Published: October 4th, 2017
Shonda Rhimes never ceases to amaze. For the first time in a while, in her own twisted way, Rhimes finally offers her characters and loyal fans some hope in the all-new season of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
The past thirteen seasons of this popular medical drama have been filled with loss and heartbreak. I’m still recovering from the death of “McDreamy,” but in the world of Shonda Rhimes, anything is possible.
Last season we finally saw Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) give love another go-around. With the recognition that she already had, her epic love, Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson), was finally given the chance to be more than a random hookup in the parking lot; and to my dismay, I grew found of their growing relationship. However, let’s not forget that it is Shonda Rhimes we’re talking about. She doesn’t allow her characters to stay in that stage of happiness for too long.
At the end of season thirteen, we discovered that Megan Hunt (Abigail Spencer), Owen’s (Kevin McKidd) sister and Riggs’ other epic love, is still alive and on her way to Seattle to receive medical attention. Way to pop the Meredith and Riggs bubble! With that realization, it is no surprise that the season fourteen premiere focused on the newly found love triangle.
With Megan needing a risky surgery, who better to operate than Meredith Grey? Way to make things awkward. Speaking of love triangles, there are just so many in this season. On one hand, we have April (Sarah Drew), Jackson (Jesse Williams), and Maggie (Kelly McCreary). Personally, I’m happy that Jackson and April are over. Their relationship ran its course with the constant back and forth and never-ending drama. Maggie and Jackson are filled with so many possibilities, especially because we have never seen Maggie in a committed relationship. New drama on the show would be great but after the intimate moment Jackson and April shared in Montana, I don’t foresee smooth sailing for Maggie and Jackson.
While those three work out their issues, Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), Jo (Camilla Luddington) and DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) seem to come to an unspoken conclusion about their relationships moving forward. Last season, the fate of Alex was up in the air; now that his situation has resolved, there are some pieces that need to be picked up. I would love to see Alex find another girl who didn’t cause him to make career damaging decisions, but when you love someone, what can you do?
It was unclear whether or not Jo was going to rekindle her relationship with Alex or try something new with DeLuca, until this episode. Our new Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) makes known that Jo was scared of Alex physically harming her; which, gives the audience an opportunity to see another side of Jo.
So, where’s the hope? Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) having a brain tumor is perfect because it explains why she’s been so irrational lately. I am not a fan of Amelia and Owen’s relationship, I will always rather Owen with Christina (Sandra Oh), but it’s obvious that she loves Owen. Despite all her reservations about having a baby and getting married, when Owen needed her most, she stepped up to the plate. She always shows up. Who knows, maybe if Amelia’s tumor is operable she can finally go back to normal— well, her normal.
This two-hour premiere was an excellent way to start off this season. The underlying tone of women empowerment was refreshing. For too long, the men of Grey-Sloan Memorial dominated the direction of the show. It’s time for them to take a step back. I didn’t enjoy Teddy (Kim Raver) coming back to the hospital because I feel as though her character was explored enough, and all the unnecessary drama she would bring is exactly that: unnecessary. Some characters should definitely come to visit, but not her. I hope her exit is quick and swift, but Shonda Rhimes’ signature move is making her audience fall in love with characters we so desperately want to hate. Season fourteen shows a lot of promise and might just be the best one yet.