Monday, February 20, 2006
Surfing Through "Grey's Anatomy"
The first rule of good TV drama is to not tease out the audience with the inevitable. If two characters are meant to be together, you can't keep us in suspense forever. Bad shows think if the characters get together, the show is over. Good shows bring them together and see what happens. Grey's Anatomy finally ended a season and a half of frustrated desire by letting everyman George finally declare his love to Meredith. So why did it seem so unsatisfying? Probably because Meredith is in love with Derek, his marriage seems about to collapse and it's clear to everyone he loves her more than his wife. So while the show began with George frustrated in his desire for Meredith, she is clearly meant to be with Derek. So having her and Charlie sleep together is just a random, unconvincing plot twist until Meredith and Derek finally unite. So how can we invest emotionally in Charlie's fulfillment when we know it's "wrong?" Besides, Meredith didn't seem nearly vulnerable enough to just sleep with Charlie. I expected her to gently turn him down and let him get on with his life; not pull off his shirt. The sooner they wrap up this dead-end, the better.