I don’t know about you, but Grey’s Anatomy is an addiction I have no intention of quitting, however, 10 seasons is a long run, and in that time, a lot of story lines have been done, and done again; while this doesn’t bother me in the slightest, not everyone feels the same. Liz Raftery of TVGuide has compiled a list of 6 reasons she’s giving up on Grey’s.
1. The plot lines feel inconsistent to the established character histories. The ridiculous emergence of Bailey’s (Chandra Wilson) obsessive-compulsive disorder is just the latest unforeseen crisis to pop up, only to be — hopefully, in this case — quashed a couple of episodes later via a half-hearted resolution. (See also: Alex’s daddy issues, Calzona’s attempt at therapy.) Shondaland is playing narrative Whac-a-Mole, and it’s not working. Would it kill them to develop a long-form narrative and stick with it? Grey’s Anatomy has never been entirely plausible, but the producers are really scraping the bottom of the plot barrel this season. Webber’s (James Pickens Jr.) stubbornness in his hospital bed is a yawn-worthy story line that needs to be put to bed ASAP. Oh, and did I mention that Bailey has OCD? Bailey has OCD.
2. Those interns — ugh! The biggest elephant-in-the-operating-room is the latest herd of interns— who, yes, are no longer interns, but still deserve to be referred to as such. All of them either fall into the category of “boring,” “awful” or “dead.” (RIP, Brooks (Tina Majorino), even though no one but Smash from Friday Night Lights Shane (Gaius Charles) really cared when you died.) The relationship between Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex (Justin Chambers), which hasn’t even gotten off the ground, is already exhausting. The one who’s dating Jackson (Jesse Williams) — I call her “Lasik” — is such a nonentity that I don’t even know her name. And don’t even get me started on the — now-defunct, fingers crossed — dalliancebetween Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) and the annoying Leah (Tessa Ferrer). A great way to solve the hospital’s budget problem would be to shed these guys’ salaries. Another character who should be shown the door? April (Sarah Drew). Her celibacy stance started out as a nice diversion from the hospital staff’s game of musical beds, but now it’s just kind of lame. And it’s really hard to root for her and Matthew (Justin Bruening), knowing that he’s just her backup plan after Jackson rejected her advances.
3. Sandra Oh is already tiptoeing out the door. Cristina Yang’s story line this season — the petty arguments with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), the ridiculous flirtation with Smash Shane — is such an obvious, predictable means to telegraph Sandra Oh’s upcoming departure that it’s almost insulting, to both Oh and the audience. Probable spoiler alert: Yang is going to realize that her relationship with Meredith (fka her person) won’t ever be what it once was, and that it’s just too difficult to be around Owen (Kevin McKidd) as he’s trying to move on, so she’s going to bid farewell to Seattle and move on with her life. See what they’re doing there? If the story is going to continue this way, it might be best to just get rid of Cristina mid-season, rather than dragging this out to the end.
Click here to check out the other three reasons, on TVGuide.com..
What do you think, Gabblers? Has season 10 tempted you to jump ship too?