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Chicago P.D- Turn The Light Off (1×11)

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The streets of Chicago are a very dangerous place…. especially for cops! This weeks the intelligence unit went head-to-head with two rival drug gangs. It was a street battle between the Croatians and the Columbians over 8-million buckaroos being imported into the country!

The unit gets a call that there’s been a huge massacre at the bank. Two survivors are left on the scene; Eric Gonzalez the head of security and worker, Luke Perko. Both give their recounts of what happened but their alibi’s aren’t strong enough and soon intelligence starts poking holes in their stories. Perko initially said that the robbers we black guys, but witnesses who saw the robbers take their masks off confirmed they were white males.  Racist much? Detective Sumner and and Antonio go to Perko’s hospital to further interrogate him… well, to make him confess his participation in the crime. Basically, his brother is an ex-Croation drug member, who got wind of the huge sum of money being imported to his brother’s workplace. He convinced him to let the Croatians steal the money. Little did he know, his cellmate– a Columbian gang leader– overheard him talking and informed his people of the Croations steal and that they were to re-steal it from them. Perko stayed alive because he aided the Croatians and Gonzalez probably just hid out hoping they wouldn’t find him and he could continue aiding the Latin Kings. But after the Columbian’s got hold of the money, they needed to tie up loose ends and sent one of their men to light Perko up. Olinsky and Rozek saw the scene unfold and while Olinsky tried to save Perko but his gasoline burns ultimately killed him.

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The Columbians clearly didn’t think Gonzalez would rat them out, but he was too quick to inform them that the gang leaders Rolo and Ramirez could be traced by their purchase of white hookers from the Zen agency.  Intelligence replaced the Zen agency hookers with their own women, Burgess– who volunteered hoping to up her chances at getting into intelligence. They weren’t about to send Burgess in with some any old skank so Lindsey brought in her recently clean friend Nadiya who was once a Zen girl.

Honestly, this episode had me fearing for Burgess’s life only because she hasn’t proven to be one that can really defend or stand-up for herself. She’s definitely not the type to be a convincing hooker. But oh how wrong was I! Burgess looked the part and she damn well acted the part. I mean, if I was being sent into a dangerous gang house to be their whore, I’d be pretty much crapping my pants. But no, she kept her cool and even called the guy ‘papi’. Work it girl. If anyone deserves a spot intelligence, it’s Burgess! She got the job done and even found a window of opportunity to sneak away and call in back up. That’s some risky stuff. Although in reality, I don’t think a line about using condoms would have really worked…. I don’t think they really care about safety first. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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Anyways, intelligence jumped in right at the knick of time (well not before Nadiya was forced to do a line of coke causing her to relapse). They saved Nadiya and captured Rolo, but before Rozek was able to reach Burgess, she’d been badly beat by Ramirez who than fled through the bathroom window. Rozek ran after him but was a victim of Ramirez’s wrath before fleeing the scene only to be chased down by Halstead. Ramirez fled to what seemed like his house, where a gangster/cops beat down broke out in the kitchen, while his terrified mother (I’m assuming) watched in horror. Unfortunately, Ramirez had the slicker moves, badly hurt Halstead and got away.

While intelligence caught a guy and found the money, they left a loose end– Ramirez. Which is clearly pretty crappy for them, but makes all my wishes from last weeks post come true! I wanted the show to have more lengthy cases; ones that can’t be solved in one day. That just seems more realistic and adds a more serialized tone to the show. Well I got my wish. This loose end brought back an old rival for intelligence and Antonio; Pulpo. Pulpo was the gangster whose people kidnapped Antonio’s son in the first few episodes of the season! Well, intelligence isn’t on the case anymore and they are to co-operate fully with the new agents on the case, who requested to have Pulpo freed from jail in order to use him as bait for Ramirez. Isn’t it crazy how the law system works? We free one bad seed to capture another and make promises to give them shorter sentences and what not. It’s so corrupt. It’s so Chicago.

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My second ‘wish’ for this show was to get a little more involved with the characters personal lives. I understand there’s quite a lot of agents to keep up with, but I feel like I’d be more obsessed with the show if I felt connected on a personal and work level with these guys. Last week we saw the beginning of Lindsey’s relationship with Severide, which dissapointed me a little because I was kind of on the Lindsey and Halstead train. But it seems they’ve both moved on from their 5-minute fling as this week Halstead was getting freaky with Ali, who we now know is the daughter of the family he always goes to visit. It seems that they were sort of like his ‘foster family’ and thats why he felt so passionate and emotional about Ben’s murder. Ali was Ben’s sister. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of her.

We also got to know Seargant Platt a little better and no, she isn’t gay! Thank’s for clearing that up for us Rozek. Although knowing that she slept with most of the men on the police force doesn’t really help either. It was nice seeing Platt’s vulnerable side aside from her usual snappy and sarcastic demeanor. She asked Rozek to come out with her Friday night for date night with her father, whose check helps her pay for her nice home in Lincoln Park. The only way she’ll get money is if she brings around a man he thinks she’s in love with. Seems rather ridiculous but it made for a nice moment between these two co-workers. She also confronted Rozek about his feelings for Burgess, which were really strengthened this week. When she volunteered to play the hooker you could see the terror in Rozek’s eyes. Whether he wants to or not, he really cares about her. And in all honesty, he doesn’t seem to worried or upset by his feelings for her even though he’s still engaged. I get the feeling he doesn’t really care about Wendy.

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While I enjoy watching the show and being on the edge of my seat for a full 45-minutes I do feel like the shows on-air schedule kind of shoots itself in the foot. It makes me lose interest not because the shows bad, but because it has more hiatus weeks than it does weeks on air! For crying out loud the show is on for two weeks and than gets like a three week hiatus, resumes for another two weeks and goes on hiatus again. I need to watch consecutively and consistently without so many breaks in between! After this I have to wait till April 29 for the two-day crossover episode and than what? It’s the season finale!! I need consistency!

Other Thoughts

– Voight calling people bro is the definition of epic.

– The way he motivates his suspects to talk is really brilliant. Here, let me stick your hand down this garbage disposal and turn it on until you freak out and tell me what I need to know. Yeah, I’d like to have the balls to do that!

-I’m starting to like Rozek’s character more and more. He started off as this pretty boy that didn’t belong but now, he’s really taking the lead. Halstead better step it up.

– Did Sumner call internal affairs? When Voight’s arch-nemesis arrived, Voight looked like he was going to emotionally destroy Sumner for making him trust her. What’s she really up to?

– Really, I could not be a police officer. Whenever these chasing scenes start I think to myself, “Why doesn’t he just shoot him?” Than I realize, that’s not how it works. You’re not allowed to shoot someone that’s un-armed or facing backwards to you. But technically that never stopped Voight right?

– Whatever happened to Olinsky’s daughter testifying? Did that case just come to an end? You see what I mean about consistency!!

– Nadiya and Lindsey have formed a nice little bond. It makes me look at Lindsey in different light. She’s not just a cop, she’s a human being who wants to help. And she motivated Nadiya to do the right thing, even if her one favor caused her to relapse. She saved a girls life. I have a feeling if the show continues on, Nadiya has it in her to become an officer!

 

 

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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 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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