The two-hour Season 15 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy proves why this show is still on the air and that even after fifteen years, it can feel fresh and fun, and it can continue to explore its characters in interesting ways.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 Episode 1, “With a Wonder and a Wild Desire,” and Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 Episode 2, “Broken Together,” give us a light-hearted, but also shocking, premiere that opens some new doors and feels like a new start for many characters.
Okay, first things first. It’s revealed right away that the much-discussed clip of Meredith and DeLuca in bed together is, in fact, a dream.
Does that mean it won’t ever happen? Questionable. In the very least, Meredith is flustered by him — and plenty of other men around her.
The dream sequence is reminiscent of early Grey’s Anatomy, and I love it for that reason alone. But what’s better is that it really does feel like the timing is perfect for Meredith to be thinking about romance again. We saw her focused on her work and doing amazing things there.
I still want us to see that, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun to watch her navigate dating again. It’s already fun to see her reactions, particularly to the new doc, “Link,” who is already bringing a new energy to the show.
Link (Atticus Lincoln is his actual name) shows up early alongside Nico Kim, and together they bring a new dynamic to the group that feels like it was necessary. It’s not too over the top, but it does offer a nice change of pace and works toward keeping the mood lighter and a little sexier — with Link’s flirting with Meredith to Nico’s wink at Glasses.
Plus, Link’s more laid back attitude — he wouldn’t touch the job of interim chief with a ten-foot pole — could make him an unlikable character in this group, but instead, it has the opposite effect. I’m already a fan, aren’t you?
He’s good at what he does and he focuses on that, but he somehow doesn’t take on the stress we know the rest of the doctors often do. That could be good for all of the doctors to be around.
Elsewhere, a pregnant Teddy realizes Owen has moved on with this life, so she turns down the interim chief position after all, and tries to make a break for it. A blood clot makes that impossible, though, and of course, the doctor she winds up with is someone close to Amelia.
There’s always been *something* between Teddy and Owen, but the timing was never really there. Owen’s visit to Germany felt like closure, but this almost feels like a proper natural progression for them. As much I want to see Owen and Amelia together, I like the idea that maybe he’ll wind up raising a child with Teddy.
Maybe they’ll even do that as friends while Owen moves forward with Amelia. We have been promised that this wouldn’t be the “typical love triangle,” so I’m intrigued to see where it goes. More than anything else, I’m excited for Omelia to be a thing again, and hopefully this time around, it will continue in a positive way.
That said, I still want to see more of Amelia’s backstory presented here. So much of what happened to her on Private Practice is relevant, yet it’s barely discussed.
Talk of having kids? I want to see her open up to Owen about the baby she lost. But for now, I’m just happy to see them being as honest as they are. I love them together.
Another highlight from the premiere is Jackson’s new-found belief in something bigger than he is. It’s almost magical to watch this for him. DeLuca saves him and Maggie from being hit by a car, and from that point forward, there’s something new in him — but that something is also inspired by April.
She may be gone, but she’s certainly not forgotten. Jackson marvels at her faith and has a whole new outlook on life. It’s such an interesting new conflict for Jackson, and I love seeing us dig deeper into his character because of it.
I go back and forth on how I feel about his relationship with Maggie. They’re cute at moments and others, it feels forced. Maggie’s excuse of getting milk is funny, though, and I like that we’re starting the season out so positively for so many couples.
Another of those couples is Jo and Alex, who we see first on their honeymoon. While Jo’s new idea feels a bit out of the blue, the result is worth it. And it’s nice to see Jo and Alex out of their typical element, enjoying the beach as a happy newlywed couple.
Thank goodness the honeymoon isn’t some catastrophe that puts them at odds with each other like so many shows tend to do. Instead, yes, the honeymoon isn’t typical, but it’s kind of perfect for them as a couple even though it ends early.
The fellowship happens for Jo once Bailey sees her idea for herself. Until then, it’s a no go, which is kind of surprising if you remember the stake Meredith has in the hospital. Certainly, she could have found another way to make it happen, but she just accepts the answer of no.
It’s disappointing that means Jo won’t be working with Meredith, but I’m all for new dynamics — and Bailey’s joy over this is well worth it.
So is the reveal of the interim chief.
Not at all what I expected, Alex as interim chief is absolutely perfect. I wish you all could have seen my reaction to him spinning around in that chair.
The thing is, it feels funny at first, but then once you consider how far Alex has come over the years, there’s no reason he couldn’t be good at this job.
Can you imagine watching Season 1 Alex and thinking, that guy will be the interim chief someday? Ha. But now? He’s become such a great doctor and he’s worked so hard — I think he’ll surprise people at how good he might be at it.
Which, considering Link’s comments to Bailey about choosing someone who won’t do better than her, I’m sure she thinks Alex won’t.
I’m also excited about it because I’m into anything that gives Alex more to do. This has a lot of potential for some great Alex storylines.
- DeLuca is so funny with his life-saving abilities. He’s quite amazed with himself, and it makes me like him even more. So do his flustered reactions to Meredith.
- For an otherwise lighthearted episode, it’s heartbreaking that two patients die. One, the young girl who was hit by the car, and two, and man who made an unfortunate decision with a bottle of hairspray. If only Carina could spread her wisdom to more people. There’s certainly a lesson there when it comes to communication.
- Teddy should really no better than to leave a hospital against medical advice. It’s understandable that she’s uncomfortable, but it’s definitely a bad move.
- April has a presence on this episode, but Arizona unfortunately does not. I’d really have liked to see more mention of her.
What did you think of this episode of Grey’s Anatomy? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
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