Ruzek gets his badge taken away, Roman has to say goodbye and Linstead is so on but I don’t care about any of it because I was playing spot the cameo.
I had no idea that this week’s episode was a two part-er until I sat down to watch it. I don’t really get why they needed to do back to back episodes when they didn’t really connect that much anyways. These two could have easily been separated by a week and it wouldn’t have made a difference. Sometimes Chicago PD frustrates me, because as much as I love the characters and I find most of the episodes entertaining I find that they are always selling something. They have a ridiculous amount of cross over episodes. Now every episode ends at Molly’s where one of the Chicago Fire crew is serving up the drinks and one of the Chicago MED cast is bound to be sitting a few stools away. It just seems like the shows are trying so hard to advertise for each other. ‘Well you like this show have you heard about our other hits?’ I used to find it cool when I would see one of the Intelligence crew on Chicago Fire or when we would see some of the squad on Chicago PD but now it’s just too much. It’s like watching a movie where you see branded products everywhere and you know they are just there for advertising. Let’s focus more on the storylines and the character development then trying to get an audience for your other shows.
Dr. Charles for example. He comes in to give a consult on a suspect. But it is completely unnecessary for him to be there. You’re telling me that the Chicago Police Department doesn’t have psychiatrists on their own payroll? The only reason Dr. Charles is the one to do it is so that Chicago MED can get a little bit of free advertising. I have been noticing this for a while but have let it go up until now because there was always something more pressing to focus on but to be honest I am kind of underwhelmed at this episode. It was a big two part-er event that aired back to back but the story wasn’t big enough for something like that. It seems like it wasn’t originally meant to air as a joint episode but the network decided the show needed some extra advertising, maybe the ratings aren’t doing so well, so they crammed the two together.
I can’t help but hold specials like this one up to Grey’s Anatomy for comparison. Grey’s has always had such amazing, shocking, heart wrenching moments during their big specials, but what happened this episode that was so special? Sure Linstead got together, but that has happened before and we knew it was bound to happen again. Ruzek lost his job, but got it right back again. It would have been more impactful if this story arc had spanned a couple episodes. But again, just like Lindsay’s big story arcs it was used as a cheap jaw dropping moment, something to entice the audience but the writers won’t fully commit. The other big storyline was Roman’s bone marrow transplant. Which to be honest I could care less about. Yes it was sweet but they didn’t introduce us to the kid until this episode so we had no time to grow attached to him. As well I have never really grown attached to Roman either. He hasn’t done anything that has made me like him. I am ambivalent towards him. Perhaps this storyline would have been the thing to make me warm to him, but again it was cut short too soon.
It is difficult when you have a show like this that is based off of a different case every episode. The only things that the audience can bond to are the characters. If you don’t make likeable characters with interesting storylines what is there to keep the audience coming back for more? The reason I keep tuning in is to see what happens to Halstead and Lindsay, to learn more about Voight, to see Platt’s inner softie coming out. If the show was just case after case I wouldn’t still be tuning in. I wish that the writers would treasure their characters more and not use their lives, their trials and tribulations as bait to get a bigger audience or to keep the audience they have now. Let’s get some more character development. Let’s see a flash back episode of Voight and Alvin as badasses back in the day. Or Jay and Mouse overseas. Or hey let’s have an episode that focuses on Ruzek and Burgess’ wedding. It can be like that Rookie Blue episode where McNally runs into a murder on the way to her wedding. You got to see a case get solved but the episode didn’t revolve around it. Speaking of Rookie Blue, that is a cop show that is ideal to show you how to treat your characters. They are flushed out and loveable. That is a show that I am rarely disappointed in.
I’m hoping that Chicago PD will make a change because I do like the show, I like the characters but with the way it’s going now I can understand if their ratings are starting to dip. However the way to combat that isn’t in flashy gimmicks like 2 hour specials.