Chicago Fire continues to hit the ground running as its ninth season progresses. Its use of many storylines, while keeping its use of action and real-life situations keep the series running strong. Tonight’s episode deals with yet another arson case as a close call in the field leaves Cruz worried about his transition to fatherhood.
After Severide and Kidd made up in last week’s episode, Kidd asks Chief Boden to allow her to take the lieutenant’s test, to which he insures her that he never removed her in the first place. Joe Cruz finally delivers the news that he and his wife are having a baby and hands cigars out to everyone in the firehouse. The celebrations are cut short as the bell rings and they spring into action. They are called to a homeless camp that’s been set ablaze. Several of the residents have to be kept back as the people try to run back in to grab any items. An explosion throws Joe back, nearly slicing his neck on a piece of shrapnel.
Casey saves a man, Big Jim, who’s knocked out and burned from the wreckage. Casey remembers him from a previous case involving a drug overdose where he refused to call in for help.
Back at Firehouse 51, Lieutenant Greg Grainger arrives to ask Sylvie for some medical supplies that he clearly doesn’t need, but he’s really only there to see Sylvie since he’s been crushing on her. Kidd sees right through this ploy and calls him out on it. Grainger even goes to Molly’s and hits on Sylvie, but she rejects him saying that her latest experiences with men haven’t been good for her.
A girl from the homeless camp, Vanessa also arrives at the firehouse and talks to Ritter and Casey about the fire. The man Casey saved, Big Jim, took care of the place and prohibited any items that may have caused danger to the homeless camp. She thinks that the fire was started on purpose by a man named Dixon, who Jim kicked out of the camp because he started a garbage can fire that got out of hand. Ritter, who seems to have taken a liking to Vanessa, finds her and gives her a new copy of The Secret Garden, which she mentioned she lost her copy of in the fire. He also gives her food and some fresh clothes, which further shows his infatuation with her.
Casey and Severide return to the scene of the fire, which is already under construction to be rebuilt. A nearby man, Al, tells Casey that his neighbor called the city to quickly clean up the area. Severide sees a homeless man sifting through the trash and discovers him to be Dixon, the man that might have set the fire. At Chicago Med, Big Jim is stable, and Casey and Severide ask him about Dixon. Jim says that he found several propane bottles outside his tent that caught fire, and gives them whereabouts on Dixon, leading the two to believe that Dixon was also trying to kill Big Jim.
Shortly after, Severide and Casey face administrative problems. Since the city already cleaned up the scene, they can’t flag the fire as arson, leading to the fact that the two will most likely have to cut some corners just to find Dixon.
Cruz returns home to his wife Chloe and lies about how he got his injury from the shrapnel on his face. She believes the lie, leaving Joe faced with how to approach his next move. His fellow squad members played a prank on Cruz, “framing” the piece of shrapnel that almost cut his head off. Severide takes the shrapnel because it could be used as evidence as Casey sees a label for a local hardware store. At the store, Casey asks the owner about Dixon and to look at his security tapes and recruits the firehouse to search through the footage.
Gianna and Sylvie are called out to a cemetery, where a gravestone has fallen on top of a man’s arm. Firehouse 40 (with Grainger at the helm) shows up to help and they take the rescue. Turns out the cemetery is a clown graveyard and it’s full of clowns, leaving Sylvie uncomfortable with the situation.
At the firehouse, Vanessa shows up and tells Ritter that Big Jim has died from his injuries, which makes the team more determined to find Dixon as now it’s become a murder case. When they finish the tapes, they discover that it wasn’t Dixon who started the fire, but Al, the man who lived near the camp, who bought the propane and set fire to the homeless camp. A much different plot twist for an arson episode since they usually just trace one guy until they find him instead of giving us a red herring.
Ritter takes Vanessa out to get some food and reveals that a friend of his grew up homeless and he has always wanted to help those that are homeless. Sylvie finally decides to go out with Grainger as the episode ends with Cruz finding out that his wife is going to have a boy.
There was also a mini subplot about Gianna and Gallo having formed their relationship last week. Not much happened with them in this episode to really take much ground, but I’m sure that’ll grow as the weeks go by.
Sometimes I feel like when Chicago Fire runs out of some storylines, they just rehash an arson case, making it look like Chicago has arson cases every other week. However, they used the red herring trope, which hasn’t really been used by the show in these situations in some time. This made the episode a little more surprising. However, it always seems like there’s arson after arson, and it’s beginning to get a little stale. I’m hoping as the series progresses that they can find new ways to uncover mysterious fires rather than just arson. Once again, I feel like the show is relying on way too many subplots at once to organize it into one cohesive episode: the Gianna and Gallo plot didn’t even need to be there and the episode still would’ve been the same. Sometimes the plots get to be a little much to juggle all at once.
What did you think of tonight’s episode of Chicago Fire? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Season Premiere Review – Mayday (10×01)
The Chicago franchise’s flagship series returned tonight in explosive fashion (no pun intended). After last season’s brutal cliffhanger that left the lives of Squad 3 in jeopardy, answers were given, with plenty of doors opening for the what’s to come in its tenth season.
The rescue of Squad 3 from underneath the capsized boat felt a little rushed, but at the same time kept the same heart-racing action that this show has always given us. An explosive device was rigged to the boat, freeing most of Squad 3, but as the debris moved, Severide saw Cruz doing the dead man’s float, and Severide risked his life to push Cruz to the surface. Thankfully, Casey was there in a rescue boat, and performed CPR on Cruz, reviving him! After taking him to Chicago Med (with a cameo from Dr. Marcel), Cruz was cleared to go home with his pregnant wife Chloe.
The fallout of Cruz’s near-death experience extended through the rest of the episode, and may very well move into the rest of the season, like Casey’s injury all last season. Cruz could barely clean his oxygen mask without mentally flashing back to the boat accident. With this event, as well as a baby on the way, I think we’re in for a big season of Cruz.
The other crucial ‘A’ plot of the premiere centered around Chief Boden’s promotion to Deputy District Chief, meaning while he will oversee Firehouse 51, he will be overseeing several fire stations in the area. He also will be moving offices, much to the dismay of Stella Kidd, who pleaded to Boden to try and work his promotion from Firehouse 51.
Stella later said she did this because Firehouse 51 is the only family she has ever known, and doesn’t want it split up. Her intentions are strong, and I hope they show a little more of Stella’s backstory and what she has been through. The show has teased it for years, but we’ve never gotten the full Stella Kidd story that the fans need.
In other news, Casey and Sylvie are finally together! The relationship that has been teased for years has finally come to fruition, with the two finally on the right page for once to give the relationship a try. They tried to keep their relationship status a secret throughout most of the episode, but if they know their colleagues, it was never a secret to begin with.
In last season’s finale, Severide finally proposed to Stella, deciding to finally settle down and leave the bachelor life behind. The one complication was Severide’s unwillingness to call his mother and tell her that he’s engaged. He says he did at the end of the episode, but knowing him, he’s probably lying about it.
With a new season comes new storylines about some of our favorite firefighters. The newest additions to the squad, Gallo, Ritter, and Violet are most likely going to serve as the comedic side of Fire‘s tenth season, as they began a quest to start a side business so that they can make money to pay off their bar tab. The hilarious banter from these three, as well as their reasoning for starting a business is frankly the most hilarious element of it that can only be properly executed by the youngest people in Firehouse 51. They settled on starting a mini-brewery, because Gallo started making his own beer. Knowing how these plots go, it’ll probably resort in a standoff with Herrmann at Molly’s to see if he will supply the beer to his patrons.
The episode culminated with all hands on deck situation, with a fire at an apartment building. Trying to rescue a kid on the roof, Gallo and Stella fell through the roof, leading to an epic rescue of the kid from Casey, who tied a rope to a ladder from one end of the roof, and after grabbing the kid, swung like Tarzan over the side of the building and back up to safety. The show has done a great job of one-upping itself when it comes to the rescues and tactics that these men and women go to to save people.
Even after all these years, the episodes will still end at a gathering at Molly’s Pub, but it was for different reasons. They set up a baby shower for Cruz and Chloe, since Cruz was in the hospital on the original date of the shower. The feeling of family and camaraderie within the group, even as Boden says that family lasts forever, and even with change, they will still be together. Moving speech, I’m sure Vin Diesel would be proud.
This season is gearing up to be a great one, with the Severide and Stella’s wedding plans, Cruz going through a lot of emotional trauma from nearly dying, the growth of Casey and Sylvie’s relationship, and all the changes coming to 51, it’s sure to be a jam-packed season!
What did you think of tonight’s premiere? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Season Finale Review – No Survivors (9×16)
After a long, yet shortened season, Chicago Fire aired the final episode of season nine, and we have the full scoop on what happened in this emotional and jam-packed finale.
Everything seems to be leading to quite a lot of happiness in Firehouse 51: Severide and Kidd are engaged, Casey confessed his feelings for Sylvie, Cruz is going to be a father soon, and Mouch is a medal recipient. However, this is Chicago Fire, and nothing (and no one) is safe.
During a rescue mission where a seagull rammed into a motorcyclist, Sylvie is making it perfectly clear that she does not want to talk to Casey, even in a professional setting. This makes Casey a little worried that maybe he shouldn’t have said anything to her.
The deputy commissioner of the CFD calls Chief Boden and wants him to be a deputy district chief, meaning he would do less firefighting and more office work, something that he is not necessarily sure if he wants to take a step back from the action.
Violet opens up to Sylvie, saying that she and Casey are good together, and maybe she should just take a chance and hear him out. Sylvie gets a further sign to do it when she gets a call to creepy doll collector’s house, and she says her husband is the perfect person for her.
Inspired, she goes to Casey, professes her feelings, and they get to have a VERY steamy scene if you catch my drift.
A new neighbor moves next door to Boden and discovers that his young song Ezra wants to be a firefighter, and is inspired that his neighbor is a fire chief. Boden goes to the firehouse and makes a phone call to the deputy commissioner, leaving the viewers uncertain as to what the phone call entailed.
Gallo asks out Violet (again), and after being rejected (again), Ritter sticks up for his buddy, so maybe we’ll get some new romance floating around Firehouse 51 next season.
On tonight’s episode, the squad performed a rescue mission that had never been done in the show’s history: a boat rescue. A man is waiting for his brother-in-law to be rescued, but upon arrival of the boat, Severide, Cruz, Capp, and Tony can’t seem to find the body. Severide hears a tapping on a pipe in a separate hold of the boat, where they find the brother-in-law. However, the only way out gets blocked off, and breathing room becomes limited.
As producer Derek Haas teased, he did not disappoint. Ambulance 61 and Truck 81 can do nothing but watch and hope that their companions make it out. Squad 3 runs out of air in their tanks, and the water slowly covers them up, as the screen fades to black, and the season comes to a close.
This was a fantastic cliffhanger, coupled with the number of storylines that we should expect for season ten. I loved the way this season came to a close: it gave us as superfans of the show some closure on certain things while giving us something to agonize over as we wait all summer for next season. The uncertainty that one of these characters could possibly not survive is thrilling. It gives us the summer to theorize and speculate if any of them will emerge from underwater alive.
And what’s to come of Sylvie and Casey? The long-awaited couple is finally together, and it’s sure to show the ups and downs of this new relationship.
Finally, did Boden turn down his promotion, or did he accept the new position? Maybe the neighbor’s kid helped him discover that he wants to be promoted so he’s not in danger? Or maybe show that he can still do it all.
It’s going to be a long offseason before we find out what happens to Squad 3! What did you think of tonight’s stressful and exciting finale? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Review – A White-Knuckle Panic (9×15)
Tonight’s penultimate episode of Chicago Fire did not disappoint in the slightest. The show is setting itself up to have an explosive finale next week that I’m sure will leave us all on the edge of our seats. However, there were a lot of juicy things that happened in the episode that cannot go without being addressed.
The main story centered around Severide and Kidd. After Kidd passed the long-awaited lieutenant’s test, Severide expressed interest in possibly proposing to her, but was nervous because she has always said that married life isn’t really for her. Severide became even more nervous because there was no room in Firehouse 51 for another lieutenant, and she would have to be transferred to a firehouse where there was a position available.
While Severide and Casey worked to find a new home for Kidd, the trio of Gallo, Ritter, and Violet were tasked with organizing an event for Mouch, who was going to be awarded a medal of valor for saving that little girl a few episodes back. Teaming up with his wife, Trudy, they went to Soldier Field (where the Chicago Bears play) and lied to the director of field coordination saying that Mouch was actually dying and wanted to have the field as a dying wish in order to book the field. They hide this info from Mouch since he’s convinced that his celebrations will be a really big party.
On a call, Cruz rescued a man named Mark, who became infatuated with Cruz and his fireman tools side business. Mark, a venture capitalist, spent the entire episode trying to get Cruz to sell his business to him for a large sum of money. Mark bribed Cruz with gift baskets for his future child and threatened him with demeaning language about how Cruz knows nothing about business and how to succeed. Cruz later threatened Mark in his own way, turning him down and saying that he has the power of the CFD on his side.
Gabby Dawson appeared in the episode…not really, she called the firehouse a lot to stir the pot of Sylvie and Casey’s relationship. Turns out, Gabby knew about Mouch’s medal and wanted a video. Gabby and Casey have an offscreen conversation about their relationship, and Casey comes to the realization that he isn’t in love with her anymore and is in love with Sylvie. He confesses his feelings to her at Molly’s, which shocks Sylvie. While she didn’t say anything, I bet we’re going to get some sort of closure with those two in the season finale.
Due to scheduling, Mouch’s ceremony is moved to days earlier and everything seems peaceful. Boden gives a great speech, and Mouch gives a short, sweet message that Firehouse 51 is his forever home.
A call to a local restaurant provides the emotional meat of the episode. After rescuing a fry cook, Severide and Kidd find themselves trapped inside the restaurant. In a secluded room away from the fire, Severide spontaneously gets down on one knee and proposes, and Kidd says yes!! Looks like we’re getting a Firehouse 51 wedding very soon!
I, for one, really enjoyed the pacing of this episode. The storylines lined up together perfectly, and it’s all gearing up to a big finale.
The performances of all of our favorite medics and firefighters tonight were great, with special recognition to Taylor Kinney, who brought a great well-roundedness to Kelly Severide. If this was season 3 Severide who wanted to propose to a girl, I would’ve laughed in your face. His growth has been fantastic, and I can’t wait to see how he continues to make such a complex person grow more.
Things look pretty peaceful and happy during this episode, which most likely means that things might come crashing down during next week’s season finale. Creator of the show Derek Haas told several news outlets that he expects fans to be “angry” at him because of what happens in the finale. Will we see a major character die? Will we be left with a cliffhanger while we anxiously await season 10?
Only one episode left in season 9 of Chicago Fire! What did you think of tonight’s episode? What do you think will happen in next weeks finale? Leave a comment below!
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