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Oh my word, this is epic

I'm taking a brave, bold, calculated risk and catching up on GA/PP without individual episode commentary (except for a backdated mini review I just posted because I wrote it a few months back - planned to expand later, never did).  Now, I am very fond of my Shondaland reviews, so it sucks depriving Future Me of all that potential writing, but it would take me a billion years and I just want to watch this stuff.  Because it is blowing my mind.  I'm sorry, I feel cheap and gross for loving them so much, but I do. 

Sure, they're full of deep flaws and peppered with grossness, but there seems like less and less I need to fast-forward.  I've spent the better part of the afternoon just gaping at the screen in wordless awe at how much I enjoy watching this.  Laughing, crying, exhaling in overwhelmed disbelief at my own happiness; it's -- did I say mindblowing already?  I am mostly referring to Private Practice, since I've gone through 5 of those and only one of GA, but you know, let's talk about the former.  I still have a crapload of Feelings I need to unload, even if they're not in pretty commentary form. 

Seriously, it's long.

The 2-part crossover was kinda the low point in both series, as the whoop-worthy breakups were fully negated by the equally nasty hookups, but for the most part Addison has been laying claim to the title of "favorite fictional character" all over the place.  Unless she is speaking to or about Mark, where she is dead wrong at all times, everything she says is pretty much the best thing ever. 

Another weird new thing: Charlotte is palatable.  I know!  But when she keeps her clothes on, I actually respect most things she says (so long as they do not concern explicitly-referenced genitals or practices related to her specialty).  My respect for her is improving in direct correlation to how fast my respect for Violet is dwindling, and really, it makes me sad to hate Vi so much so I hope at some point she sucks less. 

But meanwhile, Charlotte?  I like her when she's emotional and overwhelmed.  I also like her when she's hard and full of fire and anger and spitting tacks at Cooper.  Don't get me wrong, I'm siding with Cooper on all of this and love everything he's saying as well (especially "We're breaking up"), but...basically, watching them fight has been a practically spiritual experience.  It has almost, not quite but ALMOST, made the two preceding years of nauseating debauchery worth it just to see it fall apart in such a spectacular manner.  Oh, please tell me it sticks.  Please.  Burke left.  Charlotte doesn't even have to leave, they just need to not be Mer/Der.

I'm starting to think this might get almost as long as doing proper episode commentary.

Reducing Naomi to a background figure freaking out about her daughter?  Working really well.  (I'm not that down with Maya's storyline.  Mostly because, didn't her best friend already get pregnant?  How did none of this hammer into her head that either she should consider dying a virgin, or she needed to be way smart about birth control, which I can't imagine is that difficult for her to access?) 

I'm not even shipping her and Sam anymore, because...damn it, I'm about Sam/Addison.  I wasn't at first; I flirted with the idea early on until it became a real kiss, at which point I flipped out and went OH HELL NO, but then he was, very firmly and repeatedly, A Good Guy.  A drunken-advances-rejecting "not like this" Good Guy.  That's the sort of thing I fall for.

Oh, oh!  Speaking of that, I was beyond ecstatic that TV finally found a plausible way to initiate platonic bed-sharing between two people with the potential for romantic chemistry, but who currently are just really good friends.  Easy enough in Doctor Who fanfic, but real world?  I kid you not, I have been trying for the past year to figure out a way to parallel that.  Ideally I wanted it to involve grief/comfort-seeking, so the fact that they even got the right context, and then they did it MORE THAN ONCE, I am...I need some sort of filing system to keep track of how well TV grants my wishes lately.   

Anyway, the point is, if he's going to be hanging out in the background, quietly torch-carrying without actually making advances beyond determination to look out for & take care of her, that will bring up to speed right quick until such time as legitimate advances are made.  I can't promise that one sex scene wouldn't immediately erase this good will, but you could test me with a kiss.

Or if I could just get a lot of Pete and Addison platonically snuggling up on park benches, that would work too.  Their friendship is the best.

ALSO.  Dell & the late Mrs. Parker

--I'M SORRY, I JUST STUPIDLY GOOGLED BECAUSE I COULDN'T REMEMBER THE LAST NAME, AND THEN I WAS SPOILED ABOUT A SPECIFIC PERSON DYING IN THE FINALE.  WHICH, I HAD PUSHED EVEN THE FACT THAT SOMEONE WAS DYING OUT OF MY HEAD; I NEVER KNEW WHO IT WAS AND NOW?  NOW I'M KIND OF PEEVED.  PLUS, BEFORE I PUSHED IT OUT OF MY HEAD, I HAD RATIONALIZED A DIFFERENT NAME TO MYSELF, AND WAS CONTENT WITH THAT KNOWLEDGE. 

MAYBE MY SPLIT-SECOND GLANCE WAS WRONG.  MAYBE IT WAS REFERENCING AN INCORRECT SPOILER FOR SEASON 2.  YEP.  INCORRECT, DEFINITELY.

END BOLD CAPSLOCK OF RAGE.

--Dell & the late Mrs. Parker & Betsy, whoa!  Did not expect!  Although it did make me love Dell approximately 1500 times more than I already did, and have I mentioned lately that he is maybe among my top 5 TV dads?  Because his scenes with Betsy fill the gaping void that Tony & Sarah left in my heart when E.R. vacated the premises.

(I'm going to pretend it is not at all awkward for Dell to be sharing a house with Naomi and their kids given that I think this might have been his ultimate fantasy in season 1.  Does this mean I can also pretend that nasty little subplot never happened at all?  Cool.)

What haven't I covered...well, the less said about Addison's family, the better.

I think I've gotten the initial burst of wrist-flappy thoughts out, now.  As for Grey's Anatomy, I'm dealing with Sloan's storyline the same way I deal with Horatio & Kyle on CSI: Miami: making up my own backstory to fit with what I see, and pretending.  I pretend that Mark has actually been in contact with his daughter all along, albeit with infrequent visits due to living far away and her mother hating him, but there's still a real and solid bond of love between them rather than the clumsily manufactured sense of devotion & protection that pending babies tend to bring out.  It's nice to be able to embrace the fear and worry Eric Dane is actually, for once in his life, doing an impressive job bringing out.

Other GA thoughts: the Mercy Westers are amusing, Teddy continues to hover around the edges like a benign tumor (not a problem, really, but not desirable and you don't like her there, as you have the foreboding sense that she might be a threat later), Mer/Der OWNS MY SOUL when the Cristowenship doesn't have enough to do, and I'm waiting for the hate to kick back in because I just didn't feel it last episode, and it's weird being so benevolent.  I suspect the lack of Callie/Arizona was at play; when they take center stage again it will not be pretty.

Meanwhile, now that I've got up on Oceanside, I'm trying to continue pairing original airdates, but it's surprisingly hard to keep switching off.  It seems like that would be the logical course of action, but it's hard to keep mentally recalibrating!  Private Practice is warm and sunny and it feels like family; GA is more detached with an ensemble feel.  Until I actually go back to Grey's, and then I'm caught up in the rush of fast-paced surgeries and desperate desire to know how my couples' stories are going to play out.  The summer rewatch has made me too comfortable with grooves; I don't remember how to juggle!

I'm going to stop babbling and watch more now.

[Edit: Why, why, why does this show - either show - always make me eat my words the second I praise it?  Honestly.  I allow one episode of mediocrity, and suddenly it's nauseating nakedness and general inappropriate kissing all the time.]

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