Chicago P.D. 10×12 “I Can Let You Go” is one of those episodes that doesn’t truly seem worth it. It’s a disturbing episode, focusing on Sean, a disturbing character, and a little bit on Hailey Upton. But is there enough of a focus on Hailey, on what she’s going through, to warrant the focus on a man like Sean O’Neill and on another woman being in danger? The answer is probably no, which is one of the problems with this show lately.
Procedurals are what they are, but we have never watched them because we care all that much about the cases. We watch them because we care about the characters, about their relationships. This means it’s getting difficult for us to justify a show that hasn’t given us any ship content — no, Upstead pictures do not count — in a while, and that isn’t even consistent when it comes to character-centric episodes.
Even when it is, though, it feels like all Chicago P.D. can do is trauma porn. And sure, it works every once in a while, because the truth is this show has an outstanding cast. When you have this cast, you can sell some of the pain. But even that gets repetitive. We’re in Season 10. There has to be more. There has to be some happiness, some growth, or some friendship at the very least. And we’re not talking crumbs, we’re talking the real thing.
I’d take a conversation between Kim and Hailey over every second of Sean O’Neill. I’d take some real talk about what’s going on with Upstead, and how Hailey is doing, over more cases where women are attacked. I’ll take some Burzek romance over these characters only talking to each other about the case of the week. Anything is better than just hurting a different character every week and calling it a day.
The Upstead thing feels particularly egregious in this episode because it calls back to how little sense it made for Jay to leave the way he did. Let’s say the plot is solid, let’s say he needed time …then why isn’t he communicating with his wife, you know, the one he promised they were solid to? The one he kissed goodbye like she was the most important thing in life. The one wowed to love, honor and cherish every day of his life. How does that compute?
Simply, it doesn’t, but if Jay were communicating, then what would be Hailey’s pain? Just missing him? Nah, she’s gotta be damaged! Because that means Tracy Spiridakos can break our hearts weekly. And Jay cannot actually come back, for …reasons. And science.
There was really no way to write out Jay Halstead that made sense for Hailey Upton — or that made sense for what the show had been building for ten years. That means that, no matter what happened behind the scenes, or why we ended up here, there really wasn’t any way to truly do this right. But there were plenty of ways to do it better, that’s for sure. There were ways to respect fans that invested years of their lives on these characters, on this couple. This show hasn’t done that, and it honestly feels like they never had any intention of doing so.
What they want is for us to be happy to watch the Hank Voight show. To cheer for their edgy, borderline dark show about a morally-grey cop in Chicago who “gets things done” no matter what. Except that wasn’t ever why most of us stuck around, and if the hope is keeping some people around, well …that hope is fading fast.
Things I think I think:
- How can Hailey still afford the mortgage on that apartment? Is Jay sending her some money?
- Why would anyone tell someone like Sean anything? Why?
- Hailey’s first call being Voight these days physically hurts me.
- Adam checking in on Hailey was A+. Sean is creepy AF.
- Like, they let Jay go and thought, “oh yes, let’s bring in as a recurring character the creepiest dude ever.” That tracks.
- Someone save me from the Voight show, please.
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Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on NBC.