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!
Chicago Fire broke our hearts. Stellaride is fracturing, do you think Stella will come back? And if she does, do you think her relationship with Severide will be too damaged or will they be able to fix the fractures? On the flip side, it looks like Pelham is going to hang around for a while, what does this mean for Brettsey? Do you think they are cementing Casey’s exit or still waiting for him to come back?
Raquel: Ohhh Stella will be back, I’m sure. Of course, Fire intends for us to worry to death about Stellaride but this is just a bump in the road and not a serious one. Severide just feels… displaced. I mean, he loves Stella and understands that what she’s making is important to her, Severide just would like to be as important to her as that project. Because he doesn’t feel like he is.
And yes, it may be irrational and even a bit unfair but we’re human and therefore imperfect so we think and need this kind of thing. And Severide feels like he’s not important to Stella, at least not enough for her to come back or for her to think about doing it. What Severide can’t see right now, is that he is. But Stella fails to show it to him – seriously, she should talk to him about what’s going on and if she thinks of coming back, she should contact her fiancé.
I think this is going to take a sincere, open, and maybe painful conversation but that’s what relationships are in a way. Life and relationships are not rosy and sometimes you end up crying and with a bleeding heart but it is…it’s the way you can open up and move on from there. To overcome this, Stellaride needs this conversation. When they have it, even if it’s hard on the edges for a while, they can get on with their wedding and their future together.
Regarding the second question, I think the fact that Pelham stays just corresponds to the fact that the show must go on while Casey returns. That is, they have to introduce a new character and new storylines so that the void of Matt Casey is not too noticeable and Pelham is the perfect person for it. So it means nothing to Brettsey. It’s just the show responding to the fact that an important cast member is off the show…for now.
Lizzie: I don’t think Stellaride is fracturing, and I know Stella is coming back. This is just …the show’s attempts to throw a little drama into the fact that she was gone for a few episodes, if anything. And I’m not even sure it’s that as much as it is their attempt to give Kelly Severide some actual human feelings. The woman he loves, the woman he’s going to marry, has been gone for a while. Of course, he’s gonna feel bad. Not because she’s doing this amazing thing, but because he misses her. That’s normal, and I’m kinda glad they didn’t show him just ignoring feeling or worse, pretending like he didn’t care that she was gone this long. That’s not what real relationships are like. Plus, I miss Miranda so Kelly better miss Stella, lol.
As for Pelham, he’s got zero to do with Brettsey. If anything, he’s there to fill a spot and to create a storyline for Stella when she returns. Brettsey hasn’t even been mentioned in the last two episodes, and that feels like a bad thing, but when it comes to a long distance relationship, it kinda isn’t. It means they’re settling in, finding their groove, and all is well. We’re not seeing Sylvie suffering anymore, and she would have of course mentioned if things were going badly, so I assume things are going splendidly.
Of course, as fans, we want to see that. That’s a reality. We don’t get to see the moments on screen, and that sucks, there’s no going around that. But Brettsey is strong and I think we’ll see a storyline where Sylvie goes to visit him sooner rather than later, even if we probably don’t get to actually see those moments either. And all of that is great. You don’t invest so much into keeping alive something you plan on ruining later.
Lyra: First up, Stellaride isn’t fracturing. The show is just adding a little spice to the mix to keep us interested and on the edge of our seats. Well, I see you, and I ain’t gonna fall for it. No sir. I know my ship and I know the strength of it. And distance is nothing. It’s just a little blip that will make them stronger. As for Brettsey, ain’t nothing stopping them. Pelham is just taking a position meant for Stella. Warming the seat basically. And I’m ok with that. More than ok with that. Plus…I’m just imagining him with his beard. And that makes everything better. But back to Sylvie, she good. As the children say, she gucci with that puffy jacket. *insert side-eye*
Upstead in Chicago PD, I mean, UPSTEAD IN CHICAGO PD! What do you think about what happened? What do you think will happen next? Will Jay make this decision alone or will it be Upstead vs. Voight? Tell us all your feels about these two!
Raquel: “I love you.” “Back to me.” “We were supposed to spend eternity together.” SORRY BUT I’M SOBBING!!!!!!! Through my tears, I can say that no matter what, Upstead is together, no matter what, Upstead is stronger together. Right now Jay is angry and disappointed with the situation, even with Hailey but you know what? That still, even when he feels so bad, even when he feels like what’s happening is dragging them to the bone, the only thing Jay is clear about is that he wants a future with Hailey. How Jay feels for her, what he wants to live with her, didn’t change.
It will never change.
And that’s what I keep. Sweet words make me smile but what lies beneath them makes me cry and makes me believe in love. What lies beneath them makes me hooked on them to the end. As Felicity once said, “I’m glue, baby.” I’m glued with these two. And always will be.
So yeah, Upstead needs to talk about all of this but it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter that that conversation is heartbreaking because they are going to get through it and get stronger along the way.
I think Jay learned from Hailey’s mistakes in not saying anything. I want to trust that, to trust in him. Jay loves Hailey and yeah, sure not saying anything to her is tempting because Jay may feel like he is protecting her but isn’t that what he’s claiming Hailey for? So I want to believe Jay will tell Hailey everything and it will be them vs. Voight. Also, I think this will help Jay to put himself in Hailey’s shoes and understand how she must have felt when she kept everything from him. And why she did it.
Lizzie: I really, really love these two. Since I went into their relationship in my review, I’m gonna talk a little about the history of my love for them: I stopped watching Chicago P.D. regularly when Sophia Bush left, mostly because of the reasons why she left and the way that painted the set. I did not expect to find a character like Hailey Upton who made me want to go back, and make no mistake about it, it was Hailey who brought me back. I will lay down my sword for a well written female character, and I fell in love with Hailey very quickly. With her vulnerability and her strength, her kindness and her heart. So I came back on the journey for her, and fell in love with the relationship between her and Jay, the things they brought out in each other, the ways they made each other better.
And I’ve also always loved how their relationship has developed as something between them — yes, the team is around, but their relationship hasn’t been conditioned by Voight in the way other relationships were, at least not till now. But there’s another thing that the last few seasons, that Jay and Hailey being together, has brought to the character of Hailey, something she sorely needed: joy. And I’m here for my girl finding that joy, and I’m here for Jay Halstead being the reason for that joy.
So yes, I’m not surprised about anything. I’m not shocked at how this went, because these are the people I thought they were. They had a rough patch there, but it was just that. Hailey kept a secret, and she did that for her own reasons. Jay found out, and he was rightfully upset. He took his time, he processed, she talked to him about it and they found a way out of it …together. Like they always are. Which is why I’m sure that whatever comes next (bring down Voight! bring down Voight!) they will tackle together. And this time, they will talk about it. They will strategize. They’ll be fine.
Forever. That’s the promise.
Lyra: *bats eyelashes and does a dance and shimmy to the side while drinking champagne* Voight is going down. That’s it. That’s the story. Upstead is going to take him down and make him wish he never met them or messed with Hailey. You heard it here, not first, but with the most conviction that this is happening. Oh the sweet music that will play when Voight is gone and Upstead can heal and thrive.
On Chicago Med, Will and Stevie have become very close but it seems like another woman is now involved. Did you expect this? Do you think this is the ideal path for the ship?
Raquel: I didn’t expect this and well, if the world were perfect this third person would not come into play, Will and Stevie would get closer little by little and they would end up together. But the world is not perfect. So in slow-burn ships, they usually introduce third parties before giving us our ship.
That’s why introducing a third person doesn’t have to be bad. In general, I distrust when in a drama they give us our ship too fast because they are relationships that don’t usually last but if they are introducing a new person into the mix it means that this will be a slow burn ship and if the ship is slow burn it has much more possibilities of being endgame.
That said, as we have already mentioned on several occasions, we need the characters to develop first before thinking about ships, and if we think that about Will and Stevie we think that too about Will and any woman who the producers want to put him in the way, especially when we’re talking about Will. Please, Med, leave Will single for more than 5 seconds, thank you.
Lizzie: I don’t actually care that man-whore Will (sorry, not sorry) might be seeing someone else. I don’t want it to be Stevie right now, because I want that relationship to develop, and they need to find a footing in their friendship before any possibility of a relationship is introduced. So, whatever Will has to learn in that new relationship – probably how not to date everyone even tangentially involved with this hospital – so be it. As long as they continue to develop Stevie and Will as people, and continue on the path they’re going, I’ll be good.
Because I think this episode made it clear this is where they’re going. For better or worse, I just think the episode also made another thing clear: it’s going to take a while. I, for one, don’t mind. I appreciate a slow burn. Can we get Jay on Chicago Med make fun of Will while we’re at it? I beg you.
Lyra: It’s early. I would like to say, is this Grey’s Anatomy? Because he is sowing his wild oats and if he wants to get around, let it be away from our girl. I said, what I said.