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Chicago Fire Review: Detective Scary Pants

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With some reshuffling and tension-filled drama, "Professional Courtesy" brings Chicago Fire blazing back after a rough start two weeks ago.

The biggest problems of the premiere were fully addressed with a simultaneous push outwards for suspense and drama and a very smart/focused effort to focus on just a few characters at a time – instead of working everyone in and doing so in mediocrity.

Casey Ignores Advice

Casey’s run-in with Detective Scary Pants Voight was downright bone-chilling as he attempted to force, bribe and scare Casey into changing his statement from the accident. So much of the scene was done with so little, and the atmosphere of change when The Chief walked in was palpable. 

The Chief’s no-nonsense attitude and complete disregard for Detective Voight’s attempted threats was rather awesome. It gave Casey just the right amount of reassurance he needed, and while I didn’t doubt that Casey would make the right decision, things were sure looking to get messier for a moment before The Chief stepped in to support his man.

Severide, on the other hand, is around a completely different kind of supporter, and he’s about one small injury away from being completely sidelined from Rescue for good. It sets up an almost no-win situation for him as his nerve and spinal damage make for incredible pain, but going under the knife for a fix could end up giving him a permanent disability leave, or his recovery time could end up sidelining him out of his job for good.

Severide’s dilemma sets up a classic character study, and I hope Chicago Fire decides to really go there with it. His actions are setting up a web of deceit, theft, cover ups, abuse, addiction and physical and emotional pain that involve more than just him - and because of all the weight that is on his shoulders he’s a ticking time bomb mentally and physically. And that’s not even taking into account some of his extracurricular activities this week.

Finally, there’s Mills. One of my favorite stories to watch is the struggle between family commitments and workplace obligations. His mother knows first hand the fatal danger that comes from his line of work, and all Mills wants to do is continue the family legacy in the firehouse rather than the diner.

Overall, while there are still a few rough patches here and there Chicago Fire is showing continuous improvement. What did you think of the episode?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (76 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I checked IMDB and several other sites but none of them had info on the actor that portrayed Detective Voight. He is such a key character, how could they have neglected to give him a credit?

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I miss Jesse Spencer's Aussie accent, I wish they'd found a way to make him keep it like they did in House. Glad to see Monica Raymond (Dawson) get a main cast role after Lie to Me. Taylor Kinney is hot but his acting is rather contrived. I hope he works on that because his lack of depth as an actor is making his character hard to root for, take a note from Eric Dane on how to manage hotness and decent(ish) acting.

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Good episode! Why isn't anyone discussing the nymphy accounts girl? What was that all about?

Chris1215tine

Totally agree with "Mrs. alex o'loughlin". I too love this show and don't understand all the hating. Please let Casey win the battle with the dirty cop - that so shouldn't happen.

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I first thought the show was just eye candy. But the recent episodes just proved me wrong, there has been life-and-death drama, character conflict, and development. I am proud two say Chicago Fire is one of the few tv shows I make the effort to watch weekly.

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THIS is the show I was most looking forward to this week and it certainly didn't disappoint. The wealth of character depth that is already starting to develop only a few episodes in is fantastic. I'm loving the storyline surrounding Severide and the developing dilemma of doing what he loves; risking his life to save lives vs possibly risking others lives to do what he loves. I can't wait to see how this one plays out. Also loved the strength of character given to both Casey and the Chief in this episode.
Peter Mills-love him. So great to learn about his family and his determination to follow in his father's footsteps and his mother's understandable concern. I was left with such a warm feeling at the end of the episode seeing them come together to put the ramp in for the family and then all gather at the Mill's diner. Until the final scene knowing we haven't seen the last of Det Voight. I really hope word of mouth gets around and this show starts gathering the ratings it deserves. Can't wait for next week!

Snakethecritic

★★★★☆TV The first show I've watched on NBC (The Peacock) since LIFE. Really enjoying this show. Both SL for Casey and Severide's are great TV.

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I too LOVE this show....and i was glad we got some answers about what is going on with Kelly....and i can understand his concerns for his career....but, he needs to realize that he's putting people's lives in danger.....i WISH someone would tell him that.....and DANG is he HOTT. alisa

Sarah-silva

I love this show. I do not get the negative comments from the last 2 weeks on here plus the other negative things I have read.
For me the show is fantastic on every level, the actors are wonderful, the storylines are great. How can people not like this show? Plus hot shirtless Taylor Kinney and the hotness of Jesse Spencer is a bonus!
The storylines are starting to come on strong, Severide and his arm/neck, Casey with the dirty cop. I really hope the cop gets what is coming to him and that Casey does not get hurt. Cops like that piss me off! I was so hoping that the Chief would walk into the bar and I clapped when he did! I am intersted in seeing where the story goes. I think that Casey and his fiance will break up and he will get together with Dawson, eventhough I like the idea of Dawson and Mills.
David Eigneberg will always be Steve from SATC to me!