Are Sandra Oh and Cristina Yang Getting The Final Season They Deserve on Grey's Anatomy? (POLL)



Sandra Oh has been one of my favorite actresses since HBO's Arli$$ and she was the only reason I tuned in to the premiere of Grey's Anatomy in 2005.  Over the years her character Cristina Yang has been at least as pivotal as Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), the show's namesake. Cristina has been the baddest of the badass doctors, whose journey as a character has traveled over the highest peak and through the deepest canyons.

When it was announced this would be Oh's last season on Grey's Anatomy I knew this was going to be a difficult year for me as a fan. However, I expected it to be difficult because I anticipated each episode building to that moment where I am forced to finally say goodbye.  What I did not expect was for Cristina to become a window dressing that provides occasional moments of dramatic beauty, but is otherwise mostly ignored unless providing advice to second years.

Sandra Oh may have been the reason I started watching Grey's Anatomy, but it was her story and the compelling stories of the doctors mentoring her and Meredith–like Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson)–that cemented my love for the show. Now Cristina has the Miranda role, but as yet, in her final season, there has been little compelling about Cristina's story.  Other than Cristina's recent fight Meredith and its fallout, there is little sense her story arc is building towards her departure. Considering Shonda Rhimes' ability to thread storylines on Grey's Anatomy and Scandal I have every confidence Oh and Cristina Yang will get a masterful exit. I just expected Cristina's final journey to be more of an adventure.

I'm not the only one who seems disappointed with how Cristina Yang's final season is playing out. Zap2it's Sydney Bucksbaum asks,

Is this really how they're going to write out Cristina Yang? By cutting her off from everyone she knows and loves? By diminishing her brilliant work to inconveniences? Cristina -- and Oh -- deserve so much better than that after 10 amazing seasons. They both deserve to go out on top with a bang, not disappear and fade out with not so much as a whimper.

Are Sandra Oh and Cristina Yang Getting the Final Season They Deserve?


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Luke's picture
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24 August 2009
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A bit early to panic. We are only 4,5 episodes into a 20 something episode season.

Personally, I've enjoyed the stuff we've gotten so far with her and Meredith. Also, wasn't it fairly late in the summer when she announced she was leaving? So imagine we won't see the seeds for that a bit more into the season

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30 November 2009
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Is she staying the whole season, or just a few episodes this season? If she's going to be here the whole season, there's still plenty of time. I do think they are warming up to her exit, separating her from Hunt, having Hunt dating someone else, Meredith becoming more concerned with motherhood and her own career. I'm taking a wait and see approach.

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19 March 2010
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No bec Asian american actors/chars are neglected and bashed on tv shows and films. How many tv shows w/ nyc and l.a. settings even have Asian american chars? 1 Asian american doctor is the best grey's anatomy could do? And this is abc w/c let jimmy kimmel have a skit where killing chinese people is a joke. WOuld they have done that to any other racial minority? Maybe not. They definitely would not have mentioned that abt gay and lesbians.

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23 July 2008
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I believe the seeds are being sown gently...I think the story of her exit is going to be about how life has changed and it is time to move on and take her career to the heights she desires while having to separate her feelings for the ones she loves! Stories don't always have to be dramatic and exciting - sometimes the best stories are how real they truly are and how it touches your heart and soul. Christina realizing that life around her is changing IS very real and heartbreaking at the same time! Life is a journey....