Or perhaps because of George's (T.R. Knight) death that Grey's Anatomy packed a wallop on its premiere last week. Despite being long advertised (and celebrated or rued, depending on which side you belong), the death of one of the original Seattle Grace interns was still anticipated and watched by a lot of people - 17.1 million in the first hour, and somehow dwindling by some 600,000 in the second.
While I think there might be Grey's Anatomy fans who purposely tuned in just for the first hour to probably see how they bury and say goodbye to George, overall, the number may be too small to account for people who thought the first hour sucked and therefore tuned out. I personally think the second hour was far better than the first. "Good mourning" - the first of the two-hour kick-off - was slow-cooking, perhaps too slow-cooking, and was much more subdued than what I expected they'd do with George's funeral scene.
Did the Grey's season 6 premiere disappoint? On one hand, the bar was set pretty high because of the amazing finale last season. On the other hand, it was not really as shabby as some critics point out.
I'm slightly on the fence on how I felt about the highlight (and probably only memorable part) of the funeral sequence - the very creepy busting into laughs. While I thought it was highly plausible because it's true that we all demonstrate grief in unique ways, it was just downright bizarre - especially the way Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) laughed. But the bottom line was, it was unexpected, and that alone deserved credit.
On a final note, maybe it's safe to say that Grey's Anatomy is back, following the lull it experienced toward the end of last season before the finale (read: ghost sex). Is it a shame that it took a death of a character for it to get its groove back? That, I'm not sure. But I am glad it's back - and it trumped CSI by some 1.4 mil viewers. Awesome.