Friday, September 26, 2008

A warm and gooey person who lives with a boy.

Aside from the fact that Meredith chose this episode to describe herself as a fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookie.....yes! yes! yes!

Okay, so an ice storm isn't exactly the natural disaster I have been begging for these 5 long years, but you know - baby steps. And actually I think this episode was a step in the right direction of bringing Grey's out of that hole it fell into when it decided to spend an episode in heaven with Denny, the dog, and the bomb man. Or whatever.

And based on last night's episode, here are some suggestions/observations [as always, a list]:

1. Mark Sloane needs to get involved in an extended plot line ASAP. Because now that Addison is gone, his friendship with Derek repaired, and Hahn now a lesbian....he needs something to do. Because he basically just spent this entire episode throwing out barbs at Derek and advising Lexie on her love life [?!?!!!11] Some sort of weird love triangle between Lexie-Sloane-George seems it might be brewing, but it in that case, George probably wouldn't stand a chance. Normally, I really wouldn't care what the fuck Mark Sloane did, but ever since the [albeit awesome] "This man is a whore" speech, I kinda feel for maybe seeing him involved in plot that doesn't involve womanizing would be refreshing.

2. Stop regressing Alex Karev!!!! ["I had a bad night and cried like a girl. I'm over it."]

2.5 I feel the seeming random Alex was getting it on with will prove important [or that we know her already] since there seemed to be a pointed effort to not show us her face just yet...her hair looked vaguely like Rose's - but hey, I wouldn't put it past Alex to just get it on with some random either.

3. Hahn and Callie are kinda cute in a sort weird, strange way. [Why was Katy Perry not playing in the background when they had their 'I've never kissed a girl' conversation btw?]

4. When George told Lexie he slept with Meredith he implied it happened "last year." So he slept with Meredith, married Callie in Vegas, slept with Izzie, got divorced and failed the intern exam all in one year?! This is the show's 5th season - there is no way all this shit went down in one year. Fix your damn timeline already Grey's.

5. Um, couldn't you just let the icicle melt.......?

6. Flashforwards/ dreams/ hallucinations/ whatever....are they real? Will they come true? Or are they just you know, dreams? Will Jack and Kate and Sawyer and Ben and Locke make cameos?

7. One more thing on these flashfowards/dreams [or whatever]: on her blog Shondra Rhimes said that "all the clues for this season are in the first episode." Sooooooooo....Izzie meeting Denny at the elevator and getting to show him her prom dress - since that ill-fated heaven episode proved to us that heaven does indeed look like Seattle Grace, and that Denny inhabits it still, does Izzie die and thats how she's greeted in heaven?!?!!?!?!!111 [zomg! please!]

8. Another reason to dislike Sarah Palin: her stupid debate preempts Grey's next week, so I have to wait 2 weeks for another episode.

9. I take that back, her debate is going to be hillarious.

10. Since Rhode Island is about to get hit by a "coastal storm" and tropical storm Kyle all within two days and will probably flood within 4 hours - its a small state - I am definitely looking forward to the hospital flooding. That is, if my house hasn't floated away by then.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Not thesising, but suggesting.

Having been living in a haze the past month or so due to continued thesis writing, my foggy brain had little thought for things beyond the year 1676 - but today I watched some adverts on for tonight's new season. And praise the Lord! The Grey's I know and love is back. Blood! Crashing cars! Pregnancy! Alex Karev! George O'Malley!

Some suggestions for this season:

1. George O'Malley better be the adorable foppy haired dude who accidentally looked at Bailey's vay jay jay again or else I will be pissed. I had to endure a season of fucking Gizzie and I deserve my George back. Seriously.

2. I see Jill suggests that McDreamy gets abducted by aliens, a prediction which I fully support since this summer I went through a phase where I watched like at least one X-Files episode daily...and I discovered that James Pickens, Jr - aka the Chief - also plays one of Mulder and Scully's bosses, and that the infamous penis fish man was played by the same actor who played M & S's other boss. David Duchovny is all busy getting sex-recovered and starring in Californication, but I assume Gillian Anderson is totally free for a cameo [plus Scully is actually a doctor!].

3. Kill off Izzie. Thanks.

4. Let's end the slitting the wrist trope please. Blood grosses me out. And knives scare the shit out of me. That scene in the finale when Meredith walked into the kitchen and saw blood and a bloody knife was eerily reminiscent of how I imagined my roommates felt when they walked into our apartment after my great finger-slicing incident [just you know, without the suicidal stuff].

5. Hire me as a writer because when this thesis thing is over I need a job. [Tonight's preview features an out of control car! Please see two year old post in which I wrote a fictional episode about the trials of me and Jill having SARS which included a runaway car!]

6. My roommates have taken to studying in our living room [gah!] and I feel bad kicking them out - so ABC do you think you could follow MTV's lead and post your shows online like 5 minutes after they are done airing? Seriously, The Hills ends at 10:30 and by 10:38 I am getting my trash TV fix.

7. Volcano. please. I have been asking for this for forever, and now Jill has joined in the fight.

8. If you are unwilling to do a volcano episode [god forbid, Grey's actually thinks something is too ridiculous] please at the very least have some shit go down with the Space Needle. For realz.

9. Did I just type "for realz"?! God. I've lost my mind.

Season Premiere tonight!!!

In anticipation of tonight's 2-HOUR, ACTION-PACKED, EARTH-SHATTERING, THRILL-INDUCING premiere of our own favorite television show, I have been reading various articles and watching old episodes to re-sync my brain with the lives of our favorite fictional characters.

When we last left our heroes, Derek was coming "right back" to Meredith at the candle house after intending to break it off with Rose (but, as every good soap-opera-watcher knows, "be right back" are famous last words that usually result in a kidnapping or bus crash or alien abduction and I am certain that Grey's won't disappoint).

George and Lexie had moved into their contraband-furnished apartment after which George got the Chief to agree to let him re-take the intern exam. A two-hour premiere is more than enough time for George and Lexie to sleep together, and based on their shared kiss in the finale, I bet they won't even last through the first hour of tonight's show.

Alex and Izzie re-entered the awkward phase of their relationship, where the borders between friend and lover are permanently blurred, but atleast Izzie - as a MSNBC entertainment writer wrote - slightly "de-dormatted herself" and stood up to her little interns.

The Chief reunited with his wife, Bailey's marriage is in limbo (but here's hoping they can work it out for their uber-adorable baby Tuck), and Yang, a ghost of her usual caustic and tactless wit, took a page out of Meredith's book and moped about in a sullen haze. But, hey, she did show Lexie how to sew a banana.

Sloane, in a self-interested act barely disguised as an altrustic attempt, provided just enough pretext for Callie and Hahn to test the waters of being "more than friends" - which only further raises the question that there must be no other sex-worthy people except for those inside the walls of Seattle Grace. And don't go feeling sorry for Sloane, as I expect he gets just as much enjoyment out of watching the two women than he would if he were involved with either or both of them himself.

Where will they all go from here? Aside from the obvious options (Meredith being mopey, George and Lexie hooking up, Callie and Hahn moving up the awkward-meter), one can only hope that Grey's transforms itself from the mopiest-show-on-earth (led by its title character in her cycle of "Frown. Sigh. Pout.") into something more upexpected and exciting. To aid the show in its attempts to do this, I provide the following suggestions:

1) Derek gets hit by a bus. I'm not a hater on McDreamy, and I doubt Shonda Rimes would do anything to her studly character that holds her female fan-base, but, seriously, no one can just say the words "I'll be right back" and get away with it.
2) Holding the surgical wing hostage. They've had the plague, they've had workplace shooting victims, but borrow one of my favorite plotlines from Providence and keep the surgeons trapped in Seattle Grace's ORs for a few hours/days/whatever.
3) Stolen Ambulance. This actually occurred in Detroit, and I have been saving it for my CSI:Detroit episode, but if Grey's would like to borrow it, I give them permission. Seattle stolen ambulances are decidedly less grungier and grittier than Detroit's.
4) Something involving the Space Needle. The show is set in Seattle - take advantage of the local attractions! I was really hoping the Space Needle would have fallen on that ferry boat a couple seasons ago, but alas, there was just a bang up crash. Think bigger!
5) Volcanic Eruption. As Alex says, being set in the Pacific Northwest, why has Mt. St. Helens not been incorporated into any storylines as of yet? Boy-encased-in-cement gets blown away by boy-encased-in-lava.

Countdown to premiere: 9 hours, 10 mins