Chicago Fire’s latest episode was a race against time, as the team worked to track down a missing girl who only wanted to talk to one person: Stella Kidd.
The rest of the season is working toward three possible outcomes: Kidd passing (or failing) the upcoming lieutenant test, Cruz becoming a father, and whether or not Casey and Sylvie will get together. Tonight, all three of those storylines were at the forefront of the episode.
In his paternity class, Cruz tried to perfect swaddling, and the rest of the crew helped him out. In reality, he was trying to do better at swaddling than someone else in his class, which made for a fun and random competition between new fathers.
Meanwhile, Casey confronted Grainger about getting back together with Sylvie, who admitted that she is clearly in love with Casey. Things are gearing up for their eventual connection!
However, the meat of the episode centered around Kidd, who had a great story to showcase her skills. Kidd is shown to be a great on-your-feet firefighter as she works fast to rescue a man who, after being hit by a car, was impaled by a tree branch. It was impressive to see her adjust to a situation so fast and showcased just how strong she is under pressure.
While studying for the test, Kidd received several phone calls from a burner phone from a girl who was being held somewhere in the city. From the calls, it seems that this girl and her brother are being held captive by a gang. She also revealed to Kidd that she was a part of the early days of the Girls on Fire program that was started, which is why she called Kidd. The girl said she left the program because she didn’t feel like she was good enough to rescue people before abruptly hanging up.
Kidd recruited her assistant Kylie to search the records of the Girls on Fire sign-up sheets, and they deduced it as a girl named Aliyah Ward and her brother Douglas. They were taken by a gang that Douglas got involved with for trying to snitch to the cops.
Since they knew the gang house is right by Aliyah’s, Kidd asked Severide and Boden to drive by, turn the siren on, and use the phone call with Aliyah to track it down. Boden then lies to the gang saying that their house is going to blow from saturation levels, which gets everyone out and secures a rescue.
I have this gut feeling that when Kidd takes the test, she will either pass with flying colors or fail because of some messed up situation within the Chicago Fire Department. The episode showed Kidd at her finest, so it’s possible that the next one could show her at her lowest. I think it would be great to see the other side of it because Miranda Rae Mayo has been giving a fantastic performance as she prepares for the test. It would be interesting to see her reaction if she did all this work to be shut down for it (though I would love to see her pass, of course!)
What I liked about this episode was the editing. They told all their stories the way they could knowing that the one around Kidd was the prominent one. The show has always struggled with maintaining which one was more important than the others for the week, but it was still fun to watch Cruz and Herrmann have a “swaddle-off,” as well as Casey discovering that there might be more in store for him and Sylvie.
What did you think of tonight’s high-stakes episode? 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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