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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 Review & Interview – Tracy Spiridakos on Big #Upstead Moment (8×11)

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Chicago PD Signs of Violence Review Season 8 Episode 11

Upton’s childhood trauma bubbled up to the surface on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 11.

This isn’t the first time the series has touched upon Upton’s past, but audiences were able to get a better grasp at the hell she went through while growing up in a household of domestic abuse.

Up until now, she never fully confronted how it affected her into adulthood.

On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3, Upton couldn’t even bring herself to visit her father after he suffered a heart attack. 

The truth is, she’s been running from her past for her whole life, but the trauma has finally caught up with her and it’s significantly affecting every aspect of her life including her career and her promising, new relationship.

And she’s beginning to realize that if she lets this bruised part of herself continue to get in the way, it could jeopardize everything she’s ever cared about.

The case was solid with or without an anchor to Upton’s personal life as the outcome wasn’t obvious. Also, how gruesome was that scene of the mother with her teeth pulled out and her fingertips burnt off?

Upton responded to a call that involved a young child who has endured a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse. 

She immediately felt drawn to the little girl, Becca, as she saw herself in her pained yet hopeful face.

And Upton went to great lengths to help her. On one hand, her determination played a key role in solving the case, but on the other hand, it was dangerous because she was willing to break the rules and go against Voight’s orders. 

Since she was fueled by emotion, she wasn’t thinking clearly, which made it easy for her to misstep and cross a line.

Throughout the episode, I wanted to shake Upton and tell her to snap out of it, but she was so focused. It almost felt like she thought she could save herself by saving Becca.

Coming from a dysfunctional family gives Upton good instincts. Her personal involvement in the case is largely the reason Intelligence found Becca in time.

However, it also forced her to reassess her approach. 

After her heart-to-heart with Voight, Upton realized that she couldn’t go on like this and pretend that her past wasn’t seeping into her present. 

A childhood fueled by control, manipulation, betrayal, and abuse also made it hard for Upton to form a real connection with another person.

Even before she took on the case, Upton bolted right after Halstead said the L-word.

While it’s a huge moment in their relationship, for Upton, it was a trigger because she’s only ever known a dysfunctional level of love.

Chicago PD Signs of Violence Review Season 8 Episode 11

CHICAGO P.D. — “Signs Of Violence” Episode 811 — Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Whenever someone would say “I love you,” there was always a catch. So, when Halstead said it, she was waiting for the other foot to drop.

Instead of allowing herself to get hurt, she wanted to beat him to the punch and run the other way.

That’s why her eventual decision to open up to Halstead and be vulnerable and transparent about her fears and insecurities was a huge step. 

I love that Halstead didn’t try to “fix” Upton; He simply listened to what she needed while promising to be patient and stay by her side. 

I wasn’t completely sold on #TeamUpstead prior to this episode because I’m used to the relationships on this series crumbling for one reason or another, but I’m digging the direction that this is going in. 

Not every relationship starts in the honeymoon phase, and it’s clear Halstead cares enough about her to support her and help her get to a good point. 

Hopefully, the series continues with the storyline and doesn’t drop Upton’s emotional turmoil.

We don’t need a whole episode dedicated to her working through her issues, but it would be nice to see some continuity whenever #Upstead’s relationship gets future screen time.

We got to chat with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Hailey Upton, about the game-changing episode! 

Check out our post-mortem interview at TV Fanatic Now! 


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Chicago PD Review – The Radical Truth (8×10)

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Chicago PD Review The Radical Truth Season 8 Episode 10

Disco Bob made quite a mess for himself on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 10.

The Ruzek-focused episode was a nice welcome back following a brief hiatus. And it let our boy Patrick Flueger shine. But that’s not really surprising, is it?

Bob Ruzek’s 30-year career with the CPD has been a bit strained, as has his relationship with his son, Adam.

 

The two haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but that’s the thing about parents and kids — there’s always a level of love there no matter what happens.


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Here’s When Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD Will Air Season Finales in 2021

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One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost finale time for the #OneChicago shows on NBC.

Due to production delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire got off to a late start in mid-November (instead of the usual mid-September premiere), but that pandemic hasn’t made a huge impact on the quality of the episodes. 

In fact, the shows have been delivering some of their strongest episodes to date! (You can check out Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD reviews now!)

However, with shorter seasons on tap, the schedule has been pretty wonky and consisted of several breaks in between, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble keeping up. That’s why we’re here to clue you in. 

New episodes of the trio of shows return on March 31, 2021. 

As for the finales, NBC hasn’t announced any official finale dates.

However, according to TVLine, the current seasons will wrap up on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, which would align with their pre-COVID finales even if the episode count is a bit shorter than in the year’s prior. 

Once NBC confirms to official finale date, we’ll update this post, but at least you can find comfort in knowing that we still have a solid several weeks with Chicago’s bravest and boldest! 


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