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Chicago P.D- Stepping Stones (1×01)

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“Don’t **** with my city.”

Chicago P.D snapped on its first episode introducing a drug cartel storyline, that doesn’t seem to far from home. As a Chicagoan, seeing a show about a corrupt police system with dangerous hood streets isn’t really something shocking to me. This episode felt more like I was watching the channel 9 news at 9 than watching an actual FICTIONAL show. I don’t want this to make people think that Chicago is really as bad as T.V makes it seem. It’s not. Just some parts of it!!! For the sake of the show, I’m going to steer away from commenting on how this is a Chicago Fire spinoff because I would like it to stand on its own, aside from its sister show.

ioWhat does concern me is the lack of suspense/progress that we might see from this show. I mean, a lot of it can become really predictable and very monotone. It is also quite stereotypical. Maybe that’s good, maybe it isn’t. I don’t think it will be bad, but you never know! The show opened up to mediocre ratings! Anyways, here’s the rundown. Voight is the head of intelligence and was recently hired after getting himself out of jail. Somehow he landed the most important job in the city. God truly is on his side. The jealousy seeping from everyone throughout the episode is ridiculous. Maybe this man got the job because he has street smarts and can think on a level of a criminal, which is probably something you would want to have on the force. Am I right? Anyways, he’s got a pretty solid team that he’s working it.

jkbjVoight’s team is on a mission to crack down on the heroine dealers that have already left three young adults dead. Voight obviously uses his street connections and cred to get some info on the dealers. Their first suspect is golden.  Lindsey and Halstead pose as dope buyers but as Halstead pretends that he’s a regular buyer, he fails to realize he’s actually talking to the man himself. Thankfully, Lindsey saves the day by stopping Halstead from crossing the threshold and to his death sentence. When they call for back up, he has flown the scene leaving behind a decapitated man inside and a 13-year-old boy in the closet. Voight takes D’Anthony in and tries to help him get free from the gang. D’Anthony obviously has no one to trust and he ends up being the source that get Voight to his next suspect. If theres any confusion on how police crew get leads, well its all word of mouth.

ihoBasically, they need to find Pulpo, a dangerous dealer whose spent some time in Columbia, where he picked up a nasty little habit of chopping people’s heads off as a sign that the cartel was there. The rest of the episode is a chase to find Pulpo, with minimal introductions to the major characters and teases about their life stories.  Officer Burges story was one that really didn’t impress me as she’s not on the intelligence team yet (I’m sure that will change in episode 2 once they need to fill a spot of a soldier down), but she’s also being bossed around and sent on pointless missions. It’s too much of a clutter for the first episode and definitely not necessary.

kuhbLindsey has known Voight for over 13-years and everyones kind of wondering what their relationship is. Right off the bat they have this father-daughter connection. She mentions he saved her a while back so I’m wondering, maybe she was a druggie herself? It will be interesting to hear the story eventually. Halstead is Lindsey’s partner and totally jealous of her connection with Voight. He’s also totally smitten with her and it was adorable to watch him stand up for her and kick some ass to the losers on the street trying to spit the game they don’t have!! When he did that, I felt like for a second he was standing up for me all those times I’ve been harassed on the Chicago streets.  We were also introduced to Detective Antonio Dawson’s wife and two kids in the beginning of the episode and I knew right off the bat that they would play into something dramatic. (More on that in a minute).

oihjThe last couple of minutes were the most intense! Voight finally got the team to their final lead. They were onto Pulpo. But he wasn’t fully informed of the evidence as someone on the force was toying with him. The result of this little “game” was one of his own being brutally shot and killed. Julie was introduced in the beginning of the episode also with a husband and two kids. It was surprising to see the producers kill of someone from the team so early on and despite not really knowing anything about her, I was saddened by it. This obviously pissed off Voight, who is really trying to clean up his city and clean up his act. But if that wasn’t enough to leave you speechless at the end, once they captured Pulpo, it became clear that Pulpo and Antonio had some past business. While Antonio was trying to figure out where Pulpo’s hitmen were, his son was kidnapped by them and probably taken as bait in order for the cops to have a reason to let Pulpo out if Antonio ever wants to see his son again.

Overall, decent premiere. I’ll definintely be tuning back in. After just a short hour I was curious to find out more of these people’s backstories and see whose really protecting my town!


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Chicago PD Season Finale Review – Kevin Atwater Faces a Troubling Ally From His Past (7×20)

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It’s been a hot minute since we got a Kevin Atwater-focused episode, but it wasn’t surprising that he found himself torn and conflicted after being thrust into yet another black vs. blue debate.

Atwater’s situation on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 20 connected back to his undercover work on Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 13 while serving as the perfect ending to a shortened season.

Atwater has always known that when it comes to matters of black versus blue, there’s a bit of a gray area that doesn’t lean in his favor.

While I’ve been wanting the series to give Atwater the ability to explore different moral conflicts, at the same time, the episode was so powerful and relevant, that I can’t bring myself to complain.

It also sets up an interesting dynamic moving forward as it pins Atwater (with the backing of Intelligence) against high-ranking officials in the police force.

And it perfectly and necessarily highlights the corruption that goes on within an institution that should be (keyword) trusted by all citizens of different walks of life.

In my review of Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 13, I noted that whenever an episode focuses on Atwater, I find myself with this “pit-of-my-stomach anxiety that I can’t seem to shake,” and more than a year later, that still rings true.

As in previous episodes, LaRoyce Hawkins brought his best work to navigate a particularly layered and emotionally complex episode.

Atwater was forced to work alongside a troubling ally Tommy Doyle. You might remember him as the racist cop who previously pointed a gun at him when he was undercover, so we knew things were bound to get ugly. We just didn’t know how ugly.

Doyle went from being a street cop to a detective following his messy altercation with Atwater because clearly,  Chicago rewards racist behavior.

Kenny assured Voight that the promotion was because Doyle was hard-working and didn’t have anything to do with the fact that he came from three generations of cops, but we know that’s not true.

His problematic behavior was excused and a blind eye was turned because of the people he knew.

Atwater and Doyle - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 20

Now, I’m not saying all of his friends and supporters are equally as racist as he is, but his father did make a rather questionable comment about Kevin’s “great Irish name,” so do with that what you will.

At first, Doyle and Atwater played nice. Doyle apologized for what happened in the past (which Atwater forgave but did not forget) and even jumped in to save Atwater’s life while undercover by standing in front of a gun.

Atwater is a good, professional cop who always puts aside his personal conflicts, so it wasn’t surprising that they swiftly took down the head of the illegal gun-trafficking ring.

Doyle figured the win called for a celebration and despite Atwater’s objections, the two went to grab “one beer.”

Man, I wish Atwater just went home to have the chill night that he had planned instead.

At first, I couldn’t figure out where the storyline was headed when Doyle began bringing up the past during their drive.

One thought was that Doyle simply putting on an act and would try to lash out at Atwater when they were alone.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic.


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Chicago PD Review – Ruzek Witnesses a Kidnapping (7×19)

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Intelligence brought their A-game on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 19 as a twisted case left audiences questioning which father was the good father.

Both Wade and Gary were trying to find their children, and initially, it was difficult to see which father was doing the right thing.

From the outside looking in, Gary’s situation did not look good since he orchestrated a kidnapping to find his son, Dylan, and held Charlotte at gunpoint.

When he initially reached out for help, the cops immediately wrote him off because his son had a history of drug abuse and mental health issues.

It’s the same argument that Wade tried to make to discredit Dylan. He called him a “troubled kid” who was making up stories and even said that Gary was trying to blackmail and shake him down.

Also, let me point out that PD’s portrayal of the detective that presided over Gary’s missing person’s report was your classic slimebag in some knock off ’80s looking detective suit.

It was hilarious in contrast to Atwater and Rojas, two detectives who understand the plight of the underprivileged and less fortunate.

Doing Better - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 19

It’s the very reason why they didn’t immediately believe Wade was a saint simply because he had money and looked presentable.

The first warning sign about Wade was that he said he was living a good and “honest” life while still being considered the “richest man in Chicago.”

Intelligence has been in this business long enough to know that when you see a man who owns a furniture store and lives in a mansion, you should be a little skeptical.

There were a few likely scenarios that I thought would come into play like Wade being involved in some shady criminal activity or owing someone money.

Turns out, he was involved in something shady, but it wasn’t the kind of shady I imagined.

While Wade seemed like a worried and concerned father at first, the man lost all credibility when he lied to Voight about not knowing that his daughter was missing.

From that point on, Wade’s lies simply kept adding up until Voight had absolutely no reason to trust anything he said.

And for good reason. Wade’s main goal wasn’t to find his daughter or to save her, it was to protect himself and his secret. It’s exactly why he entrusted his own security guard to find Charlotte rather than getting the cops involved.

He knew if he called the cops, they would find out the truth.

It was shocking to see how many lies Wade would spin when the truth was already out there: he killed a man so that he wouldn’t be outed to his family.

You know it’s bad when the cops trust the kidnapper over you.

Wade was a disgrace of a man and father. He was going to allow someone to shoot his daughter so that he could keep his secret.

Finding a Kidnapper  - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 19

I can understand wanting to protect your family from the truth, but Wade’s secret was out already, there was no turning back, and simply telling the truth could have saved his daughter and ended this mess, and yet, he still couldn’t own up to it.

I kept thinking that the plot would take another twist and that Wade wouldn’t be responsible for Dylan’s murder, but sadly, that never happened.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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Chicago PD Review – Rojas and Upton Get In Trouble with Voight (7×18)

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We finally got an Upton and Rojas team up on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 18, but it wasn’t what any of us were expecting.

Both ladies tried to take matters into their own hands and ended up on Voight’s bad side, which, if you remember from my review of Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17, is not a pleasant side.

While Rojas had a few anxiety-inducing missteps this episode, which largely stemmed from a loved one being involved in a major case, much of Voight’s anger was directed at Upton.

And she deserved it.

I don’t know what got into her, but where was the Upton who always keeps Halstead in check?

Instead, she got personally involved in the case because she wanted to help Rojas and made an extreme decision that triggered Voight. (Fans were probably pleased to see that he’s still got it!)

Voight was upset for a few reasons. For starters, because Upton was a superior who should have known better.

And unlike Rojas, who immediately acknowledged that what she did was wrong and apologized, Upton never felt bad about it.

She naively assumed she had the same authority as Voight.

Her judgment was clouded by her desire to put Gael away and get Reyes the deal, so she did what she had to do and planted fake evidence without showing any remorse.

While Gael deserved what was coming, it wasn’t Upton’s place to plant evidence merely to get justice. That sets a dangerous precedent.

Cops need to be held to a standard and uphold a moral code. If Upton is so comfortable crossing this line because it benefits her and a friend, will she be able to see the line the next time around?

If she had done it with Voight’s permission, it would have been a slightly different story since Voight would have taken the rap. Plus, he’s in a position to make such calls, but she specifically went behind his back and made the decision herself without even looping him in.

Then, instead of owning up to it, she explained that she thought it was what “he would have done” knowing damn well she kept it a secret because Voight wouldn’t have allowed such behavior.

Voight has never wanted his unit to go down the same path he has, and I love that he didn’t think twice about showing her tough love.

It shows that there are some rules he won’t break, but also, that he cares enough about Upton to intervene.

In Trouble with Voight - Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 18

Now, I don’t watch Law & Order: SVU, but it would be really great if she actually got to guest-starred on an episode since he volunteered her to the New York team. Does anyone know if that’s happening?

Since Rojas was personally involved in the case, it made us automatically more invested in the plot because the stakes were higher.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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