If watching the firefighters of Chicago is not enough to satisfy your craving for emergency responders in the Windy City, NBC has just the spinoff for you. Returning for a second season is Chicago PD, the show that centers around a police department in one of America’s largest cities. Producer Dick Wolf and the rest of the team from Chicago Fire are behind this action-drama as well.
At the head of the department that Chicago PD focuses on is Sergeant Hank Voight, played by Jason Beghe. Voight is not so much a crooked cop as he is willing to bend the rules in order to keep the city clean. At his right hand is Detective Antonio Dawson, played by Jon Seda. Dawson stays within the rules but has learned how to be okay with the actions of his superior officer. Together, they find a way to get the job done.
Jay Halstead is the up-and-coming cop that actor Jesse Lee Soffer portrays. He seems to have a big problem with the way Voight handles himself. After losing Sheldon Jin last season, Halstead seems convinced that Voight was involved in the murder and is poised to come after him. Sophia Bush, playing Detective Erin Lindsay, is willing to trust Voight almost blindly. The two find themselves battling over the death of their comrade and where the responsibility should lay. Outside of the current argument, Lindsay and Halstead seem poised for a relationship, something Voight is adamantly against.
The show is banking on the success of its predecessor but is finding legs of its own. The show features some good writing but tends to be dragged down by average acting, at best. NBC has given the show a second season and have it anchoring a night that includes Law & Order SVU and The Mysteries of Laura.
It sounds like Chicago PD is really counting on Chicago Fire to pave the way and Law & Order to bring in the audience. With all of that, it may be hard for the show to fail.
Chicago PD airs on Wednesday night at 10 pm eastern time.
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