdays. I loved Callie and the chief the most in that episode, though the whole episode was very good