‘Chicago P.D.’ is back with a closer look at reality, but still stacking the deck
“Chicago P.D.” returned for its fifth season this week, bearing out what new show runner Rick Eid had promised ahead of the premiere: A closer focus on real world storylines — “certainly as it relates to what’s going on with the police department.”
The series still has a tendency to stack the deck in favor of its characters, though — what if the show had the courage of its convictions, I always wonder — and too much here feels disingenuous precisely because of that slippery-ness.
So, here we go: The meat of Wednesday’s episode (“Reform”) concerned a gun deal gone wrong and the police shootout that ensues. Innocent people are caught in the crossfire, including a little girl who later dies at the hospital. Making matters worse, the bullet that kills her came not from a bad guy’s gun, but that of an officer.
On the surface, “Chicago P.D.” is going all-in. An independent auditor will be reviewing the situation, the top brass informs Sgt. Voight (Jason Beghe, as the unit’s supervisor) a requirement of the new “reform package.” (Translation: Guess the show is hinting at that damning report issued by the Department of Justice last year.)