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Five Reasons to Watch Chicago PD

BY Lisa Casas

Published 8 years ago

Chicago PD’s third episode “Chin Check” did much to firmly cement its place as the best new show this midseason.  This is must-see television.  If you haven’t caught PD yet, I’ve got five reasons to convince you to drink the Kool-aid and hop in the cop car for a helluva ride.

#5 – All the actors are top notch.

Jason Beghe as Sergeant Hank Voight is leading this show, and lead it he does.  The gravel in his voice shows every bad guy he means business. How he makes us like him, faults and all, is a testament to his acting chops. Whether he’s helping out a boy wanting to get out of a gang or accepting money under the table, we believe it.  Sophia Bush, John Seda, and Jesse Lee Soffer, are up to the challenge, holding their own in every scene.

#4 – The episodes are completely riveting.

The storytelling is unfolding slowly like only the best books can.  We don’t have all the answers, know everything about the characters, and all storylines are not wrapped up in a little bow.  Things are left undone, without a resolution. What is the relationship between Erin and Voight? Little clues have been dropped, but we don’t have the full story yet. There’s more to pretty boy Jay, maybe a murdered sibling years ago, but we don’t know for sure yet.  We just see him lurking outside a house being confronted by the owner and his creepy son.  Jay almost turns Voight on them. The mystery woman Voight’s been meeting with at the end of each episode leaves more questions than answers.

#3 – No one is all good or all bad.

The characters have more layers than one of those yummy canned biscuits. We kind of want to cheer Voight on when he roughs up a gang leader who wouldn’t let a boy out of his gang. Detective Lindsay is a truly caring cop, comforting a victim one minute then using the biggest gun you’ve ever seen taking down bad guys the next. She also gets all over Voight’s ass for not being there when his son, Justin, is released from jail.

#2 – Cool crossover moments with Chicago Fire seem like they’ll be the norm.

Tonight’s episode had Kelly Severide calling on Detective Lindsay for help in finding his missing sister. They had one of the most poignant scenes of the night, and there were many. Kelly cries on Erin’s shoulder with her trying to reassure him that good people are working on his sister’s case.

#1 – Chicago Fire is off the air until February 25, and we need something to hold us over.

This show is much more than merely a placeholder.  It’s all cop drama with a heart. Look out ChiFi, Chicago PD is quickly turning into our favorite.

Convinced to tune in yet?  Next week looks like another heart stopping episode, with our imperfect heroes making some pretty perfect TV.  See you back here, same place, same time.

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