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DVD Review: Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season

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Fans of Grey's Anatomy will revel in this seven-disc collection from season five. Whether you are a new viewer or just coming in to this mesmerizing medical drama, Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season will leave you riveted to the screen and continuously "watching just one more" episode, until an entire night or day has been consumed.

Though a bit slow in the beginning of the season, midway through the tension, drama, and character relationships will have you hooked and settled back down into a Grey's Anatomy bliss. Within season five, Izzie's (Katherine Heigl) illness progresses, as her relationship with Denny (who just happens to be her dead ex) takes a bizarre turn, yet her love for Alex (Justin Chambers) deepens and grows. The constant drama within Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith's (Ellen Pompeo) relationship finally comes to a bit of a resolution, which fans have viewed as long overdue in coming. Lexi and Sloan, whose relationship was not one we thought would truly last, settles into a wonderful life that will leave viewers with a smile on their faces and content hearts. Other characters such as Callie (Sara Ramirez), Cristina (Sandra Oh), George (T.R. Knight), and others, continue to grow and change — some good, some not so much.

Season five is brimming with questions, resolutions, edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers and so much more. It seems that once a series has reached a certain point, story lines become drab, predictable or just plain silly. This is not so with Grey's Anatomy. Creator and writer Shonda Rhimes displays her talent for twists, turns, emotional roller coaster rides, and character/viewer bonding in a most excellent way during this season's collection of episodes. Viewers will laugh, cry, be outraged, and biting their nails in anticipation (or dread) as season five progresses. The final episode of the season will leave viewers reeling and eagerly awaiting the beginning of season six.

In addition to all of the episodes of season five, there is a wonderful bonus section included with the DVD set. These features include outtakes from the season's shows, unaired scenes, an extended episode of "Stairway to Heaven," a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Grey's Anatomy, as well as the exciting celebration of the 100th episode of this beloved series.  "Heaven Sent" is a feature in which actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan talks about his character Denny Duquette and Denny's popularity and is sure to give viewers a bit more insight into this character.

All in all, Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season  is sure to be a prized addition to the DVD collection of any lover of excellent medical drama.  Though I was not one who got in on this phenomenon when it began, I have since come to greatly enjoy this series and its characters.  The episodes are written in a way that will draw the viewer in and even though you may question certain things, you'll likely come back for more and remain hooked.  If the end of season five is any indication, Grey's Anatomy is sure to have a bright future ahead both with old and new fans alike.

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