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 – Fractures (9×08)
What a stellar hour of Chicago PD!
The case-of-the-week was compelling in and of itself, but Agent North’s poking and prodding around what happened to Roy Walton took it to a whole new level.
North pretended as though he didn’t have much of a case built up, but Voight knew better — he knew that North likely had a lot more information than he was letting on.
And while he knew never to trust a fed, he was also way too confident in the fact that they didn’t have a case.
Voight assured Halstead and Upton that it would be okay when he had absolutely no authority to give out any assurances.
In fact, it was the complete opposite of what he was saying. North not only lit the fire, but he also backed them into a corner.
So, what happens next?
As of now, Halstead is the only one that knows that North — described as very ambitious — dug up Walton’s body.
In fact, he unintentionally led Walton right to it.
Let’s be real — if Halstead was able to retrace Voight’s steps that night and figure out what he did, why wouldn’t an FBI agent dedicated solely to this case?
North made it his life’s work to find out what happened to Walton.
However, it sounds like he also has a personal vendetta against Voight, which makes sense in light of the “he wants to run Chicago” comment that Trudy gave him.
Is the beef more personal or simply North’s way of getting his foot in the door?
Voight is a powerful man in the city, but everyone knows that he’s not a stickler for the rules.
Does North believe he can get ahead if he brings down the all-powerful Voight?
Also, why did Voight think that he was being super slick by using his government-funded vehicle to bury Walton?
Even without a tracker, they can still pull GPS.
Voight of all people should’ve known better, especially if he was going to dish out empty promises.
After pulling Halstead over and bringing him to the scene of the crime, North gave Halstead two options: either he arrests him and Upton for being accomplices or he helps North nab Voight.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that Jay will undoubtedly choose to protect himself and his future bride. After all, this is the clean break they both wanted.
But it’s also not that simple. Despite his disagreements with Voight, Halstead has a deep relationship with him.
They’ve worked together for years and have been through it all. Could he really just turn his back on his Srgt?
Voight has many vices, but there’s also no denying that he’s a good cop. Halstead respects that about Voight, which is one of the main reasons he has stuck around this long.
So, I don’t think it’ll be as easy for him to turn on Voight as expected.
And there’s no way Hailey will ever sell out Voight. She’ll go down swinging before she ever becomes a sell-out.
It’s unclear what the play is.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that they all just own up to it and accept the punishment.
While warranted, as North pointed out, killing Walton and covering it up is still a crime.
Will they practice what they preach?
There doesn’t seem to be an out here that protects everyone, so I guess it’s up to who is willing to walk away from the series.
Much of the show hinges on how Voight polices and runs Intelligence, so I can’t see Chicago PD without him.
However, I don’t think Halstead and Upton have the same protections. We all remember what happened with Antonio and Olinsky.
Though, I wouldn’t be surprised if Voight had another ace up his sleeve. He’s a popular man in the city, which means that he has some powerful connections that he’s been saving for a rainy day.
And right now, it’s pouring.
Typically, I’m able to crack the case-of-the-week early on, but this one threw me for a loop.
A father was murdered in his own home, and while he definitely had some gang ties, the responsible culprits were his two daughters.
Both Candace and Darlene fessed up to the crime with the latter explaining that she killed her father in cold blood to protect her sister.
But Hailey, a self-proclaimed good cop who has dealt with her fair share of bad men, knew in her gut that something was off.
Upon further inspection, it was revealed that Darlene took the fall because Candace was a sociopath who threatened to hurt her too.
I think that little smirk Candace gave Upton right before pleading with her grandmother that she was innocent will haunt me forever.
Did you see how easily she just turned it on?
What did you think of the episode? Are you impressed with Special Agent North? Who do you think will go down for Walton’s murder?
Or will North learn firsthand what happens when you mess with Voight and his team?
Sound off in the comments below!
Chicago PD Review – Trust Me (9×07)
Sometimes, it’s nice when Chicago PD dedicates everything to the case-of-the-week.
I guess you could technically say it was a Voight-centric episode, but I saw it more as a by-the-book procedural that took an opportunity to bring in a new CI, Anna Avalos (Carmela Zumbado to reoccur).
Voight and Anna bonded immediately despite the fact that she wasn’t being upfront and honest with him.
It didn’t help that Voight was in a vulnerable spot as he was celebrating his son’s birthday and still grieving the loss, so he had a lot of attention to dole out.
If anyone understands the desire to get revenge for family, it’s Voight.
And he saw the passion in Anna. He also saw how dangerous it was if it wasn’t reigned in. He knew that he could help her and that it would be beneficial to him as well, so he took her under his wing in the same way he did with Lindsay.
Voight has always been a mentor to people from all walks of life.
And he’s ride or die — when he decides that you’re worth his time, he really treats your right.
I don’t anticipate that Anna will turn her life around and become part of Intelligence, but there was something about her that was very likable.
She was broken and made some wrong choices, but you couldn’t help but root for her.
After losing her family to the Los Temidos gang, she vowed to make them pay.
In addition to the firepower, she’s ballsy and a brilliant CI — her street smarts made her a valuable player in trying to pin down Luis, a member responsible for ripping off his own gang.
When Voight asked her how she knew everything, she point-blank admitted that it was because she was sleeping with Luis. That right there proved that she wasn’t messing around.
We may not have known Anna for too long, but she’s already a well-rounded character.
Despite her lies, Anna also had mad respect for Voight because she did her homework and knew he was the best.
It was an organic partnership that formed, even if it required them to bend a few rules to nab him.
By the end of the hour, there was mutual respect and trust.
The same can’t be said for Voight and Halstead. The writers are really determined to split the fanbase into #TeamVoight or #TeamHalstead.
Though I consider myself to be an ethical person, when it comes to nabbing criminals who have a high body count — did you see how he mauled his own friend Pablo? – a little planting of evidence isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world.
Anna sped up the inevitable, which allowed Intelligence to get a really bad guy off the streets.
Where’s the harm in that?
I wouldn’t say this is the kind of behavior that should be condoned all the time, but it helped them stop Luis before he did any more harm.
Anna handed them everything on a platter. In fact, Intelligence wouldn’t have had anything without her.
So, why was Halstead so riled up?
His beef with Voight had absolutely nothing to do with the case. He’s upset by what went down with Voight, Upton, and Roy, but if it’s affecting his ability to do his job, then he needs to sort that out on his own.
As they say, leave your emotions and personal matters at the door. Don’t bring that into the workplace.
Halstead’s actions were all over the place. He didn’t want Anna to get killed, but he had no problem burning her, which would have made her as good as dead.
He didn’t think Anna was a reliable CI, but he had no other ideas on how to bring down Luis.
And then his whole chest-puffing with Voight. Listen, if you don’t trust someone, you don’t gear up and head out onto the frontline with them.
That’s putting everyone at risk, including your team.
I’ll be honest, I’m really not vibing with Halstead this season.
While I’ve always admired him for sticking up for what he believes in, being a good guy, and doing the right thing, his behavior currently is naive and hypocritical.
Most importantly, why are Voight’s actions so shocking to him now? He hasn’t changed one bit. He’s always been imperfectly imperfect, straddling the line between law-abiding and lawless and bending the rules in ways that benefit him and help the good guys get the W.
It’s what we love about Voight.
Why is Halstead acting like he hasn’t known this since the beginning?
The trust system is a two-way street when it comes to Intelligence. Voight also needs to trust the people he’s working with and he needs to be able to rely on them.
Who does Halstead think he is to disobey an order from Voight? He should be lucky that he wasn’t shown the door. Voight is being very patient and understanding with him. If he doesn’t like it, he could just quit or go find another unit. With his experience, anyone would be happy to have him.
There’s a lot of personalities in Intelligence, and it’s definitely fine to question some of Voight’s choices and even voice those concerns, but Halstead also needs to realize that Voight always has everyone’s back.
Some of his anger should also be directed at Upton. I’m glad she made the decision to assist Voight with what happened with Roy.
I’m at the point that if Halstead chose to take a sabbatical, I’d be like “yeah, maybe you should take a walk and clear your head.”
It’ll be interesting to see this pan out considering Roy’s death is about to come back into the spotlight. The higher-ups have a ton of questions about what happened to him… how will Voight and Upton find their way out of this one?
Will Halstead confess and tell them everything he knows?
What did you think of tonight’s episode of Chicago PD?
Chicago PD Review – End of Watch (9×06)
Ruzek definitely didn’t expect this to be the outcome of a random mall run on Chicago PD.
A series of smash-and-grabs in the city sparked police involvement after an innocent security guard is killed.
While on the case, Intelligence crossed paths with Sal Ortiz, a highly respected cop that Ruzek looks up to.
The two of them have history, so it’s pretty clear early on that Sal is somehow involved with the case at hand.
Why else would he give Intelligence an assist?
Do you know that “red flag” emoji making waves on social media? That’s Sal.
Ruzek overlooks these red flags because of his friendship with Sal, but Burgess picks up on all of it.
One of the most glaring red flags is the fact that Sal wasn’t around when the suspect was shooting at Ruzek.
Ruzek called and called for backup, but Sal conveniently didn’t hear him.
Ruzek brushed it off, however, when the watches went missing from the stash house and Burgess made a case that pointed the finger at Sal, he began to think that maybe she was onto something.
No one else was allowed in or out of that stash house, plus, Burgess saw Sal go downstairs and watched him lie about it to Ruzek.
Admittedly, it was a pretty weak tie-in.
The way Ruzek talked about Sal, you would think he would have had a better plan than simply stealing the evidence while on-site and walking off with it while under surveillance.
It felt very juvenile; it was more of a rookie move than something you’d expect from a seasoned officer.
It was also bogus how Sal willingly allowed Ruzek to be put in the line of danger to save himself. Some kind of friend!
I think Ruzek knew it deep down but he was simply in denial because it’s hard to admit that your idol is a complete letdown.
Ruzek’s been having a hard time seeing the silver lining in his police work, especially as new directives are thrown their way, so he didn’t want to admit or accept that the man he thought of as genuinely good police could be corrupt.
Sal also had the motive, and he wasn’t shy about it either — his wife Mary was sick.
Even with a good pension and insurance, healthcare is expensive. When you add on all the lawsuits and other stuff he was paying for, it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Sal was trying to sling the watches for some quick cash.
It was heartbreaking to see him break down and explain that he deserves better. I honestly have no doubt that Sal was a good cop that chose to go down the wrong path because of a situation he was pushed into.
But that’s the thing about choices — we all have to pay for them.
It was a choice for Ruzek to dismiss Burgess’ findings and take Sal’s side, but I’m glad that once he realized she was right, he was able to admit it and apologize.
Ruzek is a stand-up guy who always means well even if that isn’t always obvious.
It’s been a minute since we’ve had a Ruzek-centric episode, and I’ll admit, it wasn’t nearly as compelling as Atwater’s storyline from the week prior.
Patrick Flueger always brings his A-game, but the writers have definitely pigeon-holed the characters into one particular storyline. In Atwater’s case, it’s the internal and external struggle between being a cop and a Black man; with Ruzek, it’s struggling to accept the “new way” of policing, which he often sees as tying him down from actually being able to accomplish anything or bring justice.
It would be so beneficial for the series to expand these characters and explore different plots and themes.
We already know how Ruzek is going to react in this type of situation — let’s see something else!
The good news is that no matter how tough things get, Ruzek has Burgess and Makayla. They haven’t outright defined their relationship, but there’s definitely a lot of love there!
Next week’s episode will revisit the showdown between Halstead and Voight, which may or may not implode Intelligence.
It’s frustrating that there are gaps in the episodes that simply ignore certain storylines. I get that the episode focused on Ruzek, but there’s a lot going on with Halstead, Upton, and even Atwater that was just completely shrugged off until the next episode that focuses solely on that storyline.
I wish the episodes were more integrated with every member of the unit.
What did you think of the episode?
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