Chicago Justice 1X11 Review: AQD

Increasingly more lately, during Chicago Justice, there’s a moment in every episode where Peter Stone says something that pleases us, the viewers, but that’s stretching the legalities of what he does to a point that borders on unbelievable. When he does, there’s usually Anna, DA Jefferies, Laura and/or Antonio to look at him like he’s insane while the rest of us just cheer his imagination and his desire for justice.

Well – I’m here to tell you that 1) I understand that the legal side of all of this is dubious at best, I went to law school, but 2) I don’t really care.

Bring it on, Peter. Bring it on.

There’s a level of feel good show in the One Chicago Franchise. No, they don’t skirt the issues and no, they aren’t truly fantastical, but their main thing isn’t the medicine, the law or the police/firemen procedure, but the stories. They’re here to tell good stories, and if they have to stretch the truth a little to do it, so be it.

Does it always work? No. There are hits and misses, but consistently, when there’s good acting, the misses are far fewer than the hits, and Philip Winchester makes Peter Stone into the kind of character you’d follow into war, same as Matthew Casey, same as Hank Voight, same as Will Halstead.

So, think about Chicago Justice as law the way it should be, not the way it is. And enjoy the ride.

AQD

CHICAGO JUSTICE — “ADQ” Episode 111 — Pictured: (l-r) Philip Winchester as Peter Stone, Carl Weathers as Mark Jefferies — (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)

The case is a reach – so much of a reach that, at times during the episode, I found myself agreeing with the public defender. And that’s a problem of my analytical mind, because, in truth, the Chicago Justice team is sorta right in this case – what wouldn’t you do to save the life of your child? How can you be expected to think straight when your kid’s life is on the line?

You can’t, that’s the simple truth. And thought this was one of those cases where justice could have gone either way, in the end, it’s the personalities of those involved that make us feel like the resolution that we got was the one we wanted all along. Dad was, after all, an ass. Mom was, after all, acting from the heart.

Thing is, they were not perfect people, but in the end, through all their mistakes, they both loved their daughter – the mom enough not to stop even after she ran someone because she thought that would mean her daughter would die, the dad enough to confess, at the end, because he truly wasn’t acting maliciously, he was acting out of rage.

“Justice isn’t the only thing that’s blind” Peter sentences at the end of the episode, and he’s right, love also is, even complicated, convoluted love. And I guess that’s the lessons of the day.

THE TEAM

CHICAGO JUSTICE — “ADQ” Episode 111 — Pictured: (l-r) Joelle Carter as Laura Nagel, Jon Seda as Antonio Dawson — (Photo by: Parrish Lewis/NBC)

Peter Stone: No longer my problematic favorite, not just my favorite, Peter Stone is the kind of character you needed for a show like this to work. He just has this presence that makes you believe him, even when he’s spouting off things that go against common sense. He’s also very clearly a good guy, though he wasn’t necessarily presented to us as one when we first met him on Chicago PD.

Anna Valdez: Maybe the reason why I like Anna is that I relate to Anna, even though I’ve never been in her shoes. She looks at Peter Stone the same way I do, with a mix of awe and respect, she is opinionated, doesn’t back down from a fight, and yet, she’s not a hothead, she’s a smart woman who knows that her voice is important and so she uses it.

Laura Nagel: Once I fall, I usually fall hard, and I now feel like Laura Nagel and I have reached a point of no return – I just like her, and that’s it. I will accept nothing but compliments. Sure, the show doesn’t always give her the chances to be in the spotlight, but they have been smart about giving us little tidbits here and there, and though I still need way more of the relationships, I like her about 10 times more than I did in the first few episodes.

Antonio Dawson: Antonio is starting to grow on me, something he didn’t manage in 4 seasons on Chicago PD. I don’t even know what it is, maybe it’s just that he suffered from going against Voight every episode because I was rooting for Voight, but here I just find it easier to relate to him, and I’m kinda interested in his (totally non-romantic) relationship with Laura.

Mark Jefferies: How does he always manage to sound like the ass, even when he’s just spouting off common sense? I’m not quite sure, I think it’s Carl Weathers and his innate ability to make us feel things. Either way, 11 episodes in Jefferies is dead last in the list of likeability for ALL Chicago shows. Dead last. No one else is even close.

Other things to note:

  • This show features the most dedicated, competent public defenders I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
  • Is Anna a vegetarian? I thought she was, and then it looked like she was eating meat this episode and I know I’m fixating on the most ridiculous things but I can’t help it.
  • I love me the little One Chicago crossovers.
  • Peter avoided the marriage question like a pro.
  • This is one of those episodes where, at the end, you’re like – yeah, not, too neat. There’s no way this would happen in real life.
  • But hey, this is TV, so a win is a win, right?

Chicago Justice airs Sundays at 9/8c on NBC.

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