Grey's Anatomy: B-Team follows the latest batch of newbie doctors as they navigate their way through Grey Sloan Memorial.
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The second season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy commenced airing on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on September 25, 2005, and concluded on May 15, 2006. The season was produced by Touchstone Television, in association with Shondaland production company and The Mark Gordon Company, the showrunner being Shonda Rhimes. Actors Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Justin Chambers, and T.R. Knight reprised their roles as surgical interns Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens, Alex Karev, and George O'Malley, respectively. Previous main cast members Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Jr., Isaiah Washington, and Patrick Dempsey also returned, while Kate Walsh, who began the season in a recurring capacity, was promoted to series regular status, after appearing in seven episodes as a guest star. The season continued to focus on the surgical residency of five young interns as they try to balance the challenges of their competitive careers with the difficulties that determine their personal lives. It was set in the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, located in the city of Seattle, Washington. Whereas the first season put the emphasis mainly on the unexpected impact the surgical field has on the main characters, the second season provides a detailed perspective on the personal background of each character, focusing on the consequences that their decisions have on their careers. Throughout the season, new story lines were introduced, including the love triangle between Meredith Grey, Derek Shepherd, and Addison Montgomery, the main arc of the season. Also heavily developed was the story line involving Izzie Stevens' relationship with patient Denny Duquette, which resulted in critical acclaim and positive fan response. The season kept its original airtime from the previous season, taking over Boston Legal's time slot at 10:00 pm on Sundays, while airing as a lead-out to the already successful ABC series, Desperate Housewives. It contained 27 episodes, out of which five were originally produced for the first season. In addition to the regular episodes, two clip shows recapped previous events of the show, both narrated by Steven W. Bailey in his recently introduced role as Joe the Bartender. “Straight to Heart” aired one week before the winter-holiday hiatus ended, recapping the most memorable events of the first season and the first half of the second. “Under Pressure” aired before the twenty-third episode. The season finale was conceived as a three-part story arc, the first of this kind in the series, and was scheduled to air on two consecutive nights. The show ended its second season with 21.07 million total viewers and a 6.9 ratings share in the 18–49 demographic. The season opened to critical acclaim, as most agreed on a significant improvement in story lines. The season saw numerous cast and crew members receive awards and nominations at ceremonies like the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards and the 64th Golden Globe Awards. Katherine Heigl and Chandra Wilson were the cast members with the most nominations for their portrayals of Izzie Stevens and Miranda Bailey, respectively. The series was chosen in the top ten for several 2006 “best of television” lists, including USA Today, San Jose Mercury News, TV Guide, and Orlando Sentinel.
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Noting the realism in the writing for the series, Gilchrist stated: “It's as if Rhimes and Co. harnessed the sublime and the mundane of our daily experiences, that strange sense of drama that emerges from even the most unimportant daily conflicts, and it transported it on a world that is legitimately fraught with life and death decisions.” However, he expressed disappointment in the end of the second season, which he deemed surprisingly less strong, compared to the “powerful” first half and the “immaculate” first season, describing Stevens' “awkward and self-destructive” relationship with a patient as a way to “slow episodes to a screeching halt with maudlin and painfully underdeveloped turns towards melodrama”, while expressing the predictability of Duquette's death. Gilchrist stated in response to Stevens' development in the last part of the second season: “Izzie's descent into abject hysteria, which followed her season-long sanctimoniousness about everything, actually made me want something terrible to happen to her too.” He described how some episodes were not among the show's strongest, noting that the some plot lines created poignancy, and connected in an unfamiliar way. The reviews have stood the test of time and the season still remains a huge critical favorite. Entertainment Weekly reviewing the tenth season of the show acknowledged that, “the second season is still the show’s best season to date.” The site added, “I do want to talk about what season 10 could learn from what I believe is the show’s best season to date: season 2.” calling in all the signature elements of the show that it did the best with listing all the best moments from the season, “the elevator”, “the walkway”, "Joe’s bar, " Meredith’s “Pick me” speech". and the “memorable patients” adding, " I want two people stuck on a pole (Into You Like a Train) or two Amish best friends having to say goodbye, and I want those stories to be given ample time to resonate. More than anything, I want them to affect our doctors in heartbreaking and beautiful ways." Eyder Peralta of The Houston Chronicle was critical of Izzie's ethics in cutting Denny's LVAD wire, writing that she “should not be practising medicine” and stating: “That's the reason I don't watch Grey's Anatomy, anymore, because the super hot blond chick can make an earth-shattering, fatal decision and she doesn't get canned.” Regarding the second season, Kevin Carr from 7M Pictures said “Rhimes really just put Scrubs, E.R., Sex and the City and even a dash of The Love Boat in a blender and poured out Grey's Anatomy.” Also in regard to the second season, Christopher Monfette of IGN TV said “[...] The second season of this medical drama expertly wove its signature elements of complex relationships, whimsical banter and challenging life-lessons - all to a montage-fetish, indie-rock soundtrack”.
The season opened up to critical acclaim with many critics calling it “one of the best shows on TV” and was included in the top ten for numerous 2006 “best of television” lists. Also the fame of the show skyrocketed during the season The A.V. Club called the show a “pokemon” and "one of the best TV shows around, burning through plot points at a furious clip, swooning romanticism, at embracing the kind of deeply earnest, intensely felt romance that made the show’s relationships so great. Meredith’s famous “Pick me, choose me, love me” speech is corny, to be sure, but it’s got tremendous rhythm and absolute conviction...season two of Grey’s was a comet." Todd Gilchrist of IGN Entertainment expressed hope in the further development of the series, noting the complex backgrounds of each character as being the series' focal point. He noted that the ensemble, composed of “countless comely females and enough strong, competitive males” remains outstanding in prime time, being iconic, due to the vast interpretations regarding the main cast. Whereas Gilchrist acknowledged that the show gives the impression of it being only for women, he stated that he can attest to its universal, equal-opportunity appeal, assessing that the show “explores the medical world with both a sense of testosterone-fueled intensity and estrogen-laced sensitivity” and deserved to have viewers from both genders, championing its merits. In response to the bomb story arc, he called the two episodes “juicy”, while assessing that they “followed a story line that not only explained the series up to that point, but featured all of the characters in their more or less purest from”. Gilchrist provided an outlook on each character, describing Grey as a “prodigiously talented but insecure surgeon, waylaid by her love for attending Derek Shepherd”, while stating that Yang, “an aggressively ambitious intern” lacks knowledge on any topic, except medicine, comparing her to boyfriend Burke, described as her opposite. In response to George O'Malley's story line, he noted how his sensitive personality constantly results in difficulty in his path to becoming a proper surgeon. He also expressed excitement in the doors opened by the previous season's cliffhanger, seeing the arrival of Montgomery (Walsh) as “certainly speaking to the show's focus on relationships over the nuts and bolts of being a surgeon”, while praising Rhimes for continuing to “merge those disparate elements in the way that does, or at least should be a source of enthusiasm for both men and women, creating an atmosphere both professional and intimately personal, often at the same time”.
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