Chicago Fire “Halfway to the Moon” Review: Who Gets Their Way?

Chicago Fire “Halfway to the Moon” Spoilers Ahead

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Halfway To The Moon" Episode 1020 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christian Stolte as Mouch, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella --
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As we near the end of the season, Chicago Fire pulls all the punches before it wraps everything up with the wedding-filled finale we’re all hoping to see. But that’s not the case by the end of Season 10, Episode 20, “Halfway to the Moon,” because instead, we’re asking about which character consistently gets their way.

Still, Chicago Fire’s “Halfway to the Moon” is a primarily entertaining episode that allows Gallo to shine in a way that works for us to see that he’s harnessing his potential. But where this then leads is a quarrel between lieutenants, and elsewhere Hermann is dealing with a copycat bar of Molly’s. At this point, the duplicate bar sounds like a better round of events than the frustration that Violet consistently deals with because of Emma.

Will Violet Be Replaced on 51?

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Halfway To The Moon" Episode 1020 -- Pictured: Hanako Greensmith as Violet --
(Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

After Violet essentially accuses Emma of tampering with their medical gear and then feels awful about it, Emma turns to Hawkins, threatening his relationship and position, while ultimately stating that if he doesn’t give her Violet’s spot, she’s revealing their secret. This situation with Emma feels so bizarre for this kind of show. I found myself cringing too many times during most of her screen time because how did we get to a place where it’s this childish? Why does she want this spot so bad, knowing that people might potentially dislike her if the truth about her behavior came to the surface? Is she a narcissist with a victim complex? Is there something bigger, perhaps darker, about her past that we will learn about later? Because what’s the point?

While no part of me thinks that Violet will be transferred out of Firehouse 51, there is a high chance that this could jeopardize her relationship with Hawkins for good. We don’t yet know whether the two are meant to last despite how adorable they are together, but the fact is that Emma isn’t going to go away easily. And I hope that, at the very least, instead of pitting two women against each other, the series gives us a compelling reason for Emma’s behavior.

Whose Way is the Right Way?

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Halfway To The Moon" Episode 1020 -- Pictured: Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd --
(Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)

This season has already given us plenty of unnecessary drama with Stellaride, but this especially feels unnecessary. While Stella was a bit harsh in accusing Kelly of poaching Gallo, his remarks about her always getting what she wants was petty. Kelly Severide isn’t hard to love, but when he doesn’t use his words and gets childish…well, there are no words. Stella has put up with plenty, and while she clarifies that her behavior wasn’t exactly her best, his final comment was unnecessary, followed by the decision to walk away.

What on earth does it mean that she always gets her way? She talked to Gallo in the end and gave him the agency to decide for himself, but it still doesn’t seem like the man she’s marrying has any clue how to deal with his own desires. What exactly is it that you want that you can’t voice aloud, Kelly? In an otherwise riveting episode, this final moment throws the kind of curveball that doesn’t seem to fit the overall theme of thinking further before jumping to conclusions.

While we’re confident that there will be a wedding, here is to hoping that people learn to communicate better before resorting to crude remarks. (We’re also looking at you, Hermann.) It wasn’t necessary to go down this route, but if the show actually allows the characters to go forward from this moment, then it could work to their benefit. If nothing else, it’s a great reminder of the fact that this squad is a family who’ll continue to look out for one another even while they’re upset, and it’ll be gratifying to see that come to pass in the last few episodes of the season.

Now streaming on NBC and Hulu: What are your thoughts on Chicago Fire’s “Halfway to the Moon?” Let us know in the comments below.


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