Grey's Anatomy - Season 2 (Review)
Review by Jack Foley
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentaries On Selected Episodes; A Set Tour of Seattle Grace Hospital; Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy: Unaired Scenes; The Doctors Are In: Answers to the Questions You Really Want to Know; Creating ‘Pink Mist’: A behind the scenes look at the special effects involved in creating the bomb explosion in ‘As We Know It’; Grey’s Anatomy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with DVD Exclusive Jimmy Kimmel Intro.
OVER the course of its second season, top-rated US medical drama Grey’s Anatomy became the show we loved to hate.
Both brilliant and annoying, the series made for compelling viewing even when you found yourself lamenting its weaker aspects.
Season two picked up in the aftermath of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) being dumped by her married Derek “McDreamy” (Patrick Dempsey) and turning to drink and one night stands in the hope of getting over him.
In so doing, she also broke the heart of her longtime admirer and friend, George (TR Knight), and threatened to alienate herself from her fellow interns.
Lucky, then, that everyone else’s personal lives were as big a mess throughout.
Career-fixated y Cristina (Sandra Oh) finds her relationship with Dr Burke (Isaiah Washington) getting ever more serious, while Izzie (Katherine Heigl) pairs up and then breaks up with the roguish Alex (Justin Chambers) before falling in love with heart patient Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
Derek, meanwhile, is trying to give his marriage a second chance with estranged wife Addison (Kate Walsh), although clearly has the hots for Meredith courtesy of the number of sappy glances he exchanges with her.
And let’s not forget the no-nonsense Dr Bailey (Chandra Wilson) who also struggles to balance her medical career with motherhood.
All of these personal dilemmas (and more) unfolded against the backdrop of some meaty medical cases – many of which helped to keep the show afloat.
Standout episodes included Into You Like a Train, in which a pair of strangers found themselves impaled together on a metal pole and faced with the choice of who will live or die, and the two-parter It’s The End of the World… As We Know It, in which a live bomb triggered a cold black and everyone’s lives hung in the balance.
The final few episodes also layered on the tension as time began to run out for Denny, prompting Izzie to make some career-threatening decisions, and Dr Burke found himself faced with his own mortality.
As gripping as such plotlines are, however, Grey’s Anatomy continually toys with viewers’ patience by attempting to make each medical case serve as a metaphor for Meredith’s feelings.
Indeed, many of the characters are selfish, self-centred freaks who occupy too much time obsessing about their own problems when the lives of their patients hang in the balance.
But it’s part of the strange addicition of the show that no matter how angry you get with proceedings, you still tune in.
Longer-running shows such as House and ER continue to be the standard-bearers but Grey’s certainly offers a worthwhile alternative that’s more of a guilty pleasure than anything ultra serious.
What’s more, it boasts a consistently excellent soundtrack that almost always ensures that the big moments stay with you.
It’s just a shame that Meredith (complete with irritating voice-over) threatens to pull the rug from under proceedings, while even McDreamy needs to wisen up and get over himself.
Season three could do with a little more grit and a lot less sap – but the word from America suggests otherwise. Meredith continues to annoy, various romances and petty neuroses continue to take centre stage and viewers continue to watch in their droves.
But then maybe that’s the point…
Season 2 is available to buy from May 28.