My So-Called 'Greek'
Waiting for the oddly watchable ABC Fam drama's latest cast crossover
By Kenny Herzog Sep 22, 2009 9:50AM
"Greek" is kind of like a William Burroughs novel: Its different chapters (double meaning intended) can be digested in any cut-and-paste order. The only difference being that "Naked Lunch" and "Cities of the Red Night" are Rubik's Cubes of comprehension, while ABC Family's college dramedy goes down like elementary education, regardless of whether you've respected its chronological sequencing.
I have not. In fact, I'm all caught up on Season 3 while first opening my course study on the prior semester. Yet I've managed to instantly fill in all the plot essentials and character entanglements like I were flipping between well-worn TBS and CW re-runs of "Saved By The Bell."
One thing about Casey, Rusty, Cappie and Calvin's latest exploits that still remains mysterious, however, is when they will next be touched by an angel. Or rather, an ex-cast member of "My So-Called Life."
During my jumbled absorption of "Greek," I got far enough along through the first 44 episodes to realize that, in its each of the show's first two seasons, a key castmate of '90s teen drama "My So-Called Life" (which aired 15 years ago on, gasp, ABC) appeared for a few-episode arc of its late-2000s spiritual sibling.
In Season 1, it was fleeting Rusty fling Tina, as portrayed by Lisa Wilhoit, aka insecure "Life" little sister Danielle Chase. And when Franny was on the outs to commence Season 2, her goodie-two-shoes replacement, Lizzie, was inhabited in the suddenly svelte vessel of (amazingly named) Senta Moses, better known as chubby, crush-prone Delia on "Life."
So, I ask you, "Greek" mastermind Patrick Sean Smith and crack casting company/writers, who will it be next: Wilson Cruz, aka token gay friend Ricky on "So-Called," resurrecting his performance from the bizarre-o Macaulay Culkin biopic "Party Monster"? Or perhaps Claire Danes—creator of iconic mope-master herself Angela Chase—providing a stunning guest appearance as Rusty's ultimate fictional dream date?
Whatever you decide, oh predictable yet consistently DVR-worthy "Greek," I shall take it as your signal that, like in any Burroughs novel, some secret meaning is to be decoded through all the ambiguity. Or at least use it as fodder for the next time I have a nerdy pop-culture trivia debate.