DVD Review: Grey's Anatomy - Season 1
Release Date: February 14, 2006
Distributor: Buena Vista
· John David Coles
· Adam Davidson
· Patrick Dempsey
· Ellen Pompeo
· Sandra Oh
· Katherine Heigl
· Isaiah Washington
· Justin Chambers
· T.R. Knight
· Official Site
· Grey's Anatomy Online
by Scott Juba
Published: February 13, 2006
Medical dramas are nothing new to primetime television, but few feature characters as entertaining to watch as Grey’s Anatomy. Created by Shonda Rhimes, the ABC series chronicles the daily life of Dr. Meredith Grey (Pompeo) and several other hospital interns who aspire to have successful medical careers as they wrestle with the challenges of their personal lives.
The first episode instantly throws Grey into the fire when she realizes her new boss, Dr. Derek Shepherd (Dempsey), is the same man she had a one-night-stand with only hours earlier. Despite their newfound work relationship, the sexual chemistry between them ignites as they continue their torrent affair, often leading to more nights of passion in Meredith’s bedroom. Their relationship culminates in a shocking surprise in the season finale that’s as perfect a cliffhanger as a show could possibly end with.
The reason Grey’s Anatomy excels over other medical dramas such as House is that although it incorporates quirky and informative medical scenarios, its main focus rests on its characters and their plight. The best writers know that empathetic characters always compel audiences to keep watching, and the writers of Grey’s Anatomy have mastered that lesson well.
The writers also do a clever job of inserting humor to prevent the show from becoming too serious. This blend of drama and comedy adds a clever dynamic to the show that brings out the personality of the characters.
In addition, the series features a cast of talented young actors who have blossomed into some of TV’s most recognizable stars. After watching the first season of Grey’s Anatomy, it’s no wonder why Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh and Katherine Heigl have rocketed to stardom.
The DVD’s bonus features include several deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The behind-the-scenes featurette presents a standard look at how the producers put the show together, but it does offer some interesting pieces of information about the production of the show. For example, it shows how the cast does a read-through of each episode before filming begins. One of the producers divulges that entire storylines have been scrapped as a result of these read-throughs.
This featurette also reveals that the producers always have medical technician Linda Klein on set to aid them in making the show as realistic as possible. Sandra Oh goes so far as to call Klein the most valuable person on the set.
Most of the deleted scenes come from the pilot episode and are compiled in a way that makes watching them feel as if you’re watching a mini-episode of the show. While they are not essential to the storyline of the series, they reflect personality traits of the characters.
Although the bonus material could have been more expansive, this intelligently written medical drama demands to be seen. If you missed any of Grey’s Anatomy’s captivating first season, put this DVD on the top of your must-own list.