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Chicago PD Review – Blood Relation (9×14)

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Can someone say unnecessary emotional rollercoaster?!

Yes, I said unnecessary because what the hell was that ending, Chicago PD?

I’m really hoping that it’s some sick and twisted dream because wow.

This was not needed everything that Burgess and Makayla have been through. 

Burgess has lost a child, nearly died on multiple occasions, and now, she’s finally found some happiness with Makyala who really needed some stability in her life.

Burgess and Ruzek, and their unconventional family, gave her that. 

They also fought like hell to prove to the courts that Makayla was right where she belonged. They did everything right and won. It was time to celebrate, and yet, when they walk into the apartment, they find find their babysitter Gabby gutted and bleeding out on the ground and Makayla nowhere to be found. 

Honestly, what the hell? And can I say, I’m so glad it wasn’t Makayla bleeding out like I thought it was at first. 

The writers of Chicago PD cannot let a single character have a moment of happiness. 

They give us an inch with Burgess’s powerful speech about her bond with Makayla and the victory kiss with Adam in which she referred to Mac as “our daughter,” and then they pulled it right from under them. From under Burgess, who doesn’t deserve any of this. She’s a good person, a good mom, a good cop. Let her breathe. Ugh. 

At some point, it’s going to be hard to justify why, after all this pain and suffering, she still chooses to return to Intelligence. Only a crazy person would keep enduring this level of insanity willingly, especially when it costs them their personal safety and the safety of their family. 

And unfortunately, it takes away from a pretty badass moment in which Burgess proved, without so much as lifting a finger, that it’s totally possible for a woman to have both a demanding career and still be a good mother. In one fell swoop, Burgess proved that her desire to have a family she couldn’t come at the expense of being an ambitious woman and a good cop. 

Burgess not only proved that she could do it all, she proved that she had the heart and the courage to be a white cop with a Black kid in Chicago. 

No one can ignore the issues of race, but the thing is, it didn’t need to be brought up for Burgess to know it existed. She’s not naive or in denial — she’s very much aware of the dynamic and wants to give Makayla the necessary experiences as a young Black woman. When she didn’t know how to do her hair, sure, it gave her a bit of a pause, but then she immediately called Kevin and got someone that could do it right. 

Burgess isn’t blind to the reality, but she doesn’t let it define her either because at the end of the day, their bond is unbreakable. She’s good for Makayla, and she’ll always put her first. 

And I’m glad the series addressed the situation of getting Makayla’s hair done because it allowed for a genuine moment when it comes to mixed-race families while also allowing us to experience Uncle Kevin at his finest. 

It was such a great moment between Burgess and Atwater. He’s always been in her corner; and he’s always just one phone call away. 

It’s unfortunate that the courts wanted to come after Burgess by attacking her person. When they couldn’t break her down by pointing out the difference in race, they came after her by questioning if she’s fit to be a mother. It’s insulting. 

No disrespect to Theo because I know he simply wanted to win this case, but on what grounds? The courts might value blood relatives over anyone else, but Makayla doesn’t even know these people. And she’s built a real and full life with Burgess and Ruzek. The only people that are confused about that seem to be Theo and his wife. 

Even the courts acknowledged that it wouldn’t make sense to uproot Mac’s life now while she was doing so well and in the hands of people who truly loved her. 

Mac’s presence has given Burgess strength on countless occasions to pull through and persevere, including the case of the week. 

With all these strides being made, it just felt like the final scene undid all that progress. 

And it only makes sense that Jackie is responsible. She’s been brainwashed into thinking that someone was after her family. 

She went along with being the getaway car for all those killings because she thought the men were coming after her family.

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And now, Burgess did come after her family. More specifically, she killed Micah, the man that pulled her off the cliff. 

In a twisted way, it would only make sense if she came after Burgess’s family in retaliation. It’s a sort of eye-for-an-eye moment. 

Though, if it is Jackie, it’s concerning that she was able to find Burgess’s address that easily. And it’s even more concerning that none of those women had to undergo therapy after all the trauma they endured. 

I know they were brainwashed into thinking that they were in danger, but someone should check them out before releasing them back home to their families, right?

Micah is dead, so he can’t be a suspect. The other girl didn’t have as much of an impact on the case despite carrying out the brutal slayings, and it doesn’t seem like Uncle Theo would have it in him, even if his brother is a cold blooded killer who killed Mac’s whole family. Plus, it would be too obvious, I think. Though, I don’t put anything past anyone. 

The case of the week was disturbing even before that final heart-wrenching twist. 

When it was revealed after the second murder that the serial killer might be a woman, I’ll admit I was kind of intrigued since it’s very rare in this situation to have the woman as the killer. 

However, that was short-lived when it was revealed that the real killer was still a manipulative man, and that he was simply just brainwashing these women to carry out his acts. 

And at the end, the one thread connecting all these victims was the fact that they did their jobs and wronged Micah at some point in his life. 

While the case was exceptional, I wish the series would just allow Burgess and Ruzek to live happily ever after with their daughter. 

Why are they forcing them to endure so much trauma?

This just proves something that’s unfortunately not true — that Makayla is never safe with Burgess as her mother because her job is too dangerous. 

Honestly, I wouldn’t put it past Uncle Theo to hire someone to commit the crime so that he could prove his point in court. He totally seems like a sore loser. He was creepy enough to approach Mac at school without making any previous contact. Something about the whole situation just doesn’t sit well with me.

Either way, I hope this doesn’t change the fact that Makayla is best when she’s with Burgess and Ruzek. 

Chicago PD always has to throw a curve, and while I appreciate it, maybe it’s time to put this storyline to rest and focus on some of the other characters. 

At the same time, can we stop exploiting every character’s trauma over and over again? Especially Burgess’s biggest fear as a mother! We already played to all of her motherly insecurities, but yet we somehow have to keep ripping off the bandaid more and more. 

Moral of the story — find Mac, bring her home, and quite possibly put her in witness protection. 

And let her have a happy moment with her mom and dad, Ruzek and Burgess, who may just finally get back together once and for all. 

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Chicago PD Review Season 11 Episode 8 – On Paper

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I’ll take extremely frustrating Chicago PD episodes for $500. 

Because yeah, Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 8 was the definition of the word frustrating. The issue wasn’t with the storyline, as it was strong and kept viewers on their toes, but it was the characters’ poor decisions that made you let out a deep groan. 

If your infant goes missing, you damn well better tell the police everything you know and everything that can help them locate your child. The secrecy was irritating because it hindered any developments, plus, they seemed to think they’d be able to hide something from a unit of dedicated detectives. 

The truth always comes out, so when they located the infant’s kidnapper and found a picture of Trent, the father was forced to confess that he was—and still is—a serial cheater. 

If that wasn’t bad enough, the parents then came clean about the fact that they left their teeny tiny daughter home alone for a few hours while the mom confronted her cheating husband during one of his dates. I mean, just give these people the award for “Terrible Parents of the Year” because they deserve it. 

Regardless of the parents’ actions, Intelligence, with Hailey Upton in the lead, worked tirelessly to bring sweet little innocent Grace home. 

Once they learned of Trent’s affair with Terry—which resulted in a pregnancy and forced abortion—they had a motive for the kidnapping. The good news is that Grace was never in too much danger as Terry really wanted the girl and cared for her, however, anyone who has it in them to kidnap a child is also unhinged and their behavior is unpredictable so you have to approach with caution.

A huge focus of the storyline was Upton’s team-up with Petrovic, the SVU detective who assisted on Noah’s case, whose expertise was supposed to help them find Grace quicker. Instead, it proved to be a distraction as Upton quickly sniffed out that something was wrong and a whiff of her water bottle proved it: Petrovic liked desk duty because she was boozing it up at work. 

She’s essentially a high-functioning alcoholic, which, for most people, is a clear red flag, but even after Upton confronted her about it (that was big of her because she could’ve just reported it to Voight), she dismissed her behavior and made it clear that she wouldn’t be seeking out help, nor did she think there was any need for an intervention. She even went as far as comparing it to running, which just shows you how delusional she is. 

It put Upton in a really difficult spot as, I’d imagine, she’s legally obligated to report it. How will she handle it moving forward? Will this be the catalyst for her to leave Intelligence behind and get a fresh slate (so she doesn’t end up like Petrovic, who said she had 3 divorces in the past)? I don’t see Upton as the kind of person who turns a blind eye, especially as it poses a risk for those she works with. 

She may be “one of the best” in her field, but she can’t continue on like this for too long. 

Thankfully, when she took the shot to save Upton at the train station when Terry pointed a gun at Upton, it was a good and justified shot, but it could’ve ended way worse. 

Voight is still recovering from losing Noah and seems frustrated with the lack of progress on the case of figuring out the serial killer’s identity, but that’ll be the focus of a future episode. 

And next week, we’ll see Torres’ poor decision of pursuing a romantic relationship with his mark play out. How will it end for him?

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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Chicago PD Review Season 11 Episode 7 – A Death Rattles Intelligence… and Voight

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Well, that’s truly a disappointment. 

Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 7 focused on Voight’s quest to find the serial killer in Chicago who targeted Noah Gorman, the teen who was now staying with him and working through his trauma. 

But despite Voight’s best efforts, he couldn’t keep Noah safe—and he was no closer to finding the killer in question. 

There was some momentum on the case when a beat cop found a barrel floating by the lake with two bodies inside, both of their eyes pried open just like Noah’s when Voight found him. 

The victims, two sisters named Izzy and Maria, led the team to a “john,” who admitted to seeing Izzy’s abduction happen in realtime. In fact, he even filmed it as a security measure, however, nothing about the person in question was distinguishable, just like in the video of Noah’s violent kidnapping. 

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The serial killer’s meticulous nature, knowledge of avoiding cameras, and clean crime scenes make this investigation even harder to crack, though everyone—including Detective Petrovic (SVU detective played by Bojana Novakovic, who, spoiler alert, Hailey Upton is rather suspicious of in the next episode)—feels confident that they’ve made some headway when they find a nexus between Noah’s partner, Paul, and Izzy. Both were sex workers whose case came across Judge Balen’s desk. 

Judge Balen definitely wasn’t clean as they found questionable photos of minors in his home during a raid, but he wasn’t the head honcho that Voight hoped he would be. It was, unfortunately, a false lead, and as they pursued it, the real perpetrator was luring Noah to his death. 

I don’t think there’s a person watching who doesn’t feel sorry for Noah for all that he’s been through. His abduction was the stuff of nightmares, especially when he revealed that the kidnapper forced him to call the person he loved most in the world, Paul, and when he arrived, tortured him until he died. Noah’s been carrying around the guilt of essentially luring Paul to his death and then leaving him behind, despite not having another choice. 

But I think we can all agree that it’s incredibly frustrating to see Noah then turn around and get lured into a death trap in the same exact way that he was forced to lure in Paul. Noah should’ve known better, but he was blinded by his trauma and his grief, paired with a hope that maybe this was a silver lining and Paul was able to break free and they could be reunited again. 

Sadly, their reunion came as they were both dumped into a body of water in an oil barrel. The disappointment and heartache of seeing Noah dead in that barrel is one that will stick with viewers for a long time—and it will likely do a number on Voight, who grew attached to the boy and wanted so badly to help him and bring justice. Voight couldn’t babysit Noah 24/7, but it’s especially upsetting that Noah used the phone Voight gave him to reach out to Paul, thus giving the serial killer a direct line of contact to him.

The killer didn’t hesitate as he benefitted from tying up loose ends. Paul admitted that he never saw the perps face, but he was, as far as we know, the only person who ever escaped from him and could’ve been the source of his demise. After all, his escape triggered a massive police search, with Voight showing no intention of stopping, particularly in light of Noah’s death. Rumors are floating that we’ll see Voight go back to his old form of classic, ruthless, Voight, and personally, with the way the world is now, I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. 

While watching the episode, I was desperately wishing for Noah’s story to have a different ending, but alas, the survivor’s guilt was too strong and it got the best of him.

It seemed as though the cops pulled out a few other oil barrels, likely filled with bodies of lovers, as the serial killer was targeting those with a close connection and then forcing the soulmates to watch each other die a slow death. It’s incredibly deranged, and as far as Chicago PD storylines go, it may be one of the darkest ever. 

However, additional victims mean additional information that they can use to cross-reference and get closer to their suspect. Maybe the Judge is also able to help as he’s connected to two of the victims thus far—it’s possible he knows more or saw something.

As for the new detective, it’s unclear why she raised any suspicion within Upton, but I’d hate to think that she had anything to do with Noah’s case. That being said, it’s been underscored that the serial killer knows a lot about the law and is likely someone who is organized, has a good job, and above average intelligence, so the net is wide open.

What did you think about the episode? Are you liking the continuation of storylines from one episode to another?

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Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 6 Review – Survival

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Chicago PD came through again, this time with a rare gem that focused on Voight. 

I say rare because while Voight plays an integral part of the series, he’s rarely ever the sole focus of the case in such a way that we actually see him dominating the screen for most of the 45-minute episode. 

And, on top of that, the episode ended without Voight and the team finding the suspect, which also allows for another multi-episode angle to play out and keep viewers invested. 

Voight’s carefree night took a turn when he overheard a beeping sound in an alleyway and found traces of blood belonging to a young man named Noah, who he saw getting violently kidnapped by an offender in nearby surveillance footage. 

Without much to go off of, Intelligence worked together to try to build a case and save Noah before it was too late. Since they found a baggie of party drugs near the scene of the abduction, they linked it to a dealer in the area whom Chapman, coincidentally, has tried to nab a handful of times. 

The dealer’s MO is to abduct those who stiff him, break their legs, and then dump them back at the place where he sells as part of his warning. 

However, after locating the car that kidnapped Noah, they found the young man in dire conditions after he was abused—stabbed six times and had his eyes stapled open (one of the most horrifying sights I’ve ever seen on television, might I add)—which indicated that this was the work of someone else entirely. 

Even when Noah identified his dealer in a lineup, Voight wasn’t convinced as he knew he simply did it to get them off of his back. Chapman, who offered to help Voight on the case, wasn’t pleased with the idea of letting a violent criminal that they’ve been pursuing walk away based on a hunch, so she went above Voight to get him arrested. 

Still, Voight knew that they were going after the wrong man, so he milked him for any information about Noah. 

Noah’s situation was a heartbreaking one as he was a lone wolf in the city on his own after his family turned on him when he came out as gay. When Voight made contact with them, Noah’s mother essentially said Noah deserved what happened to him and that she didn’t want updates because he was no longer their son. I can’t even imagine a mother saying something so cruel, especially when her son was missing and brutally tortured. How could you not want to know if he survived? It broke my heart—and it broke Voight’s heart, which is why he dedicated himself to the case so strongly. 

He knew that whatever Noah went through was personal, which was confirmed further when he realized that the suspect they were looking for had been stalking the boy for months, ever since he arrived in Chicago. This was a planned and calculated attack, but they had no suspects to work off of, which didn’t make it easy. 

It’s likely one of the main reasons why Voight took Noah in after he was discharged from the hospital. He needed Noah to feel safe and comfortable enough to open up so that they could finally catch this monster and put him behind bars. However, Voight also felt a personal connection to Noah, who reminded him a lot of his late son, Justin, and he felt for the kid since he had nowhere to go and no one to lean on. It’s not exactly all that shocking that an Intelligence member connected with someone on the case as we previously saw Burgess and Ruzek adopt Makayla after her parents were brutally murdered, however, it does sort of cross the line into getting too personally connected. Chapman seemed concerned with Voight’s decision, but only time will tell if he made the right one. 

If I had to wager a guess, I’d say Noah knows who his abuser is, but he’s not saying anything because he’s scared and traumatized since it’s someone that he cares about. Since we know the attack wasn’t random—and everyone who did come in contact with him explained that he didn’t have friends or make many connections with anyone—it has to be someone from home. Maybe someone like his brother or a friend whom he confided in. 

This is one of those lingering cases that we will revisit in future episodes, but it has so much promise. Voight’s seen a lot during his tenure in Chicago, but even he seemed completely shaken by what Noah endured. 

And will the series ever make any positive moves with Voight and Chapman? It’s clear that there’s something between them that goes beyond their workplace friendship. 

What did you think of the episode? Who do you think Noah’s attacker is?

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