Thursday, 14 September 2006

A Pretty Coterie of Coquettes and a Gaggle of Goodlooking Gigolos

God bless the cynic. All true of course.
Grey's Anatomy, like the majority of recent American dramas, features a pretty cast who do minimal acting, conveying character instead through hairstyles and fashion - they pout, they pose, they strut, they give good close-up.
The older players or "character actors" are usually relegated to the role of crusty mentors who, like CSI's Gil Grissom (William Petersen), drift in and out of the narrative spouting Zen-master cliches. Even the fabulous Mandy Patinkin is reduced to this sage-like buffoonery on Criminal Minds, leaving the exciting stuff to glamorous co-stars such as Thomas Gibson - or is that Patrick Dempsey again? They all look alike.

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