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Chicago P.D- A Material Witness (1×09)

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“This just went from a gang hit to a gang war.”

First off, congrats to Chicago P.D for getting renewed for season two. They clearly deserve it, especially being run by big boss Voight, whose never intimidated by anything or anyone and keeps his people totally in check. This week’s episode deserves a hats off for being completely brilliant and not letting any characters go to waste. It’s remarkable writing and storytelling.

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Now to the main question on everyones mind…. #didHalsteaddoit???  Throughout these past ten episodes, we’ve learned that Halstead had a younger brother who was raped and killed by Lonnie Radigan, his neighbor. Lonnie’s father keeps protecting him, but Halstead just can’t let it go. He asks his buddy in intelligence to do him a favor off the books and monitor Lonnie’s actions. The latest development? He used his credit card at a home depot to buy some camping equipment along with a rope and duck tape. This sends Halstead over the edge and during one of his runs with Lindsey makes a pitt stop to go tell Lonnie he knows his plans. “He’s a pedophile and a murderer,” he screams before getting kicked off the property. Clearly the restraining order against him means nothing to him. Well, Stillwell is trying to have intelligence wrapped around his finger and he’s been watching Halstead, telling Voight to keep his people in check. Per orders, Voight lays it out to Halstead that he shouldn’t be getting involved and this was his last warning. Foreward to the next morning and Lonnie is found dead, strangled at the neck by a rope and Stillwell calls in Voight. Question is, did Halstead do it? I’m thinking definitely not. Maybe it was Lonnie’s father? Or Lonnie committed suicide? Truthfully,  I think it was Stillwell trying to mess with Voight’s unit. Either way, this development will be just enough the rattle the cages and have everyone turn on their partner now a suspect in a murder case.

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The main story this week, aside from that insane cliffhanger, was that Olinsky’s daughter was a witness to a gang shooting. She was out at a party when her friend Russell, from the Chief Park Lords, was shot by a member of the Latin Priests because he was on their territory. Well, as the only witness to the crime, Olinsky does not want his daughter to testify. He’ll do anything to protect her and Voight will do anything to protect his men, so using her is out of the question. Intelligence takes the case from the detectives in order to find the killer and save Olinsky’s daughter. If she testify’s as a witness, she basically becomes their next target. She recalls Russell calling the man who shot him Calaka. A couple of hours later, we know that Calaka is part of the Latin Priests and that Russell was a low level runner for T-Mac Pierce.

They find T-Mac at his house and take him into custody. Props to Lindsey for tackling a dude about 20 times bigger than her although I’m not sure it would ever really happen in real life. T-Mac doesn’t want to talk, only admits that his guys will catch Calaka and give him what he deserves. Well, Detective Sumner did some digging behind Voight’s back and found out that T-Mac bought his mother the house with straight up drug money. That’s grounds for the cops to seize the house and his mother will go onto living “off a shopping cart” according to Voight. T-Mac finally makes his boys call off the search and kill for Calaka. Voight needs him alive to admit to his crime so that they don’t have to use the witness.

chi pd3Meanwhile, Lindsey and Antonio find one of the guys uncle’s shops and figure out that he’s been getting manipulated to seel PSP out of the front of his store. When they check the rest of the shop, they find a hidden room, and an underground torture chamber with a finger that most likely belongs to Calaka. Basically, the gang was upset at Calaka for starting a gang war, so they punished him and took him to a safe house. Which is where Rozek’s brilliant plan comes into play!

He did everything to help his partner this week and remembered that they have guys who usually steal women’s phones around the downtown area, so he borrows Burghess, dresses her up as a tourist and gives her a phone with a GPS. When the kid steals her phone, the two than go to his house and find out they’ve been given a false lead. The kid just has a problem according to his sweet old lady guardian. That is until Rozek’s phone gets stolen, he chases the kid all the way back to the same house, they break in and find the old lady with a bunch of other troubled teenage kids. She admits that she uses them to steal phones so they can sell to the Latin Priests to keep these kids off the street. The good news? She’s got the address!

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The whole intelligence unit moves into the space where the Latin Priests have their “phone factory.” Lindsey follows the blood to a room where they’ve been hiding Calaka and they take him into custody. Voight’s methods of getting people to admit to something doesn’t seem to work on Calaka though. He’s too smart to know that these people don’t want to use their witness and they won’t actually kill him because they need him to confess. Something he hasn’t done to any of his previous 15 arrests. It’s not really a shocker either. This guy isn’t a stranger to pain. He can clearly take his fair share. Dragging him to the precinct, he makes a statement about how he recalls the witness was really pretty and that sets Voight completely over the edge. I do like me some angry Voight!

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Other Thoughts

-Voight getting arrested seems to be the talk of the town. I do think his team deserves an explanation.

-Detective Sumner is a genius and could prove to be totally useful if Voight would let her do something other than busy work.

– Rozek and Burghess are totally into each other. And Rozek doesn’t seem to fond of his fiancee or her sexy sexts.

– Antonio helping out that barber shop owner get his disability checks was seriously so admirable! Good people still exist!

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Chicago PD Review Season 11 Episode 8 – On Paper

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I’ll take extremely frustrating Chicago PD episodes for $500. 

Because yeah, Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 8 was the definition of the word frustrating. The issue wasn’t with the storyline, as it was strong and kept viewers on their toes, but it was the characters’ poor decisions that made you let out a deep groan. 

If your infant goes missing, you damn well better tell the police everything you know and everything that can help them locate your child. The secrecy was irritating because it hindered any developments, plus, they seemed to think they’d be able to hide something from a unit of dedicated detectives. 

The truth always comes out, so when they located the infant’s kidnapper and found a picture of Trent, the father was forced to confess that he was—and still is—a serial cheater. 

If that wasn’t bad enough, the parents then came clean about the fact that they left their teeny tiny daughter home alone for a few hours while the mom confronted her cheating husband during one of his dates. I mean, just give these people the award for “Terrible Parents of the Year” because they deserve it. 

Regardless of the parents’ actions, Intelligence, with Hailey Upton in the lead, worked tirelessly to bring sweet little innocent Grace home. 

Once they learned of Trent’s affair with Terry—which resulted in a pregnancy and forced abortion—they had a motive for the kidnapping. The good news is that Grace was never in too much danger as Terry really wanted the girl and cared for her, however, anyone who has it in them to kidnap a child is also unhinged and their behavior is unpredictable so you have to approach with caution.

A huge focus of the storyline was Upton’s team-up with Petrovic, the SVU detective who assisted on Noah’s case, whose expertise was supposed to help them find Grace quicker. Instead, it proved to be a distraction as Upton quickly sniffed out that something was wrong and a whiff of her water bottle proved it: Petrovic liked desk duty because she was boozing it up at work. 

She’s essentially a high-functioning alcoholic, which, for most people, is a clear red flag, but even after Upton confronted her about it (that was big of her because she could’ve just reported it to Voight), she dismissed her behavior and made it clear that she wouldn’t be seeking out help, nor did she think there was any need for an intervention. She even went as far as comparing it to running, which just shows you how delusional she is. 

It put Upton in a really difficult spot as, I’d imagine, she’s legally obligated to report it. How will she handle it moving forward? Will this be the catalyst for her to leave Intelligence behind and get a fresh slate (so she doesn’t end up like Petrovic, who said she had 3 divorces in the past)? I don’t see Upton as the kind of person who turns a blind eye, especially as it poses a risk for those she works with. 

She may be “one of the best” in her field, but she can’t continue on like this for too long. 

Thankfully, when she took the shot to save Upton at the train station when Terry pointed a gun at Upton, it was a good and justified shot, but it could’ve ended way worse. 

Voight is still recovering from losing Noah and seems frustrated with the lack of progress on the case of figuring out the serial killer’s identity, but that’ll be the focus of a future episode. 

And next week, we’ll see Torres’ poor decision of pursuing a romantic relationship with his mark play out. How will it end for him?

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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Chicago PD Review Season 11 Episode 7 – A Death Rattles Intelligence… and Voight

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Well, that’s truly a disappointment. 

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 7 focused on Voight’s quest to find the serial killer in Chicago who targeted Noah Gorman, the teen who was now staying with him and working through his trauma. 

But despite Voight’s best efforts, he couldn’t keep Noah safe—and he was no closer to finding the killer in question. 

There was some momentum on the case when a beat cop found a barrel floating by the lake with two bodies inside, both of their eyes pried open just like Noah’s when Voight found him. 

The victims, two sisters named Izzy and Maria, led the team to a “john,” who admitted to seeing Izzy’s abduction happen in realtime. In fact, he even filmed it as a security measure, however, nothing about the person in question was distinguishable, just like in the video of Noah’s violent kidnapping. 

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The serial killer’s meticulous nature, knowledge of avoiding cameras, and clean crime scenes make this investigation even harder to crack, though everyone—including Detective Petrovic (SVU detective played by Bojana Novakovic, who, spoiler alert, Hailey Upton is rather suspicious of in the next episode)—feels confident that they’ve made some headway when they find a nexus between Noah’s partner, Paul, and Izzy. Both were sex workers whose case came across Judge Balen’s desk. 

Judge Balen definitely wasn’t clean as they found questionable photos of minors in his home during a raid, but he wasn’t the head honcho that Voight hoped he would be. It was, unfortunately, a false lead, and as they pursued it, the real perpetrator was luring Noah to his death. 

I don’t think there’s a person watching who doesn’t feel sorry for Noah for all that he’s been through. His abduction was the stuff of nightmares, especially when he revealed that the kidnapper forced him to call the person he loved most in the world, Paul, and when he arrived, tortured him until he died. Noah’s been carrying around the guilt of essentially luring Paul to his death and then leaving him behind, despite not having another choice. 

But I think we can all agree that it’s incredibly frustrating to see Noah then turn around and get lured into a death trap in the same exact way that he was forced to lure in Paul. Noah should’ve known better, but he was blinded by his trauma and his grief, paired with a hope that maybe this was a silver lining and Paul was able to break free and they could be reunited again. 

Sadly, their reunion came as they were both dumped into a body of water in an oil barrel. The disappointment and heartache of seeing Noah dead in that barrel is one that will stick with viewers for a long time—and it will likely do a number on Voight, who grew attached to the boy and wanted so badly to help him and bring justice. Voight couldn’t babysit Noah 24/7, but it’s especially upsetting that Noah used the phone Voight gave him to reach out to Paul, thus giving the serial killer a direct line of contact to him.

The killer didn’t hesitate as he benefitted from tying up loose ends. Paul admitted that he never saw the perps face, but he was, as far as we know, the only person who ever escaped from him and could’ve been the source of his demise. After all, his escape triggered a massive police search, with Voight showing no intention of stopping, particularly in light of Noah’s death. Rumors are floating that we’ll see Voight go back to his old form of classic, ruthless, Voight, and personally, with the way the world is now, I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. 

While watching the episode, I was desperately wishing for Noah’s story to have a different ending, but alas, the survivor’s guilt was too strong and it got the best of him.

It seemed as though the cops pulled out a few other oil barrels, likely filled with bodies of lovers, as the serial killer was targeting those with a close connection and then forcing the soulmates to watch each other die a slow death. It’s incredibly deranged, and as far as Chicago PD storylines go, it may be one of the darkest ever. 

However, additional victims mean additional information that they can use to cross-reference and get closer to their suspect. Maybe the Judge is also able to help as he’s connected to two of the victims thus far—it’s possible he knows more or saw something.

As for the new detective, it’s unclear why she raised any suspicion within Upton, but I’d hate to think that she had anything to do with Noah’s case. That being said, it’s been underscored that the serial killer knows a lot about the law and is likely someone who is organized, has a good job, and above average intelligence, so the net is wide open.

What did you think about the episode? Are you liking the continuation of storylines from one episode to another?

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Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 6 Review – Survival

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Chicago PD came through again, this time with a rare gem that focused on Voight. 

I say rare because while Voight plays an integral part of the series, he’s rarely ever the sole focus of the case in such a way that we actually see him dominating the screen for most of the 45-minute episode. 

And, on top of that, the episode ended without Voight and the team finding the suspect, which also allows for another multi-episode angle to play out and keep viewers invested. 

Voight’s carefree night took a turn when he overheard a beeping sound in an alleyway and found traces of blood belonging to a young man named Noah, who he saw getting violently kidnapped by an offender in nearby surveillance footage. 

Without much to go off of, Intelligence worked together to try to build a case and save Noah before it was too late. Since they found a baggie of party drugs near the scene of the abduction, they linked it to a dealer in the area whom Chapman, coincidentally, has tried to nab a handful of times. 

The dealer’s MO is to abduct those who stiff him, break their legs, and then dump them back at the place where he sells as part of his warning. 

However, after locating the car that kidnapped Noah, they found the young man in dire conditions after he was abused—stabbed six times and had his eyes stapled open (one of the most horrifying sights I’ve ever seen on television, might I add)—which indicated that this was the work of someone else entirely. 

Even when Noah identified his dealer in a lineup, Voight wasn’t convinced as he knew he simply did it to get them off of his back. Chapman, who offered to help Voight on the case, wasn’t pleased with the idea of letting a violent criminal that they’ve been pursuing walk away based on a hunch, so she went above Voight to get him arrested. 

Still, Voight knew that they were going after the wrong man, so he milked him for any information about Noah. 

Noah’s situation was a heartbreaking one as he was a lone wolf in the city on his own after his family turned on him when he came out as gay. When Voight made contact with them, Noah’s mother essentially said Noah deserved what happened to him and that she didn’t want updates because he was no longer their son. I can’t even imagine a mother saying something so cruel, especially when her son was missing and brutally tortured. How could you not want to know if he survived? It broke my heart—and it broke Voight’s heart, which is why he dedicated himself to the case so strongly. 

He knew that whatever Noah went through was personal, which was confirmed further when he realized that the suspect they were looking for had been stalking the boy for months, ever since he arrived in Chicago. This was a planned and calculated attack, but they had no suspects to work off of, which didn’t make it easy. 

It’s likely one of the main reasons why Voight took Noah in after he was discharged from the hospital. He needed Noah to feel safe and comfortable enough to open up so that they could finally catch this monster and put him behind bars. However, Voight also felt a personal connection to Noah, who reminded him a lot of his late son, Justin, and he felt for the kid since he had nowhere to go and no one to lean on. It’s not exactly all that shocking that an Intelligence member connected with someone on the case as we previously saw Burgess and Ruzek adopt Makayla after her parents were brutally murdered, however, it does sort of cross the line into getting too personally connected. Chapman seemed concerned with Voight’s decision, but only time will tell if he made the right one. 

If I had to wager a guess, I’d say Noah knows who his abuser is, but he’s not saying anything because he’s scared and traumatized since it’s someone that he cares about. Since we know the attack wasn’t random—and everyone who did come in contact with him explained that he didn’t have friends or make many connections with anyone—it has to be someone from home. Maybe someone like his brother or a friend whom he confided in. 

This is one of those lingering cases that we will revisit in future episodes, but it has so much promise. Voight’s seen a lot during his tenure in Chicago, but even he seemed completely shaken by what Noah endured. 

And will the series ever make any positive moves with Voight and Chapman? It’s clear that there’s something between them that goes beyond their workplace friendship. 

What did you think of the episode? Who do you think Noah’s attacker is?

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