Airs: Wednesdays on NBC at 10 EST
Timeslot Competition: Nashville (ABC), CSI (CBS)
Premise: This spin-off of Chicago Fire focuses on the uniformed police patrol and Intelligence Unit of the Chicago Police Department.
Pre-show Thoughts: I’m this show’s target audience. I am already a huge fan of Chicago Fire and I already like one of the characters from his appearances on it. If this show makes me as emotionally attached to its characters as Chicago Fire has, I will love it.
Post-show Thoughts: Based on this first episode, this show is going to break my heart on multiple occasions. I don’t love it yet but I think it has potential. I’m less interested in the cases that the Intelligence Unit is seemingly going to be solving which does put a bit of a damper on things until the characters find their footing.
I am thrilled that I will get to see Antonio on a regular basis because I adore him but seriously, he lost his partner and his son got kidnapped in the first episode. I don’t want this to be a recurring theme on the show.
I like the characterization they seem to be going for with Voight, especially considering my mixed feelings on him from Chicago Fire. He clearly cares about his team and the kids in the neighborhoods he works in, he’s just a bit unpleasant and more than a little morally grey in the process.
Finally, I want the crossovers between shows to keep happening even though the timelines don’t necessarily match up. I loved seeing a full bar at Molly’s and Hermann and Otis behind the bar and I liked the small glimpse of Gabby. I’d love some scenes with her and the rest of Antonio’s family in the near future.