RIP Derek Shepherd

credit: hollywood reporter
credit: hollywood reporter

I had the luck to be on a plane like week and did not get to experience of the hysteria over Derek Shepherd’s death live. I did land to 25 missed text messages from friends freaking out, however, claiming that they were done with Grey’s and that it will never be the same. (In my opinion, people should have been done with Grey’s around two seasons ago, but that’s just me). By the time I watched the episode the next day my Facebook and Twitter was full of nothing of upset fans. I can barely call myself a fan anymore, but at first thought I wasn’t upset. Like Dempsey, I’d be desperate to get out of the show, too. But now after watching his swan song, I am upset. But not for obvious reasons.

First things first: I’ve never found McDreamy to be that dreamy. I’ve always been more of a McSteamy girl. I was never really that devoted to the Derek/Meredith romance. I accepted that their relaysh was a main component of the show, but I was never a diehard fan. That all being said…what kind of send-off episode was that? The first half had nothing to do with the second half. I get that that they wanted to show Derek’s character and how good of a person and doctor he was. But then because he went to unknown hospital, the episode consisted of characters that we don’t know and don’t care about. I expected an episode of at least George/Izzie power in terms of emotionality (Lexie is still number one in my heart).

And maybe that’s what the 2-hour episode is going to be tonight: A kind of mash-up flashback episode where the characters get to say their goodbyes to Derek properly. In my opinion, they could have cut the first half of the episode and used the second half to give him a proper goodbye. Meredith’s little scene wasn’t enough for me. Maybe that’s why this death isn’t sitting right with me. It didn’t seem real. It still doesn’t seem real. I’m expected him to show up in this next episode with a whole, “It’s a beautiful night to save lives…I’m back bitches!” speech. If they were going to kill him, he should have died back with the hospital shooter episode—that at least would been a good death with substance.

I’m not sure what I’ve hoping for. I guess closure, just closure. A nice remembrance of who McDreamy was before Shonda screws up again. It’s also amazing how many actors on Grey’s have had reportedly “diva-ish” behavior. Maybe it says something more about the way things are run behind the scenes and not the actors themselves. Maybe if they weren’t recycling storylines and keeping actors locked in a show (that again should have been taken off the air years ago) the characters could have been given proper goodbyes and a proper ending that didn’t result in a tragic death. Please, oh please, ABC gods, do not renew this show again. I don’t think fans could handle another death and I think we know more will come as long it lives.

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Seven Favorite TV Bromances

When you think of television BFFs, it’s common that the strongest non-romantic relationship on a show will be between two females (i.e. Brooke & Peyton, Blair & Serena, all the girls from Sex and the City, etc.)  Then you’ll find the pesky male-female friendships that almost always turn romantic. And last but not least, there is the bromance. I for one love bromances. I find nothing more entertaining than two guys dishing out their feelings and crying on each other’s shoulders. It’s guy love, that’s all it is. In no particular order, here are my favorite television male-male platonic friendships. [Again, language warning for the Skins dialogue]

 

Tony Stonem & Sid Jenkins / James Cook & Freddie McLair, Skins (UK)

I just couldn’t separate these two because their friendships are very similar and I love them equally. Both Tony & Sid and Cook & Freddie are odd pairs, one typically gets used as a doormat (Sid & Freddie) for the other (Tony & Cook) and their friendship is rocked by the fact that they are both in love with the same girl, Michelle & Effy. They seem at odds the majority of the time and they don’t mind throwing/taking a punch every now and then. But their make-up scenes are always precious and they aren’t afraid to drop the L-bomb to each other. Aw. And besides, everything sounds better in English accents.

your bromance is showing…

Tony: Three things, Sid. One. Get rid of the hat. Two. I always loved you the best, Sid. Three…I can’t think of a three. [Tony hugs him]

Cook: [after Freddie head butts him] I really fucking love you, you bastard.


Cory Matthews & Shawn Hunter, Boy Meets World

Even though Shawn was essentially the third-wheel to the Cory & Topanga wagon for the majority of their lives, it never seemed that way. These perpetual class clowns have kept their friendship strong despite romantic complications, cultural differences and even psychotic nightmares. What’s left to say about this pair, really? Besties, cradle to grave.

your bromance is showing…

Cory: What do I do now?

Amy: Go find the person you love.

Cory: That would be Shawn.


Mark Sloan & Derek Shepherd, Grey’s Anatomy

You’d think that Mark sleeping with Derek’s wife and essentially ruining their marriage would have been the be-all end-all of this friendship. It definitely took a while to get there, but now the pair is back and bringing the man love in full force. The fact that they both have great hair and are charming as hell should be enough to warrant a friendship. And if Mark ends up marrying Lexie, they’ll actually have a legit “bro”mance.

your bromance is showing…

Mark: I thought it was just going to be you and me. I have been patient. I have waited when you partnered up with these chicks, but now they’re over. And it’s supposed to be just us. You and me; two guys on the prowl, on the hunt. Women are everywhere. I only have one person I can talk to.

Derek: That’s sweet.

Mark: Shut up.

Derek: No, it’s really warm and fuzzy.


Ryan Atwood & Seth Cohen, The O.C.

When Ryan became the Cohens surrogate son, not only did they both get a brother in the process, they got a best friend. Kid from the wrong side of the tracks + the geeky comic book nerd = true bromance. These two even each other out perfectly. Ryan’s the quiet, brooding one and Seth’s the guy you can’t shut up. Ryan has a tendency to punch people and Seth talks to his plastic horse, Captain Oats. Match made in heaven? I think so.

your bromance is showing…

Ryan: Well, you know, I’m not going. So if you want to hang out, rent a movie…

Seth: Ryan, I love you. But if I have to spend my senior prom playing video games with you, I’m going to kill myself.


Aidan McCollin & Josh Radcliff, Being Human (North America)

Unlike Edward and Jacob, this werewolf / vampire duo have managed to become best friends. Sure, their friendship has seriously been tested, they are rival mythical creatures for crying out loud. And they fight with each other like an old married couple, but when one of them is in need, the other is always there.

your bromance is showing…

Aidan: Does your mom cook with garlic?

Josh: Seriously? Is that a thing? For real?

Aidan: Yes or no Josh?!

Josh: I guess so. Does it kill you?

Aidan: No, no it doesn’t. It just makes us, us.

Josh: Okay, so stop being you! How do we do that?

Aidan: Feverfew.

Josh: Is that a band?

Aidan: It’s an herb, Josh!


J.D. & Turk, Scrubs

In many ways when these two are together they digress back to school boys. They congratulate each other for their sexual conquests. They have matching friendship bracelets. They call each other Vanilla Bear and Chocolate Bear. And they have their own song.

your bromance is showing…

Turk: It sounds like you’re asking me out on a man date.

J.D.: Turk, why are you so afraid of loving me?

RECAP: Grey’s Anatomy, Song Beneath the Song

I hope I am not the only one who cringed through the entire musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I haven’t been a Callie fan since the George-Izzie debacle, so an entire episode devoted to her didn’t make me happy to begin with. And just a note to writers and tv creators alike: just because you have cast members who can sing, that doesn’t mean you should do a musical episode. I sincerely hope no other shows jump on this bandwagon, I don’t know how many hours of this I could stand.

Okay, so the things that didn’t work:

1. Owen’s voice. As soon as he started singing in “Chasing Cars” I wanted to stuff a sock in his mouth. And after his intro into “How to Save a Life,” seriously, GTFO my screen.

2. Everyone was trying too hard. If you’re going to do something like this, it needs to be in jest. Take Scrubs for example. “My Musical” is probably my favorite episode of Scrubs ever. I distinctly remember choking on a mouthful of Diet Pepsi after the first line of “Everything Comes Down to Poo.” The intense burning in my trachea and soda soaked computer screen was worth it. The episode was hilarious. No one was trying to be a good singer and quite frankly (with the exception of the patient) no one was. But the cast of Scrubs still managed to pull off an entertaining musical episode. In this situation, I’d say that only Chandra Wilson & Sara Ramirez had tolerable voices, Chyler Leigh was middle of the road and everyone else…well, it’s a good thing they’re actors not singers.

3. 10 Songs. Glee won’t even do that many in a single episode. And THAT’S saying something. There was hardly any downtime between songs and when they are that craptastic WE. NEED. SPACE.

4. Callie lives. I hate when shows put characters in life or death situations when we already know what the outcome is going to be. Shonda would never kill off Callie, she’s one-half of a power couple. It’s like when Derek got shot last year. Sure, it was tragic and certainly surprising, but we all knew he was going to live. Grey’s ratings would plummet without its token McDreamy.

Was it a total waste of an hour? Meh. I guess I was pretty happy that Addison was back, I love Scott Foley and Lexie and Mark had some interactions that were just adorbs. But when I feel the impulsive need to tweet my opinions that are boiling up in my head, that is generally a bad sign.

My consensus? Grey’s, that was interesting, but for the love of God, do not do it again.

 

Top 5 OMGWTF Grey’s Anatomy Moments

Remember when Grey’s Anatomy was the best medical drama on air? It’s definitely been a few years since its genuinely deserved that title. With a new episode airing in just a few minutes, I decided to pay homage to my top 5 favorite Grey’s moments that left me speechless, had me crying, throwing things at the tv or all of the above.

5. Body dysmorphic patient saws off his own foot. (5.4 Haunt You Every Day)

Long story short. Man thinks his foot doesn’t belong to him. Doctor thinks he’s crazy. Man steals the chainsaw of another patient (who has accidentally sawed off their finger) to self-amputate the ghost foot. That’s got to hurt.

4. Bomb squad guy blows up. (2.17 …As We Know It)

In arguably Grey’s signature episode, a chain of events has left Meredith with her hand inside a body cavity holding unexploded ammunition. With the help of a vision of Dr. McDreamy, she safely hands the explosive to bomb squad captain, Dylan, who is promptly blown to smithereens. Okay, we all knew this was coming, but it still was a shock.

 

3. Seth Green’s carotid artery blows (4.9 Crash Into Me, Pt. 1&2)

The removal of a tumor has left patient Nick’s carotid artery only covered by a thin layer of skin. While scheming with Lexie on how she should get revenge on Alex for cheating on her, his artery explodes, showering Lexie with a pool of his blood. It’s like Carrie. But worse.

2. Dumb ass April gets McDreamy shot (6.23 Sanctuary)

The husband of a former patient of Derek’s comes to Seattle Grace to extract revenge on everyone involved in the death of wife. Owen, Alex, Reed, Percy and countless others get wounded in the process. Gary Clark finally finds the neurosurgeon and Derek calmly talks him down, BUT THEN April distracts Derek for mere seconds and Gary takes the opportunity to fatally wound Dr. McDreamy. I have no idea why they kept April around. She’s probably the most hated character on Grey’s…minus Teddy, maybe.

1. Meredith realizes John Doe is George (5.24 Now or Never)

The now horribly disfigured young man who jumped in front of a bus to save a girl is finally able to communicate via palm writing the cryptic message: 007. Beat. HOLY CRAP. IT’S GEORGE! Yeah, that’s exactly what I yelled at that point. And the moment when Meredith realizes he is her long-time friend never ceases to give me chills.

RECAPS: Season Finales

This past week of television season finales was fully loaded with break ups, make ups, hook ups, surprising and not-so-surprising pregnancies…and guns. A multitude of guns. Out of the four season finales I watched this week (One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, 90210 and Grey’s Anatomy), a stunning total of eight main characters were fatally shot. Of course in Grey’s Anatomy there was a sheer number of the dead or injured by the end, but honestly there were only five we truly cared about. And okay, 90210 did not literally have fire arms on the show, but I think Matt Lanter’s guns are licensed to kill.

I’m going to start with One Tree Hill. On the whole, I found this episode to be extremely lack-luster. Brooke and Julian are engaged, great for Brooke (look at that honker of a ring), but I will always remain a loyal Brucas believer. Haley’s pregnant (nice work, Nate). The amount of screen time devoted to characters I could give a rat’s ass about is truly testing my patience. I don’t care about stubbly Grubbs trying to get into the British lady’s pants again, which I can only imagine would happen if he elected to wear a paper bag over his head. I loved Chase when he had a purpose aka Brooke’s boyfriend in season four, but now he’s a waste of screen time. In short, the following characters need to be given the axe for the final season of One Tree Hill: Grubbs, Miranda the Brit, Chase (unless he gets a more interesting and important story line), Mia, Alex, Alexander, Josh, and most importantly, Quinn and Clay. In the final minutes of the finale, PsychoKatie makes a comeback and shoots both Quinn and Clay. I have to admit, I flipped a lot of serious shit at that moment. Totally did not see that coming. Okay writers, you have a golden opportunity here. By leaving the fate of these two characters hanging in the balance, it would be too easy to kill them both off and make season eight entirely focused on the main characters we actually like. And on the same note, enough with all of the deranged and psychotic characters. I think PsychoDerek, PsychoNannyCarrie, and PsychoKatie have filled the quotient of crazies allowed to roam free in Tree Hill. I may sound like a broken record, but seeing a OTH finale like this just reminds me of how awesome this show used to be. Remember the season two finale with the dealership fire? Now, THAT’S a finale.

On to Gossip Girl…Damn. You. Jenny. Humphrey. Jenny and I definitely to do not get along, she messes with all the relationships I love on the show. Chuck and Blair almost had a happy reunion, but nooooo… Jenny HAD to be “lonely” and do the nasty with the one person she shouldn’t, Eric HAD to find out why Jenny is drowning in tears and running eye liner/mascara, Dan HAD to get all macho and deliver a complimentary knuckle-sandwich to Chuck, and of course this all HAD to happen at the moment when Chuck was presumably going to propose to Blair. FML. Then poor, heartbroken Chuck gets shot for protecting Blair’s engagement ring just a few minutes later. Chuck Bass is the only character that needs to be alive come fall. I don’t think the writers would go there, but still, my smooth-talking man-whore better be healthy as a horse in the fall.

I’m going to gloss over 90210 and  skip Glee/Lost since those weren’t season finales. Teddy and Ivy as regulars next season? Gag me. Silver and Teddy / Dixon and Ivy reuniting? Gag me. Teddy and Ivy need to crawl back into the holes they came out of and let Silver and Dixon realize they belong together. Also, the members of the 90210 gang are supposed to be juniors? Right and Lea Michele is supposed to be playing a character born in 1994.

Okay, Grey’s Anatomy. Holy hell. I have been on the brink of writing this show off my weekly schedule of television watching ever since the introduction of ugly ginger Owen, the merger with Mercy West and the break up of Mark and Lexie. But Thursday’s finale was insane. Meredith and Derek have never been a favorite couple of mine, but watching Meredith’s silent scream when Derek was shot (by the way, nice work Sarah Drew, you got McDreamy shot) and her plea to the gunman to kill her instead was unbelievably heart wrenching. Not to be insensitive, but I could care less whether anyone shot during Grey‘s finale lives or dies. McDreamy is obviously safe, no McDreamy = no program. Alex is getting in the way of my Mark and Lexie and I’ve hated Owen from the beginning. The deaths of Reed and Charles had no impact on me, other than a sudden jump when the gun fired (I hate loud noises). I just wish Gary Clark had taken down Arizona and April while he was at it. God, I sound like such a horrible person. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the finale was amazingly written, amazingly acted, and amazing in general. I was definitely shaken up by the end.

Hopefully the next batch of season finales will be tad bit lighter. I’m guessing Lost isn’t going to give that to me (SERIES FINALE SUNDAY! *sob*) but I’m assuming the regional show choir competition in Glee will not include a GSW, but who knows…I’m not one to question Puck’s bad-ass guns.

screencap from IMDB.

RECAPS: TV Wrap-Up

Ah, the early spring hiatuses have begun. Has anyone else noticed that there is nothing on television anymore?!

One Tree Hill: I found this episode very boring. I know the death of Mama James should have had more an effect of me…but it didn’t. I feel like the whole “my parent has cancer – child wants them to fight but it’s a losing battle – parent dies” story line has been WAY overused. It was still touching and very well acted, but I guess I wanted a more original story line for Mama James. I am praying to every higher power that One Tree Hill gets picked up for an eighth and final season so the writers can wrap up the show properly. The show is going to crap as of late.

Lost: On the flip side, Lost just keeps getting better and better. This final season is turning out to be amazing. I am so glad that we are finally learning the answers to some of the fundamental questions on the show. Jack is a father in the flash-sideways story line…never saw that coming. In the final moments of the episode, Hurley and Jack arrive at the humongous lighthouse on the island (a light house they have conveniently never found during their 108 days on the island). Hurley tells Jack that Jacob has instructed him to turn the wheel to bearing 108 to help direct someone to the island. 108 has a name next to it on the wheel, Wallace. Okay, Damon/Carlton & Co., who the hell is Wallace?! I sincerely hope it’s not a random character being added to the show in the final episodes. It is becoming glaringly obvious that the passengers on flight 815 were indeed called to the island.

Nip / Tuck: Nip / Tuck’s last episode ever will be aired next Wednesday. So sad. I always look forward to tuning in to the tumultuous lives of those at McNamara/Troy. I recently read in an article here about the finale, saying that the “final hour of Nip / Tuck was unlike anything we ever expected.” This disappoints me slightly. The best thing about the show was the shock factor. I’m still looking forward to the series finale nonetheless AND to see what happens with Matt and Ava. Poor kid can’t seem to catch a break.

Valentine’s Day: I finally saw Valentine’s Day last night and it yet again asserted to me how amazing ensemble cast movies can be. Sure, some story lines took slight precedence over the others, Ashton Kutcher’s character for example, but the sharing of screen time was equally dolled out between the large cast. I personally loved the “best friends to something more” story line of Kutcher and Jennifer Garner. They were really believable as best friends. The whole Eric Dane – Bradley Cooper story line came out of left field for me. Truly a shocker there. I am not used to seeing Dane without scrubs and Cooper without Zach Galifianakis. Anyways, lovely movie.