Chicago P.D. Season 2 Review

It’s that time of the year again when TV shows are reaching their season finales, going on vacation until autumn comes around. Now, some storylines have been wrapped up, but other are just beginning to tangle.

On May 20th, I was deeply upset by the fact one of my favourite TV shows was reaching it’s spring finale. After many weeks of suffering over events that had occurred, i would finally get a resolution.

Following the events of the previous season, the Intelligence unit is back together on the small screen fighting crimes in Chicago. Keep in mind this is not a recap, but a review of the season. I won’t go into much details. However, there might be some minor and major spoilers so if you haven’t watched all episodes do it, then come back to discuss.

The first two episodes i found very strong continuation of the storyline from last year about Jin. It is resolved nicely and tightly. As our characters get ore serious arcs, the show becomes even grittier and darker. For example, Antonio is getting a divorce, starting a second job as a driver which doesn’t end well for some people. I found this a really strong storyline, though it was short. It showed that sometimes people need to take up jobs they are not dying for.

The crime cases became more and more realistic. There was one episode, the sixth I think, which was really emotional. A child was brutally murdered. The circumstances made me feel really sad for the mother and I even shed a tear or two.

As the season progresses, we learn more about Erin’s past and get to know her better. She’s the star of the season, especially in the last couple of episodes. Indeed, I was rooting for her to get together with Jay and that eventually happened. Unfortunately, the Linstead ship sank, considering they are working together.

Conversely, things were much brighter for Ruzek and Burgess. They got together, started living together and in the end got engaged. Like literally, the end. They are such a cute couple. I am glad Ruzek dumped his previous interest.

The plot resolving around Burgess and Atwater is very up-and-down one. At one moment he’s upstair, the next – she is. The rivalry between two friends, two partners is one way of adding even more drama. Nevertheless, sometimes it feels forced, I don’t know why.

To this day, I don’t know if I like Voight. He’s the most ruthless character on the show and yet has a heart of gold for his people. For Lindsay, at least. When they robbed him I was so eager to see him make those bastards pay. Many might not approve his methods, but I think they are needed. Some people are not afraid of the court *cough* Greg Yates and other psychos *cough*. Mentioning his methods, I remember a lot of people thinks the writers went too overboard with the police brutality. Even so, I disagree with them because this is what life is; cops don’t always follow the rules.

I applaud Dick Wolf for doing what he does with crossovers. Especially, the last one. Yes, it was disturbing and grim, but it was extremely well executed. I respect him for going all the way with Dallas Roberts’s character. Nadia’s death was terrible with all the details explicitly stated, but it was needed to show that even he can be caught. I really liked her character, she was developed from an addict to a woman who was accepted to train for police. R.I.P. Nadia.

Her death took a strong toll on Erin. It destroyed her. They were best friends and taking into account what Lindsay saw, I would be damaged too. But her old habits started returning. The presence of her mother did not help either. Instead, she continued making her drink and take drugs. The very last scene with Erin lying on the table, surrendering her badge was such a powerful and heart-breaking moment. The look on her face when she tells Voight she quits shows she doesn’t feel right to do it, but does it anyway. Thus, she may found a way to grieve for a while and then come back fresh as a cucumber.

Also, the plot around Koteas’s character can get quite confusing, the biggest shock was delivered in the last episode with the revelation that he has another daughter, but not from his wife.

in short, Chicago P.D.’s second season is a great all-rounder with excellent stories, great action and superb acting. It has all the right built-up throughout the 22 episodes and you get some real peyoffs, even though some stories are left for us to follow in September/October. I am looking forward to see what the executive producer, Dick Wolf, has to offer next season with a third show in the Chicago franchise: Chicago Med. Perhaps we’ll get a four-part crossover. Only time and Wolf will tell.

CHICAGO P.D. RETURNS FOR A THIRD SEASON WEDNESDAYS, THIS FALL ON NBC.

 

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