The Chicago Code – S01E07 – Black Hand and the Shotgun Man Review

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The Chicago Code borders on genius at times and on the other hand, it'll sink to being just an ordinary cop show. The writers got a little lazy this week. For Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria), a big drug kingpin's unusual presence in Chicago had them wondering what sort of a deal was going down. Was Daniel Romero really just in town to do a big drug deal or was something else going on? It just ... Read More

The Chicago Code – S01E06 – The Gold Coin Kid Review

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Until this episode aired, I had very few complaints to make about The Chicago Code. Tonight, I saw something that really bugged me and it likely is more a problem with FOX than with Shawn Ryan's production team. Before I get into that, let's look at the bulk of the episode which had Jarek Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and Caleb Evers (Matt Lauria) busting their ass trying to figure out who was responsible for murder. I thought the connection to what was ... Read More

The Chicago Code – S01E05 – O’Leary’s Cow Review

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Holy smokes, was that a great episode or what? Murder, bribery, deceit, deeply personal issues, and a whole lot more. What more could a person ask for? "O'Leary's Cow" saw a ramping up of Liam's (Billy Lush) undercover work. With undercover work, there's no telling when you're going to have to commit a crime to advance your way in the criminal underworld. Backing out of something could cost you your life. So when Liam was showing cold feet ... Read More

The Chicago Code – S01E04 – Cabrini-Green Review

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With gunfire in a barber shop and bombs blowing up around Chicago, the producers of The Chicago Code know how to start off an episode with a bang! The pace set in the first scenes of this (and every other episode) is incredible. It was absolutely riveting. While the main focus of the department is on a series of bombings, they're quickly distracted when a report comes in of Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo) being involved in a shooting at his old ... Read More

The Chicago Code – S01E03 – Gillis, Chase & Babyface Review

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The Chicago Code has become regular viewing for me. In addition to watching it live, I also Tivo it just to go back and watch again as a refresher each week. It's turned out to be a terrific show. Tonight's opening was really exciting. An armed bank robbery is rarely ever boring when shown, of course, but the threat of multiple suspects, armed with automatic weapons made for a thrilling scene. And to ramp it up a bit, Jarek ... Read More

The Chicago Code – S01E02 – Hog Butcher Review

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The way a series starts out is crucial. Pilots are often a little iffy because there are often a lot of problems with them. Everyone tends to be new and the scripts tend to be weak. With The Chicago Code, everything got off to a better than expected start in my view. With the pilot put together as well as it was, I felt I had some idea as to what to expect from the follow-up episode. "Hog Butcher" ... Read More

The Chicago Code – S01E01 – Pilot Review

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When it comes to crime dramas, it's hard to escape them. I'm just glad The Chicago Code isn't one of the many forensic crime dramas. I love CSI, don't get me wrong, but forensic shows have been beaten to death. With The Chicago Code, we get a show that is more character driven. Forensics take a back seat here. And for that, I thank creator and Illinois-native Shawn Ryan. The city of Chicago has always had a reputation ... Read More