Well, there’s no turning back now.
After a rocky season, Chicago PD went out with a bang!
On Chicago PD Season 6 Episode 22, Intelligence faced off against soon-to-be Mayor Kelton and it was brutal from start to finish.
Kelton’s rise to the top didn’t just threaten Intelligence’s existence, it also threated to end Ruzek’s career.
The IRT and Internal Affairs was closing in on Ruzek for covering up a murder done by Antonio while he was high.
The most frustrating thing about this episode had to be Voight’s inability to learn from the past.
Though the case was different than what happened with Alvin Olinsky, we’ve been here before.
The odds were stacked against Intelligence from the getgo.
Just like in Olinsky’s case, Intelligence was playing catch-up and operating from a place of fear and anger.
And the end result? Ruzek behind bars.
And know what happens to cops in jail. It doesn’t end well.
Voight didn’t have much of a plan to clear Ruzek and Antonio nor did he get any input from the rest of the team.
He just assumed they would fall in line because of blind loyalty, but it’s unfair to ask them to sabotage their own careers without giving them the full story.
When all is said and done, they would be the one to pick up the pieces.
Since none of Voight’s extreme measures worked, someone handled the situation by killing Kelton, the newly elected Mayor.
I bet Upton regrets saying that “Kelton’s time of reckoning” was coming.
I say someone because it’s unclear who committed the crime. Was it Voight or Antonio? Or is someone framing them both?
Maybe it was Brennan. That would at least give her character some kind of meaning.
However, the “who-dun-it” boils down to two Intelligence members.
Voight mentioned he was going to Kelton’s place right before while Antonio popped a pill sometime before the killing.
They both had a motive as they were boxed into a corner, though I’m leaning towards Antonio being the one who pulled the trigger.
Upon meeting his CI, the guy mentioned that if you hang around criminals long enough, you become them.
I found it was a weird thing to say regardless of Antonio’s current predicament, but looking back at it, I realize it could have been massive foreshadowing that Antonio was about to do something wildly out of character.
Antonio then watched Ruzek nobly take the fall for him.
Say what you want about Ruzek, but Ruzek is a team player who risked his career and his future to help out one of his own.
He took his arrest in stride while Antonio couldn’t even bring himself to own up to his mistakes.
Antonio could have stepped in and done something since he did have something to use against Heller, but instead, he sat back quietly because he refused to bring Heller’s family into it.
Ruzek surely doesn’t deserve to go down any of this.
Read the full review at TV Fanatic!
Chicago PD Review – Trouble Dolls (8×13)
It’s been a rough season for Kim Burgess, but after Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 13, it seems like things are finally starting to look up for her.
Any time an episode focuses on Burgess, you know it’s going to be good.
Marina Squerciati continues to deliver outstanding performances on both a personal and professional level for Burgess.
The episode had it all: it touched upon Burgess’s work-life balance, addressed Makayla’s struggles with adjusting to her new life, and dealt Burgess and Ruzek’s falling out following the fight on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 10.
It’s almost as if the writers read our concerns and addressed the storylines we’ve been wanting to see.
It also shows that the series can juggle storylines that tackle both the personal and professional aspects of a character’s life in one episode.
Now, let’s give everyone a life outside of work because it allows for stronger storylines all around.
Initially, Burgess and Makayla’s home life seemed pretty great (how cute was that little at-home play?), but soon, it became clear that Makayla was suffering trauma as a result of what happened in her life.
I’m so glad the series didn’t just gloss over that part because it would’ve been unrealistic.
Makayla watched her whole family get murdered by the father that also hunted her down. That’s not something you just get over.
She may not fully comprehend the weight of what happened, but she’ll feel the effects of that loss for the rest of her life.
And while it’s great that she has someone in her corner like Burgess who wants to protect her and make her feel safe and loved, there’s no denying that Burgess’s job is dangerous.
As the therapist pointed out, Burgess may leave her work life at the door, but Makayla has seen her with a gun.
To some extent, she knows that if something were to happen to Burgess, she’s all alone once again.
Burgess is her person.
Burgess was in denial by thinking that she didn’t need to assign a custodial guardian for Makayla.
Deep down inside, she wanted to pretend that everything would be okay, but she was ignoring the fact that she has a high-risk job.
Every time that she responds to a call — in uniform or not — she’s putting her life at risk.
I love that the emotionally heartbreaking case helped Burgess make the right decision.
She had a close call with a suspect after a bullet gently grazed her jacket, but it was a brutal reminder that the situation could’ve been much worse.
Intelligence deals with the toughest cases and pursues the worst criminals, and Burgess’s life is always on the line.
After everything that Makayla has been through, she deserves a backup.
And there’s no one more fitting than Ruzek.
We knew he would be Burgess’s go-to — after all, he was going to be the father of her child — but it still allowed for a tender moment between the two and what seemed like the beginning of a reconciliation.
Even though Burgess questioned Ruzek’s character, which strained the foundation of their relationship, we knew he would say yes.
He’s always there for Burgess because they have an unbreakable bond.
Chicago PD Review – Due Process (8×12)
Finally, an episode dedicated entirely to Voight!
First thing’s first, Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 12 was a brutal reminder to always make sure you’re getting into the correct rideshare.
Always check the license plate and share your location with friends! You can never be too careful.
The case-heavy episode found Intelligence pursuing a serial rapist and killer that was recently released from jail.
And it gave us Voight at his best.
Despite every bone in his body telling him to throw Caleb Hoff into a cage and mess him up, Voight remained calm (for the most part) and level-headed, which allowed him to put the guy away for good.
Kenny’s car can’t say the same, but it’s better if Voight unloads his frustration out on an object rather than a person in this case.
Intelligence had to be very careful with how they handled the case because Hoff recently won a lawsuit against the city for police misconduct.
The detective working his case, Lisa Martinez, used force on his roommate to search his room and get evidence, which obviously meant that his case was thrown out.
Police brutality is never encouraged, but this was an example of a situation where the monster walked free because of a technicality.
Chicago PD Review & Interview – Tracy Spiridakos on Big #Upstead Moment (8×11)
Upton’s childhood trauma bubbled up to the surface on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 11.
This isn’t the first time the series has touched upon Upton’s past, but audiences were able to get a better grasp at the hell she went through while growing up in a household of domestic abuse.
Up until now, she never fully confronted how it affected her into adulthood.
On Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3, Upton couldn’t even bring herself to visit her father after he suffered a heart attack.
The truth is, she’s been running from her past for her whole life, but the trauma has finally caught up with her and it’s significantly affecting every aspect of her life including her career and her promising, new relationship.
And she’s beginning to realize that if she lets this bruised part of herself continue to get in the way, it could jeopardize everything she’s ever cared about.
The case was solid with or without an anchor to Upton’s personal life as the outcome wasn’t obvious. Also, how gruesome was that scene of the mother with her teeth pulled out and her fingertips burnt off?
Upton responded to a call that involved a young child who has endured a lifetime of emotional and physical abuse.
She immediately felt drawn to the little girl, Becca, as she saw herself in her pained yet hopeful face.
And Upton went to great lengths to help her. On one hand, her determination played a key role in solving the case, but on the other hand, it was dangerous because she was willing to break the rules and go against Voight’s orders.
Since she was fueled by emotion, she wasn’t thinking clearly, which made it easy for her to misstep and cross a line.
Throughout the episode, I wanted to shake Upton and tell her to snap out of it, but she was so focused. It almost felt like she thought she could save herself by saving Becca.
Coming from a dysfunctional family gives Upton good instincts. Her personal involvement in the case is largely the reason Intelligence found Becca in time.
However, it also forced her to reassess her approach.
After her heart-to-heart with Voight, Upton realized that she couldn’t go on like this and pretend that her past wasn’t seeping into her present.
A childhood fueled by control, manipulation, betrayal, and abuse also made it hard for Upton to form a real connection with another person.
Even before she took on the case, Upton bolted right after Halstead said the L-word.
While it’s a huge moment in their relationship, for Upton, it was a trigger because she’s only ever known a dysfunctional level of love.
Whenever someone would say “I love you,” there was always a catch. So, when Halstead said it, she was waiting for the other foot to drop.
Instead of allowing herself to get hurt, she wanted to beat him to the punch and run the other way.
That’s why her eventual decision to open up to Halstead and be vulnerable and transparent about her fears and insecurities was a huge step.
I love that Halstead didn’t try to “fix” Upton; He simply listened to what she needed while promising to be patient and stay by her side.
I wasn’t completely sold on #TeamUpstead prior to this episode because I’m used to the relationships on this series crumbling for one reason or another, but I’m digging the direction that this is going in.
Not every relationship starts in the honeymoon phase, and it’s clear Halstead cares enough about her to support her and help her get to a good point.
Hopefully, the series continues with the storyline and doesn’t drop Upton’s emotional turmoil.
We don’t need a whole episode dedicated to her working through her issues, but it would be nice to see some continuity whenever #Upstead’s relationship gets future screen time.
We got to chat with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays Hailey Upton, about the game-changing episode!
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