Case(s) Summary: After Severide’s car is found at the scene of a hit and run, he becomes the suspect in what turns out to be Vehicular Homicide. Erin’s father comes into the picture. Burgess tries to settle in with Intelligence. Ruzek goes undercover.
Most Noteworthy Performance: If I had more time, I’d watch Chicago Fire because Taylor Kinney’s performances often leave me thoroughly impressed. And while this may be cheating because he isn’t really a member of Chicago P.D., Kinney stole the show with his honest, overwhelmingly heartfelt sincerity. And when Severide says that he doesn’t deserve to be fought for if it turns out he’s guilty, my heart was in pieces. You understood his guilt in a way that felt haunting. Severide’s heart and the magnitude of goodness it’s filled with despite whatever painful issues he’s personally dealing with. To not watch Chicago Fire, but to see a character’s heart in a single episode showcases great strength in an actor. And while I knew he wouldn’t be guilty, never have I hoped for something so desperately on Chicago P.D.
Most Exquisite Moment: I’m a fan of childhood treasures making their way into a series to show us where a character comes from. And to reveal that Erin’s dad has actually kept pictures was a beautiful surprise I wasn’t expecting. It may very well be a fantasy, but as Lindsay states, it’s one I want to believe in for a while. I often believed that Lindsay’s dad was abusive, but the fact that she has no recollection of that was probably just an assumption I’m glad was false. And to leave her with a flicker of hope was nice.
I also really loved the fact that despite going against her initial desire, Jay was honest about it. And that’s kind of what I was hoping for. I wasn’t too thrilled with it, but it’s easy to understand where Jay’s coming from in this situation. Jay’s number one priority will always be Erin, and making sure she’s going into something honorable is his goal. He had to make sure she’d be safe. And I understood that desire which is why I’m glad he asked again wanting to make sure that this time, she knows he’ll do the background check. And if she says no, which she did, then it’s out of the picture.
Chicago P.D. isn’t what it used to be and if I’m being perfectly honest, it’s become incredibly difficult to write about. I find myself upset more often than I should be. There are a lot of things that continue to occur that are entirely out of character (i.e. Olinsky’s comments to Burgess.), and I’m not someone who can sit here judging an episode harshly. I’m not a critic. I’m someone who’ll write about the things she loves and if there’s something that’s bothering me, I will publicly stay quiet. I can voice my concerns, but when the negatives outweigh the positives, that doesn’t make me feel good or honorable as a writer. That said, the structure of our Chicago P.D. reviews will not be changing. They will remain brief and focused on a performer + scene. I would stop writing about the show in its entirety, but for the time being, I still care about these characters deeply.
What are your thoughts on Chicago P.D’s two-part episode/crossover with Chicago Fire?