I haven't watched the last two hours of the THREE HOUR season finale (seriously, was that necessary???) yet. (And I just realized this morning that because of the president's speech my Tivo might not have recorded the whole thing which . . . ARGHHH!) But I thought I'd weigh in with my opinion of the first hour (mostly because it's my day to post and I can't think of a damn thing to write about). Not to put too fine a point on it, but I hated it. I actually fast forwarded through the scenes with Izzy and Denny. That's right people, I hit FF (multiple times) during an episode of Grey's Anatomy. And I don't feel like I missed anything. I'm not one of those Denny haters, but the turn this story has taken I found unbelievable, disgusting, and most unforgiveable of all, boring. The melodrama of it all is just too much. Way, way, way too much. I feel like the writers have lost control of the season and their characters and what started out as a smart, funny, soapy show has turned into over-the-top schlock. It's reminding me a lot of the trajectory of both the O.C. and Desperate Housewives. Both of those shows also started out as smart, campy twists on the night-time soap genre and then degenerated into straight night-time soaps.
I'm really hoping that the last two hours pull this story together in a way that doesn't make me abandon this show the way I was forced to banish the O.C. and DH from my Tivo. I really really want to like it. I do. But they're not giving me much to like. And I know that part of what's always been interesting about the show is the characters' flaws, but it's all flaws, all the time, and they're unbelievable flaws. I just cannot believe that Izzy would have gotten herself into the situation she did. I can't. A huge part of me is hoping that Denny just dies already so this stupid story can be over.
ETA: I'm completely spoiled for the last two hours, so feel free to comment on them. And I can't believe I forgot to mention the one awesome thing about Sunday's episode: the appearance of Vinnie Vanlowe from Veronica Mars as the creeptastic restaurant manager! First Duncan guest stars, and now Vinnie. Lovely!