I realized I have taken a pessimistic view of Chicago PD in the past. So instead of focusing on the things I feel the show is lacking let’s discuss the positives. Unlike other television shows Chicago PD does not focus on the relationship drama of its’ characters, instead attempting the greater goal of discussing bigger social issues. Tonight’s main focus being gang violence and how some young adults find themselves steered towards this lifestyle.
Perhaps they think it’s all they can amount to. Perhaps they are looking for acceptance and a family that they are lacking at home. Or perhaps they are drawn to the glamorous life that is depicted in hip-hop and rap music. Chicago PD takes the time to discuss these issues however they merely present them to the audience in a nonthreatening way, not forcing any strong opinions or viewpoints, only broaching the subject for the audience to foster a larger discussion.
Atwater’s younger brother Jordan is found at the home of a teenage boy who is profiled to be a possible future gang member or a target for gang retaliation. Jordan, TK as well as Alex (the shooter) are the main subject matter of this episode. The fact that kids this young are entering into a gang lifestyle is terrifying and it is something that is not often talked about. You can see from the solemn demeanor when the Intelligence team is arresting Alex that they are not happy to be effectively ending the life of a teenage boy. He will be put away for murder and for what? If a group of people needs you to prove yourself to be a part of their family then they don’t really care about you, they just care about what you will do for them. They want to use you and exert power over you.
At the close of the episode Kevin returns home, to where Kim is keeping a watchful eye on his younger brother. You are expecting yelling, or at least a discussion on how disappointed he is, or a tense talk explaining why he shouldn’t be affiliating with his friends. Instead Atwater thinks about it for a second and asks his two younger siblings if they want to go get food. He chooses to combat the allure of gang life with the love of family. He probably knows that many gang members are looking for acceptance, for role models, for family. So he will make sure that he gives Jordan a loving family and a positive role model. Even if he is tired and all he wants to do is sleep, or even if he wants to yell and scream at Jordan, close to what Kim did. Atwater knows that acting that way will probably just drive Jordan further away from him. He needs to be there, to support Jordan and give him a loving home that he won’t want to escape from.
Is Jenny the new Intelligence techy? I’m assuming Mouse is officially off the team since we haven’t seen him in two episodes and we had to call in for tech support. Although Jenny isn’t quite just a replacement, she has a specialty in cyber profiling. She can track a person’s social media presence to profile them and help determine who could be a possible suspect and who could be the next victim. It is interesting to not only be introduced to a new character but also a new police technique. In today’s society the Internet and technology play such a big role, especially with younger generations it only makes sense that there would be a team devoted to monitoring and tracking social media presence. I am not certain if Jenny will be a permanent addition to the team or just a one time guest, but if she does stick around for a while I think she will add some comic relief. She is a little odd, in an endearing sort of way, as well as being slightly terrified of Voight after he confirmed that all the rumors she heard about him at the ivory tower are true. So at least she kind of knows what she’s getting in to.