THE VOICE OVER GOES TO GEORGE - Complications Ensue
Complications Ensue:
The Crafty TV and Screenwriting Blog




Baby Name Voyager graphs baby name frequency by decade.

Social Security Administration: Most popular names by year.

Name Trends: Uniquely popular names by year.

Reverse Dictionary Search: "What's that word that means....?"

Facebook Name Trees Match first names with last names.


Archives

April 2004

May 2004

June 2004

July 2004

August 2004

September 2004

October 2004

November 2004

December 2004

January 2005

February 2005

March 2005

April 2005

May 2005

June 2005

July 2005

August 2005

September 2005

October 2005

November 2005

December 2005

January 2006

February 2006

March 2006

April 2006

May 2006

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006

September 2006

October 2006

November 2006

December 2006

January 2007

February 2007

March 2007

April 2007

May 2007

June 2007

July 2007

August 2007

September 2007

October 2007

November 2007

December 2007

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

April 2008

May 2008

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

January 2009

February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

June 2009

July 2009

August 2009

September 2009

October 2009

November 2009

December 2009

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

May 2010

June 2010

July 2010

August 2010

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011

October 2011

November 2011

December 2011

January 2012

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

September 2013

October 2013

November 2013

December 2013

January 2014

February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014

June 2014

July 2014

 

Monday, February 27, 2006

Watched Grey's Anatomy last night. So Meredith Grey feels bad she slept with George. "I did a terrible thing," she repeats, as if that's an excuse. But makes no effort to undo the damage. And then proceeds to set up a clandestine "friendly" date with Derek Shepherd.

Fairly selfish, dishonorable behavior, huh?

I wonder if giving George the v.o. this Sunday (and a much more down-to-earth one than Meredith usually gets), and making no effort to clean up Meredith's toxicity, means they're moving away from Meredith as central character. (Tough when you've called the thing "Grey's Anatomy".) Because she is certainly the least attractive of all the characters, and has the least interesting problems.

Probably not. The writers at Grey Matter, the promotional GA writer's blog, seem to like her just fine. And I'm probably older than the show's demographic. And women probably forgive Meredith for her behavior the way guys forgive Bruce Willis's characters for theirs.

But I can imagine a showrunner trying to wean her audience off a main character she's no longer in love with, or whom she made into a main character only because she knew network expected the main character to be a gorgeous, romantic white chick. 'Cause now that the show's a hit, and everyone is digging Burke and Christina and Bailey and Addison and the others... you can start to sideline the skinny white chick. Not like network's going to take the show away from Shonda, know what I'm saying?

7 Comments:

The network's not going to get rid of Shonda, but if they were to pick up her female-journalists-travel-the-country pilot, she might be less interested in Meredith. Plus she's mentioned in interviews she doesn't run the writer's room - she doesn't even go in most days -- so maybe if Shonda had her new project, the remaining showrunner can downplay Meredith as much as possible.

By Blogger RT, at 9:45 AM  

In general, I like the show.

But, what I'm noticing is - they tend to pick a topic (i.e. "karma" this week) and then hammer it, mercilessly, into the heads of the audience. Every situation has to do with the topic of the week, nearly every character will reference it in the episode.

It seems so heavy-handed and obvious - and for me, as a viewer, it's a real turnoff. It gets in the way of the story (I find myself thinking, "yeah yeah, karma, blah blah blah - now please get back to the story!").

Is it just me, or is this universally annoying? And - when you're writing - how do you find that line between a good theme that underlies everything and brings a sense of unity to your story, versus - beating your viewers senseless with something that is so obvious, you'd have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to miss it?

About the whole George and Meredith thing, I don't know. It seemed a bit unbelievable to me - not just that it happened, but *how* it happened, and the crying at the end. As upset as she supposedly was, wouldn't you imagine that she'd just burst out crying from the moment George went through his, "I will always love you" speech? And, even given the circumstances - I have trouble seeing George just walking out on her in tears. So, the whole thing was kind of a disappointment for me.

By Blogger Nancy B., at 9:55 AM  

I think it would be a good idea to move away from Meredith as the main character. She's the least intresting and they make her look all washed out with the make-up they put her in. Everyone else on the show looks great.

Maybe they can change the name of the show to Gray's Anatomy not Grey's Anatomy and kill her off.

By Blogger Cecil E. Rudd, at 11:33 AM  

I'm not a huge fan of the show, but I do like it. I especially like the fact that Meredith screws up - and big. If she makes a mistake, then it isn't trivial.

We've all done it at one point or another in our lives -- dated, slept with or married the wrong person. Perhaps we've made a decision that's cost us a friendship or possibly even a life.

If you look at the overall arc of the stories, I think we can say she's being deconstructed - torn down to the bone. The title gives it all away - this show is about picking apart Meredith Grey. To see what makes her tick.

I think we're just on the down-swing of her story, and that as we progress and learn about Meredith we'll see she's learning a lot about herself. She'll start making better, more thoughtful decisions; but if not, she'll accept the consequences of those decisions.

By Blogger Bill Cunningham, at 12:38 PM  

Yeah. Um. the whole "Can we kill/de-emphasize Meredith" thing is coming dangerously close to fanfic territory.

From the kind of person that Meredith has been up to now, what she did in sleeping with George wasn't the slightest bit surprising -- and the beauty of it, is that they gave the clean, matter-of-fact summation of that behavior to Alex. Straight up. The guy may not be as wildly sensitive as the rest of them -- but he sure has Meredith's number.

This is a great clean and rinse plot. It allows both George, and hopefully, Meredith, to go off in other directions.

And to answer the question about karma and hammering the theme, well, considering the fact that the ratings for Grey's keep going up, and it's now in Mega-hit rather than 'strong freshman' territory, I would say nope -- not a lot of other people are having your concerns re: the heavy-handedness of presenting the themes.

Six Feet, Scrubs, Lost, Rescue Me -- all have been heavy handed with their exploration of theme. If you think it's heavy handed, it's likely because you're thinking like a civilian.

And I SO knew they were going to switch the V/O eventually -- the writers for weeks now have been seemingly writing away from it. I think it's a device they feel saddled with at this point.

With the strong ensemble in the show, I would lay money you'll see an Izzie and a Yang V/O eventually.

But never McDreamy. Eff him.

By Blogger DMc, at 3:54 PM  

IN the above, I mean,

"it's likely that you're NOT thinking like a civilian..."

(IE: people who read screenwriting blogs are not necessarily your great average viewer...)

I'm tired.

By Blogger DMc, at 3:57 PM  

Oh, bite me.

I love Meredith Grey. And I'm older than you. And a writer as well.

She's human. She makes mistakes. She fucks up. Big time.

You mentioned in your interview being in a toxic relationship. Well?

Don't you forgive yourself for it?

Then how about cutting the woman a little slack... She's a frigging intern, for God's sake, working 100 hours a week. Her mom's in a home, and she's in love with McDreamy, who's got a wife, and her McDog. And she made a mistake and slept with her roommate.

So she screwed up.

Haven't you ever slept with precisely the wrong person, and had to pay an enormous price for it? Sometimes that's the only way we grow up. Which, if I follow your comments, is precisely what you've been bitching and moaning about, about Meredith.

Geez, you'd think you were a fan of the show or something. Like the rest of us. * smiles *

Jesse Wendel
Seattle

By Blogger Jesse Wendel, at 4:44 PM  

Post a Comment

Back to Complications Ensue main blog page.



This page is powered by Blogger.