"While Grey’s Anatomy — and all of us — dealt with the pandemic, the ABC drama offered up a welcome escape: Meredith’s COVID dreams of a beautiful beach on which she reunited with lost loved ones like husband Derek and buddy George," says Charlie Mason. "It was a big swing, and it worked. That is, at first it worked. Not only did the gambit keep Ellen Pompeo’s character active on screen during her bout with coronavirus, the returns of former favorites Patrick Dempsey and T.R. Knight were a delightful respite from the doom and gloom of real life. But as the season has worn on, the novelty has worn off...Every viewer will have their own take on how the story arrived at low tide. But for me, the reason is twofold. One, the plot has just gone on for too long. The action grinds to a halt when we cut to the beach, and even that initial tug at the heartstrings when we see a former favorite has grown weaker each time."