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Chicago PD Review – Voight’s Plan Gets Foiled by Staples & He’s Not Happy (7×17)

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Before the Fall" Episode 717 -- Pictured: (l-r) LaRoyce Hawkins as Kevin Atwater, Stephen Louis Grush as Paul Staples, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight, Lisseth Chavez as Vanessa Rojas -- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC)

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You do not, I repeat, do not want to upset Hank Voight. Ever.

But that’s exactly what Paul Staples from homicide did on Chicago PD Season 7 Episode 17.

Staples didn’t give off the impression that he was a newbie, but what established professional (in homicide, of all things) has no knowledge of Voight, the power he wields in this city, or how he gets things done?

Voight knows everyone, and everyone knows Voight.

Staples’ actions made him look green and unprofessional and gave him zero credibility from the get-go.

Frank Rochester, Voight’s good friend and CI during the episode, said that the cause of death was male ego. He was referring to himself with that statement and how he triggered Lamar, but it perfectly summarized Staples’ actions.

Staples came onto the scene thinking he could call the shots. He proved that when he grabbed Voight’s arm and said: “who do you think you are.”

That was mistake number one. We all knew it was over for him. Staples, who do you think you are?

He didn’t just make a bad impression on Voight and his team, but he was also in it for the wrong reasons.

He was motivated by personal reasons as he explained one of his CI’s was killed in the part of town where the shooting took place, and this was his way of getting revenge.

But his biggest flub was that he disrespected and undermined Voight’s authority by blowing the cover.

Voight has dealt with some straight-up buffoons in his long career, but Staples was quite frankly the most irritating.

I think I speak for the #OneChicago fandom when I say he had it coming. I even read some tweets that said “punch him again,” and I can’t argue with that.

The punch Voight threw was so well deserved especially after Staples tried to justify his actions and dared to say that the only thing that mattered was that they made the arrest.

I don’t know where this dude got his training, but the arrest is not the end all be all, at least, not in Voight’s unit; it’s only a teeny, tiny, small chunk of it.

Voight has a responsibility to his CI and whoever is undercover, which in this case was Atwater.

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

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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. 

Atwater versus the police - Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 2

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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Chicago PD Review – Fighting Ghosts (8×01)

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Intelligence is back in action, but things are looking a bit different on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 1.

Despite ending prematurely due to COVID-19, Chicago PD Season 7 segued perfectly into the police reform storyline brought upon by the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

On PD, Shawn Paige, the man gunned down by Doyle, is Chicago’s version of Floyd and allows the series to navigate the murky waters of Black cops versus the blue wall. 

The episode led to some very heavy yet important conversations that made it clear that doing the “right” thing was going to test everyone’s limits this season.

Atwater faces the biggest challenge, but per usual, Laroyce Hawkins bravely stepped up to the challenge and nailed every scene. 

I’ve likely said this before, but I really mean it this time — give this man all the awards! 

It’s clear that sticking to his original statement was the right thing to do because he’s telling the truth despite the pushback from Doyle’s crew, who view Atwater’s decision of painting Doyle as the aggressor in Paige’s death as being a “snitch.”

Apparently, there’s nothing worse than turning on your fellow brothers in blue. 

Except that they had no problem turning on him when they assumed he crossed the line and broke the code.

Ruzek wasn’t lying when he said Doyle’s crew played dirty. Not only did they jump Atwater to send a message, but they also planted heroin in his car. 

Thankfully, he found it before it landed him in hot water, but all these antics tell you everything you need to know about these good and respectable cops. 

It would have been nice if others stood united with Atwater and acknowledged that he wasn’t just doing what he “thought” was right, but rather, doing what was right. 

Atwater can’t be the only one who realizes that things need to change. 

He can’t be the only one to ever deal with racist cops and feel cornered because there’s corruption in every department. 

He can’t be the only one who hurts to see his own people suffer at the hands of injustice. 

The only person who seemed to have Atwater’s back was Ruzek, which was comforting to see, but it didn’t do much in terms of protecting Atwater. 

He’s tough, but he shouldn’t have to fight this battle alone. 

Even Voight tried to sway him into altering his statement, and while it seemed to come from a place of real concern, it’s not what Atwater needed or wanted from his Sergeant. 

Atwater is clearly ready to fight. He’ll do whatever it takes to bring about change and expose not only dirty cops but dirty tactics. 

I mean, did you see the way he stood up to Voight and put him in his place? 

In the heat of the moment, Voight would have thrown everything away. His anger got the best of him, but if he resorted to throwing Miguel in the cage, he wouldn’t have been any better than the bad guys that he’s trying to put away. 

Voight will have the hardest time with these new world adjustments. 

Read the entire review at TV Fanatic! 


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WATCH: #OneChicago Teams Tackle COVID-19 in New Promo Ahead of November 11

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Wednesday’s most watched dramas are planning their epic return. 

Ahead of the November 11 premiere for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD, NBC revealed a teaser that shows the heroes tackling COVID-19 headfirst. 

“When this community hurts, when it reaches out its hand, we pull it to its feet, and we respond,” Battalion Chief Wallace Boden states in the promo.

Med’s doctors jump into action as April tells  ex Choi that she has to put her life on the line to help patients who are “sick, frightened, and alone.”

Fire’s paramedic’s Brett and Mackey respond to a house call and run into some trouble when a man points a gun at them. 

Meanwhile, PD’s Atwater deals with the fallout of “snitching” on the police. While he explains he was doing “the right thing,” the white cops don’t seem to agree as Ray threatens to take his badge. 

Check it out below: 

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