Well, we’ve made it halfway through the first season of The Chicago Code, and maybe it’s just people’s hometown pride, but I’ve been hearing a lot of hype about how good the show is. So I decided to get in on it after reading and hearing all the raves, but after catching up on seven episodes, all I could come up with was a rant.
For an action/drama that follows cops as they “fight crime and expose corruption within Chicago’s notorious political machine,” it’s surprisingly actionless and dramaless.
As far as the main characters go, we got somewhat of a Vince Vaughn look-alike playing the role of the veteran ‘bad cop,’ paired up with the young rookie of the police force. It’s a formula that’s been done a thousand times. But The Chicago Code throws in a clever twist to the rehashed roles: one of them is a Cubs fan and the other is a Sox fan. Clever, right? It’s a very bland pair with a lot of unoriginal dialog based on baseball rivalries.
And that’s one thing, The Chicago Code never hesitates to force in a Chicago reference, especially when it comes to the city’s infamous corruption. One episode has the Superintendent of Police begging a city alderman for information on a murder because Chinatown “plays by its own rules” and hasn’t been cooperating with police. An undercover police task force is set to take down the aforementioned alderman, who is “more powerful than the mayor.” Check the trailer clip. It just reinforces the corny, over-dramatized political corruption I’m talking about.
With the addition of over-dramatic lines like, “I didn’t sign up for this, man” and “but this city is already corrupt anyway!” you’d think the political landscape of present-day Chicago was run Capone-style circa 1920s, but with bad acting and surface-level plots. And for the less-than intelligent viewers who cant seem to keep up with The Chicago Code’s attempt at a storyline, the characters regularly dumb down the plot-progression for a viewer through voiceovers and over-acting. It’s another train wreck for the Fox network that won’t make it to season 2.
But I’ll probably continue watching so I can continue complaining about it.