This week’s Chicago PD was wild. It was definitely a heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled episode. So glad we got another Atwater episode. It’s about time he got some screen-time again. His storylines are always really important. But if I’m being honest, I could have gone without the Ruzwater tension. Atwater told his truth, and Adam told his. One truth I’m certain of? This was a hell of an episode.
The Ruzwater of it All
Ruzwater is one of my favorite duos on PD. Their friendship is definitely my favorite. I love it when they work together, because they always have each other’s back. No matter what. Even when they fight, there’s no denying the bond those two share. And they’re no afraid to be real and honest with each other, which is why they were able to have the tough conversations they did this episode.
My heart hurt watching Kevin and Adam fight this episode. It was hard to watch. Kevin was telling his truth, and Adam was telling his. Both were valid perspectives, but Kevin’s was more important in the moment. However, Adam is Kevin’s best friend and ally. I hope he realizes that, and I hope the conversations they had this episode don’t put a permanent rift in their friendship. They both said some things, but I truly believe it’s gonna take more than that shake Ruzwater’s friendship.
Atwater’s Had Enough
I really feel for Kevin. It must be hard being a Black cop, especially in Chicago, and especially with everything going on. And I’m sure everything he’s been through isn’t making things any easier. I hate that he’s had to witness so many officer-involved shootings. However, even with that identity struggle and struggle with his loyalties, Kevin has never failed to do the right thing. I cannot even imagine what Kevin must be feeling with all this. It’s gotta be hard. And his anger in this episode was understandable, and expected. From the outside it absolutely felt like he didn’t need to go off on Adam like he did, because Adam had nothing to do with what happened, and he’s certainly nothing like Wheelan. But we’re not in Kevin’s shoes, and we can’t be. That’s important to remember. Just as it’s important for Kevin to remember that Adan’s on his side.
He always has been, and always will be.
What Wheelan did the episode was wrong. What Doyle did before was wrong. What Nolan and his crew did to Atwater was wrong. Adam knows it. Kevin knows it. We all know it. What all of these people did was wrong. Period. It’s inexcusable. It’s no surprise that Kevin has had enough. I think we all would have in his shoes. But thankfully Samantha Miller is there to help make sure we start to see the changes that are much needed.
Stand Out Scene
The opening scene was one of my favorites this episode. I think it was really well done, and the way they did it really added to the overall feel of it. This might be one of my favorite openings PD has ever done. I loved how they tied the interview from the opening scene into the case by saying that Wheelan passed it while Adam and Kevin didn’t, showing that it’s not the best judge of character or performance.
The fact that they shot the entire opening scene in one take is just amazing to me. And the Wolf Entertainment twitter page posting the video of how they did it makes it even more fascinating. Seeing them so in sync like that is incredible. Seeing that video makes watching the opening scene even more entertaining.
Atwater: I gotta live with that, why not you? I gotta be angry, why not you? Cause you’re the good white cop that can’t understand? Who’s got nothing to do with any of this?
Ruzek: That’s not me. What’s inside of him is not inside of me and you should be the one to know that! How dare you, man! I’m sick of you questioning me all the time. Why is it me? Why is it me that has to answer for this guy, huh? Ask yourself that question.
Atwater: Explain your job to me
Upton: It’s gone viral
Voight: How’re you supposed to stop something you can’t see coming?
Atwater: What if you can’t see it coming?
Read Our Season 8 Reviews –
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×01 Review: “Fighting Ghosts”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×02 Review: “White Knuckle”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×03 Review: “Tender Age”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×04 Review: “Unforgiven”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×05 Review: “In Your Care”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×06 Review: “Equal Justice”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×07 Review: “Instinct”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×08 Review: “Protect And Serve”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×09 Review: “Impossible Dream”
- ‘Chicago PD’ 8×10 Review: “The Radical Truth”