10. More Iraq follow up. Owen did 3 or more tours of duty. Presumably, he made friends with some Iraqi doctors. There are many Iraqi expats who were forced to leave the country. Hard to believe that none of them would have made contact with Owen, especially as he’s a freaking Chief of Surgery. Topical and potentially exciting and would help to flesh out O’s background (or how about a visit from Sayid from Lost!) as well as providing very interesting scenes that included Cristina. This could also add to the “adventure” (see no. 9) part if Owen were to do what some vets have done and go back for a visit as a way of helping them deal with PTSD.
11. More fun guest stars for Owen to play off of. With so many of the brilliant actors Kevin has worked with over the years now on American television, can’t we get some of them to guest on the show? Think of the possibilities: Robert Carlysle playing an anger management specialist (think Trainspotting), James Purefoy stopping by for a drink and cursing the ancient Greeks; Ray Stevenson as the one Army buddy Owen has we know is alive – Steve. Indira Varma, Kelly MacDonald, Jonny Lee Miller – get them a cameo! At some point, doesn’t Owen have to try to fake a Scottish accent and be told his accent is crap? And if Grey's can have a “prom” they can certainly think up a reason Owen has to don a kilt!
12. More reasonable accommodations. No adult lives in an airstream on a coworker’s property for a year and only has sex with the love of his life at the workplace or in a “frathouse” where another fellow and an annoying intern live. Just no. Give Owen (and Cristina) a home!
13. More dog. Go with me here, trying to work with this “more” theme. Owen needs a dog.
14. More badass surgery. It’s a medical show. Owen can do wonders with duct tape and magic powder. And run the hospital with the other hand. That’s hot. Let him do some of that.
15. More “So?”! Sure Owen was a changed, darker character coming back in Season 5, but he’s a whole person now and some of that original guy with the wickedly sexy grin and devil-may-care attitude is still there. So give us a so – and I don’t mean in the last episode. Don’t we want to know how Owen gets his “so?” back? Come on!
16. More screentime. Complex characters’ stories cannot be told in 3 minutes per episode. This is the last season for the old guard before the obvious teen-centric reboot if a Season 11. Just reward us a bit for our amazing patience, writers, and we might just buy the Season 10 DVD. We really want to want to. We’re rooting for good stuff!
In closing, Owen is a character with so much potential, exponentially so when paired with Cristina (and vice versa), and the acting partnership of Kevin and Sandra is such a rare triumph of chemistry and skill, it’s a crime to keep these characters’ hands tied behind their backs, lights hid under a bushel – choose your metaphor. They could blow the roof off this show every week and, with some truly stellar writing, could get some network love from HBO-obsessed Emmy. I really think that and I don’t think that about much. More Owen, more Owen/Cristina! .......Karen S
Many thanks to Karen S for this lovely article and expressing her opinions and I'm sure those of many other Crowen Fans
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