NOTE – The following review is very spontaneous and is in no particular order. I tried to cover as much ground as I possibly could, so…enjoy!
Remember way back to 2005 and 2006 when Grey’s Anatomy was in its first and second seasons? The “adored seasons.” The ones that are incredibly difficult to find someone who doesn’t like? Yes, well, I hope you are prepared to welcome those days back. Because they are returning to your screen starting tomorrow, September 25.
Despite the fact that the episode is very MerDer light, it is thankfully very Meredith/Cristina heavy. There are many, many scenes with Meredith and Cristina and they are some of the best of the episode. One of the great things about the premiere, in fact, is that each one of the characters seems to call each other on their crap, as if Shonda is acknowledging the fans’ concerns and saying “Hey! I get it! And I’m going to make it right!” And, well, rather she’s going to make it right or not remains to be seen, but based off of this episode it certainly seems to be heading that way.
One of the biggest faults of the episode is actually that there aren’t more scenes at Meredith’s house. Actually, I’m not sure there are any scenes at Meredith’s house at all. Almost the entire episode takes place at Seattle Grace, which isn’t altogether terrible, but some of the show’s best moments take place at Meredith’s home, so it was a shame not to see it.
We all know that Seattle Grace has dropped in the national rankings of teaching hospitals and this storyline is going to be great for the season. It’s one of those things that addresses the concerns of the fans and will also introduce a lot of great stories for the characters.
Cristina is actually the character with the major storyline in the premiere. Shonda actually backs off of all of the other couples and characters (for example, there is no real movement or even interaction between Erica and Callie until the very end of the episode) that got focused on for the season four finale, but brings Cristina to the forefront. And she has a HUGE storyline. HUGE. Bigger than meeting Dr. Major Owen Hunt. Trust me, it is way bigger than that. And it is an AWESOME storyline.
Speaking of Owen Hunt, you guys are going to LOVE him. Kevin McKidd is seriously freaking amazing. The dynamic that he brings to the show is really great, and it is also really neat to see a love for Cristina brought back into the mix. Really, though, the buzz surrounding the awesomeness of Kevin McKidd is very warranted. He is totally amazing, and I am voting 100% for him to be added to the show as a series regular.
I think that the single biggest fault of the premiere, however, is the lack of real development. There is development at the beginning of the episode and at the end of the episode and this development is very good development, but the very large middle chunk of the episode kind of halts dealing with development for the medical storyline, which is touching and very appropriately reflects the episode – it is a very season one/two medical storyline, for sure.
But, like I said, there is some real development at the end of the episode. Some of it is angering and some is very squeal-worthing, but don’t worry, there is development.
For this reason, I actually think that the second episode to air – “Here Comes the Flood,” written by Krista Vernoff – is going to be an improvement over the premiere and be an awesome episode. Nonetheless, this is an awesome episode and a premiere worth watching. And if you’ve stopped watching, it is certainly worth coming back to the series at this point. The direction the show seems to be heading this season is very promising and is going to be very, very interesting. So, if I had to assign a letter rating to this episode, I would have to give it an A.
Trust me, you are definitley going to want to dream this dream.