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Chicago Fire - Season 2 WORK

Two main stories dominated this episode. One revolved around Leon, Cruz's little brother. After witnessing a little girl get gunned down in their neighborhood, Cruz and Leon are informed by Voight and Detective Lindsay (her first introduction as a cast member of the upcoming spin off Chicago PD) that an increase in Leon's former gang in the area was to blame. Voight then becomes typical conniving Voight and threatens to look into the fire that killed Leon's former gang leader Flacco if Cruz didn't let Leon go back into the gang and become a CI. After some kind of terrible advice from Casey who tells him to "trust that he'll make it out on his own this time" (seriously, what?), Cruz is forced to watch as Leon leaves to join the gang again. It was interesting to watch Detective Lindsay use the unfortunate death of their 10 year old neighbor to strong-arm and convince Leon. Their cop unit seems ruthless when it comes to getting what they need to take down the bad guys. It was also great to see the Cruz character get some real meaty stuff to play with.

Chicago Fire - Season 2


One story from the previous episode I was eager to see unfold was Severide's half-sister Katie, from one of Benny's old marriages. After this episode, it seemed like she had a good head on her shoulders despite the fact all her family had deserted her - she had a steady job and a future goal of opening her own catering company. However after being invited to cook for the firehouse by Severide and not showing up, it was clear that she had some trust issues to say the least. Things were left with Severide giving her space and telling her that he's not Benny.

Now have I seen dramas where the main characters don't all hook up with each other (Mills/Dawson/Casey, etc)? Of course. But I can't be biased there - Chicago Fire isn't one of those shows. It's the procedural format - doesn't matter if we're in a firehouse, police station or hospital - characters will hook up with other multiple main characters. I love a good romance as much as any other form of drama or tension. If there ever was a long term couple that was waiting to hook up, it was Dawson and Casey - it's no surprise Chicago Fire has already put them together.

Boden: You left Henry Mills to find his own way. As I recall, he never found it.Chaplain: Wallace, you've been holding that against me for a long time.Boden: He was trying to repair a broken marriage. He needed someone to lean on. It couldn't be me for obvious reasons, which is why I asked you to talk to him.Chaplain: And I had every intention of doing so...Boden: If he hadn't of walked into that fire carrying so much anger, he just might have walked back out again.

Chicago Fire fans, what did you think of the episode? What do you suspect will happen to Casey? And can you see Dawson as a firefighter? Head to the comments with your thoughts, but first, grade the hour via the poll below!

A drama series following the fire-fighters paramedics and rescue squad of Chicago Firehouse 51. In the first season the group try to move on after a fire claims the life of a team member and blame shifts between Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney). Meanwhile young firefighter candidate Peter Mills (Charlie Barnett) joins the staff.This is a must have for true Chicago Fire fans! Binge watch all your favorite episodes as many times as you want.

It's nearly impossible to be a fan of procedural television without watching a series produced by Dick Wolf. He created an enduring hit with the "Law & Order" universe in the 1990s and continued his reign with his "One Chicago" universe. In 2012, Wolf took fans from New York to the Windy City with a franchise that follows law enforcement officers, firefighters, and medical personnel. The franchise's flagship series, "Chicago Fire," is among the best procedural shows of the last ten years due to its quality storylines and lovable characters.

The men and women of Firehouse 51 share a unique bond that transcends mere professional relationships. Week after week, the series brings them into some of the most dangerous situations imaginable, and survival is never guaranteed. This show is the most reliably well-written part of the "One Chicago" franchise. Still, every great series has its low points. Some seasons are memorable from beginning to end, while others suffer from pacing issues, unpopular cast changes, and inconsistent quality. However, no season is without merit. The best seasons of "Chicago Fire" have an emotional resonance that many shows fail to achieve, and even the weaker seasons still have something valuable to offer viewers.

From the moment filming began, season 9 of "Chicago Fire" faced an uphill battle. Production started in November 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic had already caused widespread shutdowns on film and television sets. According to Deadline, the show suspended filming after a few weeks because multiple people contracted the virus. This interruption (and a two-month hiatus after the second episode) negatively impacted season 9's quality. It is among the shortest seasons of the series, and many episodes are a far cry from the hard-hitting drama fans love. Although the season gets off to a decent start with "Rattle Second City," none of the other episodes rise to the occasion.

The pandemic's imposed limitations become even more evident as the season wears on since the storylines focus more on building relationships than fighting fires. For instance, the subplot of Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett's (Kara Killmer) relationship feels fresh out of a soap opera. Thrilling rescues and intense action are more scarce this season than any other. The creators did their best under unprecedented circumstances, but the lack of balance throughout the season makes it boring to watch. However, the series does an excellent job of incorporating the real-life impact of the pandemic without overshadowing its usual formula: The seamless introduction of outdoor patio seating at Molly's Bar in "Rattle Second City" reflects a change that viewers recognized from their favorite restaurants in the real world.

Killing off popular characters is always risky, and season 3 features one of the most disappointing deaths in the series. After a nail-biting season 2 finale, season 3 starts with "Always," featuring tearjerker flashbacks about Leslie Shay (Lauren German). Her fate wasn't certain at the end of the previous season, and this premiere quickly confirms that the fan-favorite character is dead. However, it also pays homage to Shay and stirs nostalgic feelings about her best moments from the show. The episode is full of contemplative moments but manages to have a satisfying plot.

Although it's a touching episode, "Always" starts the season on a low note that is hard to build from in subsequent episodes. As the Firehouse 51 crew (and viewers) reel from this tragic loss, the storylines in season 3 become overly convoluted. Everyone processes grief differently, but some characters' methods detract from this season's cohesiveness. Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) takes an impromptu grief-driven trip to Las Vegas that ends in a shotgun wedding to a virtual stranger. Unfortunately, this storyline introduces a character who only sticks around for a handful of episodes and does little to further Severide's character development. Even "We Called Her Jellybean," part of an excellent three-episode crossover with "Law & Order: SVU" and "Chicago PD," gets lost in the shuffle during this unfocused season.

Season 8 of "Chicago Fire" suffers from a common problem for long-running series: writers can only reinvent the wheel so many times. While this season has decent direction and action, many of its storylines are less interesting. Similar to season 3, this season kicks off with the death of a beloved character and follows Firehouse 51 as they handle the aftermath. This time, the unlucky victim is Brian "Otis" Zvonecek (Yuri Sardarov), a woefully underrated young firefighter. Otis' death doesn't receive quite the same treatment as Leslie Shay's, but the series explores some small tragedies that follow his sudden death: In "A Real Shot In The Arm," Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) has to sell Otis' portion of Molly's Bar to keep the business afloat.

Although the first few episodes successfully capitalize on the fallout of this sad event, the season quickly stalls out. Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) resurfaces in "Best Friend Magic," and the crew takes part in a "One Chicago" crossover event. Still, these storylines don't pack enough punch to carry the middle of the season. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted production in March 2020. As a result, season 8 ended three episodes earlier than planned. While the finale, "51's Original Bell," works, it isn't as powerful as other finales in the series.

Matt Casey is the heart and soul of "Chicago Fire." His storylines are among the most compelling, and he's an undeniably well-developed character. From his first minute on-screen, Casey establishes himself as a caring leader who puts others' needs first. Though he has instances of being too quick-tempered, his heart is in the right place. Unfortunately, in season 10, the series suffers a significant loss when Casey departs in "Two Hundred." The episode follows Casey through his goodbyes without veering into sentimentality and leaves the door open for him to return.

Many long-running series suffer from a content stall-out at some point, which seems to be the case for season 11. The season starts with "Hold On Tight," which is one of the series' best premieres. From minute one, it's running on high-octane fuel, picking up where the season 10 cliffhanger left off and charging full speed ahead. It's exhilarating to watch Severide pin down his assailant with a fishing spear, and Kidd's take-charge attitude reminds everyone why these two are the perfect "Chicago Fire" power couple. Nevertheless, even with so much tension to build from, the early conflict resolves too quickly to carry the whole episode. This inconsistency plagues multiple episodes, which throws off the pacing of this season. 041b061a72


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