Monday, February 13, 2006

The bazooka goes boom

I wasn't going to post on the finale of the two-parter "Grey's Anatomy" I watched last night, but two things changed my mind. First was the ominous Google search that led one person to this blog: "why isn't my bazooka tube working?" 101 comes in at number six on that hit list. I never before thought of including a "don't try this at home" disclaimer on this site.

The other influence is the bump in traffic I got from mentioning "Grey's Anatomy". If you're here because the blog mentions "Grey's Anatomy", welcome. And feel free to look around, because the site is much more than only drive-by comments on "Grey's Anatomy". So, enjoy the place, read the "Grey's Anatomy" comments and the rest, and have a fun few moments. "Grey's Anatomy".

Now that you're here, you'll have to put up with me as I trash last night's episode. The post-Superbowl first hour had its problems, as I pointed out last week, but at least it kept me interested. This week's conclusion was far too soap opera.

It was an "and then" episode. Last week established what happened. This week kept pushing it: and then... and THEN... AND THEN!!! It went too far over the top.

The bazooka had cleared the wing of the hospital AND THEN the oxygen line was under the operating room with the bazooka shell!!! (All operating rooms have oxygen lines to them; not being an engineer, I question how large an oxygen tube needs to be to threaten to wipe out a hospital.)

The man in charge is feeling stressed, AND THEN he has a heart attack!!! But it turns out to be an anxiety attack.

Dr. Bailey's husband is on the table in mortal danger, AND THEN his heart stops!!! But Derek pounds on his chest in one last desperate move AND THEN his heart starts up again!!!

It was too much. The danger was established in the first hour, and the second needed no further cliffhangers. In the Grey Matter blog (see blogroll to right), showrunner Shonda Rhimes describes how she meant the first episode to be male and the second episode to be female. This female episode lost me. It lost my wife, too. The show just doesn't make my must-see list.

I don't want to post without pointing out the good, as well. Although and perhaps because he doesn't do much, George is a key perspective character in these two hours of TV. Eventually, he peps up the paramedic - and himself at the same time. He charges up, and motivates Dr. Bailey to have her kid there and then.

I did like the bazooka explosion. It seemed to be of the right magnitude - and note how the hallway contained it, just as an operating room would have. Shonda details all the testing that went into bringing her line - "...When the ammo explodes. When Dylan explodes." - to screen.

Problem is, Dylan (the bomb squad guy) wouldn't explode. He probably wouldn't survive, but he would not have vaporized into pink mist. Three-and-a-half pounds of TNT is not going to turn a body to aerosol from one side.

And once the explosion occurs, there's no exploration of that among the cast.

The best part of the episode was the end, and it recalled the first scene of the first hour. George sees the three women in the shower in life, not his fantasy. He sees why three women would shower together. It's not fantasy. If there were more moments like that, the show would have kept me as a viewer.


Blogger Naila J. said...


February 13, 2006 9:19 PM  
Blogger PS said...

Well said. Pretty much sums up what I thought of the episode. If the second episode was meant to be female (it would explain all the screaming - oops, did I say that out loud?) it would further support Denis's view ("Dead things on Sticks") re: the female voice and losing male viewers.

I'll be checking out your blog more often.

February 14, 2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger Lisa Hunter said...

Did the double episode feel like a play rather than a screenplay to you? Sometimes when I'm watching a movie and characters take a long time to talk about what they're feeling, I realize: this is a stage play adapted for the screen.

I had the same feeling with Grey's, with characters popping into the brain surgery operation next door to the bomb to chat about their feelings.

February 24, 2006 10:11 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home