The man that stole our precious puppy Nadia from us is back! And with him comes the New York Special Victims Unit and yet another crossover episode.
It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point, the amount of crossover ‘events’ that Chicago PD participates in. Can they still be called ‘events’ when they are steadily becoming the norm? That being said I was intrigued by the concept of this 2-part episode. Greg Yates is back. Remember the crazy serial killer that kidnapped and murdered Nadia? The guy that was the villain at the center of the previous Law and Order crossover. The one that I still haven’t watch the other parts too. Not unlike that crossover episode I did not watch the Law and Order: SVU half of this episode. So of course I only get half of the story. But I did appreciate that Chicago PD did try to inform the audience on most of the important information they were missing if they hadn’t tuned in to the first part. Pretty much Yates broke out of prison and is now loose in the Chicago area. I’m sure a lot more happened on SVU but that’s all we really need to know for this episode to make sense. I liked the use of the press conference to update, not only the media and the city, but also the audience. It was a new thing to see, since the show focuses on the Intelligence unit which is strictly meant to be undercover and therefore cannot be seen speaking on behalf of the police on the news.
It’s no surprise that Lindsay claimed most of the screen time. With the episode centering on the capture of Greg Yates you would assume that this would be an Erin episode. Yates is obsessed with her, has been ever since he first laid eyes on her. That’s the main reason he grabbed Nadia in the first place. So of course one of his main goals when he breaks out is to get into Erin’s head. I still don’t know what happened in the first part of the crossover episode, but in the Chicago PD half Yates was spying on Erin through spyware he installed on her cell phone, and sending her little notes to try to bait her into revealing herself. Voight is set against letting Erin anywhere near the psychopath. So he makes sure she stays put inside the station, even after she has tried to argue with him countless times to let her out into the field. Voight tries to point out to Erin that Yates is leaving all of these notes and clues because he is baiting her but Erin says ‘if I’m bait, let me be bait. I can draw him in, let me do my job”. Not only would Lindsay want to catch the guy who murdered her friend but she is a street cop, she feels useless being stuck in the station. She wants to help bring Nadia’s killer to justice and stop him from hurting anyone else, and the only way she knows how to do that is on the street. To be fair I would have done the same thing as Hank. It’s not just because Lindsay is special, is like a daughter to him, it’s because she is part of his team and as her Sergeant he has to do what he thinks is best to keep her safe.
But of course you know as soon as the whole team leaves and Lindsay is left at the station alone, something is going to happen to make her go after Yates solo. Sure enough he video calls her and shows her that he has a hostage, his father Michael Williams. He asks for Lindsay to meet him, alone. I was so scared that Lindsay wouldn’t think and would just rush over without telling anyone. I half thought that maybe her and Mouse would go, he was in the army with Jay after all. But luckily I didn’t give our girl enough credit; she calls Voight on her drive over informing him where Yates is and insisting that she has to do this. After that it’s not too shocking what happens. Yates kills his dad and then Erin kills him. However the conversation beforehand is fairly interesting. Erin had previously taunted Yates by telling him that she reminded him of his mother. That is why he is so obsessed with her. He kills women that remind him of his mother because his mother (and father but apparently he doesn’t care that much about him) abandoned him when they had a second child. The actor who plays Yates, Dallas Roberts, does an amazing job at being so creepy in this scene, how he describes his first kill is unnerving. I really liked this scene not only for the acting but also the lighting and shot angles. As well as the way Lindsay flashed her flashlight on and off as she entered the abandoned house. It was very realistic. I remember watching a show with my boyfriend and him getting upset and the cops entering a house with their flashlights on, he explained that they wouldn’t actually do that since it would give away their position in the dark. I immediately thought of this when I saw Erin turning her light on just long enough to see what she needed to then off again so that she would be harder to spot. It added a nice level or realism to the scene.
Overall the episode was interesting and entertaining. I liked that we got to have a more final ending to the Yates storyline. I enjoyed the acting, the direction, the story, I just can’t stop being frustrated with the amount of crossover episodes. If I didn’t have a job and could just sit around watching TV all day it wouldn’t be a problem because I could have watched the first half. Alas in this busy world we live in there just isn’t enough time in the day to keep up with all of them.