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Chicago PD- At Least It’s Justice (1×10)

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How people change the minute you become suspicious of murder! Did Halstead do it? Of course not, but that doesn’t mean people don’t look at him just a little different. Halstead’s badge was revoked by Voight this week after Lonnie Rodinger is found dead. While Halstead’s on a temporary leave of absence, the rest of the intelligence unit is solving the next crime taking the streets of Chicago by storm.

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Halstead’s cheery mood upon entering work quickly changed when he was accused in the murder of Lonnie, the next door neighbor that raped and murdered Ben Corson. While there’s no specific evidence against Halstead, there are pictures that show he followed Lonnie by car a little after 10 p.m, just an hour before he was murdered. Halstead gives up his badge until further notice and faces some temporarily negativity from his collegues Antonio is upset because he brought Halstead into this unit and Voight’s holding him responsible for Halstead’s actions. He confronts him to see if Halstead actually did it. When he realizes he’s innocent, he hands him Lonnie’s file to allow him to do some further investigation on what really happened. Like Voight said, if he can’t find his way out of this murder accusation, he shouldn’t be part of the unit.

Looking through the files, he finds a statement made by Lonnie’s father that Lonnie left home before 10 and he hadn’t seen him since. Except Halstead knows that statement is false because he was tailing Lonnie home at about 10:13 P.M. Halstead confront’s Lonnie’s father and makes him confess to the murder of his sick and disturbed child. Watching the father’s confession was really touching because you can’t help but feel bad for the guy. His whole life he protected his child, stood up for him, only to realize that everyone was right about him. After he found pictures on Lonnie’s computer of young boys about Ben’s age, the two got into a fight and he strangled his son with a belt. Than he took his body and dumped it outside, where police later found it. It must be really heartbreaking to kill you’re own child, but also to live with the fact that you couldn’t help him. And it seems like Halstead actually enjoys the fact that this happened a little bit. While it’s a messed up case for sure, if you look at it through Halstead’s eyes, this is something he’s wanted since Ben got murdered. It’s revenge. It’s justice being served.

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Meanwhile, the rest of the gang was busy taking care of Dr. Elliot’s murder after they found his torso in another Simms car. Basically, Dr. Elliot was going to testify in a case that would incriminate a lawyer, Simms and Johnson. So the lawyer, who made a sex-tape with the men, asked them to kill Elliot so she wouldn’t lose her business. Johnston and Simms were responsible for producing meth in the city. The hunt to find Simms was a difficult one. Homie knew how to outrun the police that’s for sure! During their pursuit, Rozek gets shot in the chest and Lindsey stays behind to help him with the would. Finally,  Antonio pushes Simms off the trucks he’s running on and Voight shoots an unarmed man to keep him from running further. And that’s how it’s done in the corrupted city of Chi ladies and gentleman.

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With one man down, Voight had to use Sumner much to his dismay. Well Sumner proved to be valuable to the team and even made her first arrest. Truthfully, forming a relationship with Voight isn’t the easiest. He doesn’t come off as a friendly, people loving man, especially since he’s suspicious of Sumner. Who is she really working for? Why did they put her in his unit? To watch and spy on him? Sumner doesn’t seem stupid though. She knows how things in this unit work and that sometimes, Voight does things against the rules of the law just to get them done. Plus, she makes a kick-ass addition to a team with only one girl!!! No, a team doesn’t need to be a girl and a guy, two girls working a lead can still make things happened! #Girlpower

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There’s the intelligence unit and the two cops that work with the unit. Burgess helped them out trying to catch Simms at the gun show in Rosemont and was forced to use her weapon; something she’s never actually done before. Isn’t that kind of scary? A police officer whose never used her gun in an actual situation?? How are you policing my streets?!?! Rozek picked up on that and took Burgess out for a beer to explain to her how she can work her way up to intelligence. The chemistry between these two has been forming for a couple of weeks now and it finally happened! They kissed!! Obviously the minute it happened, Burgess felt horrible cause she doesn’t want to be a home-wrecker. Rozek on the other hand didn’t seem to upset or distraught at the fact that he just cheated on his fiancee. I mean, he didn’t insinuate the kiss, but it takes two to tango. Especially because he liked it. Being shot for the first time also made him reevaluate his life. Like does he really want to marry Wendy? I wouldn’t call this a case of cold feet, i’d call this a case of he’s not really in love with his fiancee. It’s also hard for me to feel bad for the other woman when the writers almost never show her. They don’t show what happens when Rozek leaves work, or if he is really lovey with his wife. I understand its a cop show, but I just want to get to know these people on a deeper level.

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Kind of like Lindsey, whose busy making out with Severide after hours. It upsets me a little bit because I was still holding out for Lindsey and Halstead, even though Voight told them a relationship between co-workers was strictly out of the cards. Severide is also a co-worker right? He’s just from the fire fights side! I feel like the only reason this “rule” exists is because Voight thinks of Lindsey as his daughter and isn’t too fond on the man Halstead is. Cross-over episodes are really fun though so if these two are to be together, it’ll be fun seeing them date of both shows occasionally. And while Severide is a charming fellow and seeing Lindsey so into him was refreshing, what happened to his one-night-stand, sleeping with the new receptionist side? Is he really ready to change for her?

Chicago PD has proved to be one of the more effective cop shows. Two things I’d want to see when season 2 rolls around? First off, more personal life exposure (as mentioned above). Secondly, I think it would be a lot more realistic if the intelligence unit took on some longer cases. In real life, do cops really solve every case within 24 hours? I highly doubt it. Yeah, Voight knows everyone in town and uses his resources to the max when he needs to but I still like sometimes, catching the bad guy takes much longer!!! This would help turn the show into more of a procedural, rather than a stand alone episode cop show!


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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 – Is Burgess Ready to Be a Mom? (8×03)

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Chicago PD Tender Age Review Season 8 Episode 3

Intelligence is kicking off 2021 on a high note. 

Following Atwater’s powerful storyline, Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3 shook things up and reminded fans of the good old days when the focus remained largely on the case-of-the-week. 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the team go full-in on a case, especially one as compelling as the murder of Makayla’s entire family. 

While gang retribution was the go-to motive, the case took a surprising twist when it was revealed that all three family members died protecting the little girl from her father, Tareek, who was recently released from prison. 

The case was interesting even without a personal connection, but hinging the plot on a young, innocent girl not only provided an emotional hook, it also allowed the narrative to circle back to Burgess’ miscarriage from Chicago PD Season 7.

Voight was determined to nail down a suspect and get justice for the family, so the “by the book” police reform storyline kind of went out the window. Sometimes, I wonder if the series even remembers the plotlines it’s introducing.

There wasn’t even any reference to Atwater’s situation with the racist cops; it’s almost as if it never happened. 

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However, it was nice to see that Burgess was still dealing with the aftermath of the miscarriage. 

Following such a traumatic experience, Burgess convinced herself that she didn’t want children. It was a tactic to protect herself from getting hurt again.

But after forming a personal connection with Makayla, she began to see the possibilities that she could have it all: a family and a career. 

Her motherly instincts kicked in when she saw that the girl was in danger — motherly instincts she didn’t even know she had. 

It was such a treat to see her in “mama bear”  mode.

Their bond never seemed forced either as Burgess genuinely cared for the young girl and found her purpose in protecting her. She even put her job on the line to ensure that she could stay by Makayla’s side until they found the people hunting her down. 

But it begs the question . . . what happens next? Was this the show’s way of warming everyone up to the idea of a Burzek baby again? 

They already let us down once; I don’t want to get ahead of myself and get my hopes up again. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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Here’s When Last Night’s Episodes of ‘Chicago Med,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Will Premiere

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One Chicago promo ahead of November 11 premiere

Fans of the #OneChicago shows — Chicago Med, Chicago PD, and Chicago Fire –– will have to wait an additional week for new episodes. 

NBC announced that the originally scheduled episodes were postponed from their original premiere date of Wednesday, January 6 to next Wednesday on January 13. 

The network made the decision to preempt the #OneChicago shows with continued breaking news coverage on the chaos at the Capitol after Trump supporters stormed the federal building and delayed the Electoral College vote count.

Yesterday’s premieres marked the show’s return from the winter hiatus. NBC wasn’t the only network to delay originally scheduled programming as ABC and CBS both aired news instead. 

Here are the synopsis for all three shows premiering next week!

Chicago Med:

Dr. Charles and April team up to take on a mysterious patient in the ED; Dr. Halstead is forced to make a life-or-death decision for one of his trial patients; Dr. Marcel is confronted by his past when a former acquaintance is brought into the ED.
 

Chicago Fire:

A mishap on the aerial ladder in the midst of a fire rescue leaves Mouch shaken and questioning his abilities; Kidd looks for support from Severide while Casey and Brett discuss their future.
 

Chicago PD:

Ruzek and Burgess discover a child walking alone in the middle of the street, and when they take her home, they discover that her entire family has been murdered; Upton is approached with a job offer from the FBI.
 


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Chicago PD Review – Kevin Atwater Gives ‘Em Hell (8×02)

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Chicago PD White Knuckle Review Season 8 Episode 2

We’re only two episodes into Chicago PD Season 8 and Atwater is not only carrying the show, but he’s taking it to new heights. 

The way he managed to turn the tables around on Kenny Nolan on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 2 and push his back up against the wall, well, it was beautiful to watch. 

Ever since owning his truth and standing up against racism, Atwater has been bullied and intimidated at every turn. When it began to affect his family, both at home and in Intelligence, he realized he could no longer stand back and wait. 

Nolan was barking orders and hoping to break Atwater, and while he did look paranoid at times, I love that Atwater stood his ground. 

The only way Atwater could regain the upper hand was to play Nolan at his own game. 

I’ve never seen anything more satisfying than Atwater sitting at Nolan’s dining room table giving him a play-by-play of how he’d go out of his way to ruin his whole life if he didn’t back down. 

When I say it may be the best scene on television that I’ve ever seen, I truly mean it. 

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The good guys don’t always win, but this time, the right guy did. No one messes with Atwater. 

Atwater channeled his inner-Voight, but he did so in a way without using his fists.

The look of defeat on Nolan’s face was priceless. 

Obviously, the back-and-forth between Atwater and Nolan couldn’t go on forever, but I was curious to see how the series would go about resolving it. 

For a moment, I was terrified that the only solution would be for Atwater to give up his badge or accept that his career would never advance, but all those options included Atwater giving up and throwing in the towel. 

And Voight was right — the moment Atwater stopped being a cop is the moment they would have won. 

With the roles reversed, Atwater has successfully proven that he will always stand up for what he believes in. 

He’s making a change, albeit small, but it’s a step in the right direction. 

And if any good is to come of this “new world,” then it better be karma hitting Nolan square in the forehead. 

Atwater won the battle against the racist cops, but unfortunately, he’s still losing the battle on the home front.

The scene with the kids refusing to take a basketball from him was heartbreaking, but hopefully, by doing the job differently, he’ll make an impact that will lead to further positive changes. 

The fight is far from over, but at least these kids have a good one looking out for them. 

The purest thing on Chicago PD is the bromance between Ruzek and Atwater. 

I know that they said everyone has Atwater’s back, and it’s true in theory, but Ruzek took an actual bullet for Atwater. 

And then his reaction was basically “no sweat, bro.” It was solid. 

Though, the whole situation with patrol not responding was disturbing. 

No one man should have enough power to bark such an order and endanger the lives of his blue brothers.

I wish more patrol stood up to Nolan, just as I wish there was more love given to Atwater from the rest of Intelligence. 

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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