It’s been months since Chicago PD aired a new episode, but Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 1 picked up right where we left off: Upton’s proposal to Halstead.
Now, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill proposal because Upton is going through it. She assisted Voight in the murder of Roy, the man responsible for killing Deputy Miller’s son and causing Burgess’ life-threatening injuries.
While everyone would agree that his death is deserved, that doesn’t necessarily make it okay. Especially not at the hands of a sergeant and a detective who know the laws, are supposed to follow them, and have (in some capacity) championed police reform prior to this moment.
So, yeah, Upton isn’t in the right frame of mind by any means. One might argue that it makes her proposal more genuine because her adrenaline kicked in and made it clear that she only wants Jay, but I think the urgency is stemming from a place of fear. She wants her feelings reciprocated and she wants his reassurance that he feels the same way. It’s almost as if she’s conning him into it because she’s not being honest about what’s motivating her to take such a leap.
And after everything that transpired during the episode, it becomes increasingly clear that this is far from the right way to start a new life together.
Upton lied to Halstead at every turn to protect herself and Voight. She has several opportunities to come clean, but she never did because she knew Halstead would never look at her the same way.
It’s another reason that feeds into her urgency; she’s scared that if he finds out the truth, he’ll leave her. It’s almost like an attempt to trap him.
I tried to look at it from every angle to find the romance behind the gesture, but I just couldn’t see it.
The very foundation of Halstead and Upton’s relationship is built on dishonesty. That doesn’t bode well for them no matter how strong Halstead’s feelings for her are.
Sure, I was slightly touched by Halstead getting down on one knee for a proper, old-fashioned proposal, but it was quickly overshadowed by the unfortunate circumstances that he’s completely oblivious to at this point in time.
If he ever finds out, he’s going to feel like a fool. And I hate that for him.
Upton and Voight led the team on a wild goose chase knowing that they were never going to find Roy alive, they exhausted resources, and they even scrubbed and manipulated evidence that could potentially lead back to them.
It’s a pretty terrible thing to do to your team, you have to admit.
Atwater and Halstead are so good at what they do, they definitely made Upton and Voight work for it.
And while the two technically got away with murder since the truth about what they did died with Mark Irwin, Upton still has to find a way to make peace with the fact that she’ll never make peace.
And that’s going to be the hardest part.
Everything that she thought she knew about herself has come undone. Upton crossed a line that she can’t come back from, and it’s going to haunt her as she tries to suppress it. Voight warned her about the consequences, tried to give her an out, and even gave her the option of coming clean, but Upton chose her path.
Now, she must live with it.
I’m actually surprised that the guilt didn’t get the best of her.
I was kind of hoping to see her crack and tell Halstead the whole truth, but again, there’s a slim chance he’d have her back on this one.
Halstead doesn’t shy away from pushing back on Voight when he disagrees with his orders; he’s a by-the-book kind of guy.
He wouldn’t stand for murder even if it was a man that deserved every ounce of it.
Upton’s fate is now forever intertwined with Voight’s, so I expect to see the two of them have a different dynamic moving forward.
Will she be his right-hand gal like Lindsay once was?
While Upton was in freak-out mode, Voight was cool, calm, and collected, even when there was a witness who could put them on the scene and had incriminating evidence against them.
This isn’t Voight’s first rodeo, so he knows just what to say to ensure that none of this falls back on him.
It’s equally as terrifying as it is impressive.
Every call he made, even if it was so he could manipulate the situation, was sound. No one was tipped off because he acted accordingly and within reason.
As chaotic and stressful as this storyline was, it was nice to see the old Voight come out to play.
And Upton and Voight’s nightmare might not be over yet as Miller, a dedicated mother, wants answers at any cost, despite Voight gaslighting her at every turn.
Voight and Upton may have gotten a bad man off the streets, but sadly, it didn’t bring closure to the two women who needed it most.
It’s unclear if Burgess understood what Upton wasn’t saying when she asked her if they caught Roy, but it sure seemed like it. The look Upton gave her made it very clear that she took care of it, but maybe I was imagining it.
I was also surprised by how quickly they wrapped up Burgess’s situation.
One minute they were talking about whether or not she was going to survive or if she would be placed on life support, and the next minute, she’s wide-awake and on the mend.
It would’ve been more realistic to stretch it out over at least two episodes; keep audiences on the edge of their seats a little longer!
However, I am happy that she’s going to make a full recovery.
It was heartbreaking to watch Ruzek try to navigate this new potential reality. I felt for him because he was put in a tough spot.
He took the responsibility of being Makayla’s guardian very seriously as he weighed his options about whether or not to tell her about what happened to Burgess.
Unfortunately, as Trudy pointed out, there’s no right or wrong answer here. It’s an unprecedented situation, so he had to look deep within himself to figure out what he wanted to do and what Burgess would’ve wanted him to do.
Makayla has made it very clear that Burgess’s job worries her because it’s so dangerous, but she also deserved to know the truth about what was going on with her.
Kids have such killer instincts that they know something is off before you even say it.
And I almost melted when Makayla said she wanted to see Burgess because if the roles were switched, Burgess would want to see her.
Even when she’s down for the count, Burgess inspires this young girl to be strong and brave.
Ultimately, Ruzek made the right choice and proved to Burgess that she made the right choice by asking him to look over her daughter.
Now, that’s a romance I can get behind.
While Burgess might have a quick physical recovery, much like with Upton’s situation, the mental effects are going to take a toll.
Will this situation force her to rethink her career? Are Burgess’s days of being a cop over?
And what will this mean for Ruzek and Burgess’s relationship moving forward? A life-or-death situation obviously puts things in perspective and reminds you that we don’t have as much time as we like to think.
What did you think of the premiere? Did it keep you on the edge of your seat?
Chicago PD Review – True Believer (10×2)
Ruzek took the spotlight on Chicago PD Season 10 Epsiode 2, though the rest of the cast also got to shine as they pursued a violent criminal that escaped police custody with aid from a prison guard.
If it sounds like a storyline ripped from the headlines, well, that’s because it’s kind of similar to a story that gripped the nation by storm over the summer months. A prison guard fell in love with a convicted criminal, falling prey to his conman ways and manipulation all under the guise of true love. Unlike reality where the naive guard became the victim, in the episode, the criminal’s fate was sealed with a round of bullets from Burgess’ gun.
Still, the chase to nab Dale Wilken, a man from Ruzek’s past that questioned his integrity as a cop was one hell of a ride. Dale swiftly evaded police with Tiana’s help, and the desire to get him was intensified by his comments that attempted to paint Ruzek as a dirty cop.
I know a lawyer’s job is to clear his or her client’s name, but pulling out 17 citizen complaints against Ruzek to prove that he didn’t do his job legally was a low blow. Had the judge thought those complaints were sustained, she would have let out a very dangerous criminal into the world. It was also frustrating because it forced Ruzek to second guess himself out of fear. Burgess assured him they saw a gun in plain sight in a duffel, but he questioned whether or not that was the case, and if Burgess hadn’t made the call, they wouldn’t have gotten any closer to tracking down Dale.
Dale was so dangerous, in fact, that he killed a young 10-year-old girl simply to steal a getaway car. You would think that would have made Tiana see the light, but she was convinced that Dale was an innocent man who was framed by a bad cop. She wanted so badly to believe it that she couldn’t see otherwise. She ate his story up, and the blinders were on for a long time because she refused to accept that she may have been led on. It’s heartbreaking because Dale preyed on a woman who was at her lowest, going through a divorce and dealing with depression, for his own personal gain. She didn’t deserve any of it—she just wanted a bit of happiness.
But everything he did came from a selfish place, including Cloey’s death.
When children die on criminal shows, it breaks me, but it’s even worse when the death is so pointless. Cloey’s death was a necessary turning point for the plot, however, because it made catching Dale and bringing him to justice that much more pressing. He didn’t care who he killed, he shot anyone who got in his way. Truthfully, I’m certain that if Dale got away with his plan and went off to Miami with Tiana, she would turn up dead once he no longer needed anything from her.
Eventually, Tiana cracked when Ruzek showed her the letters Dale wrote to other women, all featuring the same message he once sent her about their romance. It’s in that moment that Tiana truly understood the gravity of her actions and what she let Dale get away with. It was late, but it wasn’t too late as her intel allowed them to track Dale down to Hawk’s house before they found him aboard a bus to Miami.
When Burgess confronted him, he locked himself in the bathroom, and she unloaded her revolver making sure she didn’t miss.
It was a boss move, but again, Burgess knew she was up against a ruthless man.
Seeing Cloey who was about Makayla’s age lose her life definitely left an impression on both Burgess and Ruzek. It seemed to finally hit Burgess that Ruzek is a good man. She’s starting to believe in him as the stable and constant presence in Mac’s life. He’s been there for his two girls for quite some time just waiting for Burgess to come around to the idea of their unconventional family. This lightness is one of my favorite things about the show. The man spent his time making Mack a birdhouse for crying out loud; this is the kind of man who cares about his family and prioritizes them!
Personally, I couldn’t care less about Halstead and Upton’s marriage as it consistently feels forced, now more than ever as the series attempts to find a way to write Halstwad out. Since he started siding with Voight on things and helping him out, he’s been more disconnected and distanced from Upton, which will likely be what breaks them in the long run.
It sure seems like a decade in Intelligence is starting to take its toll on Halstead, and how could it not? It’s a dark gig that’s only getting darker.
What did you think of the episode? Did you like that they connected the case back to Ruzek’s past? Would you have preferred it be a case from before that fans were familiar with?
Chicago PD Season 10 Premiere Review – Let It Bleed
Intelligence is back in action, but Anna’s death has rocked their leader, Hank Voight.
Chicago PD Season 10 kicked off about two weeks after the team’s takedown of Los Temidos, but Voight was struggling to make sense of it all. His grief manifested in action as he went rogue to patrol the streets of Little Village in order to take down anyone who tried to take over the corner and deal. Is he losing it a bit? Yeah. Is it insanity? Definitely. Are we here for it as an audience? Absolutely.
We knew that he was going to take her death hard as it was clear from the beginning that he wanted to keep her safe and give her and her son, Rafa, a better life when it was all over. When that didn’t happen, Voight felt like he failed her.
And his personal crusade against the neighborhood was his way of ensuring that her death wasn’t in vain; that it mattered.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a sustainable solution. As Upton pointed out, Intelligence simply cannot police one city block when there are so many other issues to focus on. And Voight’s private patrols weren’t exactly “private” as everyone took notice and simply turned the other way hoping that he would eventually come to his senses.
It all culminated in a new drug case that involved a five-year-old boy accidentally overdosing on some heroin cut with fentanyl.
Everyone was adamant that Voight hand the case over to narcotics, but honestly, it seemed like a case Intelligence would’ve tackled regardless of Voight’s involvement in the neighborhood. If the tainted drugs already took the life of one minor, what’s to say they wouldn’t do more damage if the dealer wasn’t stopped early on?
Voight, however, was more determined to get the dealer because of Anna’s death, so it caused him to make some questionable that Upton wasn’t exactly keen on.
And while I can’t blame her for worrying about Voight’s motives, the way she approached the situation wasn’t exactly ideal either. Upton continues to think that she can just waltz in and do whatever she wants without listening to orders, which continues to show her entitlement when it comes to the job. Voight’s actions may have been questionable, but it was Upton’s rebellion against his rules that ultimately almost cost them the case and put lives in danger.
When Voight sent in Torres (new series regular Benjamin Levy Aguilar), a probationary police officer who was on “loan” to them, he truly believed that he was doing the right thing. And I have to believe that no matter what mindset Voight is in, he wouldn’t just play with someone’s life on a hunch. He knows the risks and makes strategic calls. It hurt him to lose Anna because she was a good person, and it doesn’t seem like he wanted any more casualties, especially a budding new cop that has been a great addition to his team. And since it was clear that Enzo was a loose cannon and his actions were unpredictable, I don’t think Voight would’ve taken chances he didn’t believe in.
He wanted to continue letting the situation with Torres and Enzo play out because he trusted that Torres had the skills to get the job done. If Upton had just followed Voight’s call, they would have nabbed him with the drugs in hand and put him behind bars for a very long time.
Instead, she decided she knew better and “got closer” to the situation in a careless manner. When the gate slammed, Enzo got spooked and began shooting at both Torres and the CI. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it could’ve ended terribly for everyone involved.
They were eventually able to get Enzo, but only because of Voight’s quick thinking, which Upton didn’t agree with, again. Why is she still part of this unit when she clearly doesn’t think Voight is fit enough to run it?
After Upton’s screw-up, she didn’t even have the gall to apologize to Voight. Instead, she turned the tables on him and told him he hasn’t been a very good leader lately. While there may be some truth to what she’s saying, it really wasn’t the right place nor time to bring it up.
And I’m glad Voight shut it all down. He’s realizing that Upton and Halstead have gotten a little too comfortable around him and no longer respect his authority, which can’t happen if this unit is to function seamlessly.
We know Halstead is leaving the series this season, and I think his desire to protect Voight will ultimately lead to his decision to exit the unit. He protected Voight this episode and stood by him, while also acknowledging that he was taking it a bit too far. Being a contrast to Voight is going to take a toll on him personally and will likely be what breaks him. It definitely seemed like Upton was setting the scene for his exit by informing Voight that he was going to drag Halstead down with him unless he leaves first.
In the end, Voight got a wake-up call from the new Chief, Patty (they seem to have a history), who informed him that he’s graciously allowed him to grieve for two weeks, but he really needs Voight to step up to the plate again and save Chicago. In fact, his words were “the whole city is going to hell,” which was rather dramatic, but puts pressure on Voight and the team to do their job. It also promises the backing and support of the new Chief, and it seems like he will help Voight get away with stuff because he knows that he’s the man that will get things done.
The city is better off with him because he’s made this job his entire life. Nothing else matters more to him.
In a full-circle moment, he also informed Voight that he pushed through half a million payment to Rafa, Anna’s son who is now living in Iowa. Voight pulled through in his promise to take care of him.
And while Anna’s name was never mentioned when Intelligence was being honored for their heroics in taking down Los Temidos, they were all very much aware that it wouldn’t be possible without her sacrifice. She didn’t die “for nothing” as she once informed Voight, and that may lessen the blow of her death ever so slightly.
Lastly, we knew Torres was going to join Intelligence permanently, but it wasn’t entirely clear how it was going to happen since he’s still a rookie cop until the Chief personally granted him to Voight’s unit. Voight didn’t seem to have an opinion on it, but we’ll see how Torres factors in once Voight is officially his boss. It’s going to be interesting to see Torres’ story play out since he’s so green, but he’s also a go-getter that has what it takes to succeed. He’s got street smarts, which will come in handy, he knows how to play the game, and he’s not afraid. The only question is—will he mesh with the team?
The series made it clear that season 10 is going to hit reset as Voight’s unit is tasked with getting back to saving the city. And with the Chief telling Voight he’ll keep him on a “long leash” and give him more cash, my guess is that fans who have been waiting for dark Voight to return might get their wish after all. How will that affect Halstead, Upton and the rest of the squad? Only time will tell.
What did you think of the Chicago PD Season 10 premiere? Are you happy that they finally offered some closure following Anna’s death?
Squad Up! Benjamin Levy Aguilar Promoted to Series Regular for ‘Chicago PD’ Season 10
Intelligence will see a new and familiar face when Chicago PD Season 10 kicks off this fall.
The detective squad welcomes a new recruit as fan-favorite Benjamin Levy Aguilar, who played Torres, has been tapped as a series regular, Deadline reports.
For those who don’t remember, patrol officer Dante Torres was first introduced in the episode “New Guard.” Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) took him under his guidance, and though the two didn’t initially get along, Torres eventually opened up to Halstead and clued him into the dark past that made him want to pursue a career as a cop.
After the episode aired, we didn’t see Torres again, but fans never forgot about him.
Aguilar’s portrayal resonated with the fandom as it seemed as though the consensus was that he would be a good fit for the unit, allowing for a little more diversity. His rough-around-the-edges personality can offer the series ample potential to tackle some really hard-hitting stories. His past as a former gang member can provide some expert insight into dealing with the ongoing gang situation in Chicago, and overall, it’ll be nice to shake things up a bit by adding new blood, a new personality, and a new approach into the mix.
Plus, the unit is overdue in welcoming some new members after losing Olinsky (Elias Koteas), Antonio (Jon Seda), and Lindsay (Sophia Bush) over the years.
While it’s unclear how Torres will get looped back into working with Hank Voight’s (Jason Beghe) unit, expect to see him on your screens when Chicago PD Season 10 kicks off on September 21 at 10/9c on NBC along with Chicago Med and Chicago Fire!
You can recap Torres’ first episode right here (in which I raved about him and underscored that he would be a good fit for the team) and catch up on the Chicago PD finale here so you’re all caught up when the fall season starts back up!
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