That Shonda Rhimes is quite the sadist isn’t she? While I’ve grown accustomed to her putting our favorite doctors through the most traumatic of incidents (ferry accidents, hospital shootouts, plane crashes), her killing of Mark Sloane in the season nine premiere was an especially horrifying development.
I’m unsure how I feel about Sloane’s death. On one hand, it does make sense thematically as I don’t think it would have been satisfying seeing Mark end the show with anyone other than Lexi. However, Eric Dane is a phenomenal talent and he’s been one of the show’s standouts in recent years. And alongside the losses of Lexi and Teddy, the show is going to have to work extra hard to fill the voids they’ve left behind. Still, I can’t deny that Sloane’s death made for some great drama and that I’m eager to see the crew deal with the aftermath.
Speaking of aftermaths, Shonda apparently decided to withhold the crash developments until the second episode while choosing to begin the premiere with a time-jump. I must say it’s an interesting decision that has me suitably excited to see how episode two is going handle the whole ordeal. It also managed to produce an excellent misdirection as I was sure Arizona had bitten the dust (thanks to Callie’s breakdown in the closet). The reveal of her cooped up in bed with an amputated leg no less literally made my jaw drop (and that hasn’t happened in a while).
In other news, it was undoubtedly weird to see Christina in a whole other hospital. And while I appreciate the fact that our doctors seem to be traumatized of planes now, I’m going to need Miss Yang back in Seattle Grace very very soon. The less said about April however the better. I literally have zero interest in her and found myself wholly disappointed by Hunt begging her to come back. She can stay with the pigs as far as I’m concerned.
On the bright side, I was definitely amused by Bailey lighting up this year thanks to a reputation that has made her a laughing stock. Her new nickname – Booty-Call Bailey (BCB) – was beyond epic.
Bits & Scalpels
– The interns have nicknamed Meredith “Medusa.” Ha! Awesome to see Meredith in charge.
– Bizarre flashback to Derek’s wedding day. I’m unsure how I felt about these. They felt a little forced. Mark trying to get Callie to film a sex tape however was hilarious.
– The Nazi giving Medusa her blessing: awesome.
– Callie crying in the closet just broke my heart on every level.
– Again, Callie crying (this time by Mark’s bed) really tug at my heartstrings. Sara Ramirez is spectacular.
– Loved Meredith screaming at Alex in the airport for not bidding her goodbye.
– Beautiful moment between Meredith, Christina and Alex bonding (though the iPad). I’m still not such a fan of Karev.
– That final shot with Sloane turning off the camera was beyond tragic (and admittedly beautiful).
Must Download Tunes
Ingrid Michaelson – Into You
Tristan Prettyman – My Oh My
One Two – Without You
While this hour was undeniably depressing, it was a nonetheless solid season premiere from Grey’s Anatomy.