They did it again! I have tried to give the writer’s the benefit of the doubt but I don’t know how much longer I can just focus on the positives of this show when they do such a sloppy job at writing these over arcing storylines. If you’ve read any of my previous articles you will know that I am referring to the way the writers will setup such shocking storylines only to redact them a few episodes later.
We saw this both times Lindsey left the unit, only to be dragged back the very next episode. And the same thing is happening with Ruzek. He’s only been gone for a handful of episodes but now that his undercover gig is completed he wants his old job back. However Voight has already filled his desk with Kenny Riggston, so Ruzek will have to don his uniform once again. Seems fair and it would have been an interesting twist since Adam was pulled into Intelligence straight out of the academy and we’ve never seen him as a street cop before. But before we can even see him on one shift Kenny is giving him this big speech about finding where you belong and telling Adam that he is going to take another position so that Ruzek can join his Intelligence team once again. Not only am I frustrated that they introduced yet another character as a place holder, but why even have the storyline of Ruzek being a beat cop introduced if you weren’t going to follow through with it? Platt even gave him a speech about taking it one shift at a time and making it back up with some hard work and determination. Which was pointless because Kenny miraculously has the perfect assignment lined up. Why even take a place in Intelligence if a few weeks later you would be leaving?
This writing just seems sloppy. I get that they need to have some drama but at least make it a priority and don’t just throw characters and storylines together haphazardly. It’s not entertaining and it’s frustrating because it’s not even realistic. People don’t come and go from jobs that quickly. Most times when you leave a position you don’t come back to it a few weeks later. I feel like all of these decisions are being made for pure shock value, to make the audience tune in to see what happens, if their favorite character really is gone. But of course they aren’t because the writer’s wouldn’t actually want to get rid of anyone’s favorite character, that might affect ratings! The only person that has stayed gone from Intelligence has been Antonio Dawson and I still not fully convinced that he’s gone for good. The only reason he has stayed gone this long is because they want our audience to start watching him on his new show Chicago Law.