Grey's Anatomy: Season 5
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Bonus Features Include: Behind the scenes of the 100th episode, interview with Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, Jeffery Dean Morgan, extended episodes, unaired episodes, bloopers
The season gets off to a slow start, with perhaps a bit more relationship angst than even diehard fans would prefer. Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek "McDreamy" (Patrick Dempsey) start out with the familiar push-pull of their love affair--but a resolution, at last, is in their future. Callie (the excellent, and newly glamorous, Sara Ramirez) wrestles with her sexual orientation. Cristina (Sandra Oh, never better) is still picking up the pieces from her ruined engagement to the departed Burke (Isaiah Washington). To help her, or maybe to throw her for another loop, the series introduces the gruff, macho military doc, Owen (one of TV's sexiest hunks, Kevin McKidd).
Yet series creator and still active writer Shonda Rhimes unveils story arcs about midway through the season which have the surgeons' operating room dramas intersecting with the characters' private lives--with waves of heartbreaking results. Fans may take issue with "Dead Denny" (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his endless visitations--complete with sex--with Izzie (Katherine Heigl)--but as the season builds, Izzie's mystery illness, and her deep love for Alex (Justin Chambers) are treated with delicacy and respect, and Denny's character both reacts and ultimately supports. There's a wedding--a fairy-tale one--celebrating the show's 100th episode, and the love of the characters, and the pain they've overcome to get there--are equal parts of the very human, very lovely, result. The season finale is among the show's best ever, with the fate of two beloved characters, George (T.R. Knight) and Izzie, left unknown and laden with sorrow.
The set's extras are a treat, including a rich 20-minute feature on the filming of the 100th episode. Oh exclaims of the gorgeous wedding cinematography, "I hope I'm lit like this for the rest of my life!" Fans will love hearing how scenes are edited, how characters are developed, and other juicy tidbits from Rhimes and her very talented crew. --A.T. Hurley
- Dissecting Grey's Anatomy -- Unaired Scenes
- In Stitches: Season Five Outtakes
- 100th Episode: Tales From The O.R. -- A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Inner Workings Of Your Favorite Show
- Extended Episode
- Heaven Sent -- Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan Talks About The Popularity Of His Character Denny Duquette
Top Customer Reviews
Somewhere halfway through this 5th season, I decided it would be my last. I was even tempted to stop right then and there. I think this happened around the same time that Izzie was having mind-boggling sex with Denny (the dead ex). But I decided to wait until the end. Who knows why?
And I am so glad I did. I have just finished watching the season finale. I have been downloading the episodes from iTunes since the season will not be out in DVD for a while. I still wanted to write a review in case you are hesitating to buy this season.
So without further delay or hesitation I say BUY IT. The 2nd half of the season more than makes up for the weaknesses in the first half, and the season finale is so good that it's worth to get it just for this. Well, to be honest, the season finale is devastating. So much so that it reignites your desire to watch the show and come back for the 6th Season.
But getting back to Season 5....there are a few reasons why this season is very good:
1. The Derek/Meredith situation is resolved and this is great. It is good to see a happy ending to these 2, especially after 4 years of following their ups and downs. The show's creator wanted to deliver this to the fans and she made the right call on this. I think people would have been turned off if Meredith and Derek had split permanently or if their story would have kept being dragged on.
2. What started as the unlikely couple of Sloan and Lexi, has developed into a really nice story line where he sheds his playboy lifestyle for a more committed relationship. Lexi's character is also growing quite nicely, from an almost defenseless "little girl" to a mature woman that centers Sloan.Read more ›
Meredith & Derek became almost secondary characters until Derek's breakdown following an unsuccessful surgery - which was not a bad thing as the show tended to rest a little to heavily on McDreamy & Mare and there on-again off-again silliness. Meredith was much more interesting interacting with her Mom's diaries, dealing with her mixed feelings for the "chief" and with her "person" Christina Yang. And speaking of my favorite cold-hearted surgical resident, we finally found out a little about how she got that way through her sudden passion for McArmy surgeon Owen Hunt. McKidd was a perfect addition to the cast & a great foil for Yang, who needed a man with a little more angst than Mcdreamy & McSteamy provide.
McSteamy & little Gray gave Gray's the comic turn it needed to keep from drowning in the drama, with Lexie showing Dr. love 'em and leave 'em Sloan what it feels to be the woman in the relationship. Also bringing up the comedy factor was the adorable Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres, who when not fixing broken bones was exploring her sexuality with both genders.
Chandra Wilson deserved special praise for taking Dr. Bailey to a whole other level in Season 5. Watching her compassion while hold a dying child, or like a little girl at Christmas with her new medical equipment or facing divorce she was all over the place emotionally. What a performance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've never been so addicted to a series! Loved having it on my phone to watch on trips and in waiting rooms.
Was disappointed that I was not able to rent season six! Read more
This season is great, non stop drama in the ER. There are always very unique situations that just keep you on edge. Never dissapointing.Published 10 days ago by Melissa Nealey