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. 4×22 “Army of One” Recap

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Case Summary: When a group of pedophiles are targeted and burned, the Intelligence unit must figure out who’s behind it. And since capital punishment is now illegal in Illinois, despite the fact that those burned are criminals, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s now a crime. Erin crosses a line and leaves her career in jeopardy.

Review | Analysis: Chicago P.D. is a great show, but like anything in its genre, it can get redundant. Now while that’s not a problem because it mirrors a police officer’s day-to-day lives, on a TV series, it’s up to the characters to make it gripping. And most of the time, the characters succeed, but every so often (too many times lately), the series fails with its prodigious lack of continuity. Although “Army of One” was riveting in every sense of the word, it still poses plenty of questions that will probably not be answered.

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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. 4×05 “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. 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. 3×14 “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. 3×07 “A Dead Kid, a Notebook, and a Lot of Maybes” Recap

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This episode featured some of the best performances we’ve seen all season leaving me completely enamored while reminding me why I love this series so much.

Episode Summary: When Colin’s body is found next to a homemade bomb the team believes it’s a suicide, but when they’re given his journal of personal drawings pointing to a revenge scheme, they’re led to another kid, Ethan Jones, who reveals a lot more than any of them imagined. Jay’s connection with Ethan allows him to open up about his past. Adam and Kim’s date night is crashed by Olinsky and Michelle who need to place to stay. And Roman is understandably taking Andrew’s death hard.

Review | Analysis: I’ve always said that the cases closely involving members of the Intelligence unit end up being the most riveting. Frankly, if there’s one thing that’ll always keep me coming back to Chicago P.D. it’s the unbelievably talented group of actors and actresses that continuously leave me floored. Jesse Lee Soffer was at the top of his game this week — we’ve seen him do some commendable work, but in “A Dead Kid, a Notebook and a Lot of Maybes”, Soffer’s work is indescribable. This week’s episode also gave us some great developments between other members of the units and it’s always intriguing to see the differences in relationships on the series.

It’s fantastic that the episode’s theme once again focused on protecting children reminding us that sometimes, a hero can be anyone. And if that’s not enough, what most characters have done this week is given their all to make sure someone else feels safe enough to be lean on them.

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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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