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. 3×02 “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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