Chicago P.D. Review: The Thin Line Between Justice and Revenge

Chicago P.D.

The continuation of the #OneChicago crossover continues with Chicago P.D. Following the horrific arson which took the lives of over three dozen young adults in a structure fire, P.D. picked up where Chicago Fire left off with no break in between. That choice isn’t made just for the effect of the crossover storyline, but to emphasize that this is truly one family, one community, and One Chicago. Which means that whatever one show family feels, so does the other. This is just as true for the premiere of Chicago Justice, which is very specifically timed behind the murky actions Chicago P.D. usually enforces. An imperfect system is bound to be even more so when two different departments have different ideas of what justice is.

Kimball, the owner of the warehouse which burned, may have killed himself in the firehouse, but his bad deeds speak loudly from beyond the grave. Why would a man trying to help people take out an insurance policy on a building he didn’t think would burn down? One of Atwater’s informant’s alerts him to the fact that Kimball was being threatened by a ‘KD’ right before he died. A very helpful, if somewhat exasperated citizen, helps identify Ken Davis as the man threatening Kimball. It figures the gutless slimeball would be picked up acting the narcissist in a high-end restaurant and have the nerve to mouth off to Voight. He’s just not the right guy.

Back at the hospital Olinsky and his wife do everything to keep it together while their daughter is in critical condition. All these cases Chicago P.D. covers and it’s still difficult to comprehend the strength it takes to keep your head straight in that type of situation. The only thing Chicago Med can do is let Lexi’s parents be by her side when she dies. Honestly though, after Voight lost his son, was it too much to hope that another member of Intelligence wouldn’t have to lose someone they loved? They’re really going for the gut punch these days.

At the very least you’d hope the killer would have at least a small amount of morality so as not to reveal himself at a memorial dedicated to the victims. Over three dozen people dead, and this guy is eager to see his handiwork. It’s a little hypocritical for Voight to stop Olinsky from going after the guy given how he took care of the man who killed his own son. It’s not just about Lexi though, it’s about 39 other children whose parents need justice the right way. False statements are definitely not the right way. Olinsky lying to Antonio about getting a confession from his daughter’s murderer is not the right way, especially once the lie is uncovered. This is the additional wreckage Chicago Justice will have to clean up if they hope to get true justice for the victims and their families.

Crossover to our Chicago Justice pilot recap to see how the #OneChicago event ended.

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Chicago P.D. loses another family member, and the grief results in a rash decision which affects the work of Chicago Justice.

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