The TV musical has had its day in the sun on more than one occasion. One of the most famous was Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s, “Once More with Feeling.” It was creative, brilliant, cheesy, and memorable. It reflected the heart of the show magnificently.
Shonda Rhimes was inspired by this Buffy spectacular and has, apparently, wanted to do a musical episode since the birth of Grey’s Anatomy.
Well she finally got her shot. Details of the episode were tightly guarded, and only snippets were released. We were told that Sara Ramirez, aka Callie, who is rumored to have a magnificent voice, would be featured, the music would be from the Grey’s Anatomy sountracks and cryptically, “this was not going to be your regular musical”. Although I must say I am not sure there is a staple for this genre as of yet.
So with almost no information I plundered into the episode via my DVR.
First, the opening scene was absolutely horrorfying! Seeing Callie on the hood of the car, knowing that she was pregnant was absolute torture. Then she starts singing. Sara Ramirez has a close to angelic voice. It is strong, clear, and just wonderful. As the scene changes I get it, I see what they are going to do, and I am interested.
One of the things that was impressive about this episode, and I cannot believe I am saying it, was the sound editing. The writers mixed real dialog within the lyrics of the song so that the sound was simultaneous and yet both were suprisingly clear. So I am thinking, okay this is going to be all Callie, I am okay with that I guess.
Then Kevin Kidd, aka Owen, starts singing as if it is the most natural thing in the world, and I am digging it. This continues throughout the story, jumping from character to character. In fact the only two I think didn’t sing were Chief Webber and Christina. There was also a guest appearance by Kate Walsh, as her re-occuring character of Addison Montgomery.
One of the great things about the Buffy musical episode was that it moved the main story along in a different way. It was a different path of emotion that made it enjoyable. This was also the case with Grey’s. It did a good job of moving the story forward while also remaining independent and special.
While I did enjoy the episode, I will say it did not have the wow factor I wanted. I really wanted it to be so awesome that I would want to watch it again. Sadly that is not the case. This might make my top ten Grey’s episodes, but it would sadly be ranked number eight or nine.
Overall an impressive showing, but I am looking forward to the return of the prime Grey’s drama I know, love, and look forward to every week.