Well, you can’t win them all.
Or, you can, but it wouldn’t really be a good story, not just because viewers would be like, yeah, that would never happen in real life – a problem he show has already faced before – but because, as fun as winning is, where are the stakes if the main characters win all the time?
Why do I even need to watch if I know Peter Stone is always going to get a conviction.
Answer is – I don’t. I’ll just read a review the next day.
This time, however, Peter Stone and co. do not win, even when they have what, to me, looked like one the clearest cases they’ve had all year. But, so is life. And TV is supposed to reflect that, isn’t it?
So, before the season finale, let’s examine the team once again as well as what we want from the show going forward and what we liked, and didn’t like about “Fool Me Twice.”
BORE ME TWICE
Let’s be honest: I have never been so bored watching an episode of Chicago anything. I had to watch the episode twice to retain a bit of what was going on, that’s how bored I was. I get that there was supposed to be an emotional connection to Laura and her childhood friend but there just …wasn’t.
In fact, the only interesting parts of the episode was Antonio trying to support Laura and Anna figuring out the camera thing. Even Peter’s showing in trial was just – regular good Peter, not outstanding OMG he just won’t this case by being awesome Peter Stone.
And hey, maybe the show is saving all the good stuff for the season finale next week. Maybe this was the filler episode we were due after a string of consistently good episodes. Either way, with the show almost certain to be renewed for a full season in the fall, I just hope we aren’t subjected to most episodes like this.
What makes this show work is the core group of characters. If you move away from them and don’t involve someone from another Chicago show, then guess what? We don’t care at all. Maybe we will later on. Maybe this show just needs to find it’s rhythm. But, for now, I’m just happy this episode is over. Next time I need to fall asleep, I’ll put it on.
Peter Stone: Remains the most compelling character, even after a flat episode. He’s the reason we watch. He’d benefit more from more than some glimpses at his background, and, of course, from a high-stakes situation where he has to actually bond with someone, but as it is, I still watch for him and he’s, without a doubt, the best character on this show.
Anna Valdez: Anna is pretty awesome, but every time I see her I’m assaulted by this notion that she could be even more awesome. Maybe all she needs is time to grow – this is the first season, and a shortened one at that, but we’ve seen enough quirks and contradictions in her that I’m really, really interested in what she could become.
Laura Nagel: I like Laura, I do. She’d had me feeling all the things for a few episodes. This was not one of those – but that’s not really on the character, much less on the actress, because the story was just lackluster. Bring back the emotional Laura, the one talking about her kid, the one connecting to Antonio. That’s who I want to see.
Antonio Dawson: Ah, Antonio. You went from one of my least favorite characters ever to just …someone who’s there and doesn’t bother me one bit, which is already a lot. That doesn’t mean I love you, yet, but I really enjoy your banter with Laura and I think this show is a much better fit for your personality than
Mark Jefferies: He wasn’t in this episode, so I don’t like him or hate him any more than I did last week. I stand by my he’s my least favorite of all the characters on ALL Chicago shows pronouncement, though.
WHAT WE WANT
Easy, we want more of a focus on the team and less of a focus on the cases. The show is coming back next season almost for sure, so this shouldn’t be that complicated. Time is on your side, Chicago Justice. The reason why Chicago P.D, Chicago Med and Chicago Fire work is because they’re anything but straight-up procedurals. To find your legs, you’ve relied on that aspect a little too much. It’s now time to give the characters the depth they deserve – they depth we want.
That’s why we’re here for, after all.
Other things to note:
- All I could think of as I watched detective Kim was that he was Kimball Cho on The Mentalist, and boy, do I miss The Mentalist.
- Everyone caught Benny being all shady and saying hi to Laura by name before she was introduced. EVERYONE.
- Anna in court alone, even at a bond hearing, is a good thing to see.
- Does anyone have an answer for me about if Monica Barbaro, who plays a Latina, actually has latinx roots? I’ve asked this question it feels like every week.
Chicago Justice airs Sundays at 9/8c on NBC.