First of all, there are a selection of these programmes; ‘Chicago P.D.’, ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Chicago Med’ and ‘Chicago Justice’. Therefore, there are some interlinks and crossovers which excites fans who have watched them all. The idea is that you watch them in a certain order in time for the crossovers. However, I watched the first episode of ‘Chicago Fire’ and found it very confusing, I felt like I was watching an episode mid series rather than the pilot, so I gave up on that series. Then I started to watch ‘Chicago P.D.’, watched the first episode and ended up binge-watching eleven episodes in one sitting, oops… There are also some crossovers with the show ‘Law and Order: SVU’. It is annoying with these crossovers as some episodes can become confusing if you’ve not watched the previous from another show as they link. Additionally, it’s very irritating when they leave an episode on a cliff hanger but don’t finish it in ‘Chicago P.D.’ ever! But I can’t be dealing with watching multiple shows at once just to understand a few episodes.
At the 21st District at Chicago Police Department, a group work as intelligence detectives. The first thing you recognise is that these aren’t any normal cops. They would do anything, and I mean anything, to get crime off the streets. In particular, this involves the sergeant of the intelligence department: Hank Voight (Jason Beghe). He is the one that does go to extreme limits which I do not agree with, he is an extremely flawed character. Nevertheless, some things he does do right. He takes a lot of weight on his shoulders for solving the crime in Chicago. ‘Chicago P.D.’ feels more realistic to human emotions and the boundaries people will cross when pushed to their limits.
I also have to mention a few of the characters as they bring so much to the show: passionate detective Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush – who most recognise from ‘One Tree Hill’ but to me she’s Beth from ‘John Tucker Must Die’), my favourite Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer), dedicated Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), patrol officer Kim Burgess (Marina Squerciati) and quiet yet loyal Alvin Olinsky (Elias Koteas). There are many other brilliant characters in the show, but they were just a few that should be mentioned. All of the characters have some excellent storylines, which just hooks the audience in more. You discover an element of one’s life and you need to watch more episodes to discover the whole story. The show is very skilled in creating some complex character backgrounds that intrigues the audience.
The intelligence detectives become a family trying to protect their city from the dangers in the world. Each episode follows a new case, always high-profile and dangerous. All of the episodes are very explosive. The mystery and action within each episode are phenomenal and addictive to watch. The cases are often heart-breaking and feel very real and you quickly cling to this police department in their flaws and glory. The first episode definitely gives you a flavour of the type of programme this is, yes it is just another cop show, but I would say it is one of the better ones.