Review by Tagouga
After the disappointment which was season ten, you would expect much more from this season’s premiere. I am not sure whether it is the absence of Cristina Yang or the overall storylines but something was missing in this hour.
The introduction of Maggie Pierce, Meredith’s half-sister, definitely didn’t have the impact that the writers were hoping for. She tried to connect with Meredith at every opportunity but ended up being overreacting at every turn. I think Owen would have said something if Meredith was in fact compromising the patient’s health. And did Maggie really think she would immediately bond with her sister right away? This felt nothing more than a deja-vu; the whole sister story has been played out before with Lexie, except that Lexie’s character was very likable, and I absolutely can’t say the same about Maggie Pierce. A flashback to Meredith’s childhood also revealed Maggie’s birth as Ellis Grey demanded that the child be taken away.
With Yang gone, Meredith is now in need of a new “person”. With only Alex left from the old team, it’s admittedly nice to have him fill out this role. I’ve always liked his dynamic with Meredith and I particularly enjoyed the scene with her kicking Jo out of bed.
Bits & Scalpels
– Amy finding out Richard’s secret seems like a forced excuse to just give Amy some screen time.
– The gurney accident was a bit over-the-top. I actually thought the hospital would be facing yet another lawsuit.
– Richard, Derek, and Jackson trying to start a bromance with Owen was very funny to watch.
– Geena Davis’ introduction to the show came out of nowhere; it didn’t make sense.
– Alex and Bailey’s confrontation was the only scene I was looking forward to. Unfortunately it was a very brief one. But the two deciding to battle it out looks like it will be interesting.
– In the end, Derek chose his family over work. However, Meredith seems to be concerned, as I believe she is afraid Derek will later on resent her for making him give up this opportunity.
Derek: You wanna stay here and not come with me? Why not? Seems to be a trend recently.
Owen (to Derek): Stop asking me out on dates.
Meredith: Pierce is no Yang. She’s perky and chatty. I bet she likes cats.
Alex: You can’t break into my house and wake me up to talk and then tell me to shut up!
Piney Gir & Correatown – Ghost of the Year
Odessa – I Will Be There
The premiere was a disappointment, which just goes to prove that the show has outlived its appeal. Let’s hope the next episodes will salvage whatever dignity this show has left.
Tag, how weird is it that I enjoyed this hour? I guess I must have been really bored because I was surprised at how amusing this was even though Cristina is gone. I guess Grey’s is a well-oiled machine after all these years that can survive any character’s exit (and God knows they’ve had a lot of those).
But all your points made sense. Maggie is a HORRIBLY annoying and useless character. We’ve seen this all before with Lexie and it just feels pointless to visit this again.
I just want to point out this beautifully written monologue by the kid’s mom. It really resonated with me:
“When they’re babies, you spend every night by their crib, just watching them, make sure that they’re still breathing. They start walking, so you childproof every inch of your house. They start climbing trees, and you just pray that they don’t fall and crack their head open. They turn 16 and they get cancer. And just when you’re finally about to beat that, they sneak out to a parking lot to have sex and a gurney falls out of the sky! I mean, how are we supposed to do it? How are we ever supposed to keep them safe?”
Some other bits:
– Loved this line: “You’re together but living apart. Live-a-partners! See that? I gave it a name. Now it’s a thing.”
– What the hell was Geena Davis doing? Her appearance was really bizarre and she looked uncomfortable.
– The CGI helicopter was horrendous. Budget cuts perhaps?
– The tequila ending was sort of cute no? Not enough to salvage the Maggie character though.