5 reasons why lapsed Grey’s Anatomy fans should return to Season 14 right now

Alexandra Plesa 14 February 2018 NEWS

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Grey's fourteenth season is sexier, funnier and lighter.

For viewers who like to complain about recent seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, rest assured: the show has bounced back remarkably. New episodes are currently streaming on 7plus, with the medical drama slowly returning to top form. Here’s why you should tune in.

Long-running series are bound to hit a rough patch every now and then, especially when they’ve been on the air for thirteen years. But while the occasional recycled storyline is forgivable, thirteen seems to be a particularly unlucky number for Grey’s Anatomy.

Last season, the medical drama was close to hitting rock bottom, creatively speaking. Both critics and fans were expressing frustration over the awkward pacing and condemning dull plot lines that dragged on forever. We’re mainly referring to the Eliza Minnick debacle, Alex’s prolonged legal troubles, and Owen and Amelia’s baby drama. Not only that, but the series was delving deep into soap territory and losing its sexy, humorous side; which is what made it stand out in the first place.

The drop in quality was especially disappointing given the fact that Grey’s Anatomy usually thrives under pressure. The show survived plenty of cast shake-ups over the years. In fact, there are only four original cast members still standing: Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr, and Justin Chambers. A lot of sceptics predicted that the series would go downhill with the departures of characters like Izzie, Cristina, or (gasp!) Derek Shepherd. That wasn’t the case. The medical drama always found a way to reinvent itself, either by bringing in fresh faces or dazzling fans with compelling storytelling. And in Season 14, it does it again.

Although the current season is at the halfway mark in the US, episodes have just started to air in Australia. After a short stint on 7flix, Grey’s Anatomy is back on Seven, with a season that promises to bring back the charm. Thankfully, the medical drama also delivers big time. Here’s why you should catch-up. Some light spoilers ahead for those faint of heart.

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It’s steamier and funnier, without sacrificing depth

Ahead of the Season 14 premiere, Grey’s Anatomy creators promised a change in tone. “It’s funnier, it’s sexier, it’s lighter,“ Giacomo Gianniotti, who plays DeLuca, said about the current instalment of the medical drama.

So far, we’re happy to confirm that’s true. While Grey’s does tackle some extremely important issues as episodes go by, the writers are also making an effort to bring back the show’s humorous side. This may have something to do with Krista Vernoff returning to the series as a co-showrunner. She was a major figure in the show’s early years, leaving after Season 7. With her back, Grey’s gets a makeover, balancing serious arcs with funnier storylines.

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It features a love triangle that doesn’t suck

There’s been no shortage of love triangles since Grey’s premiered, some more successful than others. In Season 14, Owen’s sister Megan returns after being MIA for a decade. The only problem? She’s Nathan’s ex-fiance, and he started to fall for Meredith just before her abrupt return. Obviously, this leaves Meredith caught in the middle.

While other shows might have used the plot twist to drown viewers in melodrama, Grey’s makes it a point to allow its characters to act in a mature and realistic way. Meredith and Megan prove to be incredibly supportive of each other; and while we won’t reveal who Nathan ends up with, we’ll just say that the triangle (quickly) comes to a satisfying conclusion.

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Episode 300 is just around the corner

Episode 7 of Season 14 is the 300th episode of the series. To mark this special occasion, the creators pull out all the stops in order to make the hour as enjoyable as possible for longtime Grey’s fans.

The episode, centring on an accident at a county fair, pays tribute to characters we’ve lost and even features patients who strike an uncanny resemblance to Cristina, Izzie, and George. Of course, this causes Meredith and the rest of the cast to reminisce about the good old times. And by the time the end credits roll, you’ll likely find yourself crying some happy tears.

There’s a compelling arc about domestic violence

As you may remember, Jo has an abusive estranged husband, Paul, something Grey’s Anatomy explores in depth later in the season.

Proving once again that the medical drama is so much more than shirtless doctors and sexy hook-ups, Grey’s has a couple of thoughtful and poignant episodes in store that will revolve around Paul’s sudden appearance at the hospital and the effect he has on Jo. As expected, the meeting between the estranged couple is emotional and devastating. And the aftermath? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

One of the docs gets a very special episode

Episode 11 will centre on one of Grey’s most beloved doctors, who suffers a heart attack. But again, instead of going the melodrama route, the series takes the opportunity to make some important points about heart disease in women.

The doctor’s heart attack is not being taken seriously by her peers, to frustrating results. That’s because symptoms are different in women than in men. According to CNN, instead of chest pain, women are more likely to describe symptoms like nausea and vomiting, trouble breathing and pain in the jaw, arm or back. This can consequently cause doctors to wrongly assume that the woman is just experiencing stress and maybe even recommend a psych consult.

Besides delivering a touching storyline, Grey’s strives to fight the lack of knowledge surrounding female heart attacks, shedding some light on an issue that women should be prepared to deal with.

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 premiered at the end of January on Seven and airs new episodes Tuesday nights. The first four episodes of the new season are currently available to stream on 7plus, with new episodes to be added regularly. The network is currently deep into Winter Olympics coverage, but should get back to regular programming right after that. Make sure to tune in from February 27.

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