There are some television shows that are perfect from the first episode on. There are others that need time to get it together.
“Chicago P.D.” needs time. That’s not a bad thing. Some shows take a few episodes to flesh out characters and give the viewer the exact impression the show’s creators want to make.
The NBC show is a spin-off of “Chicago Fire” that was created by Dick Wolf, who created the legendary “Law & Order” that ran 20 seasons and two successful “L & O” spin-offs.
“Chicago P.D.” involves the officers of a department intelligence unit run by Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beche). Now here’s a plot point that I absolutely don’t buy. But perhaps it will be explained later.
When we last saw the corrupt Voight, he was on his way to prison for threatening Lt. Casey on “Chicago Fire” after Casey refused to cover for Voight’s son, whose drunk driving caused a bad accident. Now Voight is out and running an elite police unit?
The characters on “Chicago Fire” are interesting. You want to get to know them better and you are interested in what happens to them although that show can get a little too soap opera-like at times. I didn’t feel that way about most of the officers on “Chicago P.D.”, but it was only the first episode.
But I do see potential in Voight. Wednesday’s premiere episode showed that he’s still not on the straight and narrow. I like Jon Seda’s Detective Antonio Dawson. We got to know him on “Chicago Fire” as he is the brother of paramedic Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund).
“Chicago P.D.” is on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. CST on NBC. I am going to check out the next few episodes and we’ll see what happens.
A LA CARTE ITEMS
I’m looking forward to the Winter Olympics and will be writing about them in the coming weeks. I am pumped that 10 members of the Chicago Blackhawks are going to play in the Olympics for their respective countries. I’ll be even more pumped if they return for the rest of the NHL season injury-free. I would never deny a player the chance to play for their home country. But could they put extra sheets of bubble wrap in their equipment bags?
UNTIL NEXT TIME. . .