Getting the groceries shouldn’t be this dangerous. Relationships shouldn’t be this tragically dangerous. Although, when you think about it, love is probably the most dangerous thoughts out there. Happiness is hard, especially when if it comes to crabby, dark and twisty doctors with complex minds. When it comes to marriage…well, damn. You’re kind of screwed, eh? Even with a “Gunther”. Grey’s Anatomy returns for an eighth season, bringing on the drama.
Men are usually the ones screwing up their relationships, but somehow the women have a knack for kicking some serious relationship ass by making rash decisions, even if they aren’t completely black and white. Oh, there is “Grey”, and it shows in this lone two-hour season premiere, entitled, “Free Falling” and “She’s Gone”.
A sinkhole…great metaphor. Things are all wrong in this episode, in a good way. We start out with our disaster episode of the season, as this huge sinkhole complicates not only the doctor’s jobs, but their relationships. April is struggling to hold some sort of authority. Alex is a pariah. Cristina is indecisive. Meredith is fired. Oh, these poor dark & twisty children. More to the point of the story, the marriages and the relationships within the episodes begin to deteriorate even more before they start to get better.
Meredith is quickly revealed to be fired. And we are still left wondering if “MerDer” is still a word we Grey’s Anatomy fans can utter without being reminded of their marital demise. Everyone is split between Meredith being at the hospital and Alex being at the hospital. Neither of these complex characters are innocent nor wholly guilty, so whose side are you on? Then Meredith decides to be a mom…What?
Meredith was raised by “a Cristina”. That never occurred to me, until Meredith said it. What would that do to someone like Cristina? To fall prey to doing what her husband wants, and how will it break her, or whether it will break Owen. Is it better if they just split up for a while?
Who else feels bad for April? She can’t get a break. No one is listening to her, and no one takes her seriously. Little mousy April will need to do a lot of growing to grab ahold of the situation. Still, it was extremely entertaining watching her struggle to stay on top of her game. Who is totally over the Jackson-Lexie-Mark love triangle? Still, the Mark-Jackson dynamic is damn near excellent. And who else thinks Bailey has a point about Meredith? She is reckless, but we already knew that. Just look at what she does in the second hour.
The fifth-years (Cristina, Alex, April and Jackson) are at each other’s throats, and it’s affecting their work. The hospital is a mess, in short. This special thing, this special patient is a “Gunther”. And it affects the relationships of all of the doctors involved with it. It’s a team-building exercise. Meanwhile…Meredith takes matters into her own hands pretty much kidnapping Zola, which only puts that cause into effect. Loss.
Teddy’s all happy and glowy, until that is, Henry comes along needing a new surgery. We went through this last year: Teddy acting like a scared wife. Funny that they are finally in a relationship and things are getting a bit dark for them. Still, I’m not that interested in them yet, until we see some actual progression in their storyline.
Not only did the entire season premiere start off slowly, it was slow. It barely established much until the last few moments. And while Cristina nearly kills Alex (hilarious, until it’s not) and Meredith makes things worse than she does better, the episodes worked best when they focused on the way the character’s interactions changed, slowly, but surely. Then at times, it felt as though some of the scenes were just filler to achieve the running time needed. As always this series will go in and out when it comes to “perfection”. But you can always rely on it to pull out some surprises during the last minute.
In fact the best parts of the episode happened to involve Cristina and Owen’s relationship power struggles. Their confrontation at the stairwell did exactly what it was supposed to do, and even Cristina was surprised when Owen forgave her. Even the fact that the Chief played the hell out of Bailey, but with good reason. Taking the fall for Meredith might have been a distractingly rash decision, but it works, bringing a huge array of dramatic storyline possibilities to the table. Why is Derek so adamant on punishing Meredith? What is going on with him? Why is it necessary for Meredith, Cristina, and Alex to do battle with him every now and again? Anger. That is the Holy Grail of all of their problems in this episode. Meredith is reinstated, but at what costs?
See how this emotional trauma can bring a relationship closer or further split them apart. “MerDer” faced a big one this season premiere, losing their baby girl, at least for the time being. Maybe forever. Will this bring them together or split them further apart? How will Cristina’s decision impact her ability to face Owen, and vice versa? All and all, they need a little acceptance. Nothing says acceptance like this quote between Owen and Cristina:
Owen: You’d cut off my leg for me wouldn’t you?
Christina: Well, I wouldn’t botch it like that guy did. I’d leave you with a nice stump so you could get prosthesis.
This, by the end of the episode is what they all get. Especially Meredith who, by losing a child for the second time, is a mother. It takes a struggle. While this failed to be an exceptionally spectacular season premiere, it still did what it had to: Establish some story for the entire upcoming season. Will this be the last? I hope not. Will it be one of the best? Let us hope! 4 out of 5 stars!
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