Chicago P.D. 4×07 “300,000 Likes” and 4×08 “A Shot Heard Round the World” Recap

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“Never hold back a rising star.”

Case Summary: In “300,000 Likes” a former prisoner is convicted of calling the shots from inside the prison walls. And in “A Shot Heard Round the World”, two officers are shot and killed after the entire department is targeted in what’s presumed to be revenge for police brutality. But what it turns out to be is an unstable human specifically targeting the unit because he was expelled from the Academy.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D.’s two-part fall finale was solid and it’s left viewers with a great deal to digest. But as it’s no surprise to any frequent reader, it’s the stories the team told that left me in awe. And due to the ugly crying that ensued, my mascara was gone before I could bust out the makeup removing wipes. Chicago P.D. has stood its ground uniquely because of its team and in the finale, things changed drastically.

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Chicago P.D. 3×23 “Start Digging” Recap

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And the streak of unnecessary TV deaths continues.

Case Summary: When a woman is found dead in the trunk of a car, the unit links her to Voight’s son Justin, but before they can find Justin, he’s been shot and left in the same position. And before we can find the killer, Voight’s in a position to be promoted to Lieutenant and when the culprit’s found, the notorious detective we met in the pilot returns.

Review | Analysis: “Start Digging” is the type of episode that managed to remind me of what Chicago P.D. in its first season was like. And while I adored the first season, I’m not sure I’m okay with the turn this episode took. Voight’s actions were understandable, they’re unquestionably wrong and as someone who hates watching favorite characters take drastic turns, it’s never fun. Ultimately, while “Start Digging” ended in a cliffhanger that’ll bleed into season four intriguingly, I wanted a little bit more. But I suppose the series did a great job of leaving me wanting more, right?

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Chicago P.D. 3×16 “The Cases That Need Be Solved” Recap

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“The Cases That Need to Be Solved” was undoubtedly one of the most powerful episodes in Chicago P.D. history.

Case Summary: When a six year old boy is found brutally murdered in a park, the Intelligence goes through his father’s past life in a gang in order to find out if it’s one of the reasons. Antonio’s son is staying with him for a while. And we get a tiny glimpse into Jay’s past.

Review | Analysis: There’s never been a title in Chicago P.D. history that’s illustrated the significance of an entire cause so powerfully. The cases that need to be solved are the ones that deal with innocent lives lost due the color of their skin. Although the series didn’t tackle the horrifying police brutality people of color are losing their lives to, the way it showcased how officers should behave was great. I would’ve loved this episode a lot more if it weren’t based off of gang violence, an accident, but I was still resorted to tears because of the kindness that was shown.

I would advise everyone who’s a fan of this series to also watch the latest episode of ABC’s Black-ish, for it deals with the movement remarkably.

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Chicago P.D. 3×14 “The Song of Gregory Yates” Recap

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featuring spoilers from Law and Order: SVU’s “Nationwide Manhunt”.

Ding dong the creep is dead.

Case Summary: Yates escapes from prison and targets Lindsay, but it all comes down to his past with his biological family.

Review | Analysis: While I thought tonight’s episode was incredibly intriguing, it’s one of those that sadly leaves me with very little to analyze. And for those who are familiar with my work, you know my favorite part of the series involves discussing the core characters. That said, though there’s not much I can analyze, there are a few things worth mentioning, and most importantly, performances that need to be acknowledged and properly praised.

There are some TV deaths you’re able to get over and moved on from, but there are others that’ll always break your heart when you think of them. Nadia Decotis is one of those people for me. She deserved so much better than what she got, and the fact that she could never be a cop will never not sadden a bunch of us. Just as much as a lot of us viewers were upset about her death, so was Erin Lindsay — and she broke in such a way where for a while, it appeared as though she was beyond repair. And unsurprisingly, the MVP of tonight’s episode was Sophia Bush.

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Chicago P.D. 3×12 “Looking Out for Stateville” Recap

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Case Summary: Hank’s prison pal Eddie is now a C.I., but the problem is he’s greedy and untrustworthy so when the drug bust is done, he chooses to backstab the team landing himself back in a cell. Fun times.

Review | Analysis: I’ve sorely missed episodes that focused on Antonio Dawson and the partnership he’s got with Voight therefore, in that area the episode was remarkable. In another sense, the last time I was this disappointed with this series was when they decided to kill off Nadia for the sake of unnecessary character development. Sometimes it’s easy to be objective, but other times when you watch too much TV, you get tired of the same old thing every single time. The rift between Kim and Adam was handled with very little grace and the two deserved much better.

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Chicago P.D. 3×08 “Forget My Name” Recap

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Stakeouts are fun?

Episode Summary: When a friend of Antonio’s who now works for the NSA gives him a number that leads to a huge narcotics transport, Halstead and Lindsay go undercover in patrol only to find a dead body. The body then leads to a bigger case dealing with government products to which NSA agent wants no part of until he finally gives in. Mouch asks Burgess to figure out Platt’s ring size in order to propose to her. Atwater does Captain Whitaker a favor.

Review | Analysis: “Forget My Name” was a solid episode, but generally cases that don’t heavily involve one of our own don’t leave a lot of room for discussion. The episode was the perfect opportunity to involve Antonio in a bit more, but essentially, it felt as though he was a bit more sidelined when it should’ve been the exact opposite. In other words, let’s talk about the dynamics.

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Chicago P.D. 3×03 “Actual Physical Violence” Recap

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This week’s episode was once again a heavy one, but it showcased team work wonderfully.

Episode Summary: It’s a crazy, busy day at the police department and when a frazzled man looking for his daughter can’t get Platt’s attention, he holds Mouse at gunpoint. One of their own in a dangerous situation quickly gets everyone’s attentions and their hunt towards finding the girls works out gloriously as each of them were alive despite being missing for a very long time. And with James Beckett out of prison, Voight’s life is threatened.

Review | Analysis: It was amusing to get another episode focused on parents and their children. And thankfully there were no deaths in this one although the trauma the girls faced made the episode heavy enough. It’s always best when we get backstory on characters no matter if they’re secondary; writers for the series are so great at providing riveting stories. “Actual Physical Violence” was essentially a fantastic set up for what’s to come in the next few weeks for it gave us lots of material to look forward to.

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Chicago P.D. 3×02 “Natural Born Storyteller” Recap

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Children must come first. Always. 

Episode Summary: When a child’s found dead in a freezer, the Intelligence unit goes around in circles before the real killer is actually found. Olinsky’s daughter is back and she doesn’t even know what she wants. Burgess learns the truth about Roman but it must be kept a secret or his job could be in jeopardy. And in the most non-traditional sense, Voight gives Jay his blessing.

Review | Analysis: I have no idea how cops could ever get used to cases that involve kids because while we’ve had a couple so far, they’re still the hardest ones to watch. Tonight’s episode gave us a lot of great subtle moments with the cast and if you’ve been following my reviews, you know those are always my favorites. I love the partnerships that are established on this series, but I mostly love how often we switch around and stage the relationships between everyone in the unit. The theme of this week’s episode was heartbreakingly amazing — it’s so lovely how the entire thing was focused on children in every sense of the word. Kids deserve to be fought for no matter how old they are, and characters showcased their steadfast devotion to their children beautifully.

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Chicago P.D. 3×01 “Life In Fluid” Recap

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“Life is Fluid” was without a doubt the strongest season premiere this fall.

Episode Summary: Erin’s partying ways have gone out of control, but if there’s one thing that can pull her out of this coping mechanism, it’s her partner’s life in jeopardy. After Antonio saves one of his C.Is from committing suicide, she promises to reveal Benji Keys’ whereabouts in order to locate his brother Derek (a number one suspect on the unit’s most wanted). However, the meet goes south when Jay’s abducted and tortured, and the only way he’ll live is if all of the Intelligence Unit hands over their C.I files. When Alvin tells Erin about Jay’s situation, she volunteers to make the drop and kills the men in self defense in order to save both their lives.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D. is anything but a series about romance; however, it’s dynamics, especially the partnership between Halstead and Lindsay, that make it so riveting. And tonight’s proved that no matter how hard any of these detectives try to run away, they’ll always find themselves coming back if someone is in danger. There’s a partnership throughout the entire unit which continuously proves to be the heart and foundation of the series. “Life is Fluid” fixedly balanced heart, humor, and action setting up the rest of the season magnificently.

If only “dklsajfdl;skfjal kdsfjakldfj adsklfjlfkajsdlfkajdfka” was an appropriate way to describe my emotions after this episode, but I’m sure most readers can understand just what I mean by it. It’s always best to have cases that involve members of the Intelligence Unit personally because those are often the ones that make episodes more interesting.

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Chicago P.D. 2×23 “Born Into Bad News” Recap

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“Born Into Bad News” was solid – a finale with an intriguing plot, excellent performances, and unanswered questions that’ll leave fans anticipating season three.

Episode Summary: Retired officer Commander Perry chooses to help his nephew clear his name from a narcotic unit who are using their job to get additional money from drug busts. And in order to prove their doings, Lindsay and Voight act as though they want in on their crimes as well. Antonio asks some members of the unit if they’d be willing to invest in a boxing gym. A woman from Olinsky’s past has secrets of her own. There’s a wedding in the future. And a beloved character decides her time in the unit is up – but we all know it’s temporary.

Review | Analysis: The last few episodes of Chicago P.D. haven’t exactly been my favorites, and I suppose having little to no expectations for this finale worked for my benefit. At this point as an avid television viewer, I’ve established that there’s such a thing as the “season two curse”. Okay maybe I made it up, but I’m sticking to it. Kuddos to the very few shows that haven’t fallen victim to it – ultimately I would describe the “season two curse” as the most ridiculously dramatic season. And it often happens towards the end where we’re given so much frustrating build up, it’s nearly tempting to send writers medical bills. That said, “Born Into Bad News” has actually left me believing that season three will be even better than season two, and the further development we get will exceed all expectations.

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