“Sometimes things die and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Things are different. And odd. Not to mention a bit devastating for the doctors of Seattle Grace-Mercy West. And even then things are still the same. In true Shonda Rhimes-fashion, the season nine premiere of Grey’s Anatomy throws curveball after curveball at long-time fans and viewers like a game of emotional softball. And for obvious reasons, many of those fans are also cursing Ms. Rhimes’ name. “Going Going Gone” slowly but surely stabbed us in the heart yet again, as we witness the numerous aftermaths of what happened after last season’s fatal plane crash. Well, maybe a month or so later. Point is, everything changes.
A great majority of the season premiere is dedicated to saying goodbye to yet another beloved character, Mark Sloan, of whom just last season finale lost the love of his life, Lexie Grey. Apparently, after the entire crash debacle, Mark fell into a coma and his wish was that after thirty days of no significant changes, he would be removed from any sort of life support and left to go in peace. Both Derek and Callie, both of whom are Sloan’s closest friends and family see him off on a busy day of which Derek attempts to save a life. However after the crash, Derek’s hand is left damaged and it is looking as though he may permanently be unable to operate again. Jackson Avery, has even taken over the plastics wing, in an effort to continue Sloan’s legacy.
And in the meantime, Callie has a rough go at dealing with the sympathetic stares and long-winded apologizes for her recent troubles, while we are left to believe Arizona to be truly be dead and gone, until the last possible moment. Oh, Arizona is alive, but she is far from okay. We learn that Dr. Robbins has lost her leg due to her injuries from the plane crash. The Callie and Arizona we all adored in Season 8, is no more. And a new traumatic obstacle in their relationship begins…
Concerning whatever bit of good news there is in the premiere, our former residents are now fully grown and in-charge attendings of Seattle Grace-Mercy West. And Meredith has taken Bailey’s seat as the one to fear. Now nicknamed, “Medusa”, Meredith Grey is showing a new, grumpier side that is interesting to see. Watching all of the cute new interns cower in fear is fun, especially in this rather dark and emotional episode. Meredith even takes on the job of doing the ritualistic intern appendectomy with one of her interns and recurring new characters, Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington). An operation which as we know by now is designed for them to fail, making a statement and example for all of the newbies.
As Meredith goes about invoking ice-cold horror in her interns, Alex reverts back to his whore ways and goes dipping into the proverbial cesspool of interns, as he spends his supposed last day in Seattle saying goodbye. The Hopkins Clinic is call his name, and despite all of the recent changes, Alex seems adamant in getting the hell out of Seattle. After all he’s been through there, can you blame him?
Cristina certainly can’t, as she stays true to her word, already reestablished at an entirely new hospital in Minnesota. However, she’s far from loving it. But it’s not just her who is having a little trouble taking off. Cristina struggles to adapt to this new environment and to Dr. Thomas (Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World). She is later singled out for not being a good team player. Facing reality, Cristina is too sharp for the coziness that is the Mayo Clinic. Our girl needs to hop on a train back to Seattle, because she, nor Meredith are ready to venture onto a plane after recent events. Even Alex is even unable to leave his friends behind. Of course, he explains his decision as not being impressed with Arizona’s replacement, Dr. Barnett; however, we all know Alex can’t bear to leave Meredith (who is essentially his surrogate sister) behind right now. And it wouldn’t be right to.
The gang is almost all back together. Even April is returning to Seattle, as Owen comes to his senses and gives the farm girl her job back. That’s twice now April has been fired and then rehired. Let’s not make it a third time. In fact, I think it is about time to see April flourish, both at the hospital and in her personal life. Ideally, with Jackson by her side. And as happy as I am to see April coming back, I’m hoping for Owen to fly to Minnesota and convince Cristina to make a return. Maybe some day…
“Everyone is leaving. Everyone is dying!” This is not too far from the truth. Mark Sloan is gone, and those flashbacks of the guy at his most charming best did not make the process of losing him any easier. Eric Dane was stupendous as the great McSteamy and he will be truly missed from the show. The only good way to look at this situation is to believe that he and Lexie are up above, floating on some pretty pink clouds right now. Together. You know, because they are meant to be. At least, that’s what my hopeless romantic side chooses to believe! So now we’ve lost three fantastic cast members over the course of two episodes. Waving goodbye to Chyler Leigh, Kim Raver, and Eric Dane right now. The lack of their presence is painfully noticeable and it’s honestly a little depressing. We need something to cheer viewers up…
Booty-Call Bailey. That is all! But in all seriousness it is great to see Bailey having fun and living mostly drama free. But will her love life start to affect her professional life in negative aspects?
Shonda Rhimes may have smashed some of our hearts to pieces in the process, but there is no denying that this special premiere once again establishes Grey’s Anatomy as still being one of the best shows on television. Grandiose emotion and drama, a few laughs, and the start of a season reminiscent of previous events. There is a feeling of nostalgic sadness than lingers as we say goodbye to Mark Sloan, and say hello to a majority of changes for everyone in this appropriately bittersweet episode. The season nine premiere, “Going Going Gone” gets 4 out of 5 stars!
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