Voight likes to think he’s earned the autonomy he needs to run Intelligence the way he sees fit.
But, as Chicago PD Season 1 Episode 5 laid out, you’re only as good as the people you surround yourself with.
And sometimes those same people are gunning for you.
Voight’s plans for his unit are still mostly under wraps. There’s this continual back and forth of wondering if Voight is still dirty or playing up his bad cop image in order to get what he wants. I tend to side with the latter.
As Chicago PD Season 1 progresses, and more information about Voight that comes to light, the clearer his goals become.
He’s playing the waiting game.
Erica from Internal Affairs, along with The State Attorney, are breathing down his neck. They probably want him to burn whatever contacts he has and bring in some big heads to make them look good. Voight, on the other hand, is stalling, only willing to tip his hand if it means he can truly get back to the autonomy he wants.
Bigger problems arise if Erica can successfully bring Antonio over to her side. Antonio wants to look the other way and focus on the work, but Voight tends to bring everyone around him into his drama. One wrong decision on the job or move against Erica and Voight could be handing over an informant.
Adam and Olinsky have an interesting relationship.The two work great together, yet I’m not convinced Adam has figured out what he wants to do with his life. He might love his job and he wants to learn and be a friend to Olinsky, but he can’t separate his personal and professional life. Couple that with his desire to go in and be a hero and not necessarily thinking the situation through and the strain is guaranteed.
Olinksy is trying to tell him that his behavior, while noble and heroic, has the chance for death. It’s wonderful they were able to save that girl, but without backup they were heading in there blind and with the potential for the numbers to not be on their side.
Erin and Jay aren’t really moving past their friendship stage yet, but Voight is already seeing what their next step is. He sees they have chemistry together and the last thing he wants is either of them distracted on the job. Not that I much care what Voight thinks of the situation; Erin and Jay have great chemistry together, and I’m all in for wherever they go.
Finally, it’s great to see Atwater and Burgess get a bit more story. They really are developing a great partnership: it's fun, it's playful and it's protective.
Should Erin and Jay explore something more?