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 Review: Last Chance (10×21)
Tonight’s penultimate episode of this season of Chicago Fire had our central couple at odds, another couple fighting off blackmail, and an unlikely couple solving a mystery.
A car crash involving a food truck was the central case of the week, after a propane tank in the truck nearly exploded. They were able to detain the fire beforehand, but it was near close. The chef of the truck was incredibly desperate to find the truck, and Cruz and Severide looked for it. Once they tracked the lot the truck was at, a glance into the truck revealed that the propane tank that didn’t explode was actually full of drugs. With a special cameo from Hailey Upton, they arrested the chef before he could attack Severide.
Turns out, Severide messed with the wrong people, and he was lured into a back alley and attacked, while a mysterious man in a car watched. It looks like Severide is going to have to escape from the cartel!
Severide and Stella are going through pre-wedding jitters. Their professional argument last week involving Gallo drove a wedge into their relationship, as the two love to never discuss anything with each other after something tense happens with them. Herrmann gave Stella some advice about love and that conquers all, the usual flair that Herrmann gives it. At the hospital after the attack, Severide and Stella reconciled and decided to have their wedding next week (season finale time)!
With Emma threatening all sorts of threats to Violet and Hawkins, the two of them were skating on thin ice to avoid her wrath. Violet continued to give Emma the cold shoulder throughout work, in the most comedic middle-school like way.
After Violet told Gallo about the situation, Gallo went to Hawkins to see what he was doing about it. Hawkins showed him Emma’s file, where there appeared to be tampering with previous records, specifically disciplinary. Gallo went to Emma’s old firehouse to ask the chief about it, and although appearing hesitant, he gave no details to Gallo about Emma’s history.
On a call at a crowded street, Emma tried to take charge from under Violet, leading to yet another public argument between the two. During the bickering, a car swerved onto the street, and Violet pulled her nemesis from getting hit. Violet helping her shifted Emma’s plans ever so slightly: rather than go for Violet’s job, she’s going to go for Sylvie’s so that she can always be with Violet! Emma is, I must say, out of her mind, for even trying this, and I’m certain it will all go away very soon.
The comedic sideplot gave two very small characters a chance to shine. Capp and Tony broke Mouch’s favorite couch while playing catch with an egg, and Mouch launched a full investigation to find the culprit, and recruited Ritter to help him. In a world full of Dick Wolf shows, it was like a mini Law and Order episode. The case was solved when photo evidence of Capp and the couch covered in egg yolk did the two solve this mystery. They even bribed Capp to bring his own couch from home as a replacement for the one he broke. I say this show gets another spin-off: Mouch and Ritter.
Next week is the season finale, with the wedding we have all been waiting for, as well as the return of the man himself, Matthew Casey! This will probably be Casey’s swan song, so it’s time to take it all in while we can!
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Halfway to the Moon (10×20)
Chicago Fire returned after a three week break tonight, with a daring rescue, wedding plans, bar openings, and a plot to take someone’s job.
Severide has been training Gallo to join Squad 3, as Gallo’s peaked interest in vertical rescue has inspired Severide to take him under his wing. This was brought to the test as a construction worker was hanging for dear life on a crane. Gallo joined Severide up on top of the crane, and Gallo was able to successfully save the worker with no trouble at all.
Gallo informed Stella of his desire to try out for Squad, and she began accusing Severide of stealing people from her team, not wanting to change things that are working well. Severide even told her that these conversations were happening when Casey was running the show, so everything predates her, but Stella shut it all down, not wanting to let Gallo grow professionally. Severide stuck with his girl, and persuaded Gallo to stay away from Squad for the time being, and to get as much experience on Truck 81.
Stella then saw how much going on Squad means to Gallo, and said that she would support him no matter what he decides to do. Gallo then visited Pelham at his new firehouse, who told him to not overthink anything, and the only person he should really be listening to is himself.
Gallo then told Stella that he wants to stay on Truck 81, and does not plan on trying for Squad yet. It was the strongest decision that I think he could make for the sake of his career.
Violet uncovered Emma’s possible plot to take her job as paramedic in charge, and she was having absolutely none of it. Emma even asked Gallo out at one point, who was promptly rejected. Emma continued to exhibit her awkward and attention grabbing behavior around Violet, Gallo, and Ritter throughout the episode, causing general confusion and nervousness all around.
Emma opened up to Mason about the rifts in the social setting, and admitted that exaggerated her background to impress them. Mason assured her that everything is fine, but Emma still felt bummed about it all.
While on a call to help a patient in the field who needed help breathing, Emma saw that there was no nebulizer mask in their jump bag, which Violet had put in when she restocked. A makeshift one was made in the heat of the moment, but it made the rift between the two that match greater. Violet inadvertently accused Emma of messing with the bag, further angering her. Ritter assured Violet that there isn’t any way that Emma would put a patient in danger to make Violet look bad.
Turns out, the whole thing was a big old fashioned RUSE, because Emma went to Chief Hawkins, threatening him to transfer Violet out of 51, or she’ll put in a negligence complaint in with the department for the mask incident. Hawkins’ hands are tied in the situation, considering he’s dating Violet.
A family friend of Herrmann, Sean DeGrimes, asked Herrmann about his best advice to open a bar, as Molly’s is his favorite bar of all time apparently. Herrmann gave him advice on how to run a great institution. Turns out the bar that he’s opening is called Olly’s, and has the exact same layout and design as Molly’s, right down to the wall decorations. Herrmann had lawyers on the phone ready to go, but his wife had to swing by and stop him from doing anything drastic. Sean just wanted to do something that he had always wanted to do, and Herrmann inspired him, even if it looks like a copy.
Gallo’s characterization throughout this whole season has just been phenomenal. I think he’s really grown into his own, and it’s been showing the last several episodes.
I’ve been pretty into this Emma storyline throughout. I think it’s insanity that one person actually WOULD put patients in danger just to make one person look bad, and kudos to whoever came up with that idea, because this B plot has become my primary focus through the rest of the season. Emma is going to keep trying to gaslight, gatekeep, girlboss her way to be paramedic in charge, and I’m sure she’ll be stopped in one way or another.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Will Emma take control of Violet’s job? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Finish What You Started (10×19)
Suspicions continue to grow around the new paramedic, and an investigation from a big crash site sent Severide in a race against time in tonight’s newest episode.
A plane crash caused a jet engine to fall and land on top of a school. It took the entire firehouse to save the remaining children. It was impossible to navigate the stairs without causing the engine to possibly fall through the stairs and crush them. Newest recruit Mason thought of a way to cause the wall of the school to fall outward, rather than inward, a technique he’s used for trees in wildfires. The technique worked, and the team was able to put out the fire, while Squad Three got the rest of the students and teachers out of the building.
An investigator for the the call said that a piece of the engine strut was taken from the call, and that someone on Squad Three took it. This of course didn’t happen, which caused the wrath of the government to attempt to fall on Firehouse 51.
While preparing the collapse of the wall, Ritter saved a student from a first story window. This kid, Marco, revealed that he knew who took the strut, a kid by the name of Oliver. Severide found him, and got the strut, and made sure that Oliver did not get in too much legal trouble for messing with evidence, since he felt bad for him and all. Bless Severide’s adorable heart. He convinced the investigator that they mistook the piece for a halligan, and got lost in their equipment. No charges were filed against anyone.
Ritter made the discovery that the new paramedic, Emma, did not attend Johns Hopkins where she claims to have attended. What’s more, Emma made up a story about how Violet couldn’t handle the blood on the call with the jet, which she didn’t do, only used her boyfriend to call ahead to the hospital. On a separate call of a man involved with a scooter accident, Emma tried to make the person injured man feel nervous about Violet helping him settle his broken arm. It seems to be that Emma is trying to steal Violet’s job, and is attempting to gaslight the rest of the firehouse to believe that she is not capable of doing her job in a high stress situation. Hawkins cannot even involve himself in this situation, due to their recent controversy and complaints.
A crew was installing new Ethernet cables in the firehouse, and one of the workers had an interest in Kylie, Boden’s secretary and assistant. The worker, named Needles, looked like the bad boy type, with greasy hair and tattoos. Boden and Stella were both not big fans of him, acting like parents of a teenager. The two even sat Kylie down and talked to her like parents, but wording all of their sentences in different ways because they are not her parents, obviously. Kylie told them that Needles took her on a horrible first date, and that there would not be a second one.
Remember Todd Graham, the firefighter who visited his brother’s memorial, and bonded with Herrmann and his kids? Well he’s back, and is going to be a new candidate in the CFD, and Herrmann is taking a new protege under his wing.
I don’t quite understand what the show is trying to do with Emma here. She has no compassion for her patients or the rest of the firehouse, and for some reason has it out for Violet. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, and I’m just ready for that to end. I just don’t really care about it as much.
It’s interesting to note that two people who are inspired by Herrmann, Todd and Mason, have returned to his life. It makes me wonder if something will happen to either of them, and it will make Herrmann question some moral choices with them.
The season is definitely gearing for Severide and Stella’s wedding for the end of the season. They decided on a venue at the end of the episode, and they are going full speed ahead to tie the knot. Maybe Casey will make a cameo for that day?
Chicago Fire returns in three weeks with the last batch of episodes for the season! Leave a comment below with your thoughts on tonight’s episode.
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