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THE CHICAGO Code “Mike Royko’s Revenge” (Series Finale) Review

THE CHICAGO CODE  "Mike Royko’s Revenge" Season 1 Episode 13 – Back in February, when this show premiered, I was very excited. The pilot offered a new twist on the cop procedural: strong acting, great directing and some quality writing. I indicated in my review that the show was not like Shawn Ryan’s previous cop drama  The Shield , which was a monumental  pioneering effort of subverting a genre. Instead, I likened it more to  The Good Wife , which worked within the parameters of the genre yet worked so well. Unfortunately the next few episodes dropped the ball a little, which often happens on new shows: I doubt anyone would call the second, third or fourth episodes of  Alias  its strongest, and I personally believe that the first few episodes after the pilot of  The West Wing  are among its worst, often drivelling with self-righteousness and false sentimentality. It’s difficult for a writer to go from hoping to get a pilot picked up to suddenly being thrust into a situation where they need to hire a writing staff, get a crew,settle  on the tone of the show and start building episodes around the arc they’d envisioned for the series. Ultimtely  The Chicago Code  did not live up to the promise of its pilot. Read More... //

The Chicago Code Series Finale Review: "Mike Royko's Revenge"

One thing I have learned about fighting crime in Chicago, it’s a marathon not a sprint; you better be ready to go the distance. - Teresa Colvin The same could be said about the amazing season of The Chicago Code ; it was a marathon, but we were rewarded for going the distance in this week’s series finale, "Mike Royko's Revenge." Knowing that this episode was written and filmed before anyone knew the show was not renewed I was watching to see where season two would have hooked in:  //

'The Chicago Code' - 'Mike Royko's Revenge': Go for the head

A review of   "The Chicago Code"   finale coming up just as soon as I still have a working VCR...   Barring some kind of miracle appearance by Netflix or another white knight to be determined(*), "Mike Royko's Revenge" was the end of "The Chicago Code," and a far more fitting, permanent end than I think many of us might have expected at the start of the series.   (*) Many people have asked why "The Chicago Code" couldn't easily migrate to FX, or to another cable channel in the way that "Southland" did. While it's not impossible - again, "Southland" did it - it's really very hard. For one thing, TV executives usually prefer to rise and fail with their own product, so unless a show is extraordinary in some way and/or a far better fit for a new channel than it was for its own, not too many people are going to be interested. For another, the cost structure on network vs. cable is so different that any network show would have to drastically slash its budget to survive that way. "Southland" was an unusual example, in that there were six episodes made on a network budget, and already paid for by that network, and that TNT could therefore have for a song to see how the ratings might be. And then once TNT started producing its own episodes, the show had to ditch more than half its cast. I'm not saying Shawn Ryan can't find another buyer under any circumstances, but it's not going to be easy (and, as he said on Twitter last night, if there's not a significant ratings bump for the finale, it almost certainly won't happen).  Read More... //

The Chicago Code 1.13 'Mike Royko's Revenge' Review

The show set up plenty of dominoes over the season, and in another display of its trademark efficiency, starts knocking them down within minutes. We learn that Liam/Chris isn't dead yet (just missing a spleen), Lieutenant Kelly is finally getting arrested for being a tool, and both Elizabeth Killian and not-so-innocent secretary Lily have been found. Things would be looking up for our heroes, if Alderman Gibbons wasn't on TV calling for Teresa's resignation, and privately trying to convince Jarek that Hugh Killian is the man who murdered his brother. You can't say this show skimped on delivery. The heart of the episode is bringing the fight against Gibbons to a head, if not a definitive end. Given that at the time this finale was written, the show was still very much in contention for a second season, I wondered if things would be definitively concluded or left hanging. Imagine my surprise when the episode delivered the moment we'd been waiting for all season long - seeing Teresa and Jarek publicly arrest Gibbons. It was a stand up and cheer moment that was definitely worth the wait. Yet unlike a few other finales I've seen this season, achieving the show's main objective didn't throw  The Chicago Code into disarray. Instead, the journey to finally get there opened up other stories that could've been told...not to mention that, as well as we know Ronin Gibbons by now, it wouldn't have been at all implausible to see him still be a relevant figure in season two. Read More... //

THE CHICAGO CODE “Greylord and Gambit” Review

THE CHICAGO CODE  "Greylord and Gambit" Season 1 Episode 12 – I feel really bad that this is the penultimate episode of  The Chicago Code  ever. I’ve had my fair share of problems, no doubt, but these last three or four episodes have really stepped up and delivered some of the potential the show promised in the pilot. That next week’s episode will mark the last time we get to see Jason Clarke’s Wysocki and Delroy Lindo’s Gibbons  is pretty disappointing. Fox is a network with  a reputation for cancelling beloved shows (Firefly, Dollhouse and now  The Chicago Code ) but its also the network which takes the biggest risks. The Chicago Code simply did not have enough viewers to sustain it. Maybe it was too dark. Maybe it was not "fun enough" like the current crop of top cop shows:  NCIS  and  Castle .  The Chicago Code  tried to pass itself off as a smart, sophisticated , sleek show about moral ambiguity in a moral profession and flopped. Maybe the only place you can get away with such stuff is on cable (as I’m writing this CBS still has not picked up what I consider to be one of the best shows on television, The Good Wife , because the viewers are not in the "right" 18-49 demographic.) Read More... //

'The Chicago Code' 1.12 'Greylord & Gambat' Review

The cruel fate of The Chicago Code hasn't dampened my goodwill towards it. Possibly because this show was written and wrapped months ago, there's no sign of giving up or backing down. //

The Chicago Code Review: "Greylord and Gambat"

We had an action filled first half of the two part series/season finale of Chicago Code this week with "Greylord and Gambat". If you were not aware it was announced last week that Chicago Code was not renewed for another season. So, we must savior these last couple of episodes for the final tasty treats they are! This week certainly had our mouths watering too. What is it about Liam being on the verge of being discovered that makes these episodes such a nail biter? The last episode Liam was nearly discovered I spent the entire episode on the edge of my seat; tonight was no different.   Read More... //

THE CHICAGO CODE “Black Sox” Review

THE CHICAGO CODE  "Black Sox" Season 1 Episode 11 – Well, talk about your cancellation  jitters. With  The Chicago Code  on the rocks, creator Shawn Ryan and company  have thrown everything they can into the story in the last two episodes, considering  that the future of the show depends on these final episodes. It’s kind of sad that it’s only in the last stretch of desperation that the show has become so freaking good. It’s like the writers went most of the way with the stories and then decided to leave the rest up to the cast and talented directors. In this episode they’ve actually given the cast meat to chew on, and it makes such a difference. The crime of the week dealt with what first appears to be gay hate crimes and soon become a crime of passion: The victim of a hate crime turns out to be the perpetrator, a man who fell in love with a male prostitute, only to realize that the love between them was one sided, the other side merely a love for money. It was a good case with social depth with twists and turns aplenty. Read More... //

'The Chicago Code' 1.11 'Black Sox' Review

This week's  The Chicago Code  touches a subject I know all too well: hate crimes. When Lance Dolan, a prominent gay man, is murdered, it's a firestorm of a case. As tough as the idea is to tackle, the writers handle the material with class, and it's another solid episode from a show that's hardly missed a beat all season. An episode about a hate crime contains sensitive subject matter by its very nature, and this one is no exception. Dolan's companion, who survived the attack, is a married man with a kid who's resistant to testify and risk destroying his family. In fact, that's what led him to commit the murder. A little obvious, perhaps, but does it make sense? Absolutely. I can understand why it played out that way, and that's what matters to me. As I've been a victim of hate crimes myself, it means a lot to me that this episode treats the material with respect and doesn't sensationalize it.   Read More... //

The Chicago Code Review: "Black Sox"

In a rare showing of real emotions Jarek Wysocki decided to be honest to the three women in his life, Vonda, Elena, and Dina in "Black Sox". That being said, I am not sure I would want to be at a Wysocki family gathering for the next few months. But, we learned more about Jarek and the Wysocki family in these 42 minutes than we had from the entire previous ten episodes combined .  The toughest truth to learn was Vonda's. It is really hard to find out that someone you have idolized your whole life turns out to be human. It’s even worse when they turn out to not only human, but also a jackass; as was the case with Vonda’s father who had been having a long term affair (cheating on Vonda's mother) at the time of his death.   Read More... //