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  • Graeme O’Neil
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    Thought I’d create a thread about this because I just watched season 5 on DVD the last few weeks, and I’ve now watched the first 2 episodes of season 6, so I’m almost caught up.

    What a trajectory this show has had, that since (especially now looking retrospectively), seasons 1-3 were pretty crappy. The show couldn’t figure itself. It wasn’t compelling, it didn’t capitalize on what a great character Addison was on Grey’s Anatomy, the supporting cast was small and underdeveloped. But right from season 1, each season was better before it. 
    I remember season 3 had the first stellar episode of the series (the one where Addison and Sam were trapped up on the mountain).

    Season 4 was the first really solid season the show had done. And now that I’ve watched season 5, it was even better.
    They had the fantastic frame of Addison being in therapy for the bookends of each episode. It didn’t necessarily have anything profound to say, but at least it structured the show around her. The storylines for all the characters were really strong.

    It was nice watching season 5 in the mindframe that the show is headed to its final destination as well.

    Killing off Pete was a little abrupt, and kinda hilarious considering all that him and Violet have been through.

    Is anyone else watching? 

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I only know about one other person who watches the show and we watch it because what the hell, we’ve come this far. Not because it’s must see t.v. Recently there was a thread about what shows we regret ever watching and I chose this one becuase of that reason, I’m stuck with it until the end and thank God it’s this year.

    I think the show has been one of the biggest wasted opportunities I’ve seen on television, something like Heroes’ horrible fall in season two. The show has a very stellar cast, one of the main reasons I’ve stuck around all these years and they do have some pretty good characters. In fact, my least favorite character got killed off and the other one (Sam) isn’t that important anymore. But they really never knew how to capitalize on the talent they had.

    I will say that the Emmys really missed opportunities with Strickland and Brenneman and some guest stars. But it never caught on. It was too boring when it started and when it really got good, it was too little too late.

    The therapy thing last season was a nice way to bookend the episodes, but the baby thing with Addison was laughable, the way they gave it to her, took it away, then she got the treatment, she lost it, was never pregnant, got a baby, took it away again, the mother regreted it, she finally got one, but then had to deal with Sam and Jake…..enough! let be happy, please!.

    Now they’re trying to close all the storylines and I think they’re doing it in a nice way. But I wish the showed had focused on something more than the nonsense of Addison, her baby and her men, Pete and Violet’s idiotic relationship and a lot less Sam. These things took too much time in the course of the five previous seasons and were eye rolling moments all along.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    This final season has gotten hella weird. Shonda Rhimes said they decided to just try out every crazy idea they’ve ever had cause they have nothing to lose, and boy, we sure are seeing that.
    We had the episode focused on the taping of Sam’s supposed reality show (I work in TV and it made no sense how it was shot), then Jake having conversations with his dead wife (out of nowhere), and then the worst one yet, Cooper randomly talking directly to the camera. It would have worked if the whole episode was from his point of view. It wasn’t. There were just random moments when he got to talk directly to the camera…and most of them were completely unnecessary.

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