I repeat, Atwater.
Laroyce Hawkins is the gift that keeps on giving. He’s the pulse of Chicago PD and deserves way more screentime than he’s given.
The man acts with his whole soul, no matter the storyline. Even when the writers do him a disservice by introducing yet another terrible love interest and a romantic storyline that’s bound to go sideways, he still manages to deliver in a gripping, compelling, and emotional performance.
There has never been an Atwater-centric storyline that has fallen flat. He may not get as much screentime as his co-stars, but he outshines them all by barely lifting a finger.
This is my public plea to give Atwater what he deserves and more!
I don’t know how Atwater’s conscience is going to survive this disaster of a storyline. If Celeste wasn’t a potential love interest, this storyline would’ve been A+, but making her someone that Atwater has feelings for was an unfortunate choice.
Why does his romantic life always have to be entangled with his career? He already struggles with the weight of being a Black cop and the looks and sneers he gets from his community, a community that thinks he’s betraying them. But now to hear it from someone he cares about makes it even worse.
Especially because in this situation, he actually did betray her trust in order to catch the murderers.
Atwater should’ve been honest with Celeste from the get-go. And if he didn’t want to be the moment he met her, he should’ve never proposed working her to find out information.
It proves that Atwater is a loyal cop, but at what cost?
He attempted to use his power to help Lewis and eventually Eric, but the situation was way beyond him.
Celeste’s comments about two black cops being there when Lewis was shot and doing nothing about it, but that wasn’t the truth at all.
Atwater tried his damn best to protect Lewis from a system that’s set up against them. He tried to get Lewis out of it. He personally escorted him to prison so that he could give him advice.
He never could’ve seen Eric coming out of nowhere and shooting his friend point-blank.
Atwater made a good point when Lewis called him a sellout — what would have the narrative been if there hadn’t been a Black man advocating for him? What if there were no Black cops trying to evoke real change?
The pressure, unfortunately, falls solely on Atwater’s back on Chicago PD, but my hope is that Atwater is just the embodiment of many other Black cops (and cops in general) who want things to change for the better.
Was Lewis an accomplice? Yes. Did he know what he was getting into? Yes. But he also didn’t have much of a choice.
He was stuck in a pattern of violence known to many diverse, low-income neighborhoods. He was doing everything he could to survive, and that should’ve been noted in his files.
How can you try a 15-year-old as an adult when he felt like the world was against him and he would have died if he disobeyed the person that had control over them?
Lewis needed someone to have his back and give him a second chance — he didn’t need to be sent to prison for life.
At the end of the day, I think everyone knew that Atwater’s choices were sound. He has a responsibility to the badge, but that doesn’t mean he can’t try to make things better for his own people.
I think if he was upfront with Celeste about that, she might see his point of view. It’s a slim chance considering he used her when she put all her trust into him, but at least Atwater would’ve had a clear conscience.
Instead, he sat there feeling a whole world of guilt as Celeste called him a good and apologized for dragging him into this mess.
It was truly hard to watch. Plus, it didn’t feel authentic to Atwater. He may feel conflicted about his position, but he’s always been real. He knows what the right thing is no matter how hard the circumstances, so it’s uncharacteristic of him to sit there and lie to this woman when she’s being vulnerable with him.
He was scared to lose her since he knows he found a good one, but this is no way to start a promising and lasting relationship.
It’s only going to go downhill from here because Atwater won’t be able to lie to her for long.
There’s nothing worse than being lied to. Even if the truth is ugly, being lied to is even uglier.
At this point, it’s clear that in order for Atwater to have an honest romantic relationship, he needs to meet someone in his line of work that understands his struggle but also his desire to do better.
If not a cop, it needs to be a doctor or a nurse whose career is just as crucial and who uses her platform to better the community.
I seriously thought that Atwater’s next love interest would be the cop sister of Dylan from Chicago Med.
Wouldn’t that make the most sense?
Otherwise, Atwater needs to find a balance between being an activist and a cop — if there is one.
Also, is it possible that Atwater can get a storyline that doesn’t continue repeating itself? The conflict between being Black and the badge is understandable, but there’s so much more to Kevin Atwater that we can explore!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you digging Atwater’s most recent storyline?
Let us know in the comments, Chicago PD fans!
Chicago PD Review – Deadlocked (1016)
Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 16 took it back to the basics—the dark and gritty vibe, the cage, and Voight going rogue for all the right reasons.
And that was all part of the plan—Jesse Lee Soffer’s plan, that is. The actor, who played Jay Halstead for 10 seasons, jumped into the director’s seat, told Hello that he wanted the episode to have an “old school PD vibe.” And that it did. There’s honestly no one who knows the show better than the man who has been on set making the magic happen in front of the screen for a decade.
It’s safe to say, Halstead’s first time directing was impressive, delivering yet another compelling hour of television—and cementing my belief that this truly is one of Chicago PD’s strongest seasons to date.
There was also something so poetic about putting Voight at the center of it all and giving him his own badass moment that involved him taking down two of Arturo Morales’ henchmen singlehandedly, bringing Julia back home, and ensuring that he sought the case through from beginning to end—with Morales finally getting what was coming to him and seeing a life sentence.
Once the jury verdict was announced, you could tell Morales was frazzled as he was sure that he had it in the bag. Little did he know, Voight was on the case, and unlike ASA Chapman, he was willing to bend the rules to get the right outcome.
It’s why Hank Voight has withstood the test of time—despite some questionable approaches over the years—as the hero that Chicago not only wants but needs. For the most part, he makes the city a better and safer place. He gets the bad guys any way that he can. The reputation that he has is there for a reason, and while many might not agree with his decisions and tactics, he’s also respected for a reason. He’s resourceful and provides results, and isn’t that what you want from the men protecting you?
Some of the best episodes of PD are when they go off-book. It might not always be what’s right in the eyes of the law, but it is what allows them to do the job that they are so good at. Why would he want to blow his own operation before he even had a shot at proving himself? If he went by the book, he would’ve cemented Julia’s fate and Morales’ case would’ve been rescheduled, allowing for the possibility that justice would never be served and that a dangerous and violent man with zero regard for other human beings would walk away.
Voight couldn’t just stand around and allow Morales to get away with killing yet another person.
I’d think Chapman would be grateful that someone is willing to do the dirty work considering how much this case meant to her personally, but I’m not surprised she’s weary and feels complicit. She wants the verdict and the charges to stick, and if anyone found out what Voight did, that might not happen.
I’m a little bummed that the end result wasn’t a bonding night of drinking and letting loose between Voight and Chapman because, let’s face it, they both need it. And they complement each other so well, even if we veer away from making any romantic connections and keep them strictly as peers who see eye-to-eye. Chapman can stand her own against Voight, which can’t be said for many people, plus he respects the hell out of her.
There’s a good vibe there, so hopefully, they can find their way back to being supportive colleagues who can depend on each other when the pressures of the job get too much. Voight needs someone outside of his own unit—and who is a little closer to his age and mindset—to decompress with! Chapman isn’t Al Olinksy or Antonio Dawson, but she’s gone through her fair share of hardships, and she’s a good person to have in your corner.
Torress and Hailey definitely played a role in helping bring down Morales and find Julia, but it was very much Voight’s show, as he even went dark before going into the safe house, which is something that others would have gotten in trouble for in the past, and that could’ve ended terribly. The decision seemed to stem from his desire not to drag anyone else into a situation that may be held against them in the future, but I do hope he realizes that he can always count on his team—whenever and wherever. They all try to do their best, but if there’s one thing they—and the audience—know all too well is that when it comes to the law, things are never really black and white; we always operate in that gray area, and they’ve gone above and beyond to navigate it the best they can while making decisions that they can live with.
The case was a bit of a race against the clock—not just because of the jury deliberations but also because of Julia’s condition. Morales’ men never planned to return her in one piece, so they didn’t care that she suffered blunt trauma to the head and lost too much blood, which meant that Voight needed to act quickly if he wanted a positive outcome. He was looking for any way in, and he found it when they stumbled upon Ochoa’s cancer-stricken brother at the stash house filled with copious amounts of cocaine. Voight knew he found Ochoa’s weak spot, and he was eager to exploit it at any cost, though, it’s important to note that this was all just a front—Voight never intended to hurt Felipe, they simply used him as a bargaining chip. Voight may take shots, but he never drags down an innocent person to get what he needs.
As a longtime fan of the show, I truly enjoyed seeing Voight kick some ass. It proves that there are still plenty of stories left to tell where his character is concerned—and even though he’s an ever-evolving human, he won’t apologize for being his authentic self. Also, Voight policing in a dress shirt? Chef’s kiss!
Is ‘Chicago PD’ New Tonight? Everything We Know About Season 10 Episode 16
Chicago PD fans, there’s a bit of a wait until new episodes return to NBC.
The police drama will not air a brand new episode tonight (March 8, 2023) as the show goes on a several-week hiatus yet again.
The last episode, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 15, also the drama’s milestone 100th episode, aired on March 1, 2023, but the next installment, Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 16 won’t premiere until Wednesday, March 22.
There’s no official title or synopsis for the episode, but it is going to be a special as it marks Jesse Lee Soffer’s directorial debut. Soffer exited PD earlier this season in hopes of getting some time behind the camera, and it seems to be paying off as the teaser reveals that fans are in for a wildly good episode.
It kicks off with a jury member informing Voight that he’s been threatened by the suspect’s men, and unless he delivers a “not guilty” verdict, they are going to kill his loved one.
“We’re here to help,” Voight assures him before going to Hailey Upton and revealing, “the second that trial is over, they will have that woman killed.”
Intelligence urgently races against the clock to find the missing woman and save her life—we even see Voight kick in some doors and shout “where is she” as he interrogates someone.
How will it all pan out? We’ll have to wait until later in the month to find out!
For now, check out the trailer for the next episode below:
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.
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Chicago PD Review – Blood and Honor (1015)
Chicago PD kicked off yet another multi-arc episode, this time bringing back Samantha Beck, a prior kidnapping victim, and her father, Richard, back into the fold.
A quick refresher—we met the Becks on Chicago PD Season 10 Episode 12 after Sam was kidnapped and her father refused to pay the ransom to get her out of the bind out of fear of incriminating himself and his criminal activity.
It’s a case deserving of a follow-up since it was very intriguing, so I’m glad that we’re looping back to it to dig deeper into the fractured father-daughter relationship and their shady involvements.
Ruzek, who was spending the day with Makayla, Atwater, and Jordan, responded to a crime scene that was initially assumed to be a murder-suicide. Immediately upon entering the premise, he knew something was off, and it wasn’t long before he realized the family was poisoned by someone making meth in the “abandoned” building next door.
Surveillance footage from the street connected the crime back to Samantha, who was seen near the unit on several occasions. But since they didn’t have any actual proof of her stepping foot inside, Ruzek decided to go undercover to get something they could charge her with.
Honestly, if I was Samantha, I’d be a little more skeptical of a random guy who just showed up, saved me from a potential rip, and asked for a job, but it’s clear that she’s also desperate for someone to talk to and rely on.
Right off the bat, Ruzek picks up on the fact that things between Samantha and Richard are not exactly on good terms. Samantha doesn’t fit into the drug world. She’s a good mother, so her involvement in dealing meth is questionable. Eventually, Ruzek realizes that she doesn’t have much of a choice as her whole life is connected to her father. He owns her—and everything she has, including her income stream. She has no way to free herself from his grip no matter how much she might want to.
And that’s why she’s so eager to bring Ruzek into the fold because he seems like someone she can trust and rely on. He’s there for her, constantly making sure she’s okay and offering a shoulder to cry on if she needs it.
When Ruzek went undercover, he never thought it would get this personal or that he’d feel compelled to save Samantha, but he knows that none of this is of her own making. He sees through what’s going on and wants to help her, but unfortunately, it’s not possible without burning himself.
The line between personal and professional bleeds, even more, when Richard invites Adam for a little chat to underscore that he’s a white supremacist (Adam agrees that they’re on the same team though we know that couldn’t be further from the truth) as Ruzek promises to keep tabs on Samantha and update Richard on everything she does. It’s extremely weird, but if Adam wants to earn his trust and not raise any flags, he has no choice.
And unfortunately, he’s going to be in it for the long haul. On the day of the deal, Adam is pulled away when Sam runs into a problem with her son Callum, who is being brainwashed by his racist grandfather. Once again, we see the personal and professional lines blend as Adam has no choice but to stick by Samantha and help her, which means he’s unable to provide any insight into the deal going down.
Their only hope of getting anything is through Samantha, so Adam must stay undercover a bit longer and get closer, working her in any way possible.
It’s also the exact reason why they tell you not to let it become personal when you’re undercover because it’s going to pain Ruzek to turn her in. He knows he can’t save her since she’s dealing meth—especially meth that killed a whole family—but he’s become quite fond of her and truly feels sorry for the predicament she’s been put in.
How will Ruzek handle it?
Will he find a way to tie Richard to the drugs or does he have to bring down Samantha since she spearheads the whole operation? And even then, would she ever turn on her father? My gut tells me she’d take the fall simply so that Callum would have some family around.
Then again, despite the loyalty, she also hates him enough at this point that she might be willing to put him away to save herself and her little boy.
Of course, Ruzek, being a father, also has a soft spot for Callum, the young boy who is so impressionable and caught up in the dangers and darkness of a situation that life has dealt him, much like Makayla. These are two kids who don’t deserve the cards that were dealt.
The episode ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and with a hiatus until March 22, it’ll be a while before we see how things resolve, especially since the upcoming episode doesn’t feature Samantha at all. I guess this is what it must feel like to be undercover for a lengthy time.
There was a brief mention of Burgess’ mental health between Ruzek and Atwater, and it’s nice to know that she’s finally being open about her struggles and trusting her partners enough to confide in them and seek out their support. We all know she and Atwater go way back, so he deserves to know what’s been going on.
What did you think of the Ruzek-centric case? It’s kind of nice to see him get the spotlight without Burgess.
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