Monday, February 06, 2006

Grey's Anatomy: Hands-down, best drama on TV

I guess I was partly right with what I said yesterday about the embassy torchings. The BBC announced that it had been a peaceful march until Sunni fundamentalists and militants hijacked it for their own purposes. On Slate this weekend, Christopher Hitchens made a really good case for free speech (vs. religious intolerance vs. blatant racism) in the context of this Danish cartoon incident. As a journalist, I am fascinated by people who casually toss away their rights in order to refuse others the privilege. What sort of world do we live in when the warring nations of today are made unstable by their substantial faith in a Robespierrian utopia that brings, in practice, only fear and menace? The start of the 21st-century is the denouement of the 20th.

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Grey's Anatomy was sooooooo good this weekend. I absolutely love, love, love, love, love this show. Izzie has emergency sex with Alex, Dr. Bailey's husband gets into a car accident on his way to see her give birth, Meredith has her hand on a homemade bazooka shot inside a WWII hobbyist, and the hospital announces code black, rushing everyone out of the south operating wing of the hospital. Christina Ricci's guest spot was wasted on a ditsy persona, but I guess she was only contracted to do one episode which would explain her character's sudden cowardice. The staff obviously isn't going to die because of some undetonated ammo and the teasers have insinuated a McDreamy/Meredith situation after Yang tells him who the person keeping the bomb stable is. He originally dismissed the bomb squad from his O.R. when they ordered him to evacuate, but since he loves Meredith, what the hell is he going to do? And I'm not assuming he loves her, I know it! He must! It's a Bennet/Darcy thing: everyone's rooting for this plotline to pan out with or without wife Addison's approval (she cheated on him first!).

Arg! Why couldn't they have done a straight two-hour special? Damn you, network executives! You can't deal us crack then hold it back! It's not right. It's just not right.

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