Review: 'The Chicago Code' - 'St. Valentine's Day Massacre': No confidence?
Teresa's under attack from all sides on a tough day at the office
A review of tonight's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I wear a bullet-proof vest as a fashion statement...
"Justice first, and then my job." -Teresa
"St. Valentine's Day Massacre" was the second of this season's two episodes to not feature Delroy Lindo, and it was a potent reminder that Teresa Colvin's job carries many more headaches beyond whatever Alderman Gibbons is up to.
The episode did a very good job of illustrating the fishbowl Teresa works in, and then what happens when someone lights a fire under that bowl. Her opponents here aren't corrupt; they're just reactionary, or stubborn or, in the case of John Heard as Mayor McGinnis, unwilling to risk themselves politically. The call to Mancow's show comes from a rank-and-file cop who doesn't sound much different from the Commander of Mops and Brooms from the pilot, and once Teresa has to bail out on the show before she can rebut him - and then once the reason for her bailing out turns out to be such a hot-button case - it's like the union, the press, and the mayor can smell blood in the water. Suddenly, everyone who hasn't liked the way Teresa has been running things has cover under which they can attack her, or refuse to defend her, and things go from bad to worse when they try to stage a perp walk for a man in a coma.
All of that material was very well-handled, I thought, save for Jarek and Caleb's argument in the car, which illustrated how stubborn Jarek himself can be but which was also a phony conflict, since we know Caleb has the super's back as part of their unofficial four-person anti-Gibbons task force. And the massacre case itself was one of the better examples in a while of a situation where it absolutely makes sense for Teresa to have a detective she trusts who can parachute into any case in the city. The profile's so high, and the stakes for her job so big, that of course she'd want Jarek on it.
- Check out everything there is including photos, reviews, videos.
I didn't think Teresa's speech at the union meeting was that fantastic, but I also don't think it was supposed to be. There's that moment halfway through where she can tell she's not getting through to anyone, and though the shift into more personal territory is an improvement, it still only barely gets her a win in a vote she might have won anyway after closing the massacre case. Jennifer Beals pretty clearly lost her voice at some point during the filming of this one, and aside from the way it came and went during the episode (because episodic TV tends to film out of sequence), it really helped her performance in showing just how much this day, and this job, wears on Teresa. I'd like to see some more stories, though, in which she's not quite so saintly or wise. Her intentions are always going to be good, but just as Jarek sometimes pisses people off with his attitude, there should be times where Teresa's inexperience in the job and/or her own sense of self-righteousness, winds up causing collateral damage. She's upset people, but outside of the Mops and Brooms scene from the pilot, we haven't gotten much of a sense of how and why, nor any suggestion at all that in some cases the anger might be deserved.
With so much happening with Teresa and Jarek this week, there wasn't much time for the B-story with Vonda and Isaac going up against "The Annaconda," played by Shawn Ryan's wife Cathy Cahlin Ryan (aka Vic Mackey's wife Corrine). Not sure if it would have been better at an expanded length or if I'm glad it was as brief as it was. Ryan had fun in her role - like Maury Levy on "The Wire," Anna is hateful but very smart and very good at what she does - but it's been a while since I've seen an interesting variation on the old "Rashomon" gimmick of seeing the same story from multiple viewpoints, and this wasn't it. This is the first time we see Isaac and Vonda's new relationship cause them a problem on the job, and I imagine it won't be the last, but this was predictable filler.
Where "The Shield" and "Terriers" both came out of the gate fully-formed (as, for the most part, did "The Unit," for what it was trying to do), "The Chicago Code" is a show that's still finding itself at this point. The good parts are very, very good - and I imagine they'll be even better the rest of the season, now that we'll get an uninterrupted string of Delroy Lindo - and the problematic parts all seem fixable. I'd like to see it stick around long enough to iron out the remaining kinks.
What did everybody else think?
News From Our Partners
- Justin Bieber's 'Baby' Is Highest-Certified Single in History, But His Monkey Is No Longer His Son Ho Young's Girlfriend Found Dead Listen to The-Dream Collaborate With Beyonce on 'Turnt'
- Total Recall: Bradley Cooper's Best Movies Parental Guidance: Epic and Beautiful Creatures Comic Book Movies You Can Watch Online
- 'Man Of Steel': Is Zod Superman's Khan? New 'Man of Steel' Trailer: Watch Now! 'The Hangover': Retracing The Success Of A Few Crazy Nights
- Charlotte Robinson: Somer Bingham Talks LGBT Issues and Life After The Real L Word (AUDIO) PHOTOS: Has Ellen Had Enough Of LA? Jennifer Aniston On 'Friends' Reunion: 'We All Miss Working Together'
- The Telefile - Critics' Choice Television Awards 2013: Nominees Announced The Telefile - TV on DVD: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 The Telefile - Veep: The Episode's Best Insults
- What to Watch Tonight: The Season Finales of SVU, The Middle, Modern Family, Chicago Fire, Nashville, and Criminal Minds The Critics Choice Awards Nominations Choose Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad The Weirdest, Grossest, Bestest Moments from Netflix's Hemlock Grove, in Pictures and GIFs
- 'Metallica Through the Never' Trailer: Angry Mobs and "Master of Puppets" 'Timecop' Being Remade, As All Movies Eventually Must 'We're The Millers' Red Band NSFW Trailer: Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis Smuggle Drugs
- 'The World's End' Trailer: Pints, Pals, and Killer Robots! Francis Ford Coppola Directing New Italian-American Saga 'Don Jon' Trailer: Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johansson Go Jersey
If picked up, would be first regular TV job in decades for the 'Soap' and 'SNL' alumWednesday, May 22, 2013
A Showtime leftover doesn't really fit at NBCWednesday, May 22, 2013
Will's gift takes an increasing toll; can the bad Dr. Lecter help him?Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Cathy and her family prepare for the end as the Showtime dramedy concludes on a strong noteTuesday, May 21, 2013