Hounds Hot Take: Shondaland isn’t as magical as it’s made out to be
It’s time to talk about Shonda Rhimes. The creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder has built a television empire over the last fourteen years. But it’s time the empire fell.
I loved Grey’s. It’s the gateway show, meaning it was the first show I really binge-watched. It had incredible writing, endearing characters, was really hysterical at times and heartfelt in others. It was a great show. Key word here: WAS.
Since about season 7 the show has been going way downhill. There’s exactly four of the original main characters left and the endless revolving door of minor and background characters has led to story lines that no one cares about involving interns who’s names we can’t remember. Not a single character is with the love interest they began with, which, fine, whatever. But the fact that every time two characters are happy and in love, the writers decide that that’s not “good television” and do something that will eventually break them up. Look at Callie and Arizona. Alex and Izzie. Owen Hunt and literally everyone. They take the characters we love and let them be happy for about an episode, then turn them against themselves.
I can’t watch the show anymore. It feels like a shell of the show it once was, and I’m convinced that the only reason it’s still on the air is because Shonda Rhimes can’t come to terms with the fact that her first success died years ago. Of course the dedicated fanbase wants the show to continue, but at what cost? It’s a show that made a name for itself by being unpredictable and putting its most beloved characters in danger, which, at first, was a huge part of its appeal, but now, just feels like a desperate attempt at a cheap thrill. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Meredith dies from a rabid stray cat that got loose in the hospital because the 12-year-old son of a brain cancer patient didn’t want it to die in the cold Seattle snowstorm. I would be even less surprised if after that happened, Shonda said she will continue the show following Meredith’s kids as they grow up and follow their parents footsteps into medical school. And you know what, she could do that. People would watch it. Hell, I would probably watch it just to see how it all goes down.
Basically I just don’t think Shonda knows how to let a good thing die. The whole thing just feels like a money grab, not fan service, not even commitment to a good story. It’s almost painful to watch at this point. Of course I’ll watch it if it’s on or if my roommates are watching it, because the writing was so strong in the beginning and there’s always the hope that they’ll find their roots again. But they won’t. The show has been dead for a long time, and Shonda Rhimes needs to realize that and put it out of its misery.
Julia Stevens, a senior, studies English and secondary education. She is a copy editor for Le Provocateur.