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In many ways this episode was really good, but in others it wasn’t so good.
First of all the writers used the same technique as the season premiere, they broke up the episode by character. I think that is a good way to tell a story, but not two episodes in a row.
The second thing I didn’t like about the episode was the choppiness about the Derek and Meredith stories. I didn’t truly get a chance to feel anything because it was so broken up.
When we got to the Christina part, I finally started to feel the tug at my heart that Grey’s Anatomy is so good at. Then it continued with the Mark and Arizona stories.
Meredith and Derek were not as traumatic as Christina, Mark or Arizona, but the writers could have done more with their stories.
Meredith had lost her sister, her friends were hurt and she herself was dealing with being stranded in the woods. That is still a lot for any person. The writers could have expanded on her storyline.
Derek was a step up from that. His best friends was in serious condition and he may never do the thing he loves again. That’s pretty traumatic, but once again his storyline didn’t get the due it deserved.
Christina had a good storyline. I was very surprised to see her character react in the way she did, but when thinking about how she reacted to the shooting incident, maybe it’s not surprising at all.
I think Sandra Oh’s best performance of the episode was when she was in the bath tub telling Owen about what happened in the woods.
You never think of Christina as a very caring person, but in reality she is very caring to her loved ones.
When she described what she did and how hard she tried to save everyone it was heart breaking. Christina’s description of the woods really gave you an indication of what it was really like out there.
I would have preferred for the writers to slow down and tell the story of what happened in the woods, but considering they opted to rush through it, Christina’s story really explained how horrible it was.
I think considering we knew Mark was going to die, they did a good job of walking us through the steps. I think that it would have been more dramatic to show Mark’s story without knowing he was going to die. I found myself hoping he would live, even know I knew what his fate was.
I felt really bad for Jackson. April was trying to say goodbye, but he was trying to get Mark’s daughter to him before something happened. By the looks of it if Jackson didn’t have that conversation with April, Mark would have seen his daughter before he went into the coma. Jackson really did try to get her to him.
Arizona can’t blame Cali for promising she wouldn’t lose her leg and then giving the ok for the doctors to amputate. Any wife would have done the same thing in Cali’s position. If your significant other is dying and you know that amputating the leg will save them, wouldn’t you make the same call?
I’m glad that Alex will be sticking around. As much as Arizona is mad at him, he has to keep trying. That’s how he’s going to break through. I wonder if Alex has had any contact with Arizona since she was crashing. He must feel guilt about that as well.
Overall I thought the writers shouldn’t have rushed through this episode. I would have rather them spread it out into more episodes.
They covered so much in one episode. Grey’s Anatomy is about the emotion and tragedy and you can’t get that effect by rushing through an episode.
What did you think of the episode? Leave me a comment.