No Justice for The Chicago Code

Secrets. Lies. Loyalty. Betrayal. Irish Mob. Cops. Murder. Honour. This is The Chicago Code. Some eye candy, (Ray Bidwell, the superintendent’s driver comes to mind) excellent, well-thought out, complicated storylines and characters with depth (we’ve barely gotten to plumb the surface). This is The Chicago Code. This is what the powers that be have cancelled. Someone should be writing a lament to The Chicago Code. Someone with more influence than me, someone who can convince the PTBs to give this series a reprieve. But since all they seem to have is me, I’ll give my 2¢.

I mentioned characters, and what a host of characters it was. The good guys:

Jarek, Jarek, Jarek. He’s good looking, honourable (mostly) and flawed. He’s so in need of fixing that it’s next to impossible for a woman to resist. You look at him and you see the darkness in him and you think: I can bring him light.

A beautiful, feminine, powerful woman in charge of the Chicago police department. Ladies, why aren’t you screaming about the cancellation of this show for this one thing alone?

There’s a somewhat green, slightly naive but nonetheless very smart, dedicated partner.

The daughter of a dead Irish cop, keeping up the family tradition of law and order.

And for the other side we have:

A crime happy, murdering Irish mob boss.

A powerful, corrupt and yet hugely charismatic city alderman (Delroy Lindo in top form).

On both sides there is a whole host of secondary characters with endless possibilities.

It’s a sad day when shows with no talent and no storylines to speak of are kept on year after year and shows like The Chicago Code are gone before their time. But if it must go down, at least it’s going down on a high note.

THE FINAL EPISODE

Part one opens with court proceedings, the first step to giving Alderman Gibbons, the villain of the piece, a taste of justice. It will not be a smooth path. Aha! The linchpin witness is in the wind. Wow, Gibbons really does have people everywhere. I have serious doubts that Liam (undercover with the Irish mob) is going to survive to see the end of the series. Too bad, he’s a cute kid. Now that head of the mob and Gibbons both know that Liam is the undercover cop. If I was the writers of the show and my show was being cancelled, I’d want to go out with a bang and Liam’s character is as built in a bang as you could ask for.

There just isn’t enough time to tie up Jarek’s whole storyline or time to get to know Caleb better and…I feel a rant coming on again so I’m reining it in.

Liam is brave and stupid – and shot by a girl but he made it to the hospital.

Part two opens with some TV slander against Teresa and the mayor (the dad from Home Alone in case you were wondering) is threatening to force her resignation. Looks like our little undercover, Chris Collier, aka Liam has made it safely out of surgery.

Tempers are running high. Jarek thinks that Killian killed his brother or knows who did and because Teresa won’t put everything on hold he’s quitting? Having a touch of the Irish temper myself, I can say that’s just the rage talking and that he doesn’t mean it. But it does mean he can get himself into a whole pile of trouble if he’s not careful.

Confronting Killian, Jarek finds out that his brother was dirty but still not who killed him. Aww, Caleb arrives in time to protect his partner from ruining his career. It’s so sweet; but it also rides the line between honour and an ethical breach. Their partnership would have been a great thing to see explored in coming seasons. Damn, I’m back to coulda woulda shoulda…

The brother’s mistress had a box of cash from Jarek’s brother. His way of taking care of her since his wife and daughter would get the pension in the event of his death. But she also had some other stuff that she’s given to Jarek.

Oh shit, Gibbon’s mistress just killed Killian; that’s going to tank the case against Gibbons unless they can find another way.

Chris/Liam is a bigger man than I expected. He’ll let Killian’s daughter walk for his attempted murder if it means getting Gibbons. But will she take the deal? Does she know enough to even be offered the deal? Doesn’t sound like she does. With Killian dead they’ve killed the body but with Gibbons (the head) still alive, he’ll just grow a new body.

I like to think I’m a cynical bitch, but even I want to wrap my arms around Jarek after watching him hear the truth of his brother’s transgressions from his own lips. He’s doing the manful crying thing. A woman is powerless not to offer comfort in that instance. Jarek is sharing the good and the bad with his father and niece. He has to because Jarek’s brother has the evidence they need to nail Gibbon’s ass to the wall. Now that’s justice.

The Chicago Code goes out on a win and I will sincerely miss all the great episodes that could have been.

With sadness, that’s my 2¢ for today.

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~ by leslies2cents on May 24, 2011.

2 Responses to “No Justice for The Chicago Code”

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