Chicago PD 3×23 “Start Digging” and then I’ll shoot you

Photo from the episode "Start Digging"

Hmm, that’s an interesting title. I wonder how they are going to reference that in the episode. Oh, Voight’s making a guy dig his own grave before he murders him, that’s how!

One thing Chicago PD has been able to do is occasionally shock me. For me, this show has proven to be fairly stereotypical. You know, like when you watch a horror movie and you can figure out who is going to die and who is going to survive based off of their character archetypes? Or that when someone closes a door the killer is going to be right behind it. Or that when the group splits up it means they are all going to die. Well it’s like that. I feel like I am pretty good and figuring out what the writer’s have in store for us. However this show has shocked me a couple times. This week’s episode was one of those. I can’t believe that Voight actually murdered someone. We have seen him come pretty close in the past, he has held guns to people’s heads, dangled suspects off of roofs, even slapped them around a little bit. However he has always been able to hold himself back. And when he can’t control himself usually Erin or Olinsky can bring him back. But even Erin’s crying face and tearful pleas can’t convince him to back down this time. I can’t blame him though. His only son is dead. We have seen how protective Voight is of his friends, now when it comes down to his one true family member I can understand why he went off the edge. Justin was all he had left. He had lost his wife, his unborn daughter, and now his only son.

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I know this episode was supposed to be a tragically emotional tear filled episode but the only part of this episode that made me tear up was when Erin is talking to Burgess. Sophia Bush is such an amazing actress that I could feel Erin’s anguish, I could feel her lose. I didn’t care that Justin was gone because we barely knew him. He was only on our screens for probably a total of 20 minutes the entire series. Without any character development why should we care that he’s gone? It’s not like I am going to miss him every week. But hearing Erin talking about her lose and how hurt she is got to me. It is seeing these emotions from a character and feeling it with them that creates a connection with them. If Erin had died I probably would have been a lot more upset and a lot more shocked. However nothing in this episode was that jaw dropping, save for the last 5 minutes where Voight ignores Erin’s pleas, sends her away and then murders a man in cold blood. That was pretty shocking.

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Source: NBC

It brings into question Voight’s future. Erin is the only one who knows what Voight did. Will he still be with the Intelligence team or is this it for his career? He was offered a promotion, which was a little bit like a slap to the face. It would take him off the streets and make him more of a manager. He would be in charge of 50 officers. Not a lot of time to get out there and investigate anything himself. After all this will this position be forced on him? Or will he be let go although? Will he choose to leave to be with Olive and Daniel? And if he is not longer in charge of the Intelligence team will we get to see Antonio in the role? Crowley did sort of offer it to him. Is this a set up to see Antonio be the new Voight? How will that change the dynamic of the show?

I will say this; this season did end on quite a cliffhanger and has left me with a fair amount of questions to ponder. Although knowing this show and how it hates to follow through on things we may see the season 4 premiere deal with Voight’s consequences and have everything go back to normal by episode 2.

Shea McKeown

Shea McKeown

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