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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 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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