Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 3/5
Episode 11 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 12 – | Review Score – 2/5
Episode 13 – | Review Score – 3.5/5
Episode 14 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 15 – | Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 16 – | Review Score – 2/5
I have been watching Grey’s Anatomy with my daughter since day one and we have been avid fans of the series all this time. Unfortunately, in the last few years the drama has started to feel a little stale and has lost its spark. It’s not an easy feat to keep a show going for that many years and while Grey’s Anatomy still has a strong fan base and delivers some interesting stories, the flaws are become more numerous, making it harder to look past them. From filler episodes and unlikable characters through to inconsistent writing, season 16 highlights all of this and more.
This season starts off with the aftermath of the fog and insurance fraud narratives, which cause Meredith, Karev and Richard to be fired by Miranda Bailey. The first half of the season shows the consequences for these three in their professional and personal lives. In particular Meredith, who faces legal trouble because of her actions. The series also follows the different couples, old and new, as they experience their ups and downs while dealing with many different and unusual medical cases.
The first half of the season offers us the usual format we have become accustomed to in the show. With plenty of character drama, shocking twists and interesting medical cases, the series ticks along quite nicely even if it doesn’t offer anything particularly outstanding. Unfortunately, the second part tails off course pretty quickly, giving us some very questionable episodes.
After the cliffhanger ending of the fall finale, Grey’s Anatomy takes a chunk out the CW playbook by forcing viewers to watch its spin-off cousin Station 19. In the moment this may be absolutely fine, given the wealth of adverts about this on TV, but as a repeat watcher or going back and binging the shows in the future, it feels like NBC are forcing people to watch both.
This ultimately signals a change in fortunes for the show as Grey’s Anatomy continues on its downward trend, with poorly written episodes and plenty of filler, showing us doctors acting out of character. That’s before even mentioning the shockingly bad exit for Karev.
The best moments of the series though are still the ones with its original cast. Bailey, Meredith and Richard in particular always steal the show and their interactions are definitely the highlight of the season. Thankfully, the show still has some interesting plots and dramatic twists to keep it entertaining and in the first half of the series, Meredith’s legal issues bring some important themes forward while in the second half, Richard’s dramatic story is definitely the most intriguing.
16 years is a long time for a series to run and while Grey’s Anatomy will always have a legion of faithful fans, season 16 is at risk of losing some of this good faith. The show feels like it has now run out of ideas and perhaps it might be time for Grey’s Anatomy to hang up its stethoscope and hospital gown for good, putting its energy into delivering one final triumphant roar rather than a prolonged whimper.