Isn’t it ironic that the last words Jay uttered before getting shot were, “you’re safe.”
Man, Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 9 was an emotional rollercoaster.
It’s only right that the series brings out the big guns for a fall finale, but it was painful to watch Halstead get caught up in the unnecessary drama.
The phrase ‘kindness is weakness’ sums up all of Halstead’s actions. He ignored his better judgment throughout the whole episode and now, his life is hanging in the balance.
Halstead knew better, and yet his guilt over Marcus West consumed him.
He should’ve heeded Upton’s warnings against getting involved with a suspect’s family and simply walked away.
And he never should have told Angela the truth about what happened to Marcus.
At times, it felt as though Halstead was making it worse for himself simply because he thought he deserved it.
Many of you have criticized the show for its lack of continuity in our comments section, myself included, and it seems like the Chicago PD heard us!
Halstead’s guilt forced Chicago PD to acknowledge that these detectives aren’t robots. Wrongfully implicating an innocent man wasn’t something Halstead forgot about and moved on from; it weighed heavy on his conscience.
When the fall finale teased Halstead’s grim situation, I wasn’t concerned because I figured there’s no way Chicago PD would ever get rid of Halstead.
He can’t die, right?
Then I remembered that it wasn’t too long ago that they killed off Al and shipped Antonio off to Puerto Rico, so we can’t rule anything out.
But it’s because of Al and Antonio’s exit that Halstead has to be saved. He’s one of the only original Intelligence members still on the team.
Fans would be furious if he was killed off, and it would further diminish the quality of the show.
Therefore, the cliffhanger isn’t about whether or not Halstead survives, it’s about how they keep Angela quiet.
Based on the promo for Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 10 returning on January 8, 2020, Anglea survives and she’s ready to clear Marcus’ name and take down the police that wronged him, namely Halstead.
And why wouldn’t she? She’s poor, her son is sick, and she deserves it.
She saw an opportunity to not only to do right by Marcus but to get herself out of a bad situation and into a better one.
It’s a no-brainer.
But it’s not ideal for Intelligence, the CPD, the City of Chicago, and the interim Mayor. Is he still an interim or did he just get the gig already? I can’t keep up, but it doesn’t even matter.
The point is, everyone is screwed if this gets out.
It doesn’t just become local cover-up, it becomes a nationwide scandal.
While Halstead is fighting for his life, Voight and co. will have to figure out how to stop Angela from speaking her truth while acknowledging that she deserves to.
Halstead didn’t just implicate himself because of his guilt, he implicated everyone around him.
And his guilt could also jeopardize his career.
With Angela threatening to tell the truth, Voight will likely have to call in a few favors to shut her down, which forces him to admit to Halstead’s actions.
Angela’s personality change after finding out the truth was expected, and I don’t know why Halstead ever believed that getting the truth off of his chest would make things better.
Chicago PD Review – No Regrets (7×08)
Baby Burzek is on board.
Chicago PD – Informant (7×07)
Remember when kids in middle school used to say “snitches get stitches?”
Well, on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 7 we learned that the stitches part means they can get killed in broad daylight while chatting up a cop.
I have to say, I’ve watched every single episode of Chicago PD to date, and I’ve never been so shaken by a death in my life.
When Cameron was shot in the chest, I jumped out of my seat.
It was obvious that he was going to die by the end of the episode.
Not only is it par for the course for many CI’s, but Cam was a rather overzealous one who ran rampant and ignored Hailey when she urged him to let it go.
Though, I didn’t expect his death to be so tragic and ruthless.
It’s probably important to get this out there now — the first rule of being a CI is to not walk into a police station out freely.
You might as well just ask to get killed.
And when a cop tells you to let it go, you shouldn’t go chasing your leads.
Hailey took Cam’s death personally, and ultimately, the death was on her. She reached out to him knowing how eager he could be about helping.
His blood was, quite literally, on her hands… and face.
The whole episode was heavy for Hailey, who didn’t know how to live with her guilt.
When Voight doesn’t have the answers either, you knew it was serious.
There’s no problem that Voight cannot fix.
Was Darius responsible for Cam’s death? That remains uncertain, though, all signs point to it being the case.
Darius proved he wields a significant amount of power on the streets; he’s capable of anything.
He also knew he had Voight’s protection.
Plus, Cameron was able to ID Darius as a CI after seeing him inside the police station.
But even if Darius was the man behind the kill, it wasn’t worth pursuing.
At the end of the day, Darius helped them get the carfentanil off the street and spared them plenty of overdoses.
Voight could have thrown the case and turned on Darius, but it wouldn’t bring Cameron back.
At least this way, they were doing their job by getting the drugs off the streets.
Darius also held up his end of the bargain after a little nudge from Voight.
Read the full review at TV Fanatic!
Chicago PD – False Positive (7×06)
No justice was served on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 6.
After the weak episode that was Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 5, the series bounced back with a strong episode that tested everyone in Intelligence.
Halstead took the lead on a gruesome and heartbreaking case, and he was determined to solve it by any means necessary.
Along the way, he made a few wrong calls resulting in a pretty dire day for Chicago law enforcement.
By the end, there were no winners.
However, the biggest mistake Intelligence made was trusting a facial recognition software that was still in its beta stages.
The interim Mayor Crawford felt optimistic about the software and convinced Voight’s team to use it to find their suspect but ultimately, it was their call and their poor decision-making that created this mess.
When the software failed to work properly, there was no one to blame other than Voight because he knew better.
Who puts all of their backing behind a device that hasn’t even officially launched?
Sure, the officer developing the software should have given them the rundown of the device’s flaws ahead of time.
The fact that they were trying to identify a dark-skinned African American man using software that repeatedly botched ID’ing dark-skinned African Americans was crucial information that was conveniently left out.
It would have been good to know ahead of time and would have, most likely, changed the course of the whole investigation.
But again, none of that matters because Intelligence should have never let it get that far.
They naively followed a software while putting aside their better judgments.
They refused to use their skills to build a proper case and accepted that Marcus West was the killer.
When West denied any responsibility for the death of two nine-year-old boys, Intelligence attempted to pull a guilty confession from him at all costs by throwing him into County to break him.
I assumed Halstead realized that West was telling the truth.
There was a moment where the two connected and West was so shaken and scared, Halstead should have considered that maybe they nabbed the wrong guy.
Realistically, there is always some evidence against a suspect that they can use to elicit a confession.
Unfortunately, Halstead was too blinded by rage and his desire to pin this on someone that he got the wrong guy killed.
Technology fails often. It should serve as an aid, but it should never replace a case built from the ground up by detectives that are supposed to be the “best in the city.”
The initial crime was brutal. Only a monster could kill two kids in cold blood.
Someone deserved to pay but it shouldn’t have been an innocent man whose only crime was that he was a junkie.
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