ellen 13

Let’s be honest about Season 13...

This has been one of the worst THE WORST season of Grey’s Anatomy. This has been why I have barely been posting in this blog about it at all. I’ve been forgetting to watch this entire season, which I have never done with Grey’s Anatomy. I’m always eager to watch a new episode every Thursday, but Season 13 has dropped in quality so much that I’ve had to force myself to watch it. And it was a chore.

I’m sorry, Shonda. I love you and I will always love Grey’s Anatomy and will watch, but this season has been so disjointed and messy and a general waste of 24 episodes. I genuinely only enjoyed 5 episodes out of the 24 this season which is…bad. The season finale was great (but then again this show is always great with season finales).

I just wanted more focus and tension that didn’t feel artificial, because this season felt like a strange rip-off of Grey’s Anatomy not the actual show. There seems to be a fatigue going on in the writers’ room or something, because there was a lot of storyline repetition and barely felt drama. (I saw that there were a lot of new writers for the show. Is that the reason for the drop in quality?)

There could have been so much more with the entire Alex/Jo situation but that storyline alone was poorly handled and Jo was barely in this season. I don’t remember much of that storyline at all other than the fact that I found it grating. Justin Chambers deserves better storylines honestly. Do something with his family. That would be so much more interesting than what he was given this season.

The Owen/Amelia stuff was forced as well and did not go anywhere really until Meghan showed up. And it really could have gone in some interesting places just regarding Amelia’s trauma of pregnancy.

The Meredith and Riggs stuff got better as the season went along, and it felt more heartfelt and emotionally provoking. The parallels and complexities that were slowly added to their budding relationship were pretty well done for the most part and I wish the season gave them more time than some of the other crap this season was filled with.

However, the whole thing with Maggie was trash–it totally ruined her character for me. She became so grating too–and childish for no real reason. (I will say, the episode Ellen Pompeo directed about Maggie processing her mother’s death was great).This is an adult show, is it not? I couldn’t tell this season. It felt like watching bad episodes of Degrassi too often. Sometimes I felt embarrassed to watch, which I’ve never felt with Grey’s Anatomy before. And now it seems like the show is trying to pair Jackson with Maggie together maybe…they don’t really have any chemistry as far as I can see, but…sure, I guess. (Y’all still know I secretly want Alex and Maggie to happen!)

The Minnick stuff should have been more interesting than it was and there is no excuse because this show did a whole season (Season 9, one of my favorites) in which there was an uprising within the hospital regarding management and doctors taking sides. They could have made this whole situation more compelling. And the Minnick and Arizona relationship–trash. I feel nothing for their relationship and Arizona seemed to be out of character this entire season. (Callie needs to come back). Bailey was good this season, although I did not like the whole artificial drama between her and Webber–it did not feel earned. Webber deserves better storylines than this petty stuff.

The Jackson and April stuff was mildly interesting. But thee Japril episode from Season 12 was so much better. I wish they allowed more story for Stephanie up to the finale and her departure, but they gave her a good exit that did not involve death. Also, the medical cases were just not very memorable at all either.  

Overall, this season suffered from inconsistency in plot and character development. I don’t see myself rewatching this season except for those five episodes I liked (Episodes 8, 10, 18, 23, and 24).

All I know is that Season 14 has to be the great comeback, because I was expecting so much more after the brilliance that was Season 12.

We’ve all hit that point of exhaustion, the point where nothing makes sense anymore. Your body hurts, your brain becomes foggy and you feel like your trapped in a tunnel, when all you want is your bed. So, how do you keep going? How do you not just sit down and give up? Sometimes its easy. Sometimes you play games in your head. You makeup someone; someone good. Whatever you need, to keep you going.
—  Meredith Grey {Grey’s Anatomy - The Room Where It Happens: S13E08}

Grey’s Anatomy 13x22 “Leave It Inside” Sneak Peek #2 - April and Andrew consult with a fiery patient who has a giant, inoperable heart tumor. Meanwhile, Alex and Eliza are at odds over the treatment of a young patient; and Stephanie and Ben make decisions that could affect their careers.

Looking back, it’s easy to see when a mistake has been made… to regret a choice that seemed like a decent idea at the time. But if we used our best judgement and listened to our hearts, we are more likely to see that we chose wisely, and avoided the deepest, most painful regret of them all – the regret that comes from letting something amazing pass you by.
—  Meredith Grey – ‘Take It Back’
(Season 10, Episode 13)