Thursday, May 24, 2007

Grey Matter

OK. I’m hooked. To Grey’s Anatomy. Why so many short sentences? I want you to feel the staccato. It’s not a gradual liking. It’s the instant shot of Anastasia. A powerful swig of red bull. I’m HOOKED.

The first two episodes gave me a feeling of deja-vu—a lighter version of ER mixed with the intro and exit narrative of Desperate Housewives. It seemed like one of those replicas based on previously successful formulae. But I was in for a surprise. The cast comprising of five surgical interns Dr Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo), Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Dr George O'Malley (TR Knight), Dr Isobel "Izzie" Stevens (Katherine Heigl), Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers); one resident Dr Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), three Attendings Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery-Shepherd (Kate Walsh), Dr. Derek Shepherd a.k.a. "McDreamy" (Patrick Dempsey), Dr. Preston Xavier Burke (Isaiah Washington) and one Chief of Surgery Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr), is endearing, charming, irritating and addictive by turns.

The show weaves in and out of their private and professional lives, each episode slowly throwing up ice-cream cone truths (plain, there for all to see and half as appealing as the actual ice-candy) of life. The plot is unpretentious and taut, and most of the times quite unfrivilous. What Grey’s Anatomy heavily relies on is soundtracks. Each episode is named after a song. Besides, every episode has 3-6 unreleased soundtracks from various bands. In fact the bands Snow Patrol and The Fray have gained immensely from GA as "Chasing Cars" and The Fray's "How to Save a Life" became top 5 hits after appearing in the show. Both the create Shonda Rhimes and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, deserve a pat on their backs for the brilliant use of brilliant music.

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