Friday, August 21, 2009

Grey's Anatomy: Beating a Dead George With a Stick

Oh, come on!

That's what I said when the credits rolled on last season's Grey's Anatomy finale, and months later, I'm still saying it.

Going into last year's finale, we had some idea of what was going to happen. We knew Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight were both on the verge of quitting, and we knew their characters would find themselves on the verge of dying.

And while the finale itself was pretty good--ignoring, of course, Derek and Meredith's entire plotline--my mind was boggled by the cliffhanger. Because it's not really a cliffhanger when you can see it coming from about six miles away...and when you can say the second it fades to black how it's going to be resolved.

There's Problem #1: It was obvious.

More...We flat-out said here, here, here, and here that there was no way that Izzie was going to die.

The other thing is--of course they weren't going to go the whole summer without the staffing shakeup being leaked. And it wasn't even so much leaked as Shonda Rhimes talked about it publicly and T.R. Knight was on the damn cover of Entertainment Weekly. There's your Problem #2: The "cliffhanger" was further de-cliffhangered by the INEVITABLY OUT-IN-THE-WORLD news that Knight was peacing out of Grey's and Heigl was staying.

Obviously, not everyone who watches Grey's scours the internet for scoop, but, I mean, this was pretty much everywhere, no? Mainstream magazines, TV news ... I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a viewer who hadn't heard about this.

So then riddle me this.

Why is this promo all about OMGWHO'SGONNADIE?

Now, I'm not saying that the show should gloss over George's death just because we all know how it's going to turn out. It absolutely shouldn't do that. But given the fact that the result here is basically a forgone conclusion, they should account for that. Like, don't show promos trying to get us excited about OMGWHO'SGONNADIE? Guys, we know George is going to die.

And don't make us spend the entire premiere with more flatline-and-rally BS. Guys, we know Izzie's going to live.

Instead of making us wait another couple episodes for the conclusion we've all known was coming since before the finale even aired, why not try and show us what else you can do with this story, instead of manufacturing more tension that NOBODY is going to feel tense about? It's ridiculous.

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