Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Chicago PD

Dick Wolf's Good-Enough Chicago Fire Spinoff Benefits From Solid Acting

The well-traveled [Jason] Beghe nevertheless convincingly sells the gravelly voiced tough-guy routine, and Chicago PD plays to the cathartic aspects of crime-fighting, provided one tries not to think too much about terms like “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

And the show is aided by having the likes of Jon Seda, Elias Koteas and Sophia Bush on the case, even if most of the plotting has a musty and manipulative aroma.

As for NBC, the series is assigned a mission almost as simple as Voight’s “Clean up the city” mandate: Improve the 10pm timeslot where Ironside ran into a ditch, or die trying. Like Voight’s task force, it’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

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