Finally we get to see Trudy Platt out from behind that desk. Is what I thought when the episode started. I knew episode three would be Platt centered but I had no idea she would be stuck in a hospital bed for most of it. I wanted to see badass Sergeant Platt working the streets, kicking some ass. I suppose we do get some ass kicking in the end. I should be satisfied considering Trudy’s head trauma and all. But when Voight’s son was murdered we followed him all over town threatening and disfiguring people. Trudy Platt is just as badass as Hank Voight. However Hank did point out one difference when he came upon her torture chamber. She isn’t him; she would not be able to live with herself if she took a life.
I love seeing the episodes that focus on the old school cops, Voight, Olinsky, Platt. Where is my flashback episode? Or at least an episode that has all three of them working on a cold case from back in their rookie days. At least to me, it is more interesting seeing the veteran police officers working with their years of experience and knowledge than it is to see the rookie’s fumble through it. The old timers are wary and jaded, they have learned how to compartmentalize their emotions so that every case doesn’t leave a mark on them. It would be very intriguing to see how they got this way. Voight and Al have such a bond that was forged over years of having each other’s backs. Let’s see some of the situations that created their deep friendship. Let’s see what Platt was like when she wasn’t behind that desk. Again I long for some more character development. The weekly storylines centered around each case is entertaining but it is surface level entertainment. I want a storyline I can follow and wait on the edge of my seat for the next episode. I want consistent story arcs.
Speaking of consistent story arcs when are we going to find out the fate of Mouse? Or is that it? Is he already gone? Will we just get a passing mention of how he is doing back in the Rangers? Or will he be back next episode having decided Intelligence is where he needs to be, like the multiple times Lindsay left and came back. For once I would like to see a fully fleshed out story line, one that follows a character for multiple episodes and has a solid beginning middle and end. There have been so many promising starts that always end in a hasty retreat back to the safety of the standard Intelligence team dynamic. Will Tay’s storyline finally be one we can explore? They broached an interesting subject with her sexual harassment from a superior officer. Will we get to see how she deals with the fallout? How Platt deals with Fogel’s threats? Hopefully how Fogel is found guilty and reprimanded for his inappropriate actions. Not only did he make unwanted advances to a subordinate but also after her rejection he used his authority to punish her for her refusal. Not only is this an issue that is not talked about enough but it is also the makings of an interesting and drama filled storyline. Hey, maybe they can even bring it in to the new Chicago Justice spin off.