I did not start watching Grey's until it was already season 4 or 5. But once I started watching it, I could not stop. It was really good. Over the years, the show has inevitably gotten bit off, but I still watched because I loved the characters. I was really sad when Christina Yang left the show last year, because her character was one of a kind. She was unapologetically brilliant and determined, and knew what she wanted most of the time. Just like everyone else, she had her moments of lows and weaknesses. Her exit on the show was really well made, which made me happy.
After season 10, I wanted to give the show a fair shot. I thought maybe I will still like the show even without Christina. Through out season 11, the dynamics that made the show were broken apart and absent which made it empty. Derek was gone for the most part, which was weird. They tried to replace Derek with another Shepard, Amelia, but hey just because someone has the same last name and profession does not mean you can use them interchangeably. Spoiler alert ... don't read further if you have not seen last night's episode.
Derek was the character that gave this show a backbone. If we were to compare the show to a building, Derek was the foundation (though the show is supposed to be about Grey). He is kind, gifted and has better hair than anyone else on the show. Most importantly, he glued everyone together in the show. The rest of the cast are just individuals without any good connections among all of them. There are relationships here and there, but they are needed to be glued together. And Derek Shepard did exactly that. Now that he is gone, the show is a shattered glass. Even if you put it together, it will never be the same.
I do realize that it was the only way Derek's character could exist the show, since it does not make sense to break Derek and Meredith apart. So he had to die, but I did not like the way he died. He died because a neurosurgeon from the backwoods had to finish his steak. Honestly, I am not sure if that would actually happen in real life. Neurosurgeons don't leave the hospitals, because that is literally where they live lol. Also the doctors in the backwoods tend to be nicer and more people orientated, because physicians who actually deeply care about their patients tend to end up in rural areas. I just wish he had a fair shot at living. I guess Shonda Rhimes wanted to make his death special by making it tragic or something. Whatever...
Meredith Grey's character is good, but only in a context of Christina Yang and Derek Shepard. She is weak. The only reason she made it this far is because of Christina and Derek. She never stood on her own until this season. Clearly Shonda was preparing us for the future, but the problem is it did not work!!!! She was a killer surgeon and everything now that Derek is gone, but that is the whole point. She had the potential, but never used it until her man had to leave the show. That is what I mean by weak. It is a weak character. Maybe Shonda will do something with her character in the future, but it would be entirely different show.
At this point, I believe the show should have ended after last season. If Shonda Rhimes was interested in making a medical drama, then she should have started a completely new show. I think I am done with the show. I will just rewatch the old seasons.
And Scandal is just a mess lol. I have no idea what is going on. Olivia's dad Command wanted nothing to do with Olivia when she was about to be sold to whomever that bid the most. But all the sudden, he just showed up again, because he needs Olivia as his fixer? Seriously... I thought the Command was the ultimate fixer. But now he can't even take care of a case against him?
Speaking of Jake Ballard's character, I am not too surprised that his character left, because his relationship with Olivia hit a dead end. But another man sent by the Command to sleep with Olivia? Really.... It is the same story from the season 1. Is the new guy going to fall in love with Olivia? Seriously just enough...
I am sorry about my rant, but it needed to be done. RIP Derek Shepard. "It is a beautiful day to save lives."