Did the big crossover event get your blood pumping? Will you be tuning into Chicago PD again next week?
We shouldn't forget that that was the primary objective of Chicago Fire Season 6 Episode 13. Okay, so it was also to celebrate PD's 100th episode, but since that property has already been picked up for syndication, it's all about the ratings.
Crossovers are always a stunt, but I'm starting to wonder if the Chicago-wide stories are really achieving their goal. After all, don't most people who watch one of the shows watch the others?
And looking at the numbers, it seems like a mistake that Chicago Med wasn't integrated into this fake news bomber scenario. It's currently (bafflingly) the strongest of the three properties.
The stated reason for Med's exclusion is logistics, one of the most boring excuses ever given. I find it hard to believe that it couldn't have been made to work, but I'm also glad that the already convoluted plot wasn't stretched out for another hour.
Boden: What if the computer's not in the office?
Antonio: We'll improvise. It's what we do.
Sure, this crossover event was a million times better than previous attempts. Usually (as noted by Derek Haas), it's just a business-as-usual episode, with characters from show "B" being plopped down into the last five minutes of show "A."
Years of experience and the ongoing relationships between characters definitely helped the showrunners get away from that tedious formula, but I'm still not sure that they've reached the goal of one seamlessly integrated story.
Maybe the Chicago team should start watching Greg Berlanti's Arrow-verse shows on the CW for some pointers. Just having continuity between the shows would be a huge leap forward. Talk about the events of your sister shows people!
My main complaint about the crossover plot really just comes down to how having two suspects for two crimes overcomplicated things. I know that two hours is a lot of time to fill, but I only wanted to keep track of one criminal.
Maybe I just wasn't paying close enough attention to Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 16. I stopped watching PD with any kind regularity a while ago, and the bit with Antonio's daughter wasn't enough to keep my eyes on the TV.
I liked the idea of Gabby and Sylvie going on a sting, but then got thrown that there was more investigating to be done to catch the bad guys. I don't want to have to work that hard to keep track of everything.
Boden: They got a little too close for comfort, but they both handled themselves with aplomb.
Matt: You hear that? The chief just used the word aplomb.
Gabby: Oh? Well, what'd you expect?
While we're on the ladies' undercover work, did anybody else notice Brett's move with the scalpel? Is that her signature thing now? Should we be getting worried that she's going to get a little too jumpy and stab somebody that she shouldn't?
We already had one character in the franchise break down and assault a person they were charged with helping.
The other crossover-y aspect was Antonio and Brett's relationship. I thought that their last breakup was stupid, so I'd love to see them actually get back together.
Not because I think they make a good couple. I mean, I think they're fine together. I have absolutely no objection to them; I just don't feel like they have bucket loads of chemistry as Matt and Gabby do. But the potential for devotion to one another is there.
No, the reason that this has to work this time is that their lives are already way too intertwined.
Kelly: Two days ago, you were saying you were wanting to move out because it's getting weird with me, and now you're worried about his sister?
Stella: I know. But meeting his family, I mean, he might as well come with a priest and ten limos because that's what that means.
Okay, so basically everyone in our fictional Chicago ignores the maxim "don't shite where you eat," but this is the one time where I think that rule should apply.
It's one thing to date your friend's brother, and it doesn't work out. But this on-again-off-again thing is not a game you play with somebody who has those kinds of connections to you.
It's just not fair to anyone.
And speaking of fairness in relationships ... What did you all think about Stella and Kelly's cuddle-fest at the end?
I'm a little conflicted. Obviously, we've been rooting for these two for a while now, but I don't see how a stable relationship can come from this.
If I were Kelly, I'd always wonder if she chose me or if I was just the convenience relationship when things didn't work out with HazMat Zach.
Voight: That was nice work guys.
Boden: A little too much excitement for one day.
Voight: Well, that's what keeps Chicago interesting.
But maybe I'm all worked up about nothing. After all, Stella is going to "uncover something meaningful to Severide" on Chicago Fire Season 6 Episode 14.
Who knows what that something could be? With Severide, anything from a childhood memento to another unknown sibling is possible. There are some promotional pictures of him looking pensive outside of a fire scene, with Burgess and Antonio looking on, though.
While Stella hunts down one Kelly's secrets, the resident power couple will try and help a woman they suspect is being abused by her husband.
It's 50/50 odds on whether they successfully free her from the shackles of her oppression or are faced with the realization that they can't save someone who isn't ready to be saved.
So what was your take on "Hiding Not Seeking"? Do you love the big crossover events, or would you prefer to just have more continuity? Can Antonio and Sylvie make it work this time, or did they just get caught up in the moment? Will Cruz ever get over his roomie?
Elizabeth Harlow was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the organization in October 2018.