Since dropping out of medical school, Judge Kent Dixon's family has forever stuck him with the nickname McQueezy.
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 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 Sixth Season (published October 4th, 2010), 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.
"Every single surgical patient in a hospital is your patient. Whether you're the one who cut them open or not. The scalpel stops with you. You need to be able to look at her family. And to tell them your team did everything they could to save someone's life. The husband, the wife. Taking care about the people's families. And responsibility…it makes you…you take care of the people's families. But you sacrifice your own."—Dr. Richard Webber
One of the strongest ensemble cast dramas on TV today, Grey's Anatomy continues to build on its strengths in Season Three, as the characters mature and their stories take some interesting turns. But can the doctors of Seattle Grace possibly sustain the momentum through 25 new episodes?
Facts of the Case
Grey's Anatomy follows the personal and professional lives of a group of medical interns as they put their studies into practice at Seattle Grace Hospital and strive to balance career and personal life. The doctors often struggle as they seek to find cures to life's problems and find they aren't as easy to fix as putting a cast on a broken leg or stitching a wound.
Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Third Season builds significantly on the character arcs of every single cast member. The romantic triangle continues between Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Derek Sheppard (Patrick Dempsey), and Finn Dandridge (Chris O'Donnell). Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) continues to grieve and question her commitment to her chosen profession. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and Carter Burke (Isaiah Washington) continue to explore their relationship. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) wrestles with the fact that his skills and talents may not be best suited for a specialty in plastic surgery. And George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) continues to be…well, George!
"I am a Tree"
"Sometimes a Fantasy"
"What I Am"
"Let The Angels Commit": Cristina scrubs in on the rare humpty dumpty procedure, much to the envy of her fellow doctors, Alex questions his future medical specialty, George and Addison work with a pregnant woman with an unusual dilemma, and Derek receives a surprise visit from his sister.
"Where the Boys Are" (Extended Episode)
"Staring at the Sun"
"Don't Stand So Close to Me"
"Six Days, Part 1"
"Six Days, Part 2"
"Wishin' and Hopin'" (Extended Episode)
"Walk On Water"
"Drowning on Dry Land"
"Scars and Souvenirs"
"My Favorite Mistake"
"Time After Time"
"The Other Side of This Life, Part 1"
"The Other Side of This Life, Part 2"
"Didn't We Almost Have it All?"
My top five favorite episodes of the season were "Oh, The Guilt," "Where the Boys Are," "Wishin' and Hopin'," "Scars and Souvenirs," and "Desire." But why did I pick these episodes you ask? Favorite episodes are certainly a subjective preference, but each of these episodes stood out in my mind, either for their humor, plot points or character development. In all the episodes I have mentioned, as well as others in the series, the show's writers deftly balance humor and grief. Whether through the stories of the patients that come to Seattle Grace, or through the stories of the main characters, the viewer often ranges between laughter and tears within the same episode, all without feeling manipulated.
In an ensemble drama like Grey's Anatomy, the chemistry between the actors will make or break the show. That's one of the main things the creators of Grey's Anatomy got right. These characters are real people with gifts and flaws just like the rest of us. It's easy to become invested in their lives and find yourself crying with them when they grieve and cheering when they cheer.
I must confess that I find it easy to love a well-written show, and if a show hooks me early, they've pretty much got me for their entire run. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough hours in the day to watch every acclaimed show (sorry House), so I need to pick and choose which ones I keep on the viewing roster and which ones fall by the wayside (sorry CSI: Miami, but Caruso just made me nuts!).
Why do I think the show is well written? Emmys and miscellaneous other awards aside, and as I have mentioned elsewhere in this review, each episode of Grey's Anatomy is a strong mix of laughter and tears, as viewers follow the stories of patients (some lasting more than one episode), interns and staff. I must confess that I'm somewhat jaded when it comes to TV these days. It takes a special show with strong writing to get me to suspend my disbelief for 44 minutes and fully engage in the story, not to mention creating situations that can make me laugh out loud or shed a tear. Grey's Anatomy is one of those special shows.
What's to Love?
The story arch of every character directly impacts at least one, and at times many other characters. Like ripples in a pool, it's fascinating to watch how one character's action or inaction affects the plot of each show and usually several episodes to follow. For example, the tension between Cristina and Burke builds throughout the season, both through Cristina's reluctance to commit, and also through their efforts to hide Burke's weakness following his injury.
As in real life, viewers see how the concerted efforts required to maintain a lie cause indirect tension and stress in other relationships. Cristina is so driven and focused on concealing the deception that she largely fails to be there for Izzie at a time when she needs her friends most. This is only one example of how the ripples expand. The viewer can also see impacts, as George and Izzie struggle over their feelings for each other, negatively impacting George's relationship with Callie. These people are real—they are ambitious, selfish, sexist, arrogant and opinionated; they are also compassionate, remorseful and caring.
It's a tribute to the show's creator Shonda Rhimes that Grey's Anatomy has spawned a spin-off series so soon into the show's life span. Although die-hard fans will miss the departure of one of the show's much-loved characters, Private Practice will no doubt garner a fan base of its own, while adding another must-watch show to the list for current Grey's fans.
Meh…not so much!
Eyes and Ears
The audio presentation is also strong and while there is no significant use of the rear channel in the 5.1 surround mix, this isn't too surprising for a dialogue-based show. As a show also notable for it's soundtrack week to week, music reproduction is strong and free of any noise or noticeable distortion.
Disc seven also includes "Sneak Peeks" at The Game Plan, Brothers and Sisters: First Season, Soap Net, Ugly Betty: The Complete First Season, What About Brian: The Complete Series, Desperate Housewives: The Complete Third Season, Lost: The Complete Third Season, and Grey's Anatomy: New Season Preview.
For this release, Buena Vista has also included "Extended Episode" versions of "Time Has Come Today" (Disc 1), "Where the Boys Are" (Disc 2), "Great Expectations" (Disc 4), and "Wishin' and Hopin'" (Disc 4).
Viewers can also enjoy cast commentaries on the following episodes: "Time Has Come Today" (commentary by Kate Walsh and Chandra Wilson), "Wishin' and Hopin'" (commentary by Ellen Pompeo and Kate Burton), and "Desire" (commentary by Sandra Oh). It's interesting to hear the actor's point of view as they share their impressions on the development of their characters within the episode in question, as well as their overall character arcs.
While not the most stellar collection of extras, the offering on Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Third Season is pretty decent overall, especially for a set being released so soon after the episodes aired. The set is also presented nicely with two discs per tray and a relatively solid foldout package design.
A nice black and white montage of character faces leads into an easy-to-use menu system that makes accessing your menus choices on each disc simple and fairly intuitive.
You'd think living vicariously through the lives of interns and their supervisors week after week would get old, but Grey's Anatomy manages to make a fairly simple premise shine through solid writing and strong chemistry among the cast members. And speaking of chemistry between the cast members, it will be interesting to see how the departure of Isaiah Washington (Dr. Preston Burke) under less than positive circumstances, will impact the show's fourth season. If it's time for a complete TV physical, book an appointment with Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Third Season.
If you're a fan of the show and already own the previous season's sets, Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Third Season is a natural addition to your library. If you haven't had the opportunity to see the show yet, it's wise to start from the beginning and enjoy the complete run—you won't be disappointed! Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Third Season is cleared of all charges and released on good behavior for leaving us in stitches while often inducing a strong dose of tears.
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