Friday, May 21, 2010

Let's Talk TV

I don’t have a super stirring and original post today and it’s Shonda Rhimes fault. I'm exhausted.

For those of you who did not see the Grey's Anatomy season finale… I don't know what to tell you. It was the most intense roller-coaster ride of a 2-hour show that I have seen in a while. The characters were stripped bare and allowed to be their purist selves (as generally happens in times of crisis – you get to see who people really are). And you found yourself cheering for a person one minute and almost praying for a stray bullet the next. They kept the suspense in place for all but the last ten minutes of the show. Who lives, who dies, what next, why and how?

A few issues (without spoilers) - really with Callie and Arizona sniping at each other in the middle of a lockdown? What kind of lame-assed SWAT does Seattle have? Mandy Moore's purpose was...? Where was Miranda's dude in her time of need? Who knew Richard had a straight gangsta psychologist card to play?

At the end of the day, the show may be called Grey's Anatomy but Miranda Bailey and Richard Webber are the heart and soul (no pun intended) of Seattle Grace.

Even if you never watch Grey's, I would recommend you check this out (with wine and an inhaler) to see what quality TV looks like. Where script is kept tight, dialogue can move the plot and the obvious isn't necessary. This episode was Emmy worthy. Here are the first ten minutes... (Warning: Graphic Violence)

Personally, it was the best season finale I've ever seen... and I've seen quite a few. Someone tried to compare it to an ER shootout finale but this was done with a more emotional (and believable) touch. And quite truthfully, it was written smarter. [Update: Ms. Rhimes responds to the swirl surrounding her finale right here: http://www.greyswriters.com/]

Even if you are not a Grey's fan, let's talk TV. I watched Criminal Minds Wednesday night. It was a about a serial killer who found his victims through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) - that gave me significant pause and has be reviewing my privacy settings and network security. Speaking of Criminal Minds, CBS has picked up a spin-off starring Forest Whitaker. It doesn't have a title yet but is slotted for a mid-season replacement.

Here's what the fall 2010 network line up looks like (reminding me why I watch so much TNT and HBO): Fall 2010.

Did anyone watch Criminal Minds? If you watched the Grey's finale, what did you think? Any Lost watchers out there? Was/Is there a season finale you liked or are excited about? A show that you are sad to see go? (Flash Forward) Have you given up on TV altogether? Just waiting on football to start back up? The floor is yours...

47 comments:

L. Michelle said...

Shonda Rimes and Jeff Davis (Criminal Minds) have had me on edge for the past two nights!!!! I too was very very very uneasy with the Criminal Minds episode that has truly made me aware how vulnerable we all when it comes to social media.
But Grey's Anatomy last night was by far the best season finale that I have seen in a long time. So much that I told one of my FB friends, where do you go after that??? I mean, it was almost a SERIES finale type event. I have friends that don't watch Grey's either but then after all of the FB status updates and tweets, decided to tune in last night and for the most part said that they felt that they had watched an action packed movie.

Even my puppy didn't move for two hours...that's how good it was!!!

Thanks Chele and Reads4Pleasure for the tweetfest!!

ASmith said...

As I've mentioned before, I haven't seen Grey's in a long time, but my twitter timeline and facebook newsfeed were CROWDED, so now I feel like I gotta go see...

I can't wait for the Lost season finale. I watched the first 5 seasons in 2 months (thanks Netflix instant streaming). I need to watch this week's episode and get ready for Sunday's season finale. ::jig::

I'm behind on Criminal Minds and Law & Order:SVU (didn't realize this week's ep was the season finale). Gotta get caught up.

derek love said...

I started watching Grey's with my ex and I catch it whenever. Sat down with little expectations... that was crazy. It was a feature film, grabbed you in the first 10 minutes and did not let go. Chele - did you recognize the crazy dude from your favorite TV show?

Shah said...

What?! That was the best finale I have seen in a very long time - it did seem like a series finale as opposed to just closing the season ... I didn't know it was two hours, I almost died when the first episode was coming to a close ... I was like, they can't stop here ... I haven't watched Grey's consistently for some time now but I was certainly glued to the TV, along with my daughter (understandable) and 11 yr old son (surprising). I was in tears ( as I often am when watching this program) at some points. I was surprised by certain twists. The writing and acting was excellent. It was truly a believable drama. Glad I watched it. (I was so thrilled I had to stop lurking here & actually post!)

Crystal said...

Hey OneChele,
I'm a long time reader, first time commenter. I LOVED the season finally of Grey's Anatomy!!!! It was amazing. I actually just finished watching it online and even after doing a full on re-cap with one of my besties I am still in shock!!!!! The only thing that irritated me was that the gunman kept on saying "I did not mean to kill all those people"... So stop killing all those innocent people. But then again that is why this episode was so great, I was irritated, angry, sad, there were some funny moments ( like when Karev was on the table with blood and a bullet lodged in him saying I'm going to kill that guy when I see him.. It was funnier on screen), I cried, really had the ugly cry going on. I experienced every emotion under the sun. It really was like a mini movie. Last night's Grey's episode was a great way to end my TV consumption. It's always good to go out with a bang and when all my favorite shows season finales have aired I am taking a break from TV during the summer. Oh and BTW I LOVE your blog, it's one of the few blogs I regularly check. Keep up the great work!!!

OneChele said...

I did recognize the gunman as "Judge Blowhard" from the Bank Shot Job, Season One of Leverage. Don't test me on Leverage, son.

baileyqc said...

I went to bed emotionally drained and exhausted. She put everything she had into that show and I mean everything. I'm looking forward to my summer shows now - Leverage and Rescue Me.

OneChele said...

Ha - you're welcome!

OneChele said...

Thanks for the de-lurk ;-) I suspect if they ever do a series finale they'll just nuke the whole place and have Mer/Der escape and end up in New York. ;-)

keishabrown said...

it. was. un.believe.able.
i stopped breathing at so many points.
i laughed (eat more bacon, have more sex)
i was near tears.
i was angry (seriously?? SWAT?? REALLY??????)
i had a tub of haagen-dazs that i couldnt even eat. (i was worried about choking on anything..i live solo). lol.
i fell off pretty hard this season (all the new characters..some of the story lines..) - she TOTALLY has me back (at hello in fact).
the end was a little anti-climatic (was hoping they wouldn't show us what happened in the final scene).
Webber is TOTALLY gangsta!!
That farm chick from Ohio needed a bullet herself at some points!!
And yes, Mandy Moore was pretty much useless. (although the pizza she described was sounded pretty good).
that was the most satisfying piece of television i've seen since Obama won Nov 4, 2008.

Rob said...

I had placed Grey's firmly in the category of "Chick TV" until last night's episode... that was big-screen worthy like put Angelina and Brad in as Meredith and Derek, make Denzel Chief Webber add some Dolby THX and it's Oscar time.

OneChele said...

Thank you Ms. Crystal. I, myself killed 2 large glasses of wine to make it through...

maxfab said...

I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I was a little turned off by the Grey's finale (as I was by last week's Private Practice finale, but that's another story).
Yes it was dramatic and heart-wrenching and yes I was on the edge of my seat at times, but to be honest at the end of it I felt I was on tragedy overload.
I get that finales are supposed to be dramatic and shake things up and leave you talking, but I guess I'm just wondering why it seems the only way to shock viewers is to hurt them. It seems so....salacious to me. Like the writers said to themselves, "what can we do to really get tongues wagging? Well we could do something really interesting and unexpected that's never been done....or we could just shoot a bunch of people. That always works".

Leon X said...

I'd like to thank you and everyone in my Twitter timeline for talking about the show so much that I felt compelled to watch. Last night's season finale was riveting. I've only watched one season of Grey's Anatomy and it left a bad taste in my mouth to the point I wasn't interested in watching the show again. Bailey and Webber were the only characters that held my interest in the show. They are pretty much the momma and the daddy on that show.

Crystal said...

I was soooo hurt when Dell died. I think I cried for 20 minutes and I did not like how Naomi treated him (when she said if she had been driving then the accident would not have happened. She did not know that, I felt like Dell was being blamed for the accident when it was all on the drunk driver). I may have to put Private Practice on probation in the fall.

Joy Andrews said...

My best friend called me all breathless "Are you WATCHING this?" I was not. I usually don't watch live but I turned it on because she was so scandalized. 15 minutes in you were like - this is a 2 hour show?! Good TV.

OneChele said...

I will say that Private Practice worked my nerves this season. Naomi was not likable and Addison went from needy to skanky (IMHO), they definitely strayed away from the medicine and into "hot mess" drama too much. The attempt to patch everything up in the finale fell flat to me.

Andrea M said...

I didn't like it either - I thought it did too much. I like a little less terror in my Television. But I will agree with Chele that it was tightly written.

KG said...

I fell behind on the GA episodes sometime in the fall (especially with not having a DVR) and just never bothered to get caught up. I've been hearing the finale yesterday was muy dramatic. I'm in no rush though, I can wait for it on DVD and watch the whole season at my own pace.

I've recently been watching past episodes of Criminal Minds and I'm definitely hooked for sure. Who knew Shemar Moore could act? hmm...lol. Will definitely be starting from season 1.

KG said...

I totally forgot the series finale of L&O:SVU was on Wednesday. I really need to get my DirectTV DVR service reinstated stat! Sharon Stone as a recurring character has been nice to watch.

taut_7 said...

i'm so glad i wasn't on twitter last night. didn't get to catch the finale till after midnight. that episode was crazy. i've been watching grey's since day 1 and i think as of last season private practice might have taken over their spot. they came back in a big way. you're right what the hell is up with seattle swat. dude had a shot on dude and shot him in the shoulder while he had a gun pointed at little grey. i would have taken the kill shot right then and there. smh. overall a great episode. i already ready for next season.

KG said...

Yup, have to agree with you here Chele. I fell behind on PP this season but when I found out about Addison & Sam, my unintentional slacking off felt justified. I mean, Addison & Sam??!! WTH?

OneChele said...

Wow - interesting comparison ;-) Maybe we could talk Shonda into writing an updated West Wing?

OneChele said...

Ha! Peer pressure ;-) Glad you enjoyed!

southernbelle44 said...

So I missed the first 55 minutes of the GA season finale (trying to be active in my community). For the last 65 minutes I saw, all I can say is WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!! I was on the edge of my seat the whole night!!! And my mother kept calling me, so much so that I finally told her if she called me again I wasn't going to answer the phone! This finale had you going through all sorts of emotions. I was excited about the SVU finale on Wednesday, which might I add was pretty good until the last 2 minutes, but it CANNOT hold a candle to what I saw last night. (I even put on my Twitter status that Ms. Rhimes needs to hold a writing class this summer.) And I've been hella frustrated because NONE of my co-workers watch GA, so I have no one with which to dialogue. :( I am just really impressed with the work I saw last night. I just hope she shows out next season; I'm mad I have to wait until September to see how everyone recovers...and it'll be interesting to see how Ms. Rhimes can top herself next go-round.

Eye Candy said...

I alternately loved it and hated it. Whihc I guess is the measure of good TV.

V said...

Hi there OneChele! Just stumbled upon your blog recently - love, love, LOVE it as do I love your book.
Last night was the best episode of Grey's EVER!!! I'm still tired from being on edge for so long watching it. What kind of police/SWAT team do they have in Seattle?!?
I'm a 24 fanatic so I have 1 more big finale on Monday. After that I'll just spend more time outdoors and count the days until the NFL season starts! :)

Brandi said...

Ok. Am I the only one who thought Grey's was a crock of bull last night? It just reminded me of why I stopped watching that show when the "I can see dead people" crap started up. It also helped to remind me of why I no longer have cable, because obviously I'm not missing anything.
Maybe I missed something but I thought it was dramatic for no reason, poor acting, crappy characters. Just sigh.

OneChele said...

Hi and welcome!

keishabrown said...

sure!!!
im down! i miss west wing!
and can we talk about NBC INJUSTICE of killing Law and Order without an actual goodbye?? You couldn't find Chris Noth, Crossing Jordan and alllll the ppl dem for one 2 part, 4 way crossover (original, svu, ny, la) show??? VEX!!

keishabrown said...

chea!
bring back NFL!! sooon!!!

Annette said...

I must say, I was very impressed with the Gray's Anatomy finale. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It had gotten so I would still tune in every week, but would watch the show while doing something else(reading, talking on the phone...etc.) I was so riveted, I had to sprint to the bathroom during one commercial break so that I did not miss a second. My husband, who usually just tolerates the show, was impressed too. I think Ms. Rhimes and her writers did an outstanding job, and if they keep this up next season, they may overtake Law and Order in longevity. Long live Dr. Webber! He stole the show.

Annette said...

I must agree, I did not go to sleep until the wee hours of the morning; I kept turning those scenes over and over in my head. Although, I must say I think Miranda went a little overboard with the crying towards the end. Now that I think about it, the SWAT sequences were a little off; they should have shot the shooter dead during the Little Gray confrontation.

OneChele said...

Well there is talk that L&O will move to TNT so who knows? (We all know NBC has sucked for air since must see TV fell apart)

JaymeC said...

My husband hated it. Thought it was cliche and tragic.
I liked it, thought it was a great way to hit reset for the next season, maybe get back on track.

LikeLena said...

Just finished watching it. Thank you for not giving away the entire plot. That was intense. I haven't watched Lost in a while but I thought I'd watch the finale.

sunt97 said...

Grey's Anatomy was great and I haven't watched an episode all season. Yeah the side relationship convos were annoying but the overall show was freakin great. I can't remember the last time I was screaming at a tv or covering my mother like DAYUM. The ER shoot out was a good episode but at least with this one we know who lived and who died. When LOST goes off I will be bored out of my mind, I guess I will watch Bones and its reruns.

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Hidi said...

Chele, I am temporarily mad at you for convincing me to watch the final season episode of Gray's Anatomy. Sigh. I saw the episode on abc.com, the second part only. I never seen an episode of Gray's before so this was a first. I was so into it that I think my blood pressure went up. I think I need therapy. When I see "emotional things", I get emotional too. I know it is make believe but dang. Anyway, I enjoy it and I like watching drama t.v. so two thumbs up. :)

OneChele said...

I warned you - I said wine and an inhaler ;-) Now, deep breaths....

suebhoney said...

I absolutely LOVE Grey's Anatomy it's one of those shows that brings back memories of (old) ER (with George Clooney), L.A. Law, West Wing (which I cried when it went off). I spent half of the show screaming " You'd better not touch McDreamy!!!!". I love Miranda and Richard-hell I love all the characters with the exception of Lexi and Arizona & Owen (they leave alot to be desired). But i agree it was the best season finale yet. I was soooo hoping Callie would realize her lifestyle was just a phase. I have no problems with gay couples, it's just that they were not believable as a couple -sorry. Was so glad the kid was at his dad's-NO Interruptions. LOL. I do hate Meredith lost the baby though-just hope next season she doesn't wait till half the season to tell Derrick.

bougiesis said...

Okay, I had stopped watching GA because the writing had fallen off, yadda, yadda. I just watched the finale and I have 3 thoughts: why can't they write like this all season long, the guy who played Mr. Clark also led the Secret Service on the West Wing and I still can't get with the Callie story line. It was very well done and I may actually add it back to the DVR for next season.

ASmith said...

I haven't watched this season...or any of the recent seasons... but I struggled to believe Callie and Arizona as a couple, as well. I bought Callie with that first female doctor (her name escapes me now) but not this new one...

Brenda said...

I LOVED the season finale! It's one of the best yet. I'll admit, "Grey's Anatomy" has had some rough patches (Izzie seeing dead people? I know it was due to her cancer, but you get where I'm coming from), but I'm so glad I decided to hang in there. Just when I thought the actress who plays Bailey couldn't wow me anymore, she does it again. I felt Webber, Meredith, Yang and that cutie Avery were great too. I also questioned why the SWAT officer didn't take out the shooter after shooting him in the shoulder, but Shonda explained during an interview to "Entertainment Weekly" that Lexie was in between the SWAT officer and the shooter the whole time, and the shooter quickly took off. Okay....but I still loved the finale! As far as "Private Practice," I tried getting into that show, but it didn't hold me interest. I agree that Addison has turned into a skank (getting with your best friend's ex? I don't care how long they've been divorced...ew!!!)....and the other characters don't interest me like that..but I did watch the season finale, and I cried when Dell was talking to his daughter about the death. I loved that part. That is all.

missmajestic said...

I stopped watching grey's when Burke left. I wanted him and Christina to be together. But I'm a private practice stan (and addison is a skank but I love her character....they gonna make her gay next you watch!). But after all the hoopla of this finale I had to go online to watch. that was some damn good tv. And I shall be watching for that boy wit the light eyes next season. It still aint no ER (I'm such a hater)

but I personally think that Addison and Sam storyline WILL NOT WORK. they need to kill that

rikyrah said...

don't watch Grey's anymore. Do watch Criminal Minds, and yes, it freaked me out how the serial killer found his victims and ' fans'. I just can't do facebook or any of those other social websites. they creep me out.

looking forward to Royal Pains, Psych and Leverage returning.

Nadette said...

Chele! you ain't neva lie! (pardon the regression to Ebonics, but I had to go there). the most suspensful 2 hours of my tv watching life! and good question, WHERE was Dr. Bailey's new dude? I wa literally having coniption after coniption watching this season finale. Grey's has been kinda circling the wagns for the last couple of seasons, but this episode was an undeniable declaration of "you betta recognize" from Shonda. and let's not forget about the sesason finale of Private Practice! this whole season of Private was of the hook! TAKE ME TO SHONDA LAND!

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