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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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Chicago PD – Reckoning (6×22)

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CHICAGO P.D. -- "Reckoning" Review

Well, there’s no turning back now.

After a rocky season, Chicago PD went out with a bang!

On Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 22, Intelligence faced off against soon-to-be Mayor Kelton and it was brutal from start to finish.

Kelton’s rise to the top didn’t just threaten Intelligence’s existence, it also threated to end Ruzek’s career.

The IRT and Internal Affairs was closing in on Ruzek for covering up a murder done by Antonio while he was high.

The most frustrating thing about this episode had to be Voight’s inability to learn from the past.

Though the case was different than what happened with Alvin Olinsky, we’ve been here before.

The odds were stacked against Intelligence from the getgo.

Just like in Olinsky’s case, Intelligence was playing catch-up and operating from a place of fear and anger.

And the end result? Ruzek behind bars.

And know what happens to cops in jail. It doesn’t end well.

Voight didn’t have much of a plan to clear Ruzek and Antonio nor did he get any input from the rest of the team.

He just assumed they would fall in line because of blind loyalty, but it’s unfair to ask them to sabotage their own careers without giving them the full story.

When all is said and done, they would be the one to pick up the pieces.

Since none of Voight’s extreme measures worked, someone handled the situation by killing Kelton, the newly elected Mayor.

I bet Upton regrets saying that “Kelton’s time of reckoning” was coming.

I say someone because it’s unclear who committed the crime. Was it Voight or Antonio? Or is someone framing them both?

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Reckoning" Review

CHICAGO P.D. — “Reckoning” — Episode 622 — Pictured: (l-r) John C. McGinley as Brian Kelton, Marina Squerciati as Officer Kim Burgess, Jesse Lee Soffer as Det. Jay Halstead, LaRoyce Hawkins as Officer Kevin Atwater — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

Maybe it was Brennan. That would at least give her character some kind of meaning.

However, the “who-dun-it” boils down to two Intelligence members.

Voight mentioned he was going to Kelton’s place right before while Antonio popped a pill sometime before the killing.

They both had a motive as they were boxed into a corner, though I’m leaning towards Antonio being the one who pulled the trigger.

Upon meeting his CI, the guy mentioned that if you hang around criminals long enough, you become them.

I found it was a weird thing to say regardless of Antonio’s current predicament, but looking back at it, I realize it could have been massive foreshadowing that Antonio was about to do something wildly out of character.

Antonio then watched Ruzek nobly take the fall for him.

Say what you want about Ruzek, but Ruzek is a team player who risked his career and his future to help out one of his own.

He took his arrest in stride while Antonio couldn’t even bring himself to own up to his mistakes.

Antonio could have stepped in and done something since he did have something to use against Heller, but instead, he sat back quietly because he refused to bring Heller’s family into it.

Considering the lengths both Voight and Ruzek went to protect Antonio, the least he could have done is threatened, Heller.
And don’t think that Antonio refusing to destroy an innocent person for his personal gain somehow redeemed him. He allowed Ruzek to take the fall for him and coped by popping pills, the very reason they’re in this mess in the first place.

Ruzek surely doesn’t deserve to go down any of this.

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Chicago PD – Confession (6×21)

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Chicago PD Confession Review

Would you sell your soul if it meant hurting the people you love?

That question — posed to Antonio on Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 21 — sums up the entire hour.

The idea of guilt, and how much guilt you could live with, was a central theme as it applied to Antonio, Leo Hernandez and Carlos in differing capacities.

All three of them refused to confess their secrets and face the truth because they were protecting something or someone.

Carlos told Antonio that if he told the truth, no matter how good it felt in his soul, Alex Del Toro would kill his brother, Beto.

Leo Hernandez was running away and refusing to be the one to take Kelton down because he was protecting his family.

And Antonio was allowing Voight and Ruzek to look for alternative solutions to his serial killer predicament in order to protect them and his career.

But the thing about secrets and lies is that they have a way of catching up with you sooner or later.

Even when you think the dust has settled, it’ll sneak up on you.

In Carlos’ case, it didn’t matter if he told the cops the truth. Del Toro would come after Beto regardless since he was considered a loose end

Similarly, Antonio’s past finally caught up with him and bubbled to the surface.

Hey, at least we’re seeing some consistency from the writers.

The penultimate episode of Chicago PD was the beginning of the end for Antonio.

And it’s bittersweet given how much we care about the character.

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Chicago PD – Sacrifice (6×20)

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CHICAGO P.D. Sacrifice Review

Ruzek and Upton have called it quits on Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 20.

I can just hear all the fans rejoicing in the distance.

And though I know this is an unpopular opinion, I’m a little heartbroken about it.

I’ve grown to appreciate the dynamic between Upton and Adam and found myself rooting for them through their many ups and downs.

But I’ll agree that breaking up may be for the best.

Ruzek and Upton are polar opposites and their clashing personalities interfered with their work relationship.

Neither of them knew how to separate their personal life from the professional one and thus, they couldn’t figure out how to work together and be together at the same time.

Related: Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 18 Review: This City

They butted heads about the best course of action, worried about each other, and made decisions based on feelings and emotions.

There’s no place for that in the workplace, especially at a job where one wrong move could cost you or your partner your life.

Upton didn’t even want to acknowledge how deep her feelings were, but when she called in a patrol car to sabotage his dangerous buy, she was acting from a place of fear.

Ruzek also had some control issues.

He constantly worried about Upton and if she’d be able to handle herself when she’s a strong, independent woman who has the skills and wit to get out of nearly any situation.

But most importantly, they didn’t care about each other enough to fight for their relationship.

What it boils down to is that Upton and Ruzek weren’t in love, they were in lust.

Platt made it very clear that if Ruzek was the one, Upton should pursue the relationship with the caveat that one of them has to make a sacrifice and leave Intelligence.

Neither of them felt that the relationship was worth compromising their careers over so a break was the only natural step.

Upton and Ruzek aren’t the first working relationship, but I sure hope they’ll be the last.

Related: Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 19 Review: What Could Have Been

We’ve seen several relationships form between co-workers, and although I believe that they can work in the long run, they never seem to last.

The work that they do in Intelligence is too intense for a relationship to truly thrive.

Halstead and Lindsay crumbled as did Ruzek and Burgess.

There’s no way to avoid those feelings when you spend 24/7 with someone.

But I mean it, I’m done with inter-Intelligence relationships.

Plenty of people have been rooting for Upton and Ruzek to break up so that Ruzek and Burgess can get together.

If we’re to take away anything from this episode it’s that Ruzek needs to take a break from dating.

And he definitely needs to branch out beyond the workplace because his relationships never end well.

Also, how awkward would it be to start dating your ex while still working with your other ex?

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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