This was an intense episode of Chicago PD. Emotions were running high as Intelligence struggled with both internal and external battles within the job. Chicago PD is tackling some heavy but important issues this season, and this was one hell of a season premiere.
With the aftermath of Doyle’s death and his killers going free, it looks like Atwater’s in for one of his biggest battles yet. Doyle’s supporters are out for revenge, and Atwater is their number one target. There is not doubt that Atwater did the right thing by speaking up. However, it was clear that it wouldn’t be without its consequences. This was a powerful storyline, and LaRoyce Hawkins deserves all the awards for this episode.
We can all learn a lesson or two from Kevin. He told the truth, regardless of the consequences. He knew his career, and his life, could be put into jeopardy because of it, yet he valued the truth over all of that. I admire Kevin for having the courage and the guts to stand up for what’s right and not taking the easy way out when given the chance. The truth matters. So tell it, no matter what.
Through Thick and Thin
Through thick and thin, Ruzwater have got each other’s backs. I’m so glad Atwater had Adam to lean on through this. Going through all of that alone would be hell. My heart is full knowing that no matter what happens and regardless of what some of the others in uniform might think, Atwater will always have someone on his side. Sometimes knowing even one person supports you can make all the difference. And right now, it seems like Kevin could use all the support he can get.
I love how Adam never left Atwater’s side during the whole Doyle backlash, even though that would have been the easy thing to do. Ruzek has insane loyalty to his friends and unit. If you’re ever in a tough situation, Ruzek is someone you definitely want on your side.
Trouble Ahead for Intelligence?
This may be one of the toughest battles Intelligence has faced yet. With police reform being such a hot topic, Intelligence is going to need to watch their every move. It doesn’t seems like Samantha Miller isn’t going to let Hank and the rest of the unit get away with a whole lot anymore. Intelligence better buckle up because change is coming, whether they like it or not.
I’m honestly worried about the future of intelligence. Voight and Atwater disagreeing at the end and Voight almost resorting back to his corrupt ways are not a good look while they’re in the midst of police reform. I love Hank, but he better watch it before he crosses some lines that can’t be uncrossed.
Stand Out Scene
The ending scene with all those cops beating up Atwater was so cruel. I hate that he’s being targeted for doing the right thing. Leave my boy Kevin Atwater alone, gosh dang it!
Atwater must be protected at all costs. I hate seeing any of the One Chicago family get hurt, especially when they don’t deserve it. I hope this storyline gets resolved soon, because I don’t know how much more of Atwater hurting I can take.
Atwater: Just because people are marching in the streets doesn’t mean the world has changed. Cops are still blue, I’m still black.
Voight: The blue wall is a tricky thing. It’s not a person or an object, it’s a code. You never really see it. I mean it’s there, but it’s not there, you understand? It’s like trying to fight a ghost.
Atwater: Things have definitely changed. That means we’ve gotta change too.
Ruzek: Being a black cop here in Chicago these days, it can’t be easy.
Voight: Reality is no one’s got the guts to stand up for police right now. Not the major, not the white shirts in the ivory tower.
Atwater: I stand by my original statement.
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Watch Chicago PD Wednesdays at 10/9C on NBC.