There’s a lot we love about One Chicago shows beyond ships but, let’s face it, we can’t live without ships! And couples are important to the emotional development of the characters in Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med, so we’re going to analyze the progress of our beloved ships each week in a roundtable.
All our feels about these ships will be summarized here and we’re only going to dedicate ourselves to them for, you know, reasons … but you can check our full reviews if you want much more. And now, let’s take a look at the love lives of our favorite firefighters, cops and doctors!
Here we go!
OMG Chicago Fire! Brettsey is coming with fire! What do you want to see from them this season? Stellaride! We love them. We just LOVE THEM. We loved everything about them but speaking of what we missed, did you miss a hug when Severide was saved? Do you think we should have seen a conversation between them about what happened?
Raquel: Brettsey!!!!!!!! This honeymoon we saw is like a dream. I didn’t expect everything to be calm and hot between them but I love it! In their future I see a wedding and many, many children. But I think this season we will see an engagement and, if we are lucky, the wedding. It’s just… they fit together in a way I haven’t seen in a while. They are the example of how to create a couple who love each other and are there for each other, no matter what. And I’m already buying a dress for the wedding.
Stellaride is the best of this life, I don’t hesitate here. The way Stella couldn’t stop touching Severide because she needed to be physically connected to him, she needed to feel him, to feel that he’s okay, alive, safe and next to her. The way that Severide understands this and every moment he is touching her, stroking her, even if it is just a little touch on the wrist or holding her hand … It’s beautiful.
But yes, I missed a hug and their reunion. Severide was about to die, Stella was worried to death and we hardly saw them together before we went to the hospital. Something is missing there, I was expecting something. As for the conversation between them …I think it was not necessary. I mean, there is not much to say about what happened because what happens with Stellaride is that they don’t need words to communicate.
With them, actions scream louder than words and they don’t need to speak to say how much thinking that they would not see each other again has affected them and put them to the limit, they don’t need words to say how much they love each other because each delicate touch, each kiss, each caress … it’s already saying it. I mean, I wouldn’t have complained if they talked about this, I’m here for any sweet romantic and even cloying moment, but I didn’t miss it.
Lizzie: This was such a great episode of Chicago Fire, and it gave both couples a chance to shine. I really appreciated what we say of Brettsey, how cute it was that they thought they were fooling anyone, and how, at the end, it didn’t really seem like they were that worried about their relationship being a secret, they were just basking in the glow of it by themselves for a bit. The setup for the two of them has been long, and they’re finally together, which probably means there’ll be a little bit of a honeymoon period, but the truth is, now it’s the time of new challenges, ones that they will have to face in a different way, as a unit. That’s always a really exciting storytelling avenue, though, and I’m excited to see what the show throws their way and how it makes them stronger.
As for Stella and Severide, no, I don’t think they needed a conversation. I would have loved a reunion hug just after, but I don’t even think they, as a couple needed that, it’s just that me as a fan would have loved it. They’re both in the same line of work, they understand what this job means, and the risks they take. It would be absurd to have a conversation about the dangers every time they are in danger, as they are in danger basically every time they go out. I think they’re just …trying to live their lives to the fullest, especially as they both understand how dangerous the job they do is. And for them that means …being together. Loving each other, no hesitations. All that cuddling, which hey, I’m here for. And hopefully, this year, getting married ON SCREEN. I want to *see* it, okay? And I want to see the planning too. I want everything and more.
Logan: Brettsey in their honeymoon phase was everything I ever dreamed it would be! I loved the domesticity and the softness. The love they have for each other was blatantly obvious every time they were on screen! No wonder the house saw straight through their pathetic attempts to sneak around! Going forward, I want to see them dealing with whatever drama is ahead of them together. They have an amazing foundation and while I hate to see them unhappy I’d like to see it tested by external issues. I want to see Brett and Casey blow each other away with their support as they talk about the hard things, the awkward things, and the issues that scared every one of their past partners away. Above all else, I want them to prove to each other how unconditionally in love they are and show all of us how strong of a team they can be.
And oh man, we were all Stella in this premiere episode — from clinging to Severide and being conflicted over Boden we were right there with her. I adored Stellaride in this episode! The comfort, the love, the fond affection! It’s everything a shipper could possibly want for them! As for the effects of the cliffhanger, I think Stella clinging to Severide and being unable to take her eyes off of him was ten times better than one emotional hug if I’m honest. And I think they did have a conversation about it or at least as much of one as they needed to have. Personally, I loved their conversation while Severide tried to watch the game. It felt extremely on point to have Stella more outwardly affected by it all. Severide is a very nonverbal and stoic man after all, and we love that about him. I cannot wait for the Stellaride wedding! It’s going to be beautiful!
Chicago PD is on fire! How many tissues did you use in THAT Upstead scene? Did you expect something like this? Tell us your feels! What do you think is coming in the future, considering what is happening with Hailey? And Burzek, do you think the end of the episode is the beginning of this couple getting back together?
Raquel: Upstead, OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! As I mentioned on Twitter, my main ship on this show is Burzek but I can’t deny that Upstead is earning a bigger and bigger piece of my heart. I wasn’t expecting us to have THAT moment again, this time in a more traditional way – I’m a hopeless romantic so I’m traditional at this – but I just loved it and stopped counting tissues when I was carrying something like 10 spent packs.
My feels are all tears of happiness. Before meeting Jay, Hailey had suffered too much, so much so that she did not know what true love was, love without limits, without ambiguity, without conditions, a pure love. And she had never told anyone that she loved them because she had never felt it but being with Jay, in his arms, taking refuge in him, leaning on him, trusting him, loving him is as easy and as natural as breathing.
Until she met Jay, Hailey had learned to survive but now, she is living. Marrying him is just a renewal of the commitment that she knows they already have because for her, it’s forever.
And the best part about all of this is that Jay feels the same way about her. Jay knows that Hailey has a troubled past full of pain and suffering but the best thing about Jay is that he never wanted to protect her because he always knew that she didn’t need him. Hailey is very capable of protecting herself. Jay only wanted to erase the pain of her past with his love, with his understanding, with his embrace. Jay just wanted to erase the pain of her past with his kisses. And he’s been there. He cannot live without her, Hailey is part of him, she’s his heart. And for him it’s forever too.
As for the future of both, I’m clear that they are endgame although I do not think that we don’t have to suffer to see it. Jay knows there’s something Hailey isn’t telling him and she’s… she’s in a dark spot right now, full of regrets, guilt, and anger at Voight. This will explode throughout the season, but I trust Upstead to find their way to each other through the darkness. They will always meet in the middle of the road.
As for Burzek, this is their season. I have no doubts about it. I ended season 8 saying that this season would be their time and I still think the same. I’m going to be honest and say that I expected more of them in this episode but I think an episode focused on them will come soon. We know that Chicago PD is not very good at balancing their couples and their plots, so I think that soon we will see an episode exclusively on Burzek and this couple needs it.
I mean, this episode served to make Adam and Kim realize many things. Adam admitted to himself that Kim is much more important than he allowed himself to think she was and he also proved to himself that he can be there the way Kim needs him to be. Because Adam wanted to do it, he was ready to do it but, deep down, he had doubts of not being able to do that … but now he knows that he does.
And Kim … she saw Adam next to her, with her little girl, with her daughter … she saw him being the way she needs him to be in her life, the way she wants him in her life. Kim was afraid that he, despite his intentions, would never be ready for this but now she knows that he is.
Once we are here, it is urgent that Burzek move on. They have shown the plot in a way in which there is no going back: they are going back together, it is a fact, it would not make sense for the plot if they don’t. And, for us to see how they get closer, this couple needs more screen time, so I think we will see an episode focused on them very soon. Crossing fingers!
Lizzie: I’m going to start with Burzek, because this episode gave us a little less from them, probably by design. I think the episode worked well with both ships being featured in a way, but this isn’t really the Chicago P.D. way, so I anticipate we’re gonna get a Burzek heavy episode soon, and really, we have to. There’s too much unsaid between Adam and Kim, too much that feels obvious, that’s just there, so close to the surface, that they just have to talk about it. Now, that doesn’t mean I want them to rush it. Kim’s obviously going to go through some issues, and Adam has shown in this episode — as I said in my review — that he’s willing to be the partner Kim wants and needs, and sometimes, that just means waiting a bit. But I don’t really see any way Chicago P.D. can continue to put off these two getting back together past this season. This has got to be the year of Burzek.
As for Upstead, I kinda felt the proposal was going to end in a yes, because that seems to be the path of the most angst, but also because above any other motivation, it’s clear Jay and Hailey love each other. And I don’t think it’s bad, at all, to react to someone close to you getting hurt, by wanting to just hold onto the things you love, the things that make you feel safe and cared for and appreciated. And for Hailey, that’s Jay, and vice versa. I already waxed poetic about them this week, but I just have so much love for the couple, but also for the journey of Hailey Upton, for the fact that she’s managed to get here, to a place where she can allow herself to be this vulnerable.
Do I think it’s gonna be easy going forward? No. This secret has got to come out. Do I think the secret is going to break them up? No. I think Jay is more likely to be mad at Voight than Hailey, as I said before — which is the right reaction, in my opinion — and that any sense of hurt or anger he might feel at Hailey for not telling him is something they can work through. They made a commitment to each other in this episode, after all. Marriage means you’re willing to try, always. For better or worse. And I don’t think this is going to be the thing that makes Jay give up on someone he’s known FOR YEARS was going to be his always and forever.
Logan: I absolutely expected an engagement for Upstead after the finale. It’s a classic move to have a relationship escalate while one half keeps a heavy secret. I’m nervous for what happens once it all comes out because we all know it will eventually, but for now I’m happy for them. I also loved seeing Jay get down on one knee even if he didn’t have to. That was adorable!
As for Burzek, I sincerely hope this is the beginning of them getting back together and truly becoming a beautiful “round thing” with Makayla. They deserve to be together and on the same page. It was clear to me how much Adam loves and respects Kim and her wishes during the premiere. But they still have a lot of issues to address and sort out. This season needs to allow them to focus on working those underlying issues out so they can finally get back together.
Chicago Med is a brand new show, but we felt something between Will and Stevie. Do you think it’s better that we first lay the foundations of the characters or would you rather the show gives us ship content from yesterday?
Raquel: I think it is best that they first cement the characters and the new plots before introducing ship content. We already talked last season, about how, especially Will, needed to be single for a while, to return to being the character he was at the beginning but if something made this premiere clear is that Chicago Med completely renewed itself.
There are some characters from the beginning but, in general, it seems like a new show with new characters, new ships… Everything is new here. It is as if the show has just started even though we are in its season 7 and that means that they should give us some time to get to know the characters, to grow up on their own and make a mark on the show, before we start thinking about a new ship.
That said, there is something between Will and Stevie… and I hope that when the time comes, they have learned from their past mistakes and shown us, at last, a healthy couple that doesn’t end in tragedy.
Lizzie: I want no part of a ship for like, this season, at least. And that’s as someone who love ships, and watches some shows just for a ship. Chicago Med has failed, again and again, at making us love characters the way we should, and I would like them to focus on the people on this hospital — even over the dynamics, though obviously, the two go together. I felt a bit of a spark between Will and Stevie too, but that’s the kind of thing I might end up absolutely loving IF they play on that antagonistic dynamic, have them working together, learn to begrudgingly respect each other, become friends, etc. Right now, I’m not there yet. All I know is I saw it and thought, oh, okay, if you’re going there, do it right. So that’s what I hope. That the time to do it right, Chicago Med.
Logan: My hope for Chicago Med is that they take this season to focus on their characters as individuals apart from any romantic entanglements. I love to actively ship a pair but on this show I think they need a season to reset and let the ships happen as a result of natural chemistry. I loved the newbies and I can’t wait to learn more about them. I’m curious about Will and Stevie’s history but I don’t want whatever spark they have to fully ignite quite yet. Let’s give them all time to breathe.