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?
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?
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?