#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 69

25 Inimitable Men 19/25 
Jay Halstead (Chicago P.D.)

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We all know at least one person in the who selflessly gives everything they’ve got to the world and in return, they’re a closed book quietly enduring pain on their own. In the world of fictional television, Chicago P.D.’s Jay Halstead is that character. A former Army Ranger, current detective, and all around ridiculously good person. To be frank, I’ve written and rewritten this so many times that I believe at this point, simply being honest about my frustrations is the best way to go. I don’t know how to write about Jay Halstead without discussing the blatant mistreatment of his character. It seems as though everyone and their mother can’t look beyond Jesse Lee Soffer’s undeniable good looks in order to understand that Jay Halstead is so much more than a handsome face. And this isn’t just something that happens behind the scenes, but in the Chicago-verse, he isn’t taken seriously. Not only do I find that tremendously insulting on behalf of veterans, but rather for the human race entirely — this serves as significant proof of the fact that the world remains shallow and looking into a person’s heart is seemingly too difficult. That said, Jay Halstead is as inimitable as it gets; cobbled alongside the understandably human flaws he’s learning from, his kindness and loyalty know no bounds, but at the end of the day, it’s his integrity that’s unparalleled.

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Chicago P.D. 4×23 “Fork in the Road” Recap

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Case Summary: When kids are overdosing and Bunny’s lover is murdered, the cases tie together in an unsurprising way. Erin makes the decision to accept a job with the FBI.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D. is a show about good deeds, but at its core it is a show about family. A family the Intelligence unit has formed through innate dedication to protect one another. Whether it’s past, present, or future members, the unit has always been a family. And a “Fork in the Road” was an episode about family, it was far from perfect, undoubtedly predictable, but nevertheless it featured some beautiful moments reminding viewers of why this show’s special.

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Chicago P.D. 4×17 “Remember the Devil” Recap

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On a scale of one to 10, how heartbroken are our readers right now?

Case Summary: When a young girl is found locked up in a secluded area, the Intelligence unit must track down the man who placed the Craigslist ad to lure her and her still captive friend in. Olinsky returns to work. Jay’s ex-wife (?!?!) returns.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D. is far from perfect, in fact, its lack of continuity and the decision to ignore significant parts of a character’s life that was previously established never fails to make my blood boil. And the fact that the series makes me angrier than anything else probably triggers the good ol’ frequently asked question: why do you continue to watch and review it? Because my love for these characters knows no bounds. I care way too much about them to give up. And sometimes, I wonder if the writers think about the characters as much as fans do after an episode. Essentially, “Remember the Devil” is one of those episodes that legitimately makes me question a lot of things.

I won’t be doing a performer and an exquisite scene this week as there’s a lot to focus on in regards to the series as a whole. I hope that’s okay with our readers.

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Chicago P.D. 4×13 “I Remember Her Now” Recap

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Raise your hand if the beginning of this episode made you extremely uncomfortable, but all the plaid made it somewhat better?

Case Summary: When a 15-year-old is found brutally murdered, the unit learns that she comes from a school known for dealing with mischievous kids. In order to figure out what goes on behind closed doors, Jay must go undercover, where he’ll experience even more traumatic events.

Review | Analysis: “I Remember Her Now” was a risk to take, but it’s one that I’m slightly pleased the series has targeted. No matter how uncomfortable it made me (seriously, I was very uncomfortable), it was a raw depiction of the nastiness in our world. And nastiness isn’t a word that’s used often here because it’s one of my least favorite words to use for how demeaning it is. And that’s what this case showcased — the horrors that people will succumb underage girls to for money. An episode like this is never easy to watch, but it was fascinating to see Jesse Lee Soffer take Jay out of his normal element and into something we’ve yet to see from him. It was fascinating to see good win. It was fascinating to see these girls find a proper home.

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Chicago P.D. 4×05 “A War Zone” Recap

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And all good things must come to an end.

Case Summary: After Will Halstead calls in the unit to notify them of yet another overdose and a body’s later found, the unit scatters together to find the dealer. Tay’s sent back to her old unit. Jay gives Mouse his blessing to leave and Platt hands him the cleared record.

Review | Analysis: “A War Zone” was solid, but unsurprisingly one of the more heartbreaking episodes. One of the things Chicago P.D. is best at is showcasing the importance of a person’s agency. And in doing so, it’s always done a riveting job of revealing the depth of adoration our heroes carry in their hearts. However, most importantly it reminded us of the fact that soldiers carry admirably selfless passion within them, and we need to remind ourselves of how vital they are everyday.

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Chicago P.D. 4×02 “Made A Wrong Turn” Recap

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There are serious issues in the world we shouldn’t have to deal with in 2016.

Case Summary: When a woman goes missing, racial prejudices rise; thereby, forcing the unit to work extra hard in order to justly fight for the crime in front of them while acknowledging the unfortunate issues the world still has. Jay and Erin officially move in together while Erin begins distancing herself from Voight. Tay and Burgess go on a girl’s night. And Mouse makes a drastic decision about his future.

Review | Analysis: “Made A Wrong Turn” is Chicago P.D. at its absolute finest. The episode showcased the depth of the world’s calamities and struggles masterfully. The unfortunate truth within today’s society is the fact that race is still a predominate concern especially surrounding law enforcement. Through “Made A Wrong Turn” Chicago P.D. acknowledges the fact that while this is a prodigious issue in the real world, these officers are attempting to do the best they can in order to be part of the solution. And the thematic situations “Made A Wrong Turn” explored revealed incredibly valuable emotions beautifully.

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Chicago P.D. 4×01 “The Silos” Recap

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Wouldn’t life be dandy if we just had all the answers in one episode?

Case Summary: Burgess and her new partner Julie Tay (Li Jun Li) save a woman’s life while the Intelligence unit busts a drug case that involves another officer. Commander Crowley interrogated Voight and Lindsay in order to find out what happened to Justin’s killer’s body.

Review | Analysis: “The Silos” wasn’t my favorite premiere (I’m still madly in love with season three’s “Life In Fluid”), but it was most definitely a good one. And while the episode appears to have wrapped things up in a complicated little bow, it’s actually revealed what may the most complex season in Chicago P.D. history. Part of what makes this show so special is the rawness in their work and to lose that element today due to an officer not paying for his crimes would change the series drastically. As unfortunate as it is, and as understandable as Voight’s situation is, he shouldn’t get away with this.

Justin’s tragic death was undeserved and I can see why Voight took matters into his own hands. But being a firm believer in the fact that a life in prison is worse than an instantaneous death, I can’t see how his actions are justifiable. And because I’d prefer for this series to stay realistic, at some point Voight will have to see a punishment. Unfortunately, because he’d have to serve time in prison, I don’t believe the series will actually go there. But perhaps, if he argues self-defense in a sense, maybe he can serve less than the general 25 to life for murder. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the fact that if the series wants audiences to take it seriously, getting away with such things without a consequence isn’t what I’d want to see.

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Chicago P.D. 3×17 “Forty-Caliber Bread Crumb” Recap

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Backstory is always the most remarkable type of story telling.

Case Summary: When an operation goes south at Jay’s second job, Terry loses his life. The Intelligence unit questions Brianna then learns the facility was bugged. And we get a little bit more on Jay’s past.

Review | Analysis: Episodes that challenge the characters always manage to be the best. “Forty-Caliber Bread Crumb” took a man away from his family, and as he grieved for his friend, Halstead also dealt with the horrific return of war memories. At this point it’s no surprise that the reason I’ve chosen to review this series is because of the friendships — the subtle moments where we get to see the people behind the uniforms. And these are also the episodes that allow actors to challenge themselves with some of the most gut-wrenching performances.

I may be biased here, but episodes centered around Jay generally tend to be incredibly intriguing. And because we’ve wanted backstory on his character for the longest time, it was delivered in ways better than I had expected. It’s always made sense to me that details of his past couldn’t be revealed due to the fact that it’s anything but easy to open up and talk about them. And while a lot’s been left to our imagination, it’s nice that we’re still able to get fragments.

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Chicago P.D. 3×11 “Knock the Family Right Out” Recap

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Never go into a case without backup.

Case Summary: When a local family’s home is invaded as they’re all drugged with ‘laughing gas’ to continue sleeping, their 14-year-old daughter is raped, and the Intelligence unit gets involved to find the culprit/s. And later when they find a man that could potentially be involved during an undercover night out, another female claims to have been raped in the same way, but it turns out she’s only trying to free her partner from Intelligence.

Review | Analysis: The series picked up its pace this week with an engaging case that had all of Intelligence at the top of their games, and perhaps even a bit too much. It’s never easy to listen to rape victims talk about what they’ve been through, and it’s even worse to know that a woman would be a part of the villain team. Women should love and support each other, not the other way around. Though as far as storytelling goes, Tawny’s involvement was a fine way to shock the audience. “Knock the Family Right Out” worked wonderfully as a whole because for what seems like the longest time, no one felt disconnected. Even Platt’s wedding plans fit in for it gave Kim the opportunity to open up her actual thoughts on the delay. And because Kim got to play around with Intelligence this week, it all correlated smoothly with the running theme of honesty throughout the episode.

Honesty is the act of telling the truth — it’s having the strength to confront what’s inside, and even the nobility to admit when you’re wrong. Within the case we were presented with two females: one who chose to reveal what really happened and another that deceitfully put the life of innocents at risk in order to carry on her dastardly duties. And with Lindsay, admitting that her rash decision wasn’t wise is yet another example which rings true to the theme of practicing rectitude. But perhaps when it comes to honesty, the truth about Kim’s feelings surfacing may have just been my favorite part of the episode. Continue reading