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This week Israel’s government moved to authorize the internal security agency to use access to secretly-collected cellphone data to track and contain the coronavirus spread in the country. Israel is not the first country to use phone data and controversial surveillance measures to fight the virus with governments around the world considering drastic measures to contain the outbreak. While this might seem like a necessary act for the greater good, it does present a real concern regarding individual data and privacy.
The trend, obviously, has been set by China with the government employing surveillance measures to track and contain the virus. In addition, Taiwan recently managed to effectively combat the virus outbreak by mass-tracking mobile devices in the country. While Taiwan’s achievement is certainly impressive, the matter of governments accessing sensitive personal details through phones is highly questionable, especially in some countries.
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Israel’s case is remarkably different, as this New York Times report describes, since this is the first time the government is disclosing that it has been collecting data on everyone in the country. Although a combination of laws passed in 1995 and 2002 gave the Shin Bet (the internal security agency), the ability to do so, most people were unaware of what was happening until this week. All this puts the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in the spotlight. That is, more in the light than previously, following the general election.
There is no doubt that the priority right now is to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The question is at what cost? Many people will feel very strongly about a democratic government spying on them and even more so when the assistance is provided by giant corporations that have already faced serious accusations of data harvesting, like the US government appears to be doing. This could prove to be an unpopular move with most Americans, while still not being as effective as Taiwan’s plan, since public healthcare in US is privatized. With access to less information to begin with, how much a government can do with other data sets becomes reduced. Which is sort of the point with data – it is most useful when more is available, and everyone, including governments, are always going to want more.
Making any further moves into data collection could weaken the arguments used to protect user privacy, giving questionable data harvesting practices some form of legitimacy. Also, the government may find it difficult to regulate the companies used for surveillance, while politicians or bureaucrats with vested interests might push for stringent surveillance measures in the name of avoiding a future crisis. There are already suggestions that several US law enforcement agencies are secretly tracking people using their smartphone data.
Fighting a pandemic might mean taking drastic measures. However, mass surveillance is a desperate move, rather than a good one, and it could prove to be a slippery slope for liberal democracies, regardless of the situation. Governments must consider all other options before accessing the phone data of millions as while it may be for the greater good now, that’s not the same as being for the greater good in the long-term. Perhaps, apps like Private Kit: Safe Paths, that use encrypted location data to track coronavirus might be a safer and more useful solution, and especially if given government support to be deployed quicker, and more effectively.
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Nubia’s latest 5G smartphone comes with a 144Hz display. Known for its line of high-end, gaming-oriented phones, Nubia is pushing the envelope with its latest offering, the Red Magic 5G. With a screen designed to deliver a PC-like gaming experience in the palm of your hand (and a raft of other impressive internals), the Red Magic 5G seems ideal for those looking for a gamer phone.
Over the past few years, super-powered mobile phones like the ASUS ROG line and Xiaomi’s Black Shark series have – alongside Nubia’s previous Red Magic offerings – helped redefine the possibilities of mobile phone gaming. Featuring high-end specs that have helped bring the mobile medium closer to more responsive console and PC-based experiences, these phones have still lagged behind in terms of visuals. That is, until now.
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While the device sports a laundry list of impressive internals (more on those below), it’s the 144Hz display from Nubia’s announcement that really sets the Red Magic 5G apart. 144Hz refers to the refresh rate (how many times the image is refreshed each second) and while a higher refresh rate won’t necessarily improve image quality, it does fluidity, making for smoother graphics. A 144Hz refresh rate is just about the current standard in full-sized monitors, and the nearest any other mobile phone comes to matching that number is 120Hz. In other words, the Red Magic 5G is, if for no other reason, in a class by itself thanks to the refresh rate of its ultra-speedy 6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED display.
Display aside, the Red Magic 5G comes with many other notable features that will appeal to both gamers and non-gamers, alike. For example, the phone features the Snapdragon 865 chipset and this is the same processor expected to power a number of 2020 flagship devices. It’s available in 8, 12, and 16GB LPDDR5 RAM variants, with the latest iteration of DRAM technology ideally suited for high-performance mobile applications. It also features 240Hz touch sampling which means it can register your touch and render resultant frames in response at a rate of 240 times a second. In addition, the new phone is compatible with cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6 networks. For an even better gaming experience, the new device includes a pair of dedicated, capacitive shoulder buttons, and an integrated fan that pulls air across the phone to keep the higher-than-high-end technology from overheating. However, all these specs raise the interesting question of whether chasing desktop-level performance is that worthwhile for a mobile device?
Given the market for specialized, game-oriented PCs and laptops, it was natural that a similar niche would develop for mobile phones. With legions of fans from eSports stalwarts like Fortnite and Call of Duty flocking to the games’ mobile variants – and huge fanbases driving competitive mobile-only franchises like Free Fire – the time does seem right to capitalize on that market with a flagship-level device. However, without a hardwired network connection, any phone’s ability to function during online gameplay, at full steam, comes down to one thing, and it’s not the refresh rate. Instead, it’s whether or not there’s a strong Wi-Fi signal available. Regardless of how much a gaming phone’s specs can be made to mimic dedicated gaming desktops (down to customizable RBG lighting – which of course, the Red Magic 5G also features), it will always be its own unique device and best suited to its own unique experiences. As the Red Magic 5G begins rolling out in China this month, the buzz surrounding the first-to-market display may serve as an interesting bellwether on mobile gamers’ appetites for true PC-equivalent specs in a pocket-sized device.
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Buying an iPhone (or any other smartphone) in the future might mean having to deal with a replaceable battery. In fact, it might not only be smartphones, but also tablets, earphones, and many other personal electronics devices that run on batteries.
It was not actually that long ago when smartphones came with replaceable batteries and Samsung often used this as part of its anti-Apple marketing in videos that showcased the benefits of not having to ‘wall hug’ to keep a phone’s lights on when the battery had run dry. Now, it might be the case that a return to those days are coming, albeit without the marketing videos considering all companies could be forced to make the change.
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As detailed by Business Insider, a new European Union draft plan has come to light detailing a proposal to force smartphone-makers to sell devices with batteries that are easy to replace. The general idea appears to be an attempt to reduce the amount of e-waste although another factor in the decision is a lack of consumer choice when it comes to replacing batteries – due to companies often only allowing customers to replace a battery through dedicated and specific company. The overall suggestion is that with new measures in place, consumers will have more shopping choices to begin with, and this may actually lead to less frequent smartphone upgrade cycles, thereby cutting down on e-waste. However, even if the proposals were pushed through, and companies adhered to them, there’s currently no suggestion of when the change could take effect, considering how early in the process the proposal is.
Undoubtedly, there are some who would prefer the option to quickly swap-out a battery with a fresh one. However, smartphones have come a long way since the adoption of fixed batteries and it is arguable many of the most recent phone features are a direct result of a fixed battery. Therefore, a return to the ways of before could also mean a removal of those additional features and the most obvious one is better protection against the elements. One of the benefits of a completely sealed unit is that it can be water-resistant and even proofed. A device that’s easier to open up will result in less protection in general. There’s a reason premium devices have moved from plastic backs to all-glass and metal designs in recent years.
Another likely knock-on effect is the battery life in general. Without the option to change batteries, companies have been busy working hard to perfect other battery technologies and solutions and this has led to advances in faster charging, wireless charging, and even the inclusion of greater capacity batteries. If Apple and other phone-makers were forced to include easy to replace batteries, then it would seem unlikely they would also feel the need to include batteries that last longer in the first place, or charge quicker, or even wirelessly.
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Tyler Blevins aka. Ninja gave out his phone number to his followers on Twitter on Aug. 11, but it may not just be because he wants to chat with them. Ninja has been in gaming industry news a lot recently with his departure from Twitch to work with Mixer exclusively. Some saw this as a risky move for Ninja, as he first became famous streaming on Twitch. Ninja helped popularize the entire battle royale genre of games, starting with H1Z1 before moving on to PlayerUnknown’s BATTLEGROUNDS and Fortnite. However, the risk seems to have paid off as Ninja accumulated one million subscribers on Mixer in just five days.
Even more recently, things between Ninja and Twitch seem to have considerably soured. Previously, Ninja called out the streaming giant for using his old channel to promote other channels and even pornography, which is not allowed according to Twitch’s own rules. This was an unprecedented move as Twitch was trying to use content created on its platform without the knowledge or consent of the actual content creator. After making his concerns known to his followers on Twitter, Twitch returned his channel to its original, offline status.
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Ninja gave out his phone number on Twitter on Aug. 11, and according to Polygon, the motives behind it aren’t exactly friendly. In the video, Ninja explains that anyone who texts the number will get a link that leads to a form where fans can fill out their own information. Fans who fill it out will get “behind the scenes” access to Ninja’s home and work life. Ninja also promises to text a few players, personally, and invite them to play with him on Fortnite.
The internet’s effect on the entire world cannot be understated, and in a lot ways, it has made things better. However, it has also made some things objectively worse. Although many will understand what this is when they see it, Ninja has many young fans who will not know what they are signing up for. It is unknown whether Ninja has actually interacted with his fans since revealing his number, but that’s almost beside the point. PR stunts like this continue to blur the line between what is real and what is commercialism, and there is no sign of it slowing down.
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With the announcement that Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan will leave the series following the ninth season of Shameless, the Gallagher household is prepping for a major shake-up on the casting front. The creator of the Showtime series John Wells has remained open about a future Fiona return, though he has also stated that there are many more dysfunctional tales left to be told for the Gallagher clan.
For eight seasons, Shameless has remained consistent in the deplorable decision-making skills of its characters, though the series’ depiction of a low-income family living below the poverty line has always been at the forefront. As the strong matriarch who single-handedly raised her siblings while her father wasn’t around, Fiona’s absence is sure to shift more focus towards the show’s younger stars as writers hope fans will soon forget her. Ian’s storyline in season 9 drove much of the action, so Monaghan’s exit will surely leave a whole as well.
Whether they’re dealing with the changing gentrification of their community or watching as another beloved character takes their leave, the Gallaghers have proven time and again that they can adapt better than anyone. From the show’s debut back in 2011 until now, the stars of the series have been forced to mature, sometimes faster than they wanted to. Along the way, there have been many entertaining or even head-scratching subplots which have since been left behind. Although the changes are nothing new to the Gallaghers, they have left many questions up in the air for fans.
Join us as we take a look back at 20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone to Forget.
After Sammi shoots Frank in the arm to teach him a valuable lesson about courtesy, she forces him to visit the hospital to have his wound checked. During his stay, he begins bonding with his distraught doctor Bianca, whose diagnosis of stage three pancreatic cancer has left her with a new lease on life. Attempting to persuade her to live life to the fullest, Frank offers to teach her how to live carelessly, which includes a copious amount of substance abuse.
Although Frank’s time with Bianca was intended as a heart-wrenching moment which left him reeling the following season, it was never clear why the successful, young doctor would choose to spend her remaining days with him. With her money, she could seemingly spend her days anywhere. There’s little reason to believe Frank would appear as an enticing option.
With an exceptionally high IQ, Lip isn’t the standard member of the Gallagher household, though his self-sabotaging personality has prevented him from achieving a legitimate career. Accepted into the University of Chicago, he threw away his future after an assault on a campus guard led to his expulsion. Following a stint in rehab, Lip secured an internship with a tech start-up, thanks to his friend, Professor Youens. Soon, however, he discovered the truth behind the company. His co-workers were using proxy servers to hide illegal sports gambling activities.
Although the crooked start-up appeared as a perfect match, nothing would come of it.
He temporarily used a wire fraud scheme to steal cash from the company, but in due time, the start-up went under and Lip was left without a career goal once again.
Season eight concluded with a strange hodgepodge of storylines for Kevin, which included a search for self-identity as he tracked down his biological parents and found himself in Kentucky. Once he arrived, he was introduced to Aunt Ronnie and the rest of the family, immediately settling in and recalling his past as Little Barty. Unfortunately, V immediately sensed something wrong about the group, apart from their offhanded racist remarks.
As a small child, the low-income family struggled to properly raise Kev, resorting to abandoning him at a roadside gas station. He eventually learned to accept his heritage, although he seemed to quickly forget all about it soon after. Kev would have other moments of a self-identity crisis in season eight, including exploring his possible attraction to men, but his Kentucky lineage would ultimately become an afterthought.
Speaking of his character on Shameless, star Steve Kazee said Fiona’s former husband Gus Pfender “got a really raw deal” over the way his storyline ended. After meeting the eldest Gallagher sibling, the two went from strangers to married seemingly overnight.
When Jimmy’s return visit catches Fiona off guard, she’s faced with an ultimatum.
Either run away with Jimmy or stay with Gus, whom she’s known for a few days. Her reaction is to throw away her newfound relationship for the temptation of her ex-boyfriend. She cheats on Gus then immediately regrets it, but by then it’s too late. Her marriage to Gus is over and any remnants of it are completely forgotten by the writing staff.
Before Debbie was doing crazy things like stealing expensive baby strollers to support Frances or having Liam amputate her toes to avoid undergoing a pricey surgery on her crushed foot, she was just a lonely girl looking for a playmate.
In the episode “Casey Casden”, Debbie grows tired of playing with a sack of potatoes decorated to look like a baby.
Rather than asking for a new doll, she takes matters into her own hands when she lures a three year old boy back to the Gallagher residence. The Gallaghers then spend the episode concocting a plan to call in false sightings of the child with the cops finally finding him with Debbie, who acts like she found him wandering around Chicago. Needless to say, it was a crazy storyline that the show’s producers haven’t attempted since.
Frank’s estranged daughter Sammi is first introduced in season four after Frank discovers his liver in failing. Posing as a Good Samaritan, he begins dating her to grow closer before dropping the devastating bombshell. Oddly enough, however, she’s not disgusted at all by the news and even embraces her new father figure, despite his countless shortcomings.
By season five, Sammi has acquainted herself enough with the Gallaghers to move into the household, though she was never invited. When her son Chuckie is later arrested and sent to juvenile detention for possession, she blames Carl, later ratting him out to the authorities. As a result, a dispute breaks out which ends with Mickey locking her inside a shipping container and Sammi later shooting at him, presumably leading to her arrest and the end of her story.
With her recent investments in Patsy’s Pies as well as a laundromat and an apartment complex, Fiona’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit has only recent become a central part of her storyline. Prior to becoming a property owner, she was a down on her luck South Side girl who constantly found herself in failing relationships.
In season four, Fiona’s downward spiral of relationships hit another low.
She was in desperate need of a rebound following Jimmy’s disappearance. After securing a job at Worldwide Cup, she began having a fling with her boss Mike. When Mike’s brother Robbie comes into the picture after his release from rehab, Fiona’s attraction to danger takes ahold. Putting her career in jeopardy, she has an unwise affair which culminates in her arrest at the end of the season.
Scouring Chicago for enough money to support his many dirty habits, Frank has attracted the attentions of enough bad guys that it’s a miracle that he’s manage to run around carelessly for so long. In the season two premiere, he again backed himself into a corner when he drunkenly bet a bar patron at the Alibi Room that he couldn’t remain conscious after two taser blasts. After the customer manages to remain on two feet, Frank’s $10,000 gamble comes at the expense of the Gallagher household.
Unable to come up with the dough, the patron threatens Frank with a blowtorch, to which he responds by offering up Liam as collateral. Luckily, the Gallagher clan rallies together to get him back. Frank would later develop a bonding relationship with his youngest son, completely erasing all memory of the incident.
With twins Amy and Jemma, Kevin and Veronica finally settled down to have children of their own after V became pregnant in season four. Prior to having their own kids, the couple were experimenting with parenthood in the form of a money scheme which saw them taking in a foster child in order to collect money from the government.
In season one, Kev and V welcome Ethel, a teen saved from a polygamist colony where she was married to an elderly man named Clyde.
They also took in Ethel’s son Jonah, who was born as a result of the marriage. Over the course of her stay, she struggles to grow accustomed to the modern world, but eventually settles in, until she runs away with her boyfriend Malik in season two, disappearing forever.
Remember Sheila? The agoraphobic housewife with a proclivity for cooking was a former love interest of Frank’s, who welcomed him into her home to take advantage of her disability checks. For five seasons, she played the picture-perfect example of a housewife, though her repressed emotions would occasionally rear their ugly head.
Throughout the series, Joan Cusack would receive considerable acclaim for her turn as the wacky, subservient Sheila, earning an Emmy nomination for each season she appeared in. Although she would never receive more than a guest credit, her most memorable storylines would include dealing with her troubled daughter Karen, having an affair with Karen’s boyfriend Jody, and marrying Frank. Her storyline came to a rather abrupt end after her house exploded in season five, resulting in her driving off in an RV, never to be seen again.
Always the deadbeat father, Frank experienced a slight morality check when he wasn’t invited toFiona’s wedding to Sean in season six. As a way to make up for all his shortcomings, he offered to pay for all of Fiona’s wedding expenses. Everything came to a head, however, when Sean began sleeping over at the Gallagher residence, resulting in a brutal confrontation between Fiona’s fiance and the lousy patriarch of the household. After days of Frank wearing Sean’s underwear and drinking his milk, Sean’s frustration boiled over, resulting in a fight between the two.
Frank is seen on a train attempting to pay a random guy to dispose of Sean permanently.
Although nothing would come of the exchange, the attempted assassination was out of the ordinary, even for the lowly Frank.
The third youngest Gallagher, Debbie began the series as the well-intention, younger sister who still held high hopes for Frank and cared for her family, though she often found it difficult to socialize in school. In due time, she transformed from the innocent girl wise beyond her years to one of the most troublesome characters on the show, using her hardened attitude to deceive her way to whatever she desired.
In season five, Debbie’s manipulative personality crossed a line when she became enamored with Derek, a boy who taught her how to box. Wanting a perfect life with her newfound boyfriend, she purposely lies to him about being on birth control in order to become pregnant and force him into a marriage. Unfortunately, her plans fall through when Derek leaves to live with his grandmother, leaving Debs a single mother.
As the delinquent troublemaker whose interests include weapons, explosives, and various money-making schemes, Carl has proven to be the most like his dear deadbeat father Frank. As a faithful member of the Gallagher family, he’s the unfortunate product of a dysfunctional upbringing, but none of his regrettable actions were deserving of the scare Frank gave him in season five.
After seeing a cancer patient receive an autographed Bulls basketball on television, Frank decides to extort the Make-A-Wish Foundation by giving them a sob story.
Shaving Carl’s head, he convinces him that he has cancer and tries to get him an autographed basketball of his own, that he can later sell for a profit. Instead, Carl is offered a free summer away at a camp for cancer patients, ruining Frank’s plans and giving Carl his own mini vacation.
As a way of coming up with enough cash for military school in season eight, Carl sets up his own rehabilitation center in the basement of the Gallagher home, hosting neighborhood addicts for days of withdrawal. It’s here where he first encounters Kassidi, a seemingly sociopathic teen who concocts a plan to extort money from her rich father to pay Carl’s expenses.
Soon after sparking a relationship, Kassidi’s wildly chaotic personality begins threatening Carl’s career goals. As she wanders about Chicago’s South Side doing things like Snapchatting drive-by shooting victims, Carl becomes more wary of her actions, which makes it all the more confusing that he marries her at the end of the season. The season nine premiere seems to have ended her story, however, as the character’s recent disappearance suggests that she may now be deceased.
As the manipulative former girlfriend of Lip, Karen was the incessantly rude daughter of the agoraphobic Sheila, who would go to extreme lengths to get her way. After she stops seeing Lip due to her marriage to Jody as well as the birth of her down syndrome son Hymie, Karen decides to start things back up with her former lover, only for Lip rejects her for Mandy.
After brazenly attempting to meddle with Lip and Mandy’s relationship, Karen receives a rude awakening when she receives a text from Lip, which is later revealed to be Mandy using Lip’s phone. Showing up to a park to meet, Karen is struck by an SUV driven by Mandy, leaving her permanently brain damaged, effectively ending her story on the series.
With so many siblings running around and Frank constantly inviting himself in with his various trouble-making shenanigans, it’s impossible for the Gallaghers to keep track of everyone’s comings and goings. That’s why the existence of more Gallaghers seems completely absurd, but as the early seasons have shown, there are more family members out there.
Of all the odd Gallagher members forgotten from the early seasons, none were crazier than Jerry, Frank’s twin brother.
Ian and Lip visit Jery after their grandmother Peggy claims he owes the family $5,000. Looking just like Frank, he threatens to shoot his nephews shortly after realizing they’re after money. Since his appearance, little mention has been made of Frank’s twin or of Frank’s other siblings Clayton and Wyatt.
First appearing as Fiona’s love interest in season one, Jimmy introduced himself to the Gallagher household as Steve, a hotshot businessman who comes from money. Soon afterward, his real personality begins to shine through as Fiona discovers that he makes his money through various illegal activities. In due time, he gets engaged to the daughter of a crime lord, which leads to his supposed demise in the season three finale.
Jimmy returns at the end of season four, becoming a recurring cast member for a brief time.
In an attempt to flatter Fiona, he tries to persuade her to leave her husband Gus for him. Although his return answered questions about his fate, it still left his future up in the air, leaving many to believe his story should have ended with the season three cliffhanger.
Of all the lowdown plans Frank has concocted, perhaps nothing is more despicable than the time he began hanging out with Dottie, a former good-time girl with a heart condition. Nicknamed Butterface for her less than stellar looks, Frank discovers that Dottie is in serious need of a heart transplant, rewarding him the opportunity to weasel his way into her good graces and work his way into her will before she passes away.
Although Frank’s decision proves to be flawed, he fully commits to the scheme. While Dottie is in the shower, she gets a phone call telling her a new heart has arrived which could save her life, only Frank decides to tell the hospital that Dottie has already passed away. Later, Dottie loses her life during an intimate moment with Frank, making his actions even more awful.
As the Gallaghers’ longtime friends, Kevin and Veronica are often the supporting comic relief of the series, though they have also proven to be the strongest lasting couple. In season three, after repeatedly failing to have a baby, V enlists her bubbly mother Carol to act as a surrogate. When Carol also fails to become pregnant, Veronica to suggests her mom and Kevin actually get intimate with each other to possibly improve their results.
In due time, Carol warms up to the idea, becoming pregnant with Kevin’s child. By happenstance, Veronica soon discovers that she too is pregnant, with twins. Nine months later, the couple are the proud parents to three newborns, only Carol decides to single-handedly raise her child on her own. After a few brief appearances, Kevin and Carol’s child is forgotten and never shown again.
As a violent street thug, Mickey Milkovich is the antithesis of the gay stereotype. Ian, whose storied history with Mickey makes up a large portion of his story in the early seasons, is the more sensitive of the couple, but his rebellious nature and struggles with bipolar disorder make him an equally multi-dimensional character.
As one of the best-written gay relationships on television in recent memory, Ian and Mickey’s story was at times chaotic.
After his imprisonment at the end of season five, Mikey escaped from prison and fled to Mexico, tearfully leaving Ian behind. Since then, the positives of their relationship have been largely dismissed and Mickey’s absence has left a void on the show which has yet to be filled.
What other storylines does Shameless want to bury? Let us know in the comments!
2018-10-09 03:10:17 – Turner Minton
Grey’s Anatomy is the longest running scripted primetime ABC television show of all time. Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid actress on television, banking twenty million dollars each season. Grey’s is poised to surpass ER as the longest primetime medical drama, as it waits for its sixteenth season renewal, and it has received thirty-eight Emmy Award nominations during the nearly two decades it has been on the air.
Meredith Grey has gone from a damaged intern having an affair with a resident and caring for her ailing mother to a widow with three children who runs the general surgery department at Seattle Grace. More characters have passed away on Grey’s Anatomy than most shows introduced during their entire runs, and the show is nearly unrecognizable now when compared to its first season because of its revolving cast of characters.
With twenty-nine principal cast members during its fifteen seasons, the writers of Grey’s Anatomy have so much history to contend with that maintaining continuity is an uphill battle that they often lose. As such, there are some details about our favorite dark and twisty surgeon at Seattle Grace that don’t make much sense at all. The confusion goes deeper than the debate on her hair color or who the next romantic lead of the show will be. Everything from her age to her internal motivations have been altered, forgotten and recreated during the show’s epically long run, and viewers are struggling to keep up.
Here are the 20 Things That Make No Sense About Meredith In Grey’s Anatomy.
When a show has been on the air for nearly two decades, it’s understandable that a few plotlines may get recycled. After all, who’s really going to notice if four of the show’s leads are revealed to have massive tumors in a principal cast of over twenty-five characters?
However, it’s hard to believe that Meredith Grey would have two half-sisters who she knew nothing about and that both of those women would come work as surgeons at her specific hospital in Seattle.
This is not even mentioning Lexie Grey’s questionable medical timeline – she started her medical internship program when most students are finishing their undergraduate studies – or Meredith conveniently forgetting her mother’s pregnancy before Maggie Pierce was born in the ’80s.
Derek Shepard’s sisters were extremely important to him – so much so, that during the second episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Shepard explicitly states that if he were ever to be in a coma, he’d want all four of his sisters with him.
Meredith forgets this not-so-tiny detail when actually faced with a comatose Derek Shepard and takes him off of life support without giving his sisters a chance to say goodbye, including Amelia Shepard, who is her coworker and is easily reachable by phone. Meredith ignoring a key aspect of her husband’s personality, his love for his sisters, is more than an example of Meredith’s selfishness. It’s a lack of continuity and a disappointing, out of character oversight.
George O’Malley’s unrequited love for Meredith was well-chronicled during the show’s first season, enforcing the characters’ friendship, as O’Malley’s feelings for Meredith led him to provide emotional support when Derek Shepard chose to stay with his wife. Meredith never saw O’Malley as anything more than a friend, even after her break-up with Shepard.
Meredith getting together with O’Malley came from a desire to be wanted and treated well after Shepard had broken her trust, and O’Malley was clearly in denial about Meredith’s lack of interest. Still, it’s hard to believe that O’Malley would take advantage of Meredith in her vulnerable state or that Meredith would choose O’Malley as a physical rebound rather than an emotional one.
The year 2007 was a rough one for Meredith Grey. Her stepmother passed away from a case of the hiccups, her father blamed her for the loss of his wife, her mom passed away, and she literally passed, and understandably, she cracked under pressure. Meredith didn’t answer a single question on her intern exam.
The logical next step here would have been to see Meredith repeat her intern year like George O’Malley does after failing that same exam.
Meredith would have been able to explore new dynamics with her peers while sorting through her many issues, and the show wouldn’t have to suffer through too drastic of a change. Instead, through some nepotism and a large suspension of disbelief, Meredith is allowed a do-over and breezes through to her residency, while poor O’Malley is given the short end of the stick yet again.
After miscarrying her first child due to apparent stress from the Seattle Grace active shooter situation in season six, Meredith is told that the real reason for the loss of her child was actually a “hostile uterus.” Medically, in the real world, this means that it is difficult for a woman to become pregnant due to a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances. It is treatable through synthetic estrogen or certain bypass techniques and does not necessarily cause miscarriages.
Meredith is able to conceive multiple times during the show, and she even manages to have a fairly normal pregnancy and gives birth to a healthy baby girl. A medical drama probably could have come up with a more realistic plotline for Meredith after writers’ decided that they wanted to complicate her family planning.
After hating her mother, Ellis Grey, for most of her life, Meredith follows in her footsteps, as she becomes a mother while still chasing her medical aspirations. Meredith places the blame for her issues on her mother’s workaholic tendencies while raising her daughter, then still chooses to start her family just as her medical career is gaining momentum.
She falls in love with a married man, has his children, raises them alone, and wins a Harper Avery Award, just like her mother. Her professional life causes a rift in her relationship, like Ellis’ Harper Avery nomination leading to the termination of her relationship with Richard Weber. Instead of learning from her mother’s mistakes, Meredith has done something that she swore she’d never do: she has become Ellis.
In a touching display of friendship, Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey gave their perfect wedding to their dear friends Alex Karev and Izzie Stevens so that the couple could be married before Stevens possibly succumbed to her advanced brain cancer.
Shepherd and Meredith then have their own, private marriage ceremony in the comfort of their own home, where they write their vows on Post-It notes and promise their lives to each other.
This was all romantic and dramatic, but why on Earth would they not bother going down to City Hall and legalizing the marriage at any point before they tried to adopt their daughter? They most likely already had a marriage license, and the tax benefits alone would have been incentive enough to go through with the final step of their marriage – actually getting married.
It isn’t easy having a family with two working parents. Nannies help, and Seattle Grace has shown its daycare center on Grey’s multiple times, but Meredith’s frustration with being a mother first and a surgeon second rang true as it was depicted onscreen. Asking Derek Shepherd to take a year off from his practice to give Meredith the opportunity to work was brave and fair, considering the time that she had taken off up until that point.
However, expecting Shepherd to turn down the opportunity of a lifetime at the White House was out of character and unreasonable. Shepherd staying at Seattle Grace meant accepting a demotion, while Meredith could have kept her seniority in DC. Staying behind without Shepherd ran contrary to Meredith’s character development, especially since she expected Shepherd to make himself smaller rather than thriving with him.
A large factor in Meredith’s reluctance to move to Washington D.C. came from a fear of airplanes that developed after the plane crash that ended the lives of multiple doctors at the end of season eight. This makes sense, considering the circumstances. What doesn’t make sense, however, is how Meredith fled from Seattle to San Diego following her husband’s loss, telling no one of her location or her miracle pregnancy.
Her decision to choose Seattle over her husband indirectly lead to his passing, but once he’s gone, she immediately leaves. Her love for him wasn’t enough to keep her with him, but his loss was enough for her to ignore all of the reasons she had fought to stay. It’s confusing, upsetting, and utterly heartbreaking.
During season eight’s plane crash, Cristina Yang keeps asking why all of the doctors at Seattle Grace lose their lives. It was a tongue-in-cheek joke anticipating a question that all Grey’s viewers have at least once during the series. There are shootings, bombs, car crashes, drownings, a flood, a power outage, a bus explosion, and an earthquake during the twenty years that Meredith has worked at Seattle Grace.
At least fourteen doctors and family members have passed away under unusual circumstances at the hospital, filling it with horrible, PTSD-inducing memories.
Somehow, Meredith still works there. After losing parents, a sibling, a husband, best friends, and coworkers, she never thought to just go across town to the other, better-ranked hospital and leave a hospital that is so unlucky it might be on top of the Hellmouth.
In order to help Richard Webber’s wife Adele, Meredith enrolls her into her clinical trial for patients experiencing rapidly progressing Alzheimer’s. She tampers with the trial to give Adele the experimental drug rather than the placebo, even after Derek Shepherd’s warnings that doing so would ruin both of their careers.
Of course, because this is Meredith Grey, once her wrongdoing was exposed, no one suffered any long-term consequences. Richard takes the fall for Meredith to protect her job, but neither one loses their medical license. Richard eventually becomes the head of the residency program, while Meredith is the head of general surgery. Shepard had no real backlash for being involved. Everyone was just fine and still eligible to perform surgeries in a respected hospital, somehow.
After learning that Derek Shepherd was a married man, Meredith halted her physical relationship with him, only being intimate with him one time after learning of his marital status. She legitimately felt guilt for unknowingly dating someone’s husband and didn’t actively try to home-wreck Addison Montgomery’s marriage.
Despite the fact that many of her actions during this complicated time were respectful of Montgomery and her marriage, she still bonded with Mark Sloan when they realized that they both considered themselves homewreckers. Meredith’s characterization centers around her “dark and twisty” tendencies, so her pessimistic framing of the situation would make sense in her own mind, but there’s logically little to support her enduring belief that her relationship with Shepard began with any wrongdoing on her part.
Meredith’s self-destructive and occasionally life-threatening tendencies put her in many dangerous situations. She has nearly escaped passing away so many times that its statistically improbable that she would still be alive. Setting aside the fact that she briefly drowned while helping at a ferry boat crash site, Meredith’s life makes no sense because anyone else who’d had this many close calls would not longer be with us.
Meredith held a bomb inside of a patient’s body and barely handed it off before it exploded in the hands of the bomb technician.
She also had prolonged exposure to toxic blood, she drowned for a long time, she asked an active gunman to shoot her, and her plane crashed. Yet here she is, waiting for the next ridiculous trauma that life throws at her.
Cristina Yang was Meredith’s person. More than a best friend, a husband, or a family member, Yang was the one person who Meredith always relied on and trusted. Since Yang left Seattle Grace for Switzerland, all we’ve really heard from her was that Meredith didn’t tell her where she had run away to after Derek Shepherd’s car crash.
There was no confirmation that Yang came to Shepherd’s funeral, as she didn’t stay with Meredith after his passing or visit her newborn child and nary a text has been sent between the two onscreen. Long-distance friendships are hard, but with modern technology like Skype, FaceTime and texting, completely dropping off of the face of the Earth is a cause for confusion.
The last viewers had seen of Thatcher Grey, he had drunkenly, publicly blamed Meredith for his wife’s passing and uninvited her from the funeral. This comes after he abandoned her and started a shiny new family that allowed him to forget about the daughter he left behind.
Even if Thatcher treating Meredith horribly wasn’t enough to dissuade her from saving his life, a complicated position to navigate, Thatcher had multiple daughters and presumably many other family members. Even if Lexie and her sister weren’t matches, how was there no other family member able to donate their liver other than his estranged daughter? There’s no reason it should have been Meredith except as an opportunity to inflict more unnecessary pain on our protagonist.
Everything that happened over the first five seasons of Grey’s Anatomy occurred during a two year period. Because the intern year occurs during seasons one through three and Meredith’s first year of residency is seasons four and five, there are many plotlines that happen in a short timeframe.
Plotlines such as George’s marriage and divorce with Callie, Denny Duquette’s storyline with Izzie Stevens, and Christina’s doomed engagement to Preston Burke all happen over the course of less than twelve months.
Meredith and her friends have known each other for only two years by season six, and so much crazy drama has occur in the midst of eighty hour work weeks and eight hour surgeries that it’s almost like they could fill half a decade’s worth of life experience.
Meredith drinks a lot of tequila for a doctor. While she’s shown abstaining from drinking while on-call, Meredith spends most of her down time getting drunk at Joe’s Bar or at home, and even had to be hooked up to an IV during a massive accident to sober herself up for work.
The state of near-constant hangover that she must be functioning in would make her workdays impossible, and the likelihood that she’s be called in during her downtime to work during a disaster situation at Seattle Grace, the grand mecca of disaster, is fairly high in the world of Grey’s Anatomy. How she manages to drink so often without a sponsorship from Pedialyte or AA is a mystery to us all.
In the script for Grey’s pilot, Meredith is supposed to be thirty-two years old. After taking time off to travel through Europe with Sadie and to care for her ailing mother, it’s understandable that Meredith would be older than the average medical intern. It’s clear that the Grey’s writing team put some thought into Meredith’s backstory in the early years of the show and realized that between taking the MCAT and helping Ellis, there’s no way that Meredith could have started her internship at the median age of twenty-seven.
Meredith’s birth year is confirmed as 1978 multiple times during the course of season eleven, retconning her initial age to be twenty-eight. The writers probably weren’t too concerned about continuity ten years after the fact, but Meredith’s original age made much more sense than her current one.
After a hullaballoo regarding who should watch the children and how to be an active parent and a surgeon, Meredith’s children have completely disappeared from the show after Derek Shepherd’s passing. The children are occasionally referenced, but haven’t been shown in the hospital daycare, her home, or her carpool.
Her children have become an afterthought, despite the fact that they were the main source of conflict between Shepard and herself before he passed away.
Some of these children should be starting school, while others are still in infancy, but having Meredith completely forget that she chose to give birth and adopt multiple children erases multiple seasons of character development geared towards family and motherhood.
As mentioned multiple times, nothing seems to go right for long in the life of Meredith Grey. Meredith’s mother passes away while Meredith was unconscious, she lost her husband, her boyfriend had a wife, she nearly passed away multiple times, she couldn’t have children, and everyone she knows left or passed away.
Every aspect of her life, from family to spouses to friends, ends with a major trauma and loss. She’s still continuing on with her life and career, while most people would be deep in therapy and rarely leaving their homes if faced with the same amount of sorrow. Meredith is a strong woman, but what she has been through could drive even the most optimistic individual to depression.
Are there any other aspects of Meredith’s character that make no sense in Grey’s Anatomy? Sound off in the comments!
2018-10-09 01:10:23 – Kristy Pirone
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