There are too many things to discuss, where do I even begin. This two-hour mid season finale is jam packed with tear inducing, heart string plucking events. One of which is that we are loosing Antonio to Chicago Law which is bittersweet. Although fans can still tune in every week to get their Dawson fix we won’t be seeing him with the team anymore. However, we will be seeing Officer Kim Burgess upstairs.
After thinking long and hard over Stone’s offer Antonio decides to accept the postion which in turn opens up a spot for Vogitht to offer Burgess. She is so excited that her time is finally here that she chokes on her drink and interrupts Voight before he can even really ask her. I am excited to see Burgess upstairs with the big dogs however I wonder who will be our new resident uniform officers from now on. Also how Kim and Adam will get along being exes as well as teammates now.
What really got to me was the last hour. The frantic hunt for a shooter targeting cops. Intelligence is called to the scene after a police officer has been shot from a balcony while trying to enter an apartment building. After hearing over the radio that one of their own has been shot hoards of police officers descend upon the scene not knowing if this is an isolated incident or if there is a cop killer on the loose who could target anyone of them at any time. Sadly it appears to be the latter as yet another officer is killed in the line of duty right in front of our eyes. Uniformed officers had spotted a suspicious car abandoned in an alleyway. The Intelligence team arrived on scene and both groups approached the car, amidst attempting to move the debris away to get a look inside a female officer was shot in the head and chaos ensued. Sorenson ran to get his squad car so that Burgess and the fallen officer’s partner could drag her into the car to rush her to the hospital while the rest of the cops returned fire. Sadly she did not make it, although I don’t know if anyone held out much hope since she was shot in the head. It was heartbreaking to see them frantically trying to save her life and the broken, traumatized way Sorenson looked at Kim once they got her into the hands of the doctors. Like they were running on autopilot just focused on getting her to the hospital and now they didn’t know what to do.
The episode ended on yet another bittersweet moment as the team saves two hostages from the gunman but at the price of his own life. The shooter turns out to be the son of a former cop who was killed in the line of duty. He has been diagnosed as delusional focusing on the CPD as the cause of his suffering after his father’s death and his dismissal from the police academy. Voight tries to talk him down, to save his life however there is no getting through to him and Hank has to make the tough call to take the boy’s life so that he can save the two hostages as well as his team.
The issue of race is brought up again this episode as Voight points out to the Commander that tensions will be high since at the moment their tops suspects were all black gang members and the victim was a white cop. I like how Chicago PD does not shy away from addressing these sensitive social issues. This is something that our society is facing at the moment. There have been many instances of police violence documented as well as violence shown to the police. I appreciate that Chicago PD is at least showing that, if not in a slightly biased way since the show does happen to be about cops. Although in this instance they do not show police brutality we have seen this addressed in the past with Voight’s anger issues. The topic of police misuse of power is presented however when Sorenson copies a video from his body cam of a traffic stop where a man is wearing some unusual attire so that he could share it with his buddies on Facebook. It is disgusting how he judges the civilian during the road side stop but to go above and beyond to spread that video is a complete misuse of power. Police are meant to serve and protect, he did neither to that man.