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  1. Marni

    Behind The Scenes: The Drama Behind the Drama

    TR did an exit interview with EW and did sound like there was some tension. No big incident but a buildup of frustration from the way the Isaiah incident was handled, the decisions being made about his character (George cheating on Callie, Gizzie) and his dramatically reduced screen time. From this and other interviews, even Shonda herself, it seems with her lack of experience and shy personality Shonda struggled with her showrunner management duties in the early years causing problems. It sounds like she's gotten much better with experience. Good for TR though. George's writing was messy, but I think TR's performance was aways great. He can really pull off physical comedy.
  2. That's an interesting idea. I do have some hesitations about that structure because for me personally I'm not interested in all the characters anymore, like in the early seasons. Now days there are many weak characters I don't care about so if most or all of the characters I was invested in were in the background for that long a stretch of time I think I'd lose interest, especially with the two hiatuses being so long. But in general I do think more thorough planning of the overall season would improve the show a great deal, the Riggs/Owen stuff is proof of that. We know from interviews they were making it up on the fly, they just kept dragging it out with no end goal in mind and there ended up being zero payoff, it just kind of fizzled out. I found it so tiresome to watch and looking back now all the time they spent on it seems rather pointless. I do still have a tiny bit of delusional hope for some April/Amelia interaction later in the season if Amelia and Owen start talking about children. If Amelia has concerns about being pregnant again, April would the perfect person for her to talk to, and she's close to Owen.
  3. I totally agree about the lack of connection between characters these days. There used to be such distinct dynamics between characters. Even for those that didn't have a particularly strong relationship, e.g. George and Cristina, there was still a connection between them and a specific dynamic that made their interactions interesting. Now there seems to be a mixture of characters who have no relationship with each other and those that did in previous seasons but rarely interact anymore, e.g. Alex with April and Jackson. I really noticed the disconnect with the Stephanie/Kyle's Izzie/Denny redux story. As well as it not being built up well enough Steph/Kyle had zero impact for me because Stephanie is so isolated, Jo and Amelia kind of cared but were focused on their own drama. With Izzie there were so many people connected to her it reverberated throughout the entire show and affected everyone. 3x01 with Izzie on the bathroom floor was such a great episode, it managed to focus on Izzie's grief while also giving everyone else something substantial. Even Callie and Finn got interesting scenes. It also annoys me that they don't utilise obvious connections, like April and Amelia have gone through such similar experiences with their babies and yet haven't spoken. They could have given them a small moment together, them striking up a conversation outside the nursery looking at babies or in the chapel, working on a pregnant women together etc. It could have been a powerful scene and even it it doesn't become a fully fledged friendship (since Amelia has to be with her 'sisters') it establishes a relationship between them and gives their future scenes more depth.
  4. Marni

    S12.E21: You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side

    April never blamed Stephanie for her baby being sick, she was upset that Stephanie told Jackson before her, which I'm pretty sure is technically a breach of doctor patient confidentiality. April left the appointment but she was in the same building as her all day and ran into Stephanie in the ER later that day and talked to her about the appointment, but Stephanie didn't say anything and then April later found out Stephanie told Jackson. Not blaming Stephanie, it was a very difficult messy situation, but April being upset was justified, lets not twist facts.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    I also think the build-up was intended to be the escalating conflict between Meredith and the other characters. This is a quick and easy way to move all the stories forward, everyone feels so sorry for Meredith they're forced to put their issues with her aside and support her.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    I think Zola only spoke briefly in 11x21 when Meredith asks her "who can never be late?" and she replies "surgeons, but that was the previous actress who played her. Apparently Zola scenes have been filmed this season but ended up being cut. I don't think that actress (Jaimie Rose) is playing Owen's sister. This is pretty paranoid reasoning but she posted heaps of photos from set during filming and if she was playing such a mysterious character I think they would have told her to keep it quieter for the big reveal. In general Shonda hates spoilers but they are being especially secretive with this Owen/Riggs stuff. After the accidental reveal of Samantha Sloyan's return earlier this season with that bts photo, that was quickly deleted, they might try to be more careful. Also the actress is 56, so while certainly still possible that would mean a big age difference between her and Riggs (Martin Henderson is 41).
  7. Marni

    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    The previous TVLine blind item everyone was speculating was Izzie related ended up being about The Good Wife, and was overblown. I think Ausiello is just sneaky, and in fairness it's his job to get clicks. He knows KH is always top of mind for things of this nature and it will get heaps of attention so the blinds are purposefully written to imply Izzie, even though it's unrelated.
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    Promos & Sneak Peeks

    I agree, I was joking about the way that promo tries to play up the life or death stuff, especially with "clear" and then the flatline like sound effect.
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    Promos & Sneak Peeks

    The lead character and show namesake in danger in a midseason episode, I don't know guys.
  10. Marni

    S07.E12: Tracks

    This episode was like 'The Good Wife: Lite.' It was a return to basics and all the usual shticks I used to enjoy so much, but the magic was gone. Everything felt clumsy and slightly off. I wish they created a new musician client. These overly quirky one note guest stars are only fun for one episode stints, after that they run out of juice and become played out. Rowby got annoying real fast. Luca sleeping with him was so half baked. Luca is awesome, I did not buying she would want to have a fling with some daft cheesy mediocre musician client who is fifteen years older then her and keeps hitting on her while she's trying to do her job just because she likes artists. The whole thing felt so forced and pointless. I want to know something new about Luca's personal life, again the only thing we're given is the guy she is involved with. The bit with the opposing lawyer constantly mentioning her adopted Chinese baby was weak, it felt like the writers trying way to hard to be eccentric. Can we please be done with the musical chair law firms, the thrill is gone now it's just boring. How many times can they repeat the same dramatic scene with some combination of Alicia, Diane, Cary, David, Louis etc asking the others to join their firm. Just put everyone together at one firm and be done with it. Diane and Cary are being wasted. Alicia is so entitled. I have no problem with a character being flawed, but I wish they would acknowledge it and play around with it, rather than always framing her as the victim.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    I hope April and Jackson work out, I really like them together. Right now there are mostly new romances, having an established married couple is good for variety, story wise. Regarding the ambulance explosion it seems from the date the video was posted it happens in 12x10 not in 12x09, so is unrelated to Meredith being attacked.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    Yes ferry boat was the first time I thought the show went really wrong. I hated Meredith in limbo and it started that whole Alex/Ava arc.
  13. Marni

    Grey's Anatomy in the Media: Incident Reporting

    Yes, the show needs to realize it's okay for some characters to be supporting. It's admirable they want to flesh out each character and give them stories but it ends up burdening the show as a whole when they have to find something for 16 people to do every episode. Have a clearly established core cast and let the others just be recurring, to be used only when it's relevant to telling the central stories. They don't need to appear in every episode or have their own separate stories. When I think of Stephanie as a main character and compare her to others she is a pretty weak character, I really don't feel like I know her and what motivates her with any depth, but if I think of her within the classification of a supporting character she's solid. I don't have any desire to see a solely Stephanie focused story, as they did this season with the out of the blue schmaltzy backstory, but Stephanie the resident making more occasional appearances to service a patient story with a lead character is great. I completely agree, there was definitely a change in the structure of the show from S11.
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    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    Geez E14 and it's only just starting to come out, I'm already so over the Owen/Nathan drama.
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    Grey's Anatomy in the Media: Incident Reporting

    For sure I agree with all of that, and in the whole scheme of Hollywood actor life Grey's is an objectively awesome job. In terms of contract decision speculation I just think it's worth also considering what the individual experience of the actors may be like on a day to day basis and the possible drawbacks of the job. T.R. Knight chose to leave a contract worth $14M, according to EW, because he was unhappy with what they were doing with his character creatively and his screen time was dramatically cut down. He could have stayed for that huge pay check and enjoyed the perks of his reduced screen time but chose to leave and return to theatre mostly. He says he doesn't regret it, whether that's completely true I don't know. Obviously having kids would make the financial security more valuable but it shows for better or worse subjective factors like job satisfaction, creative fulfillments, hey even ego can have a big impact on these decisions, logic and reason be damed. When I looked up his salary I came across this quote from him in one of the articles that I think sums up the imperfect science involved in these choices- "People like to add up all the dollar signs and how much you're walking away from, and let them. That's cool. I'm the one that's walking in my shoes."
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