Saturday, October 31, 2009

Grey's supersizes McDreamy

    With Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) only available on a limited basis, and Izzie (Katherine Heigl) taking a break, who does Grey’s Anatomy bring to the forefront? Well, this week it was Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), the neurosurgeon nicknamed after a fast food franchise.

      Shepherd has, of course, had plot before, but most of the major points revolved around Meredith. This time, it was all about him, the surgeon god. And he pulled it off wonderfully. I was worried about it being too predictable, or too slow moving, or just plain dumb, but it was none of those things. He was appropriate parts cocky jerk and caring physician, and the rest of the hospital staff really rallied around him. For the first time, someone other than Bailey actually demonstrated the personality and skills needed to succeed Richard as chief of medicine, when and if he ever retires.

      Which is a question that has been nagging. For awhile, it seemed foregone that Richard was done with the hospital. Thankfully, that did not come to pass, and he stayed on. Bailey was the obvious choice to the viewer, if not to the characters, but Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) is an interesting character played by a wonderful actor, and it would not help the show to jettison him. However, should a series finale be looming (Grey’s is, after all, in its sixth season), Derek would make a worthy successor.

      Alex, too, has had meaty moments, dealing with Izzie going AWOL. Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) was not initially in the original pilot, though reshoots allowed him to be edited in after the fact. He has turned into one of the most intriguing characters in the series, though, and maybe Shonda (Rhimes, the show’s creator) should go ahead and let Katherine Heigl out of her contract. Then in an ideal world, Alex would travel to Private Practice and finally finish out his romance with the lovely Dr. Addison Montgomery.

Coming Up This Week:  Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, The League Series Premiere, and V (the new one)

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