Chicago P.D. 4×21 “Fagin” Recap

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“Fagin”: an acute reminder of just how compelling this series can be.

Case Summary: When a group of bank robbers turn out to be boys under the age of 15, it sends intelligence on a spiraling case to understand who’s controlling the operation. A new member temporary joins the team, Platt learns some inspiring information. Halstead celebrates his birthday, and Lindsay deals with the fallout of her actions, though in self-defense, killing a kid heavily impacts her.

Review | Analysis: When Chicago P.D. focuses on evolving its characters through realistic every day decisions as opposed to rash storylines, the series is at its finest delivering seamlessly balanced episodes. And “Fagin”, much like last week’s “Grasping for Salvation” was an episode that reminded me of why this show’s so incredible.

Chicago P.D. has tackled storylines regarding black kids/teens and the unfair police brutality they face, but in “Fagin” it was the boy’s age which made the killing that much more heart wrenching. Thereby, for Lindsay, this is something that she’ll carry to the end of time because it doesn’t matter that he had an automatic weapon, which was previously being fired and aimed towards her, he was 14. And to end the episode with that sentence lingering in the room left viewers with the haunting heartaches of all the kids who’ve unfairly lost their lives in the face of a gun. In potently powerful scenes, the episode showcased the true darkness in the world, the undeniable fact that sometimes, kids are being forced to do things beyond their desires and in return, they’re losing their lives for them.

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Chicago P.D. 4×12 “Sanctuary” Recap

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Case Summary: When a girl is murdered after her morning run, two kids become the suspects. However, after they run into the church, the officers can’t get to them as they’re then protected by the Pastor. It turns out they weren’t guilty, the church is destroyed, and the culprit is found.

Review | Analysis: “Sanctuary” should have aired before “You Wish” because once again we’re left with a lack of continuity that simply doesn’t add up. But that said, for what it’s worth, I adored the focus we had on Atwater and I only wish his scenes were a little bit longer. Laroyce Hawkins needs to be given more opportunities to shine as he did this week. Who do I need to speak to for more Atwater scenes?

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Chicago P.D. 2×22 “Push the Pain Away” Recap

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“Push The Pain Away” featured some of the strongest performances we’ve everseen from Sophia Bush.

Episode Summary:  A group of men go on a shooting spree, but with the help of Mouse and Erin, the Intelligence unit puts an end to their schemes. Kim has loved her first day as an official detective while Atwater’s adventures as a regular patrol officer weren’t as great. Platt’s kind advice is ignored and Lindsay spirals backwards in the worst way possible.

Review | Analysis:  It’s a shame that I don’t have a lot of good things to talk about in this episode. And it’s a shame that I’m more nervous for the finale than I am excited. However, despite the fact that I don’t have a lot to have actually analyze, this week’s case was a lot more interesting than last week’s. I found myself intrigued with the men because you know that their reasoning was going to be something personal and while it didn’t justify their actions, it made for a great hour of television.

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