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Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Sixth Season

ABC Studios // 2009 // 1032 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Kent Dixon (Retired) // October 4th, 2010

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All Rise...

Most of Judge Kent Dixon's anatomy is pasty-white.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Grey's Anatomy: Season One (published March 15th, 2006), Grey's Anatomy: Season Two (published November 1st, 2006), Grey's Anatomy: Season Three (published September 5th, 2007), Grey's Anatomy: Season Four (published September 18th, 2008), Grey's Anatomy: Season Four (Blu-ray) (published September 29th, 2008), Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season (published September 21st, 2009), Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Seventh Season (published October 19th, 2011), and Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Ninth Season (published September 2nd, 2013) are also available.

The Charge

"To be a good surgeon, you have to think like a surgeon. Emotions are messy. Tuck them neatly away and step into a clean, sterile room where the procedure is simple. Cut, suture, close."—Dr. Meredith Grey

The Case

The doctors, nurses, interns and residents of Seattle Grace are back with some new cases, introducing several new faces, and saying goodbye to some familiar ones. Relationships and skills are tested in a few new ways, but Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Sixth Season delivers more of what fans of the series have grown to love and the critical public has chosen to recognize with awards.

All 24 episodes of Season Six are spread over six discs:

Disc One
•  "Good Mourning"
•  "Goodbye"
•  "(I Always Feel Like) Somebody's Watchin' Me"
•  "Tainted Obligation"

Disc Two
•  "Invasion"
•  "I Saw What I Saw"
•  "Give Peace a Chance"
•  "Invest In Love"

Disc Three
•  "New History"
•  "Holidaze"
•  "Blink"
•  "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"

Disc Four
•  "State of Love and Trust"
•  "Valentine's Day Massacre"
•  "Time Warp"
•  "Perfect Little Accident"

Disc Five
•  "Push"
•  "Suicide is Painless"
•  "Sympathy for the Parents"
•  "Hook, Line and Sinner"

Disc Six
•  "How Insensitive"
•  "Shiny Happy People"
•  "Sanctuary" (Season Finale, Part 1)
•  "Death and All His Friends" (Season Finale, Part 2)

While previous seasons focused almost exclusively on the ensemble cast and broader stories, with minor side plots inserted along the way, Season Six introduced a refreshing new approach by focusing largely on one of the main characters for an entire episode. Characters receiving the spotlight treatment include Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, Enchanted), Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw, The Practice), Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd, Trainspotting), and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers, Liberty Heights).

Season Six also brought some fairly big changes to the show and a much-needed breath of fresh air to the cast. The tension and organizational challenges at Seattle Grace created the necessity for merger with rival hospital Mercy West. Not surprisingly, the Seattle Grace team resisted "sleeping with the enemy" and the new tension between some of the core characters and the new additions added some new interest and tension. The Mercy West additions included doctors Reed Adamson (Nora Zehetner, Mad Men), Jackson Avery (Jesse Willams, Beyond the Break) Charles Percy (Robert Baker, Valentine), and April Keppner (Sarah Drew, Everwood). Over the course of the season, the Mercy Westers became more and more accepted, working their way into the hearts of fans.

I'd be remiss if I didn't speak to both T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl leaving the series. After rumors persisted for some time, Knight and Heigl finally made their departures this season. It's likely ever actor's dream to have the opportunity of a great plotline to mark their departure and Knight got a doozy, as his character George threw himself in harm's way to save the life of a stranger at the end of the Season Five. Despite having very little screen time in the season premiere, George's departure was felt for quite some time after Knight's exit. Heigl's departure was far less dramatic, as her character was mostly referred to in asides, her exit feeling more prolonged and less impactful. Regardless of the process and (I hate to say it) thanks to the new additions, I didn't miss George and Izzie much at all; it was time for them to go.

It's pretty amazing to realize Grey's Anatomy is already into its seventh season; it feels like the show just started a year or so ago. As I reflected on that a bit more, my surprise really came down to the fact that the seasons have essentially flowed into each other. That's partly due to strong writing, blending the episodes into one larger story. Unfortunately, I also find the series starting to churn out more of the same: the same relationship issues between the couples, the same sensationalized traumas and over-the-top surgical procedures. Grey's Anatomy is starting to show its age. I'm not saying it should be cancelled, only that Shonda Rhimes and her creative team need to take a step back and try to deliver less of the same-old, same-old to their loyal viewers.

There's no other way to say it: ABC just seems to get it right when it comes to releasing full-season TV on DVD sets. Whether it's Brothers and Sisters, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, or any other recent series, the audio and video presentations always seem to land firmly in the "above average" category. Image detail is crisp and clean, never straying into blurriness and maintaining strong color saturation, solid blacks, and natural contrast throughout. The audio presentations match well and Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Sixth Season is no exception; ambient sounds, dialogue, and music remain in balance, with no one element distracting from any other. While the extra features are somewhat limited on this release, the offering is worth watching: "Seattle Grace: On Call" is a mockumentary-style series of six webisodes that feature some of Seattle Grace's interns and residents as they fill in for the band in the local bar; "Chandra Wilson: Anatomy of a Talent" treats viewers to a look at the talent behind Dr. Miranda Bailey as she directs two episodes, and spends some time on Broadway; "Dissecting Grey's Anatomy" delivers 10 additional segments from the season; "In Stitches" takes a look at the lighter side of Grey's with some flubs and goof-ups; and extended scenes are included for two of the season's episodes. This release also adds an additional 20 minutes to the season finale, which was easily in the top five of this 24-episode run.

I have been a fan of the series since the beginning, but Seasons Four and Five were starting to feel very tired. Season Six took the series in some new directions, while maintaining the core characters and drama that has been the foundation of the show since it began. Time will tell if the changes will stand the test of time and benefit the series in the long run.

The Verdict

The court reserves judgment pending the conclusion of season seven.

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Scales of Justice

Video: 94
Audio: 92
Extras: 73
Acting: 85
Story: 86
Judgment: 84

Perp Profile

Studio: ABC Studios
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• English (SDH)
• French
• Spanish
Running Time: 1032 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Drama
• Romance
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Deleted/Extended Scenes
• Featurettes


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