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Clever medical drama from the start
Grey's Anatomy - The Complete First Series (DVD)
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Grey's Anatomy - The Complete First Series (DVD)
Date: 20/03/13, updated on 20/03/13 (58 review reads)
Advantages: realistic, gritty drama, great acting, fast paced
Disadvantages: a very short series- only 9 episodes.
From watching the trailer for this series, I knew it was something that I wanted to watch on television. Grey's anatomy is a cleverly titled drama following the lives of medical interns at Seattle Grace Hospital as they learn how to be surgeons. From the name alone, a play on the name of the medical textbook, Gray's anatomy, I was hooked.
Initially, I felt that the series followed the Sex and The City format a little, with a key group of friends and the lead character providing a critical voice over at the start and the end of the episodes, but rather than being quite a shallow series, this was packed full of action. The series is quite short at only 9 episodes long when most American dramas are 22 episodes per series, but when watching this the first time round I didn't feel it was a short series due to the amount of content within each episode.
Lead character is a female intern called Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), who is the daughter of a famous surgeon, Alice Grey. She is a clever character but her life is full of drama. She is hiding the fact her mother is suffering from Alzheimers, as well as having a secret affair with one of her bosses.
Her fellow interns have equally complicated lives. Izzy Stevens (Katherine Heigl) is struggling to get people to take her seriously after she posed as an underwear model to fund her way through medical school. Izzy is guaranteed to be the most moved by the lives of the patients she is working with, and you frequently see her taking that extra step beyond her duty to help them.
Sandra Oh is the very brusk Cristina Yang, who is the complete opposite to Meredith - very competitive and willing to do almost anything to reach the top and prove herself within her field.
George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) is someone who lets Meredith show her insecure side when they are in scenes together. George is a loveable dependable character with a strong sense of right from wrong, and there are some humourous moments throughout the series thanks to the relationship he has with his fellow female interns.
Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) is the final intern we see as a main character in this series. He is a bit of a 'jock' character, who lacks in bedside manner, and comes off as a bit of a liability and a chauvinistic pig throughout the series.
These interns are supervised be a few prominent doctors in this series. Dr Derek Shepherd, AKA Dr McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) specialises in neurosurgery, and is having a secret fling with Meredith which is one of the worst kept secrets ever.
Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) is a cardiac specialist, and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is the resident in charge of the interns. The big boss is Dr Richard Webber (James Pickens Junior) and although he has a good eye for co-ordinating in the hospital, he is unaware of quite a few of the goings on between the staff.
Part of my love for this series is you do not waste time getting to know characters superficially, but you are thrown straight into the action joining the interns on their first day on the job straight out of medical school. You don't need to be a doctor to relate to that feeling of not really knowing what it is you are meant to be doing, yet having to do it anyway.
Each episode features interesting cases for the staff to work on, such as a woman with a 60Ib tumour, or helping a man with Parkinsons disease through surgery on his brain while he's awake, or treating a man who fell down the stairs while holding a nail gun and shooting himself in the head several times on the way. There is an emotional involvement in every episode as you see how the interns react, and whether they contribute to the patient living or dying.
The characters are not always likeable as they work in this high pressure environment and have to work hard and play hard, but there is such an interesting dynamic between the main characters that is very morish and keeps you wanting to watch this. The characters seem quite straight forward at the start, but there is so much more than first meets the eye with them, though their basic personality stays like your first impression, each character is so much more than that.
Some of the surgery scenes can be a little gruesome if you don't like to see operations - I find that they are well shot and fully believable to watch. It fits my idea of what it would be like to be a doctor rather too well.
Although this is now 8 years old, I feel it seems just as fresh as it did when it first aired, and I found it just as interesting to watch again on lovefilm instant as I did the first time round.
Summary: A fresh look at life in a hospital from a doctors point of view.