Ever since Southland was canceled, I’ve had a police drama-sized hole in my heart, which is why I was excited to give Chicago P.D. a chance. But instead, Chicago P.D. reminded me of another cop show I’d previewed several months ago — Low Winter Sun.
For me, Chicago P.D., Dick Wolf’s latest project, was partly just another police procedural, not unlike an episode of Law & Order, and partly Low Winter Sun-esque in that the Chicago Fire spinoff was clearly attempting to have a darker tone. (Read: Cartels, big crime, dirty cops, etc.) Perfect example: The show’s opening scene featured Sgt. Henry Voight (Jason Beghe), the unconventional raspy-voiced leader, taking a drug dealer out on a gravel road and putting a gun to his face before telling him to stay out of his city. Oh, and he took a couple grand off the dealer that he didn’t exactly seem to turn in to evidence. Just like that, we had a complicated character and a procedural that was doing its best to feel gritty.
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