The Chicago Code Review: An Insult to the Audience

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I really wish The Chicago Code would stop treating its viewers like morons.

Before I could even process the possibilities of that fascinating exchange between Gibbons and Liam - might the former have actually organized the entire arson/murder as some kind of test for the latter? - the show gave us a superfluous, insulting scene that spelled out exactly what just happened.

What was the point of the meeting between Liam and Colvin? Did we really need him to explain how Gibbons is aware of the fire and the dead body?

Drug Dealer Negotiation

Too often, The Chicago Code ignores the lesson we all learned in elementary school: show, don't tell. As took place again on "Black Hand and the Shotgun Man," it force feeds us background information via voiceover and doesn't trust viewers to arrive at their own conclusions.

I audibly groaned when Jarek's ex detailed the life of a cop's wife near the conclusion of the hour. Was this really the best way for the series to explain what went wrong in the marriage? One line from Jarek about how she no longer has to worry about whether or not he'll come home every night would have been sufficient.

Every single time these narrations come up, I legitimately think the show has only filmed 40 minutes worth of scenes and is desperate to kill time. Not exactly the reaction I assume Shawn Ryan and company are looking for.

On a positive note, who doesn't love some Adam Arkin? It was surprising to see such a big star in such a small role, but he made the most of his screen time as the lead FBI agent. And are we meant to believe he was hitting on Teresa with that wedding ring question? Might we see his character again? Let's hope so.

Overall, I never love when a show depicts a case of the week that so clearly mirrors what a main character is going through - hey, look at that drug dealer with his family life/priorities figured out... why can't I be that way?!? - because it's just lazy writing. But I did welcome more of a look into Wysocki's life away from the streets.

For all of the faults I complain about each week, The Chicago Code does have strong actors in strong roles and it would benefit from focusing on their personal struggles as much as their investigations. It would also be nice to see Wysocki on a case that pertains to Gibbons at some point in the near future. That is what the show is supposedly about, right?


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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


I personally want The Chicago Code to re-air. It's interesting to me. About time my city has it's own cop show, instead of the typical New York cliche's. I'm very open minded about the series and it's creators direction of the plot. Here's me hoping for The Chicago Code's second chance. Good luck guys. No thanks to FOX Network either.


i love jennifer beals! her face says everything what she`s gonna do or say


I've loved most of the shows that Shawn Ryan has created or been a part of: The Shield and The Unit being two of my favorites and I wand to like this one but it just hasn't hooked me. I'll watch to the end of the season and keep hoping that it gets there.


Use to like the show until the morons decided to paint Nigeria in such negative light- kidnappers of children in Chicago, really? This movie producers have to stop defaming countries inorder to sell or get high ratings; just so unfair to the hardworking people or even professional from there...

Matt richenthal

@Motaterz: There is flirting out of actual interest and using charm as part of one's job. We know nothing about Arkin's character and it certainly wouldn't be unusual for a FBI agent who doesn't respect Colvin to think he can butter her up with some sweet talk.
Appreciate your reading and your comment, however, despite your unnecessarily rude tone.


The one thing I never understood about this is why was he posing as a driver dressed extremely dirty? Shouldn't he have worn a suit and a driver hat with leather gloves? Also if you are going to be stupid at least be action packed and suspenseful like 24. The show is great if you just relax and don't pay attention really, but then whats the point?


Hi. I haven't ever read a review of yours before, so I can't tell if you're kidding. Are you really asking if Adam Arkin's FBI agent was flirting with the superintendent? Before he asked about the wedding ring, did you hear him say "There really is no defense against red velvet, now is there?" That's not that subtle -- are you sure you don't need voice overs?


Look up over acted. This show is a great example of it starting with the commander of the group down. When is it set to cancel?

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