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Chicago Fire Review: The Tipping Point

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Not all of our favorite men and women of uniform will be having a very "Merry Christmas, Etc." as some of them deal with problems of deception, pain and loss.

And, as if all of the above weren’t enough, Chicago Fire ended with a deafening crash - but we’ll save that for the end of this review.

Testing Shay's Patience

I honestly suspected Cruz was the one behind stealing the necklace. His dreams, and the potential loss of his brother to gang violence, seemed like the perfect cocktail of poor-choices-that-seem-perfectly-rational-in-the-moment, especially when he didn’t have the money available to do the Flacko’s buyout.

Yet, even without having the entire story (or really any story at all) Casey willingly went back to the homeowner who lodged the complaint and called her out on her potential fraud. It seems no matter what the circumstances, they have each other’s back, but just how far is that loyalty going to go as the misdeeds of the crew begin coming to life? While everyone was truthful in this instance, there are plenty of others hanging in the balance.

Cruz’s decision to not save Flacko in the house fire stands in direct conflict with the requirements of his job: he does not discriminate who he saves and who he doesn’t, he isn’t allowed to play God, but I’m also not really all that broke up about it. We’re all willing to go far beyond our moral compasses for those we love, and it’s a theme that was strongly prevalent in this episode.

Which brings me to Casey. In “Leaving the Station,” we’re given a brief introduction to his family, particularly his sister’s family, as he visits his father’s grave. While it was never outright discussed or mentioned tonight, it’s probably safe to say Casey’s mother killed his father. Why else would she be in jail?

However, going on appearance only, Casey’s mother doesn’t look like the murdering type. She’s small in stature, well mannered, and has a warmth to her, but which family member stepped out of alignment from their compass: Casey or his mom? It’s easy to side with Casey’s sister, but Casey is such a genuinely noble and true character it’s hard to completely dismiss his Mom right away.

Casey’s love life isn’t faring much better as his “date” with Dawson fizzled out almost instantly after all of that wonderful build up, but - like any good love story on television progress - was only made when one’s life is hanging in the balance.

Which brings us to the much-hyped “final two minutes” by NBC with Dawson and Shay. Watching the flatbed truck swerve out of the way of a car and directly into their rig caused my heart to stop momentarily. Shay and Dawson never catch a break, and just when it look like they’re getting somewhere a Clarice bomb blows up in front of them or medicine for a friend comes back to bite them.

In a way, the crash is symbolic of all the lies Severide has told to Shay to cover up his drug problem, and her moving out might be the “push” he needs to begin to take responsibility for his actions. For Casey, this could be just what he needs to finally evaluate his feelings for Dawson and decide whether to take any further steps with her.

What did you think of tonight’s Chicago Fire? Be sure to read and contribute to our Chicago Fire quotes section and I’ll see you back here in two weeks for the aftermath of the crash.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (94 Votes)

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

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This show is no where close to how a real fire house works. There is never this much Drama if any at all. And Severide stealing pain killers from the med box they would investigate that from the first vile that was stolen. All of these big fire calls they get is maybe at best a couple times a year. And why do they disregard scene safety and please tell me why nobody knows about C-SPINE!!!!! atleast apply the c-colar the right way!

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I love this show !!! I think is really awesome.. But I would like to see Dawson with Casey ....

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Great show! Reminds me little like third watch!!

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The ending was crazy I hope shay lives I like her, Dawson and Casey I don't really care if they are together or not, and I can tell that the boss knew Dawson and shay was lying mostly shay because she kind of looked guilty and that's why he told her to stay but then he let her go.

Leon-alexis

I rewatched,because I like it!
Great show!

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This series is growing on me, but I think I like the characters a lot more than the plot. I felt terrible for Cruz. He risked his life thinking that his brother was in the building, only to find Flaco instead. If his goal is to protect his brother, I'm not sure that confessing anything would help. Severide's story revolves a lot around his drug dependence and I'm hoping this chapter gets somewhat resolved soon; Shay's speech might be the wake up call that he needs. The Renee storyline is interesting, but I don't see that relationship lasting. With regards to Casey and Dawson, I really like those two together... I wasn't sure why Casey backed off, especially since he was the one who insisted on calling their outing a "date", but I'm guessing it's the show's way of prolonging the drama. I don't really see Dawson with Mills....at least, not for now.

Snakethecritic

★☆☆☆☆TV @Just the Facts Agree Last week I applauded the build up. I thought the point of the urgency (conflict) was to resolve it. Instead they ignored it and gave us a cookie cutter finale. Cruz SL was atrocious at best. Murder under the protection of any uniform is criminalx100. The accident was so improbable that I actually chuckled. Terrible TV.

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On the positive side, I think this show has an excellent cast of solid and likeable actors who interact well with each other and the characters have been pretty well-defined so far.

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That brings me to another problem. I think the writers have to be careful not to make the main characters too unlikeable. I don't want them to be unrealistic goody-goodys who always do the right and noble thing, but I also don't want them to be lying, thieving jerks. For example, with the Severide pain-killer storyline we've had Shay stealing drugs for Severide then lying to Boden about it and falsifying a report about it; we've had Severide and Shay conspiring to falsify a department drug test; we've had Severide lie to Boden and to Shay; and we've had Severide endanger everyone by continuing to stay on the job with a serious injury. Both Severide and Shay deserve to be fired for their actions. I don't know how the writers can really justify to the viewers keeping them on the job once everyone finds out the truth. On the positive side, I think this show has an excellent cast of solid and likeable actors who interact well with each other and the characters have been pretty well-defined so far.

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I like this show and it has been improving as the season progresses but I think the writers still need to work on a few things. Number one would be continuity. Last episode ended with Boden finding the suspected teen arsonist with an older man (his 'uncle') but there was no follow-up on that storyline this week. Instead they spent far too much of the episode on the tedious and cliched plot about Cruz trying to get his brother out of a gang which ended with the highly unlikely coincidence of Cruz being the firefighter who comes across the gang leader in the fire. Yes, it was a surprising twist that Cruz just left him there to die but the whole story just wasn't compelling to me, especially since the brother is unlikeable and doesn't really seem to want out of the gang. That brings me to another problem. I think the writers have to be careful not to make the main characters too unlikeable. I don't want them to be unrealistic goody-goodys who always do the right and noble thing, but I also don't want them to be lying, thieving jerks. For example, with the Severide pain-killer storyline we've had Shay stealing drugs for Severide then lying to Boden about it and falsifying a report about it; we've had Severide and Shay conspiring to falsify a department drug test; we've had Severide lie to Boden and to Shay; and we've had Severide endanger everyone by continuing to stay on the job with a serious injury. Both Severide and Shay deserve to be fired for their actions. I don't know how the writers can really justify to the viewers keeping them on the job once everyone finds out the truth. On the positive side, I think this show has an excellent cast of solid and likeable actors who interact well with each other and the characters have been pretty well-defined so far.

Chicago Fire Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

It's not a good time because it's worth doing right.

Casey

I perjured myself for you Kelly.

Shay
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