Yet another ‘crossover event’. If you have followed any of my Chicago PD articles you know how I feel about these crossovers. Normally I dislike them and credit them as a ploy for ratings and to expand the network’s viewership to it’s other programs. However, this installment of #OneChicago actually entertained me. Perhaps it was because I was able to watch all three segments or perhaps the storyline was better suited for a longer timeframe, or it could have just been written better. But nevertheless I thought last night’s episode was part of an epic three part tale.
The saga centers on a horrific factory fire that claims the lives of 39 innocent young adults and leaves many injured. Sadly one of the deceased is Lexie Olinski, Alvin’s 19 year old daughter. Even though Chief Boden, of Chicago Fire, was able to drag her out of the burning building, Dr. Halstead and Dr. Manning, of Chicago MED, aren’t able to save her life and she dies of her injuries. This story is one that is perfect for this type of crossover event because it makes sense why Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago MED and Chicago Justice are all included. The story tracks the case from the beginning straight through to the end, from the extermination of the fire and rescue of the victims, to the investigation and treatment of said victims, to the trial of the suspected arsonist.
Let’s take a moment to discuss the technical aspect of the show. The three segments blended together so seamlessly, transitioning from Chicago Fire to Chicago PD and climaxing with Chicago Justice it felt like I was just watching a movie. There was no pause from credits, to ‘previously on…’ just a dark screen fading into the title of the show then right back into the action. It was so seamless I had to check the time to figure out if Chicago PD had started and if I should start taking more detailed notes. I was happily surprised with the execution of this #OneChicago event, even if I still have a bit of a sore spot for crossover episodes.
Let’s not forget that most of the other storylines needed to be put on hold to accommodate a newer audience. For example I have not been following Chicago Fire so any of the over arcing storylines from that show would have been lost on me, such as Severide’s new girlfriend Hannah. In order to not pull focus from the story at hand, as well as not alienate your possible new viewers the writer’s needed to leave a fair amount unaddressed, such as Ruzek’s return. He doesn’t even get a welcome back cake before we see him rolling with Intelligence once again. Understandable in these circumstances however that is just one of the reason’s I dislike crossover episodes. That and it forces me to watch other shows I might not normally partake in, in order to understand the whole story. But I will give the writer’s and executives credit, this was a great way to premiere their new branch of the Chicago franchise. Chicago Justice does look to be the perfect mix between the cop show we all know and love and a courtroom drama we have been missing. Perhaps I will have to tune in, even if it’s just to see Antonio again.