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?