Kristan Hoffman - Writing Dreams Into Reality

Sat Nov 10 2012

TV Talk: Across miles and timezones

Grey’s Anatomy
9.05 – “Beautiful Doom”

Spoiler level: Zero.

This opinion may go against the grain, but I thought Thursday night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy was… fun. Refreshing. Borderline amateur, but at the same time — and maybe even as a result of that roughness — very real.

Despite the cheesy dialogue, the hammed-up subplots, and the terrible green screens, I liked that the episode was actually trying to say something. About working women. About modern-day friendship. About realizing that you are really and truly on the verge of becoming what you were always striving to be.

I didn’t necessarily know it when I started, but those are the same themes I was after when I wrote Twenty-Somewhere.

One of my not-so-secret fantasies is that 20SW will get picked up for a TV show. That someone, somehow, will translate Sophie, Claudia, and MJ’s adventures to the small screen. I know there would be challenges, with each of them living in a different city, but to me, the miles and timezones that separate them are just as important to the story as the parallel trials, troubles, and triumphs that the girls experience and support each other through.

So although it took me a while to adjust to Meredith and Cristina’s split-screen phone calls last night, I ended up enjoying them. Because they echoed the feel of my story, of my 20SW girls and their long-distance friendship. Because they echoed my own life, my own friendships. Because they were, as I said earlier, real.

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  1. Shari says:
    Sat Nov 10 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Love this post! I think this episode was my favorite so far for the season (well, other than the ending with Dr. Thomas). It did a lovely job of highlighting the bond between Mer and Cristina. Friendships are so important, especially in today’s go-go-go society, especially when we’re working toward our dreams and especially when we’re reaching them. No matter what, our friends are our failsafes. They’re the family we choose. :)

  2. Kristan says:
    Sun Nov 11 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Ditto! And I love the way you put it all.

  3. Sonje says:
    Mon Nov 12 2012 at 9:58 PM

    This was a great episode, although for me the most powerful friendship depicted was between Cristina and her mentor (Dr. Thomas?). I actually liked Cristina in MN quite a bit. I liked her mixing it up with all those nice midwesterners. So I’m a little bummed that she’s back in Seattle.

    Yep, I agree with Shari. My favorite episode of the season. Pretty easily, too.

  4. Kristan says:
    Tue Nov 13 2012 at 10:01 AM

    I enjoyed MN too, and I think it was a good jolt for Christina, but I have to admit, I’m glad they didn’t sustain it over an entire season.

    Glad I’m not the only one who liked this episode!!

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