Grey’s Anatomy: Have they “Jumped the Shark”?

Grey’s Anatomy is one of those shows where I can give them chance after chance after chance to redeem themselves after horrible storylines just because I remember the good times. It’s kind of like an abusive relationship at this point…I’m starting to get hip to their game, and I’m not sure if I can take it anymore. It’s been a long road since I started watching the show.

Since Derek and Meredith have gotten married (yes, I realize, it’s a post-it marriage, but for all intents and purposes, they’re married), the show seems to have lost its edge. It’s as if Shonda Rhimes (creator/executive producer) didn’t plan for a storyline post Addison vs Meredith.

I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy to find out if this would be the week where Izzie and Alex would finally mend their relationship, or if Dr. Burke and Cristina Yang would stop lying about his inability to operate….or if George O’Malley was ever going to come out the closet (let’s face it people, him being married to Callie was totally unbelieveable #sorrytosay). Or, if Callie is ever going to top out and say, “APRIL FOOL’S, GUYS! I’M NOT REALLY GAY!” because no one actually believes she’s into women. At least I don’t.

So the question I ask now, where are the writers of Grey’s Anatomy going with this storyline? Usually in the world of television,we call this phenomenon, “Jumping the Shark”. I’ll spare you the history of the term, but basically when it’s used in TV, it refers to the downfall of a previously wildly popular program due to a number of reasons. My usual indicator that a show has jumped the shark is when there is a wedding.

Grey’s fans pulled through one wedding (Derek and Meredith’s wedding, which ended up being for Izzie and Alex), and we made it. The storyline managed to tread water for another season following. After tonight’s sad display of a makeshift wedding between Owen and Cristina, I’m not so sure I”m going to be able to say the same. I say this for a number of reasons.

Although Cristina’s line about wedding dresses was refreshingly progressive:

I’m not wearing white. It’s sexist and vaguely racist.

Questions in my mind were raised about the betrayal of Cristina’s character. If you know Grey’s Anatomy, her behavior tonight was completely out of character. I would have had faith in Shonda Rhimes three seasons ago and would have accepted that she’s about to lay another heavy storyline on us about Cristina and Meredith’s PTSD from the shooting.

Now, I’m not so sure about that. Only time will tell. Nothing is more offensive in the writing world than writing a character and going through seasons and seasons of character development, only to tear it down after one episode (this is the main reason I hate the existence of Stephanie Meyer. You cannot create worlds and then break your own rules). If it ends up where she’s a happy bride now, the show has jumped the shark, and we can kiss it goodbye by the end of this season. If this happens, you heard it here first.

Also, another indication a show has jumped the shark is when they recycle story lines. I’m over the PTSD occurences in Seattle Grace Hospital. Something crazy goes down, and they all endure some type of post-traumatic stress for the next 3-4 episodes. I’m over it.

Quite frankly, I don’t understand how the Board of Health within the show hasn’t swooped in and shut the hospital down. I mean how many security breaches have there been in the show? There’s no point in counting. There needs to be something new that happens in that hospital. Can’t we just go back to the relationship cliffhangers instead of the “OMG IS HE GONNA LIVE?” cliffhangers?? Everyone knew last season that Patrick Dempsey renewed his contract, so its not like we thought Derek was gonna die, hate to break it to you, Shonda.

Another indicator that Grey’s might’ve jumped the shark: they brought characters into the storyline and then killed them the same season. I’m sorry, but I don’t even remember who got killed in the end of last season because those characters weren’t developed long enough for me to care about them.

Alas, I’m definitely going to keep watching. Like I said, it’s been a long relationship and I’m in it for the long haul. But I swear, if Shonda’s storylines get any more booty than they already are, I may have to write a letter or two to some ABC Executives.

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