Chicago PD 2×23 ‘Born Into Bad News’ Say Goodbye to Lindsay

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Guess who has quit the Intelligence team…again? I wonder how long she’ll be gone this time.

The rollercoaster that is now Erin Lindsay’s life has taken some pretty drastic turns. But we all saw it coming. I mean there was enough foreshadowing to know that Erin was going to get back into drugs and alcohol. The morning after her little bender Landon informs her that they did quite a lot the night before. And I don’t think he was talking about the sex. So once again Lindsay shows up late to work looking like she went on an all night bender. Fitting since she did in fact go on an all night bender. To be honest I am not at all surprised with the way the writers took this storyline. They built it up enough to know that Erin was going to slip and go dark again. I am glad that they are actually making it lead somewhere. It seems a little unoriginal to have her just leave the team since she literally just did that for another job, but I can see that this would be the next step for Erin. She is a good cop and she wouldn’t want anything to interfere with that. So now that it looks like something might affect her work and cause her to not make the people of Chicago a priority she would rather leave her job than put someone else at risk. She also probably wants to get away from all of the supportive people in her life, because she feels like she has done something wrong and having all of these people that care about her telling her that it wasn’t her fault and that they are here for her is probably just making her feel even worse.

Source: NBC

Source: NBC

The only thing I don’t like about Erin leaving her job is that it feels like a recycled storyline. Yes it is for an entirely different reason, but the fact still remains that only a few episodes ago she was leaving the team to go pursue another job; a job that she was only at for one episode before she came back to the Intelligence unit. How long will she be gone this time? It seems like the perfect setup for next season’s premiere. I can see them jumping a few weeks or a few months to see Erin being a drunk, caught up in her bad habits again, living on her mother’s bunk beds, with Burgess taking her spot upstairs. I would have no problem with the show going this direction if they stuck with it. Instead I feel like they are going to do what they always do and have her come back next episode. Hopefully this time we will forget how sudden it is to have her back because we will have a few months in between seasons. But even the Burgess/Atwater switch that just happened only lasted for one episode. They keep shuffling characters around but not giving them time to properly settle. It feels like they doing everything just for shock value. Setting up all of these drastic character changes just to surprise the audience but then not wanting to follow through with the story lines.

Source: NBC

Source: NBC

Speaking of shock storylines. Where did that proposal come from? Adam surprises Kim in the locker room to pop the question. This all seems a little sudden to me because not only was he just engaged to a woman only a few months ago (you know the fiancée he left for Burgess) but we as the audience had no indication that this was coming. There was no hint, no scene of him asking the other guys for advice, nothing to indicate that he was even thinking about marriage. It feels like another plot point that was dropped into the story just to make a splash. Now let me guess, they won’t be allowed to work in the same unit once they are married. What a shame too since Burgess will be getting Lindsay’s spot now that she quit. It’s funny that all of these things just coincidently happened at the same time. It’s also quite a coincidence that Chicago Fire had the same storyline with Dawson and Casey.

Source: NBC

Source: NBC

Another storyline that the sister shows seem to share is the teams coming together to invest in real estate. On Chicago Fire a few members of the team bought the bar named Molly’s. On Chicago PD Dawson has convinced Halstead and Roman to partner with him to buy a gym. On it’s own this story wouldn’t be bad but because it so closely resembles a storyline from Chicago Fire it just looks like lazy writing.

I love Chicago PD. I like the characters and I like how they showcase everything in shades of grey. One of our main good guys started out as a bad guy on Chicago Fire, but Voight has become one of the characters that I adore and root for. They have added depth to his character and made him human, not just a villain. The show is great with creating realistic likeable characters, characters that have layers, a past, both good and evil aspects. However the show lacks the ability to maintain a storyline. It has trouble showcasing these characters while still having them maintain their same position. It can’t seem to juggle the work lives and personal lives of these characters. So the big character developments come with the upheaval of their careers, shown with Lindsay leaving the unit. However the writers are also unaware of how to maintain the show with these characters not being a part of the core team. With Lindsay not a member of the Intelligence team how will she get any screen time? Simple we make her part of the team again. They opt for the easy way out instead of discovering a new and inventive way of either developing these characters or letting them exist outside of the main story arcs. They rip them out and then shove them right back in again creating a very jumpy and disjointed story.

I hope that they are able to make something more out of Lindsay’s decision to leave other than the obvious storylines that I have mentioned. But odds are we will see her rejoining the team during the season 3 premiere. Perhaps next season they will at least pick another character to ditch the Intelligence unit.

Shea McKeown

Shea McKeown

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