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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 Season Finale Review – The Other Side (8×16)

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Chicago PD Season Finale Review he Other Side Season 8 Episode 16

This may have been one of the best Chicago PD finales ever.  

Emotions were running high on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 16 as Intelligence raced against the clock to find Burgess, who was kidnapped by a dangerous crime ring. 

And they found themselves a unit divided. 

Reform has been a major topic this season as Intelligence navigated a world where they were forced to follow rules and do things by the book, and it was a point of contention when it came down to rescuing Burgess. 

Ruzek and Voight were down to do whatever was necessary to bring her home, but that attitude didn’t sit well with Atwater and Halstead.

Ruzek threw caution to the wind as his only mission was to save his girl and bring her back home to her daughter, Makayla. 

He called out “gun” when there was none, he pointed a gun at an innocent man’s head simply to get him to talk, he and disregarded warrants at every turn. 

It was a bit reckless, but understandable considering the circumstance. 

And yet, he should’ve never been allowed on the case in the first place as he was too emotionally invested and had too much on the line. 

Despite their on-again-off-again relationship, Burgess is the love of his life. He would move mountains for her. And there’s not a doubt in my mind that he would kill for her. 

Atwater tried to level with him, but Ruzek was filled with blind rage and fear.

Instead of getting through to him, he provoked Ruzek even more, and in turn, he said some pretty hurtful things to him in the heat of the moment.

It was unfair of Ruzek to call out Atwater for not doing everything in his power to save Burgess. 

Atwater and Burgess are best friends, so her kidnapping affected him just as much as it affected Ruzek. 
 
He understood how dire the situation was, but he also knew they weren’t going to get anywhere by leading with emotions and breaking the rules. 
 
Eventually, Hailey stepped in as Switzerland and the voice of reason. 
 
She understood what Ruzek was feeling but appealed to his sensible side by reminding him that he couldn’t cross a line for Makayla’s sake. 
 
If anything were to happen to Burgess, he promised to be her guardian, and he needed to step up for her now more than ever. 
 
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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Other Side” Episode 816 — Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead, Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

 
Considering Ruzek and Upton’s previous relationship, I love that she was the one who reminded him to be the better person rather than encouraging him to stoop down to Kent and Roy’s level. 
 
Reminding him about Makayla and that Burgess would’ve wanted him to take care of her was the only thing that got through to him. 
 
I found myself straddling the line between Team Ruzek and Voight and Team Atwater and Halstead. 

Ruzek’s decision to go all in to find Burgess made sense for so many reasons but mostly because the Superintendent just lost her son because they waited too long and followed the rules.

He wanted to avoid the same fate for Burgess. 

Time was definitely of the essence considering how ruthless Kent and Roy were. 

Personally, if it was my loved one’s life was on the line, I’d probably take the same approach as Ruzek. 

In my review of Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 15, I advocated for bending the rules in situations when it was necessary like when someone’s life was on the line, but this episode changed my mind a bit. 

Yes, you can get answers if you break the rules and threaten people, but they didn’t even try to exhaust their by-the-book options first. 

Ruzek and Voight were too quick to gravitate towards doing whatever was necessary when, in the end, Jay and Atwater’s plan yielded the best and quickest results.

It took them less time to locate the Buick via foot grid than it did for Voight to beat the location out of Roy. 

In fact, Roy never gave it up. All it did was work Voight up and force Upton to cross a line. 

In this case, violence was not the answer. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now.


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Chicago Med Season Finale Review – Dr. Choi Gets Shot (6×16)

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Chicago Med Season Finale Review I Will Come To Save You Season 6 Episode 16

The stakes were at an all-time high on the Chicago Med Season 6 finale.

Dr. Choi’s life hung in the balance after he was shot in the chest by Neil, a delusional patient that Dr. Dean Asher treated against his will on Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 14. 

For those who need a refresher, Asher removed Neil’s appendix when he became unconscious, which Neil said meant that he was forced to live in a simulation forever.

The man is clearly delusional and likely should’ve been given help before being discharged after his procedure. 

But since he didn’t, he ended up shooting the Chief of the ED. 

Since Dean felt personally responsible for the shooting, he took it upon himself to treat Dr. Choi even if it meant clashing with all of the hospital staff. 

Seriously, is there a doctor that Dean hasn’t butted heads with? 

His intense course of treatment didn’t sit well with Will, April, or Sam Abrams, and they were sure to let him know.

It’s one thing for a doctor to be confident in his treatment methods. In fact, it’s awesome when every doctor has a different approach and they all talk about the best course of action.

But it’s completely offputting when a doctor allows his egotistical side to take flight and doesn’t listen to anyone else’s advice, even an expert in his field.

And that’s exactly what Dean did.

He didn’t mince words or care about anyone else’s opinion. And though he ended up making the right call, there were definitely better ways of going about it. 

In fact, Dean kept gaslighting every single doctor and nurse, including Choi, who was only in the parking lot because he was concerned about Dean’s questionable behavior towards patients. When he brought it up, Dean turned it on Choi and suggested he was only coming after him to “knock him down a peg.”

Dean is literally unable to take responsibility for his own actions, so it makes it that much more concerning that Goodwin enlisted him as the interim Chief of the ED. That is definitely not going to sit well with anyone.

That is if there’s anyone left for Dean to manage. 

April got her acceptance letter to the nursing program, so it’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing her walking the ED halls. 

And since Yaya DaCosta isn’t returning next season, I was surprised that the series chose to reintroduce her romance with Choi. Maybe she just wanted to express her feelings for him after seeing him almost die, but if they aren’t going to get back together then what’s the point?

Torrey DeVitto is also leaving the series, but the way her storyline ended made sense. 

After Halstead took the fall for stealing the Kender trial drugs and giving them to an unauthorized patient, Goodwin fired him. She explained that it was yet another incident of reckless behavior, and she wasn’t completely wrong. Halstead has a pretty messy track record that has put the hospital at risk multiple times. 

This time, he broke Goodwin’s trust, lost Gaffney profits, and hurt many patients who could’ve benefitted from the trial. 

When Nat found out that Will took the fall for her, she ran to Goodwin and came clean. 

However, does it really matter?

Nat may have taken the drugs initially, but when Will found out, he didn’t report her. Instead, he stole more drugs to help her mother. His actions were just as inappropriate as hers, so I’d argue that Goodwin was right in her decision to fire him. 

In fact, they should both be fired as this isn’t either of their first times stepping out of line. 

However, you know Goodwin will reinstate Halstead and fire Natalie, which will naturally lead to her exit from the series. 

On the plus side, they found a viable heart donor for Natalie’s mother. And although the heart wasn’t perfect, it still gave her another shot at life. There were a few moments where things seemed dicey, but everything turned out great in the end.

Some might even say everything Natalie did, including putting her job in jeopardy, was worth it. 

Natalie and Crockett’s relationship may be over, sadly, but it helped Crockett break out of his shell. He was forced to open up, trust, and give love another chance. He’ll forever be grateful to Natalie for giving him that. 

My least favorite storyline included Dr. Charles and the Russian patient, who assaulted his landlord after a rat infestation. 

The writers introduced another Russian doctor, Micah, to help with translations, who ended up being an alcoholic, I think? It was all confusing and random.

When Dr. Charles confronted Micah, he elaborated that back in the Soviet Union days, political dissidents were diagnosed with “sluggish schizophrenia, which allowed them to be sent to psychiatric institutes. 

But instead of offering help, psychiatry was weaponized. Those who defied the government were essentially tortured in these establishes, which is why Micah freaked out when he woke up and saw that he was admitted. He was suffering from PTSD. It’s definitely a heartbreaking situation, but it was random, and though they tried to connect it to Neil’s delusions, it fell flat.

And finally, Maggie’s secret is out in the open. I’m glad she didn’t tell Vanessa the truth because she knew she needed to respect her boundaries, but Vanessa figured it all out on her own.

I feel like the writers kind of glossed over this storyline a bit and rushed it. They definitely could’ve replaced the Russian storyline with more on the Maggie and Vanessa front.

We didn’t know much about Vanessa or if she knew she was adopted, but when she confronted Maggie, she revealed that she knew and never wanted to seek out her birth mother. 

And despite mentioning that she found it strange that Maggie was so drawn to her, we don’t really know how Vanessa figured out that Maggie was her birth mother or even felt the need to do some research into Maggie. 

However, now that they’re both on the same page, they can move forward. Vanessa informed Maggie that she didn’t want anyone to know the truth because she didn’t want them to think that she only got the job because of her connections. Maggie respected that, though, she probably should’ve told her that Goodwin already knows.

Now, the ball is in Vanessa’s court, so we’ll see where this relationship goes from here. At least Vanessa called Maggie out and let her know that what she did wasn’t right and a total breach of trust!

Alright, I’m turning it over to you! What did you think of the Chicago Med finale?


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Chicago PD Review – The Right Thing (8×15)

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Chicago PD The Right Thing Season 8 Episode 15

The penultimate episode of Chicago PD gave us an action-packed hour that tapped into Superintendent Miller’s personal life for the first time ever. 

Voight was introduced to Miller’s son, Darrell, on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 15 and got way more than he bargained for following the meeting. 

Darrell sought Voight out because he needed his help. 

When Intelligence took on Darrell’s case, they thought it was going to be a quick case to help out a friend who was in way over his head with a local drug dealer, but instead, they unearthed something much more sinister. 

Darrell didn’t survive the hour, but it wasn’t because Intelligence didn’t do their best to save him; it was because Miller was adamant that Voight and his team do things “by the book.”

There are times when doing things by the book pays off, and other times when it’s required to bend the rules a little to ensure that a life is spared. 

In this case, it was an ugly lesson for Miller that sometimes, the law doesn’t always work in your favor. 

Voight may be too eager to bend the rules on occasion, and admittedly, some of his methods and approaches may be unconventional, but he’s also the best at his job. 

It’s why he runs Intelligence, and it’s why he has one of the best teams on the force.

Intelligence knows what they’re doing, so why not let them do their job?

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CHICAGO P.D. — “The Right Thing” Episode 815 — Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight — (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)

Asking for forgiveness later would’ve been much better than living the rest of your life feeling guilty that you contributed to your child’s death.

Darrell made some pretty terrible choices, there’s no denying that. 

It seems that making bad choices and getting into trouble has been a recurring theme throughout most of his life. 

And it didn’t help that no one seemed to take Darrell seriously. From Atwater to his mom to Kent, Darrell kept being told that he was essentially a privileged screw-up.

It’s not surprising that he was so determined to make things right and prove everyone wrong.  

I think that constantly being told how messed up he was likely also prevented Darrell from being upfront with Voight, Atwater, Ruzek, and the team. 

It’s obvious that Darrell knew more than he was letting on about what was happening inside the strip club.

Sure, he wanted to pay off his debt, but he also knew that Kent and Roy were trafficking underage girls and wanted to help them.

When Atwater and Ruzek told him to lay low, he didn’t listen because he wanted to save Sasha.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic now. 


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