Chicago Med Series Premiere

Everyone who knows me just a little, knows how obsessed I am with the Chicago shows. Well, last night was the Premiere of the third installment in the franchise, Chicago Med. I’ve been excited for this for what seem like forever and as expected, it did not disappoint! SPOILERS ahead!

First, I want to say that I’ve been tired of medical dramas as well. There are so many out there and it was getting boring, but Dick Wolf, creator of most Chicago shows as well as the Law & Order universe, is simply a genius. Instead of doing a spin-off, he slowly spins the show into the already existing universe. The actors switch between sets almost seamlessly and you just get the impression that it’s all one and the same thing anyway. Which is great! There are characters related to each other and even some crossover-romances, which makes the actual crossover episodes even more fun.

I don’t think it would make much sense to go into the details of the different cases of the first episode. They were chosen wisely and we got to know all our doctors and nurses a lot better. So, lets break it down:

  • Dr. Will Halstead, brother of Detective Jay Halstead, has been on Fire and PD several times by now. We got to know him a little beforehand and I am really looking forward to finding out more about him. He’s really good at his job, but the thing is, he knows it too. He can be a bit brash sometimes, but I like that about him. I find his relationship with Dr. Natalie Manning really interesting, but for now, I hope that it will stay purely platonic. A thing that was definitely fun to see, was Will butting heads with Dr. Connor Rhodes. They are way more similar than they’d like to admit, but it’ll probably take some time until they become friends.
  • Speaking of Natalie Manning. I thought that Natalie was married, because I remembered reading that somewhere, but then April mentioned that Nat wouldn’t have to do the single-mom-thing on her own. I was really sad when I found out that her military husband had died. I’m glad that info didn’t leak to me beforehand.
  • Dr. Connor Rhodes has most of the ladies swooning and the guys annoyed to no end. He is so cool! I totally get it! He stitched his own wound and has some mean tattoos as well. I wonder where he was and what brought him back to Chicago. He definitely has me intrigued already and I see a ton of broken hearts along the way.
  • Dr. Daniel Charles has also been appearing regularly on Fire and PD already. He’s a good psychiatrist, who knows exactly what people need and when they need it. I gather he bends the rule in favour of his patients sometimes, but I don’t think that’s a bad quality. I liked seeing him care for Jamie as much as he did. He grows on me more with each episode!
  • April Sexton – there’s really not that much new to tell. She was really badass before and she will continue to kick ass in Chicago Med.
  • Dr. Ethan Choi – It’s a little early to tell, but I think I like him. He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy, but very capable.
  • Dr. Sarah Reese – She sort of surprised me. I knew that she had some troubles with the job, sometimes simply because she didn’t want to hurt anyone, but I didn’t expect her not to want to be at the ER at all. She thinks she’s a lab person, but I bet that the continuous exposure to patients will change her mind soon enough.
  • Maggie – she’s the kind of person who knows about everything that’s going on in the ER. Very cool!

I bet I forgot someone, but I really just wanted to say that I enjoyed the first episode of the show and that I can’t wait to watch the rest of it. There are several crossovers planned, especially around February I think. What did you think of the show?

Chicago Fire Season 4 Premiere

Chicago Fire is back and that means one by one my favourite franchise is becoming complete again. I already showed you a little Preview and First Look (including Spoilers for the entire Season) in a previous post – click here to check it out! Otherwise, let’s continue with the Season 4 Premiere!

Okay everyone, you should know how this works by now, but I still feel obliged to say it every single time. We pick up right at the same moment the last episode ended, but there is so much going on each episode that I just break it down into characters and my thoughts for their storylines. Spoilers ahead!

  • Gabby and Casey – I think everyone wants to know what’s going on with them. Well, Gabby was really worried after finding dead Katya, but Antonio got to Casey in time. He’s changed and now has a more violent/impulsive streak, but after Gabby was in danger during one of the fires, he FINALLY realised that he just wants to be with her. So, in the last seconds of the episode he goes to Molly’s to tell her how he feels and she’s super happy and that’s when she tells him that she’s pregnant and they hug.
    I am so glad it happened this way around and not him wanting to get back together after she told him about the pregnancy. Now I don’t feel like they just got back together for the baby. But throughout the episode you could see how much Dawson was struggling as a firefighter and probably wanting to stay one.
  • As announced, Severide got demoted and I was super mad on his behalf! I think he is handling this a lot calmer than expected, but definitely still not well. I just think it’s so unfair, because while the turnover rate on Squad may be high, that surely isn’t his fault. I am so worried about him, because he wants to leave Firehouse 51 and I am NOT okay with that. I hope that Cruz could dissuade him from that idea.
    Also, we got to meet his new love interest, who he meets at his management training course. They hooked up already, but I read something about complications on the way, so I don’t think it will last.
  • Dallas Patterson, the new Captain replacing Sev, seemed really nice. I wanted to like him and not resent him, because after all it’s not his fault that Sev got demoted. However, by the end of the episode I didn’t particularly like him, especially not because he told Sev that he HAD to show up at his boat for a mandatory group thing. Just give the guy some space to breathe and digest what happened!
  • The new recruit Jimmy totally blew it! He came off like some stupid frat boy and that’s not what Firehouse 51 needs. I am glad he apologized in the end, but he will have to do some serious growing up. I am however interested to see if there’s really something going to happen between him and Chili – she definitely thinks he’s hot.
  • Will Halstead once more got to make an appearance and it makes me so impatient for Chicago Med! Chili and Brett had a really heartbreaking case and they asked for his help to find out about the fate of a patient.
  • The fire the firehouse had to attend to was something different too this week. I can’t believe those people are suing the firehouse even though they were the ones delaying them and causing the death of one of their neighbors. I was really disappointed in humanity on this one. I mean, how can they be so irresponsible?
  • I can see a lot of trouble for Molly’s coming because of the new neighbors

So, that pretty much sums it all up. What did you think?

Chicago Med Season 1 First Look

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Okay, so I did it for the new Seasons of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, now I feel like I am obliged to do it for Chicago Med as well even though this is a little pointless. The promo basically just showed a lot of scenes from the backdoor pilot on Chicago Fire, but at least the date is set for November 17 this year! YAY!

There aren’t that many Spoilers and infos floating around, but I’ll try my best! The order for the first season consists of 13 episodes. I know that several crossovers with the other Chicago shows, as well as with Law & Order: SVU are planned for early 2016. Laurie Holden, who played Dr. Hanna Tramblen (and can still be seen on the right of the picture above) had to leave the show due to family reasons. I guess there won’t be any romancing with Will Halstead then, which means he needs a new love interest and it better be someone cool!

A couple of people have been added to the cast since the backdoor pilot:

  • Brian Tee has joined the cast and will play a resident who went into medicine after several tours of duty as an Army medic.
  • Colin Morgan (who we should all know as Tommy from Arrow) has also been added as series regular, but there is not much known about his role. He is possibly expected to be a pediatric doctor, but it hasn’t been confirmed.
  • Torrey DeVitto (from TVD and PLL) will portray a pregnant emergency room doctor named Dr. Lilly Manning.
  • (this one I found out thanks to Cristina @MyTinyObsessions who helped me out in the comments) Rachel DiPillo (Jane the Virgin) will be interning as Dr. Sarah Reese at the ER and is fresh out of med school.

I am super excited about the show, but it’s still too early to know what all will actually happen. I already know that I’ll be very invested in what Dr. Halstead is doing, simply because he’s Jay’s brother. Other than that I’ll be happy to let myself be surprised. Are you excited too?

Chicago Fire Season 4 First Look

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Everyone who knows me, knows that I am in love with the Chicago Franchise. After the Season 3 Finale of Chicago Fire there are a lot of exciting things to be expected from Season 4, so I wanted to share the First Look and promo vid with you!

Disclaimer: I don’t know for how long those videos will be available! NBC has the bad habit of taking them down after a while …

So, there is not much new to be found out about our beloved Firehouse 51 guys and gals. Themes from the last season will continue: the tension between Squad and Truck is still on, Casey is in trouble, Gabby has a lot to think about concerning her pregnancy and Brett and Roman apparently hit it off. However, we do have new additions to the cast. 51 gets a new recruit played by Steven R. McQueen (who many of you will probably know from the Vampire Diaries). Also, Brian White will join the cast (previously seen on Scandal and Mistresses), but to read about his role I’d suggest going to the Spoiler section below.

Now, if you want some Spoilers:
I read that Severide will be demoted for some reason and that’s where Brian White comes in as new Captain of the Squad. During Sev’s management-training course he meets his new love interest (and here I was seeing sparks between him and Gabby … guess that’ll always just be in my head). It definitely means there is not going to be any Severide and April action though, maybe she’ll meet someone new on Chicago Med instead.
So, whatever Casey will be going through, will take its toll. He survives (yay! It’s something!) but he will be in a dire state afterwards. Gabby’s pregnancy might be the silver linings Casey needs to get himself together again. Yet, Dawson still has her doubts about them as a couple, so it won’t be that easy in terms of the baby just bringing them back together.

There’s still more than a month until the Season 4 Premiere in mid-October, but are you as excited as I am?

Chicago Fire Season 3 Finale

Let’s start by saying that I absolutely cannot wait until Season 4 … not after what happened last night. Chicago Fire was once again at it’s best, leaving us with a lot to think about until fall. Here we go with the review for the “Spartacus” episode (Spoilers ahead!).

The promo already had me in a panic. I was neither willing to loose Severide nor Gabby since those two are pretty much my favourites. Turns out my fear was unnecessary, but let’s go through it character by character and see what the Season Finale had in store for us:

  • Whenever Casey and Voight talk normal with each other, I still get that uneasy feeling because of their past. I just can’t shake it off, even though I love Voight as head of Intelligence on Chicago PD. Now that Antonio and Hank have talked Casey into working undercover, he already gets nearly discovered at the start of his “mission”. While everyone thinks he dodged a bullet, Nesbitt witnesses a talk between Casey and the guys from PD … we all know that’s no good. So while most people thought the person in danger would be someone trapped in the fire, it’s actually Matt Casey. Dawson finds poor Katya bloody (and probably dead) on his apartment floor with Casey missing. Voight better have a plan now!
  • The past weeks the tension between Truck and Squad has been building up. I thought we were so done with this topic in … I don’t know, like Season 1 but apparently we weren’t. Especially Otis has been riled up about the whole Scott Rice thing and when Cruz joins Squad he feels utterly betrayed. But no worries – the bromance didn’t hit a major rock because they make up by the end of the episode.
  • Herrmann and Chili still pursue their business idea for chilled champagne. It was the thing that finally made Chili connect with the rest of the people at the fire house and she and Herrmann seem to grow closer in their mutual quest. I would have loved for one of those funny business ideas to finally work, but some big company got the product on the market before they did …
  • Sylvie and Roman are starting a thing and I kind of dig it! Crossover romances are the best!!
  • Now … on to a bit of a controversial topic. I have no idea how to start this! Let’s maybe begin by saying that I am not against Dawsey as a couple, but they don’t really excite me. Ever since the show started Gabriella and Severide were my favourite people on the show (plus Shay … may she rest in peace) and I always wanted them to have more scenes together. I didn’t necessarily see them as a couple, but then again: wouldn’t that be spicy? After Shay passed, I saw them connecting a little more by investigating her murder, but the show didn’t pursue this any further. Now, I know they fight a lot, but I’ve always just kind of seen a spark there and I feel very, very reassured in my assumption after last night’s episode. Their near death experience brought them closer and even made them flirty with each other (Gabby saying “big, strong Squad-guy to save me” was epic!) and then that hug … I know that people still want Dawsey, but I’d be totally for a little Gabby-Severide-experiment. (April wasn’t really in the picture the past episodes anyway …)
  • Then the shocker at the end (… besides Casey missing): it seems Gabby is pregnant!! I knew it when she felt a little unwell at the beginning of the episode! That will mean a lot of change for her personally as well as career-wise. I’m looking forward to seeing how she handles it, especially without Casey. People probably love the idea of a Dawsey baby though!

So, I’m all set for Season 4 … already not liking the wait. What are your thoughts?

Introducing: Chicago Med

So, I am a total sucker for the Chicago franchise and even though I was skeptical, I was also hugely excited for the backdoor pilot of Chicago Med to come up on Chicago Fire. The show hasn’t yet been picked up for a full Season, but I definitely think that “I Am the Apocalypse” showed that the characters have potential. Spoilers ahead!

First, why was I skeptical? Let’s face it, there are already a ton of medical dramas out there: Grey’s Anatomy, Saving Hope, Remedy … and they tend to be repetitive. BUT (and believe me, it’s a huge but) Chicago shows are different. I was worried about Chicago PD as well, then I got sucked in and now I love it just as much as Chicago Fire. It’s just that those shows aren’t simply in the same universe, they are an entity. There barely goes by an episode where one of the characters from the other show doesn’t appear and it still excites me to see those tiny crossovers, even if they last 2 minutes. The same happened this time! Without even thinking about it, Jay Halstead appeared in the first couple of minutes of the show, at home with his brother as if it were the most normal thing for him to be on Chicago Fire. There are bad days on the show and then there are really bad days, of which this was one.  A terrorist bomber tries to spread an infectious bio-virus and seriously harms Severide, the rest of Station 51 and the entire ER in the process.

Now let’s get down to business and analyse/recap “I Am the Apocalypse“:

  • Severide‘s the hero! Sort of … I mean he couldn’t possibly have believed that he’d survive jumping on a live grenade? (Will certainly didn’t) So, props to Chicago Med and Mills for keeping him alive! The show wouldn’t be the same without him. I am sure April agrees with me on that.
  • I’m intrigued by Will Halstead! He seems like a troublemaker, but there’s definitely more to him. The dynamic between Will and Jay is especially interesting and I think that they are more alike than they’d like to admit. He said it would be his “first and last day”, but I hope he stays in Chicago! He definitely already has a flirtation going on with Hanna aka Dr. Tramble. I’m not sure what to think of her yet. We first meet her while she’s on the floor fixing the fridge and end with her crying (sitting on the floor again). She’s interesting, but I can’t see her with Will.
  • The other new docs … we already know April from a couple of episodes and I like her. She has history with Severide and that’s already pretty interesting, but she’s also a fast thinker who saved Casey. As for the others (besides Will and Hanna), I am not sure I saw enough of them to determine what to think. But, I want to see more of them to find out!
  • Dawsey is back on! Not really, but I’m sure a lot of people would like to think so. After the day was saved and the disease didn’t spread, they relieve their stress with a little make-out session. I know I should be happy, but somehow I don’t think they are ready to be back together again. I actually quite liked the idea of Gabby dating someone different and the rumours of her and Will Halstead surely sparked my interest! Just imagine her having dated both of the incredibly handsome and badass Halstead brothers! I’d ship it!

In the end, I suppose I didn’t talk as much about Chicago Med as I could have, but I need to see more of it! I want it to be a real thing and not just a pilot that will be forgotten in the depths of some TV network’s archive. What are your thoughts?

Chicago Fire/PD Crossover

The Chicago franchise has been going so well the past couple of seasons, that the network (NBC) has decided to broaden it’s universe even more and add the medical drama Chicago Med. There is a supposed backdoor pilot coming during Chicago Fire this season (Season 3), but until then we will have to let ourselves be entertained by the two shows we already have and the Chicago Fire/PD Crossover that aired the past two nights. So, let’s talk about what happened and beware of Spoilers ahead!

I was looking forward to this crossover for such a long time! Despite characters from each show appearing in the other one every now and then, a proper crossover is just so much better. But I have to say that the promo for it really had me fooled. As you could see above, it looked all exciting and thrilling and dangerous, but as much as I love Chicago Fire, the first part of the two night event was rather unexciting. Of course that doesn’t mean it wasn’t emotional. We had Shay’s sister stopping by and see her deal with the loss of Leslie after an especially emotional scene where Brett gets attacked. Severide showed some real restraint when that crazy arsonist Gish, who killed Shay (and it turns out Peter Mills’ dad and unfortunately many others as well), provoked him in the open and Gabby and Casey seemed to get closer again as well. All that isn’t a bad thing for an episode, but you may start wondering: Where is the action? Where are the guys from CPD? (Because that would make it a real crossover.) Well, in the last five seconds or so Gabby calls her brother Antonio for help with the investigation and that’s how Chicago Fire leaves us. Barely anything from the promo has happened yet and you feel tortured until the next day to see how things unfold.

Then again, Chicago PD really stepped up the game and was everything they promised. It had exploding squad cars, Platt acting weirdly nice and Gabriella in great danger. We even got a little Linstead conversation where they obviously decided they won’t stop seeing each other just because Lindsay is back with Intelligence (Big YAY! to that). But the best part in my opinion was Antonio. He’s a good cop and he likes to do things by the book, but with his sister’s life at risk he had no other choice than to shoot Gish and I think it shows real character that he is not alright with that. Everyone was happy that Gish is dead, and I understand that, but having to kill someone should never be easy and it certainly doesn’t look like it was for him. Very well done Jon Seda!

So all in all it was another great crossover and I can’t wait to see more of both shows, especially if they intertwine every now and then. What was your take on the #OneChicago event?