Welcome to our Midseason Report Card series! Throughout December we’re going to be taking a look at a number of different shows that have recently come off the air, and with that, trying our best in order to assess what’s either working or not working with all of them.
What better way to kick things off than with Grey’s Anatomy? After all, the ABC drama is still an enormous hit, it’s been off the air since before Thanksgiving, and in between the blackout and everything going on with Teddy, Owen, and Amelia, there’s certainly a lot to discuss here. (For more of what to expect on Grey’s Anatomy moving forward, be sure to check out the video below! Meanwhile, remember to subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube and be sure to check out our playlist.)
What’s working – Perhaps what we’re at least enjoying the most right now are some of the show’s lighter stories, whether it be seeing Meredith explore her dating life or also seeing some of the fun stuff that some of the supporting characters have been up to. We’ve really enjoyed the romance between Nico and Levi; while the sexuality of “Glasses” wasn’t really something all that present last season, it’s really working and it’s nice to see two characters who are finding a way to each other despite very different backgrounds.
In terms of the heavier storylines, there is something poignant that comes from seeing Richard Webber’s decline and the way that it’s happened, most notably with what we are seeing with him getting into some legal trouble after destroying the bar. When Grey’s Anatomy does episodes that are geared mostly towards a small handful of episodes, those stories tend to win big and they often have here.
What’s not – Given just how long ago the writers first set up that Teddy was pregnant, did we really need to wait as long as we did in order to get some more information on what’s going on with her? We’re not altogether sure on that just because it doesn’t feel like there was that much value in keeping us waiting for so long.
Meanwhile, the Jackson / Maggie story has been a little bit maddening just because Jackson was gone for a stretch of the story and we didn’t have a real chance to see where he was or understand what he was up to. It just felt like there was more information that we could have received on this subject but, for one reason or another, we didn’t get that added perspective or an episode that really explained the journey that he was on.
Grey’s Anatomy remains one of the best medical dramas on TV, and it excels at making you care about its characters and some of the struggles that they go through. Occasionally, it can get a little bit over the top or draw out stories for a little bit longer than it needs to, but we do understand to a certain extent given that we do have 24 episodes in a single season. The only long-term plot we’re still not sure about is Catherine’s cancer, mostly because it wasn’t that long ago we just had a story about Amelia having a brain tumor and we also don’t need another reason for Richard to fall down into a pit of despair. Midseason Grade: B.
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