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Chicago Fire. A TV show like no other.

So, as promised, here is my kinda review of the TV series Chicago Fire. I started watching it on a Monday and finished watching all seasons on Friday, so five days…yes, I did not have much to do on those days and even if I had, I would have been so down because of it.

I love this show and I really regret not watching it earlier. So, here is a review and some information about Chicago Fire and why you should try and watch it.

Side note: I try not to include any spoilers …if there are any I will put a warning in front of the paragraph.

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Introduction

First off, let me start with an introduction of the show. The show is about the fire fighters and paramedics assigned to Fire house 51. There are the people from Truck 81, Engine 51, Squad 3, Ambulance 61 and their Battalion Chief. It sounds amazingly complicated when you hear it in the beginning but you will get used to it and the technical terms soon (although I needed so long to understand what a PIC in an ambulance meant. If you don’t know, it’s the Paramedic in Charge of the two paramedics in the ambulance…simple and still I could only guess in the beginning). It’s about all those people working together and having to cope with the aftermath of a big tragedy in their ranks.

Side note: This is from what I understand after 5 seasons and please correct me if I’m wrong because I have no other experience than the show and google: 

  • Engine: I still don’t really understand what this car is for…seems like it’s responsible for all the technical stuff related to extinguishing fires…if someone can tell me, please go ahead…
  • Truck: The people you call when there was a car crash, someone stuck in a tree, a fire, and so on.
  • Squad: Rescue Squad, the people you call when there is a car crash with people stuck inside and not being able to get out at all, when there are people stuck somewhere you cannot get to easily (like hanging from a rope that is hanging from the roof and slowly slipping many many meters above ground)
  • Battalion: When there is something big or a structure fire going on, I guess. In the beginning it is only called out when there is something big going on, in the later seasons it’s also called upon when there is a house fire.
  • Ambulance: If I have to explain that one, then you should probably go to school again. Primary school.

Important characters are *light spoilers ahead*:

Battalion chief – Wallace Boden: He is the big boss of the house and the people from the fire house are very important to him. He is very respected and seems to have a good and trusting relationship with his Lieutenants (oh darn, this word is hard to write).

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Lieutenant for Truck 81 – Matthew Casey: The boss of the truck personal. Reliable and smart. He can be reasoned with but he can also be very strict when you do something really stupid. He cares a lot for his people but also respects it when the Chief decides not to send anyone else into a fire.

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Lieutenant for Squad 3 – Kelly Severide: The boss for the squad personal. Strong and smart, he is the youngest to make it into squad ever (I think). He is on bad terms with Casey in the beginning but later on the become good friends. He is a playboy.

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Ambulance: Leslie Shay – lesbian and best friends with Gabby and Severide, often gives funny remarks, often in bad relationships – Gabriela Dawson – best friends with Shay and in a kinda romantic relationship with Casey although they don’t act upon their attraction

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Other personal: Christopher Herrmann (talks a lot and is like the heart of the whole fire house, family man), Brian Zvonecek (called Otis, funny, gives funny remarks, sometimes talks when he shouldn’t), Randall McHolland (called Mouch, oldest, likes to do relax on the couch, best friends with Herrmann), Joe Cruz (comes from a neighborhood of gangs but managed to leave, cares a lot about others, is easily offended, stubborn), Peter Mills (Candidate – newest firefighter, just came from the academy, talks back a lot)

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Side note:…I forgot how big a cast this show has…wow…

The main hook

Let’s talk about the main theme of the show and the reason why I even tried watching it in the first place. Compared to other shows, this one is neither fantasy nor your typical crime or medical show. Chicago Fire is about the Firehouse 51 of the Fire Department in Chicago. Firefighters…well, that’s a non-common theme in TV. At least I haven’t seen it before. This is also the reason why I started watching it…finally. I knew about the show years ago, heard about it around season 2 of the show but I never watched it.

Actually until recently I thought the spin-off Chicago P.D. was the original one and I didn’t know that Chicago Fire was actually the first one in the Chicago franchise (in chronological order: Chicago Fire – Chicago P.D. – Chicago Med – Chicago Justice)

So, I wanted to watch a show with some action scenes and what better show is there than one about firefighters? And I got so much more than just action ^.^

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The characters

One thing you have to know about all installments of the Chicago franchise is: the writers are amazingly good at creating catchingly interesting characters. There are shows out there with interesting characters but where the main reason you watch it, is the overall storyline or the story itself and less the characters. One pretty known example would be:

Game of Thrones: Some charas in there are so interesting you don’t want them to die ever, but others are just so forgetable you couldn’t care less. 80% of GoT charme is the story and not the charas (although 10% of the remaining is probably all Tyrion Lannister)

Some shows rely more on the character and less on the storyline side. Like,…

The Originals: The Vampire Diaries spin-off show started because of the popularity of the characters (whether that was a good popularity or not but they were pretty known). Now it is one of my favourites although even I admit that the original storyline was kind of overly cheesy and strange. This show relies heavely on the popularity of its characters and only like 20-30% on the storyline itself.

Chicago Fire is…a strange mix. The whole franchise is amazing at creating interestingly compelling characters but the storylines and the plot itself is amazing too. The characters are catching especially because while they stay true to themselves you will notice some changes over the seasons. Some become more mature, some become more passionate, some become friends, some enemies. It’s also interesting because while they do also develop in their profession and their work, they also stay true to being firefighters. The show itself develops in itself and does not try to change everything up (like in high school shows where the people over time go to college – which often ends up with too much change and the cancellation of the show).

This show is like: Interesting characters which develop over the seasons, catching storyline which changes relationships between the characters but the plot in general, thankfully, stays the same.

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Side note: And I do know that Chicago P.D. as well as Chicago Med also have some of these catchingly interesting characters you let into your heart and think, oh my god, I wanna know how there life goes on.

Rationality…oh my…really??

One thing I critizise in most TV shows is the decision making in some of them. There are shows where people seem unable to say No to having sex with others while being in a relationship with someone else. There are shows where people do not talk to each other for weeks because they are just too stubborn. There are shows where someone does something stupid and dangerous and everyone decides “ok, let’s keep quiet and no one says anything” which ends up becoming a total chaos and bring even more problems.

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Chicago Fire is different and fresh. While they do sometimes behave in a matter where you thing “this isn’t right”, they will make the right decision eventually. As far as I know most of the decisions in the show get some explanation as to why the charas act this way while some problems will be solved on their own. Like being so stubborn and not talking to each other? Yes, happens quite often but maybe because it is about fire fighting – something where you have to rely on each other – they make up or at least find a solution to work with each other. Chicago Fire features amazingly rational and relatable decision-making which I just adore and love. Seriously, even most of the “bad” charas get some reasonable background as to why they act like such bad guys.

Fast pace and fast forward

I admit that I tend to skip over scenes or storylines which annoy me and take too long. There is not a single TV show out there where I haven’t done it…no wait…there is…a few, but mostly my absolute favourites.

Chicago Fire is actually also one of these few. In the beginning, like first season, I spoiled myself everything because I was annoyed with a few storylines. Ok, not with the storylines in general but because I was afraid those storylines would go on for five to ten episodes and never end. I was wrong and after season two I accepted that Chicago Fire was just my kind of show. It features many different storylines over one season and it’s amazingly fast paced. Most storylines take a max. of three episodes and not more. Then it’s something else. This fast pace makes it possible to watch the show without any worries because even if there is something you are annoyed by, it will be done a few episodes after.

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Another thing I wanna say, I think it is amazing how there are many of those fast paced storyline are at the same time. You really see the charas struggling with more than one thing at a time and helping each other out even if they have their own problems. It actually seems a lot more realistic than people caring only for one thing and not having any other problems until this one is resolved.

Side note: Please do not confuse storylines with story elements. *maybe spoiler* Like the relationship between Gabby and Casey. It’s a story element that is there for a long time but it’s an element in the background which plays an important role but it’s not a problem that can just be solved. 

More than one call

So the characters in the story are firefighters and paramedics and the story is mainly set during their shifts (which are 24h long and then 48h off, most of them have side jobs). SO on their shift they sit in the fire house until they get a call from dispatch so they have to get into action and go out on the call, save some lives, extinguish some fires and try to all come out unharmed.

Something that is surprisingly different than other shows is that this one those not work like the one-case-per-episode system like others. Even in shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Veronica Mars, Supernatural and superhero shows like Arrow, Supergirl and so on, there is a similar system like that. Even if it’s not a one-case-per-episode thing it’s normally a one-problem-per-episode thing. Except for finales where there is like a too many problems-per two or three episodes thing.

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Chicago Fire is different. Same as the decision making it seems very near to reality. The firefighters get more than one call per episode and sure some of these calls play an important role for the episode, some don’t. Some calls solve problems between them, some make problems between them, some are important because the firefighters or paramedics get attached to the people they saved or met on the call. And some…some calls are really just 5 to 10 minutes long action scenes which then end with them coming back to the fire house not really mentioning it any further. Just going on a call and it not playing an important storyline later, is something that is totally uncommon for TV shows. And it is something I totally appreciate. It is fresh, it is new and it is something that makes the show even more realistic than it sometimes already is.

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Overall

Chicago Fire features an interesting cast, a fast pace, catching storylines, action scenes, surprising realism and the family of Fire house 51. I can only recommend this show, it made my favourite TV show list in a week and pushed shows like The Originals, Supernatural, psych, The 100 and Grey’s Anatomy from the top spots. It is definitely my new number 1…

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Last remark

Season 5 finale…seriously????? Argh, I should have waited with the ending of season 5 until fall when season 6 is gonna air…

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So this was all, I hope you liked my review. If you have any questions or additions, please comment down below. Read you next time, bye!

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 13…Let’s look back

I did not watch Grey’s anatomy regularly tbh. Like the first few season I only watch some parts of it and only with the newer seasons I started watching the newest episode every week. Just so you know.

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But season 13 is the newest one and most of the original characters already left, so it doesn’t really matter, right? So let’s get to my review of season 13 and what I’m looking forward to in season 14!

Alex, Jo and oh, there was DeLuca

This was one of the big discussion points this season and tbh…I hated it. This plotline was mostly annoying and didn’t do anything for me except give me some excuse to leave the TV and get something to snack on while those scenes were going on. For those who do not know or do not remember: Jo decided to get drunk since she didn’t have the courage to tell Alex that she cannot marry him since she’s already married to an ass, DeLuca offers her his shoulder and helps her home when she cannot even walk on her own anymore, drunk Jo falls on the bed, DeLuca accidently falls with her, Alex walks in, sees this, thinks DeLuca is using Jo against her will (which was not the case), wants to protect her and decides to punch DeLuca almost dead. They bring him into the hospital, Alex confesses or doesn’t confess (I cannot remember myself), well in the end he is arrested for assault and well…the rest of the storyline goes like this “is DeLuca really suing him? will Karev really go to prison? Will he leave GA?”

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That’s about all that happened. In the end DeLuca dropped the charges since he actually does have a thing for Jo (but still didn’t intend to do anything bad to her that night) and he wants to protect her. And Alex and Jo? Well, I wasn’t a big fan of that relationship to begin with. It was nice but nothing special…

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But of course that does not explain why I was so annoyed by this whole storyline. Well, Alex is one of the few original characters left and sending him off to prison? Seems like a stupid decision even if the actor may want to leave the show (although I reallyyyyy hope he stays!!!). Putting Alex against DeLuca? Even worse idea. While Alex has his own role in the show and is already a very fixed character of the GA world, DeLuca is new and I could just not side with him…I didn’t know much about him and I mostly thought the character was annoying. Jo and Alex fighting again? Nothing new and it’s starting to get annoying. Also because Jo is starting to get on my nerves with her stubborness. She only sees herself and just when you think: Oh finally she cares about someone else or she is actually really nice, her stubborness comes again and crashes the party. If she stays in the GA world…please make her more bearable!!! So all in all, I wanted a better storyline for Alex, Jo and DeLuca. Also because in this court fight no one was wrong and no one was right. Alex thought Jo was in danger and just wanted to protect her, which is actually a good thing. DeLuca was scared and felt like he was in danger, so he had a right to sue. They should have just packed up their stubborness and talked and the thing would have been solved in one episode…

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Side note: I really missed seeing Alex treating the kid patients. I think that was one of the best moves in his overall storyline – making him a kid doctor…him, not anyone else but Alex Karev…I loved that move!

Side note 2: I do admit I like the plotline where Alex found Jo’s ass husband and you can see him make the right decision not to do anything stupid. I liked that one!

Meredith, Riggs and Maggie

I cannot really say if I liked that storyline or not…I think I did like it a lot but wish they wouldn’t have made it go on and off like they did. In the first few episodes where Riggs still has to say No to Maggie and Maggie doesn’t give up, that was ok. Later on, Mer and Riggs realize they cannot stay away from each other but Mer doesn’t want to hurt Maggie. This is the part where I think it gets a little bit strange. One episode Mer and Riggs nearly hook up, the next one there is NOTHING…then they seemingly start having a wonderful heart-touching talk and next episode there is NOTHING. This development was just strange. Of course some of this is because GA does have a big cast but still I wish they at least put something in every episode (of course except for episodes like the Jackson and April one, since they were pretty much the only ones there) – but more about those later. Overall I liked the Mer/Riggs/Maggie storyline because in the end it was really nice seeing Riggs and Mer, two people hurt by the world and life, come together in such a nice and easy way and the sisters bond between Mer and Maggie was tested but held and maybe it was a little deepened, so I loved that.

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Also the end? Where Mer let’s him go? I think that just proved that she really cares for him, since she rather let him go to Megan (is it written as Meghan?), Owen’s apparently alive sister, than hold him back. And compliments to Riggs actor whose name I don’t actually know, since you can see him being really sorry after their hug, since he knows this isn’t the best thing for Mer.

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Whatever the writers decide to do, make Mer and Riggs good friends or make this a love triangle and get them together in the end, whatever they do, I’m on board with it, as long as they are still at least friends.

Side note: I was not totally on board with the Riggs and Mer idea in the beginning I admit but after the episode where Mer actually asks him why she should date him and he cannot really find an answer as well as the plane episode really made them a cute couple for me…

Jackson & April

This storyline…haaa…what to do with it? It was amazing in the last few seasons I admit, it was really touching. But now…I think this season was like this because the writers wanted to end their relationship in a believable way. It didn’t end with a crash but slowly. I do have to say, nowadays, I like Jackson and April as characters but together it seems a little bit forced since there relationship did end…kinda. They are still connected since they do have a kid together but still, I think romance isn’t the best way for them.

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Jackson and Maggie

Something about the future…since I watch like 20 TV shows every week I sometimes miss some hints or there just weren’t any. Whatever it is, I love this one. Why? Because they. were. so. cute. together. in the last episode of season 13. Like how Maggie cared for Jackson and how Jackson looked at her and listened to her. I just wanted to roll around the room and giggle. If they get together…this would be awesome!! In GA it is important to have equal pairings which means couples where both have the same weight as a character. Meredith and Derek were such a couple although it shifted a little bit to Mer’s side before Derek’s death. Richard and Catherine are such a couple. They are both headstrong but also loving. Bailey and Ben are such a couple, surprisingly, I admit. In the beginning I thought they would not be since Bailey is such a strong character but maybe it’s because she reacts so differently when it’s about Ben, I just think they are cute.

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So I think Maggie and Jackson could be such a couple. Let’s see where it goes in season 14!

Minnick (& Arizona)

Since I already talked about couple chemistry, let’s start with that. Minnick and Arizona…they did not really have that. Arizona is such a strong GA character, so it’s hard finding someone who can be equal to that. And Minnick didn’t do it for me. She was an interesting character and had a strong storyline but they just didn’t mix well. I am curious where Arizona’s story is gonna go, though.

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So, Minnick’s storyline in general…The storyline was good. I liked it. It was mean for some characters but in general I liked it. It gave some freshness to the season. And here I’m gonna say, I think it was the perfect ending to fire here in the last episode. While the storyline was interesting, I think it was great to prove that Grey Sloan is not just about rules and standards and being the best. Grey Sloan is about the people and caring and being a better person. So while I did like the storyline I do think they closed it in the right way.

Richard vs the rest

Speaking of the Minnick storyline we get to Richard Webber. I already said I liked the whole who is on whose side idea, so now I’m mainly gonna write about Richard and Catherine. A definite power couple in the GA world. While I do not really like how Catherine is bugging Grey Sloan and making decisions by manipulating others, I did like the plotline where she and Richard went against each other silently, with him sleeping in the hospital and her also not really saying anything. And in the end she went to him and he also reached out a hand…I loved that one! It showed – you can fight as a couple but in the end you have to admit your mistakes and forgive. It just proved how strong of a pair they are.

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Maggie’s Mum

I don’t want to say much about this. I cannot. This storyline was heart-breaking and amazing at the same time and I do say it gave Maggie a deeper role in the whole GA world. This was so amazingly beautiful and sad at the same time.

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Megan’s alive

There’s not much to say about this. I like how it brought Owen and Amelia back together (also I found it really annoying how stubbornly Amelia was about not going back to him and not even talking to him) and after first not liking Amelia this season I started liking her again for taking the initiative when she saw that Owen wasn’t well. About Megan (I looked it up. it’s without an H), I cannot say, since there wasn’t much on that front yet. I think it can bring in some fresh wind and some interesting storylines though.

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Stephanie’s leave

So last but not least, Stephanie is leaving. Her character…I loved her, I liked her and I think there was never a moment where I hated her, which probably is a first in the GA world. I think the only other characters like that were Meredith and Christina. I really liked Stephanie, especially because most of her plotlines, reactions and decisions seemed reasonable which is not a given in the GA world.

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Her leaving…well, I’ll miss her but her announcing to Webber she was leaving? That scene was amazing. It was touching but oh so believable. It seems like the right thing to do after what she’s been through and while I will miss her, I think this is the right choice for the character.

 

So this is pretty much anything I want to mention. Grey’s Anatomy has many storylines and a lot of characters so it’s hard keeping track of everything, so forgive me if I missed anything. You can comment down below and I will put it into the list.

This is just my opinion.

If you liked this, thanks and press like, if you didn’t, well, you were the one spending your time reading it, not me, so yea…

Bye and see you next time!!

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