The show “Chicago PD” airs a new episode tonight (Wednesday, May 6) on NBC at 9 p.m. CDT. And like all shows this time of year, it’s heading for its season finale and will return for season No. 3 in the fall.
I’ve missed a couple of recent episodes and need to catch up, but I like “Chicago PD” and one of the reasons is the character of Sgt. Hank Voight, commander of the Chicago Police Department’s intelligence unit that’s the main focus of the show. He’s played very skillfully by Jason Beghe.
The character of Voight reminds me a lot of Vic Mackey from the FX program “The Shield.” Mackey (played by Michael Chiklis) was commander of a Los Angeles Police Department gang special response unit. He and his fellow officers in the unit were completely corrupt. That’s not the case with the rest of the characters on “Chicago PD.”
Voight bents the rules to solve crime, Mackey did the same although Mackey bent the rules farther than Voight. However, Voight makes suspects’ lives miserable.
One key difference is Mackey’s corruption was always outfront in every episode. Voight on the surface and to his superiors appears as an officer trying to do right after a very checkered past. However, there are those in the intelligence unit who know the real Voight and say nothing out of loyalty or don’t know what to do about the situation.
His boss has never seen the hidden safe in his house with all the cash he has from his corrupt activities.
What will be interesting in future seasons is to see if Voight can still walk down the road of moral ambiguity successfully and live the life he wants.
Voight is a well-written character and while Beghe has not hit one out of the park acting-wise with it, he’s getting close.
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UNTIL NEXT TIME. . .