Monday, May 23, 2011

Review - The Chicago Code Season 1 Episode 13 Mike Royko's Revenge

Sadly, The Chicago Code was canceled, and unless a miracle happens, this is the last we'll see of it. There was a conclusion to the series, albeit a hasty and somewhat unsatisfying one. I guess that would be expected given how many plot threads were developed and needed to be tied up, so my quibbles are purely structural. The quest to bring down alderman Ronin Gibbons comes to an end, leaving him in a prison cell to rot. This is a satisfying conclusion given all the bad things he's done and after thwarting the main characters.

There is a lot going on in the episode and all the characters get a send-off for the most part. After Teresa is reminded how little of a personal life is, she starts a relationship and relocates to Denver; Wysocki reconnects with his fiancee (I have a feeling she wouldn't have returned had this not been the series finale); Vonda and Isaac are still good.

The plot is resolved conveniently when Jarek discovers Vincent's (his brother) box on evidence and gets all the dirt on Gibbons from the past, which leads to a conviction. The biggest fallout from the episode is the revelation that Vincent was a dirty cop, casting his character in another life. Maybe he was a bad husband before, but now he's a bad cop. And Vonda, who took her father's lead, is devastated. Still, everything is partially saved in the end.

Score: 8.7/10
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