Ah, Grey’s Anatomy. Back in 2005, I gave Grey’s a chance; mainly because of the participation of Patrick Dempsey. The show quickly grew on me and became a must-see addition to our household lineup.
It didn’t take long for the show to lazily venture from interesting medical drama to soap opera territory. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), once a complex and intelligent character, became annoying, dumb and predictable. Luckily, other characters emerged strong.
First, was Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and George (T.R. Knight). As they developed, Meredith started to (thankfully) fade into the background a little. Of course, this was short-lived. George was killed, and Izzie fell victim to the same lazy writing that ruined Meredith. Allot was said about Heigl’s departure, but she was right. The writers got lazy, and her character became less interesting.
Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) was for the longest time the most consistant ‘bright spot’. As attested to by her many awards for the character, Sandra Oh delivered excellent performances week after week. Still, the writing for the character became derivative and predictable. Even the stellar acting of Oh can’t hide the 1-dimensional writing.
The crux of the issue is the title of the show, Grey’s Anatomy. The character of Meredith is ruined and beyond repair. Pompeo, though a good actor, doesn’t have the ability to save her. A “Grey” needs to be the center of the show.
When Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) joined the show, it looked like the show runners had realized that they needed to replace Meredith as the center of the show. Lexie Grey was a fresh start; she had all the qualities that made Meredith a great character at the start of the series, with none of the baggage that ruined the character. Lexie lived up to this challenge, rarely falling into the creative issues that plagued the other characters. Sadly, Shonda Rhimes jumped the shark this week by killing Lexie Grey.
With Lexie Grey gone, Grey’s Anatomy lost it’s chance at redemption.