Grey's Anatomy Season Premiere Review: "Free Falling"

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Ladies and Gentleman, welcome back to Seattle Grace! The eighth season of Grey's Anatomy kicked off with "Free Falling," an episode that focused heavily on our original characters and where their future is headed. So, let’s dig right in...

Yang Looks On

Catch up…Things are pretty much the same as where we left off in last season’s finale. Meredith and Derek are still apart, with Christina and Mer back to being each other's “person.” Lexie and Jackson are unfortunately still together and Alex has been blacklisted from the group. 

Meredith & Derek: These two need to get it together and quick. We spent enough seasons waiting for them to get it right and now that they have, there is no reason that they should still be apart. I get why Derek is angry, but come on. Your wife was trying to help someone. Time to move on from this storyline. Meredith getting fired and then leaving with Zola? She is now a full blown mother.

Cristina: You can call me the president of the Cristina Yang fan club and this episode made me remember why. Sandra Oh is flawless, every episode, every scene. The girl can show so much range and still make you laugh why she is doing it. 

Derek and Zola Pic

Other Thoughts…

  • April Kepner as Chief Resident? Not working for me or anyone else at the hospital.
  • Bailey is back as her outspoken, running-the-world self and I couldn’t be happier. Not that I want to see the Chief go, but when he does I think we know who to call the new one should be.
  • Who will turn out to be the Gunther? My vote is on Yang.
  • This Sloan and Jackson pairing could be a whole lot of fun. 
  • Lexie = HOT with bangs.
  • Who didn’t love her throwback Bailey speech to the interns?

The big case of the week was pretty intense. I have seen pictures of streets breaking down like that and it is SCARY. If there is one medical thing that this show does right, it is making big cases with patients you come to care about. The pole through the two bodies? The bomb? Hands down a couple of the best Grey’s episodes ever.

This episode set the season in motion, and from the looks of it, it’s going to be good.

Back to basics is what we need. Focus on the core characters; this could be the originals' last season, after all. This series defines how TV shows are supposed to make you feel: relating to the characters, being on the edge of the seat with worry and anticipation. Here is hoping that Season 8 takes us back to the Grey’s Anatomy we once knew and loved.

So, TV Fanatics, what did you think of the first hour of Season 8? Everything you were hoping for or did it still feel like the mediocre season seven? Sound off on “Free Falling” and then come back for the second hour’s review to wrap up premiere night.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (403 Votes)
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Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 1 Quotes

I wish I wanted a kid, I wish I wanted one so bad.

Cristina

Do you have what it takes? If your marriage is in trouble, can you weather the storm? When the ground gives way and your world collapses, maybe you just need to have faith and trust that you can survive this together. Maybe you just need to hold on tight and no matter what, don't let go.

Meredith

Grey's Anatomy Season 8 Episode 1 Music

  Song Artist
Song Watching You Watch Him Eric Hutchinson
Boundaries Boundaries AM iTunes
Gold 2 Gold Delay Trees iTunes