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Chicago Fire Season 1 Review “Rear View Mirror” – Casey and Voight: The Boss Battle Finale

Chicago Fire  seems to be doing a better job of integrating the runs with the drama each and every week! The news that the show has been given  a full season order  is very exciting! I’m glad I’ll be getting to recap the show for a long time! Anyway, this week’s episode, "Rear View Mirror," is mostly Casey-centric. Most of the runs deal directly with either Casey or Dawson, so I won’t segregate the runs from the drama this time. We’ll just talk about it all together. Read More... //

Chicago Fire Season 1 Review “Hanging On” – Drug Addictions, Write-Ups and Beat-Downs

Welcome back to another episode of Chicago Fire! I’ve also got Chief Jones back–sort of. You’ll see why below the post, but I’ll go ahead and say that he was at work at the time of me writing this review, which means he could go on a call at any second. I think that’s what happened this time. Firehouse runs The squad go to a place that looks like a garage for heavy-duty vehicles, like tractors. A young man got his arm stuck and crushed in a gear. It looked brutal, and I was grateful for that. No shying away from brutality on this show! Read More.. //

Chicago Fire Review: With Friends Like These

" Hanging On " continued the hot streak of Chicago Fire  episodes that have aired since the pilot. I still have no idea how they should market this show, but it fits in no genre that I can think of and because of that it suffers from a lack of viewers. It's a drama in the traditional sense with a tinge of procedural and a family feel. What made its star shine this week? It's so refreshing that people don't dance around their issues on Chicago Fire. Hermann taking on the homeless man's brother when he died alone in a warehouse instead of under his brother's roof and Casey charging into Detective Voight's office are just two examples. Casey didn't stop there, either. When everyone at the police station looked quizzically at him, he shouted, "Why is everybody so afraid of him?" How often does that happen on television these days? Not enough. Read More... //

NBC: Fall Reviews

By: Tim Holland REVOLUTION is the most anticipated new series of the fall due to the creative force behind it that includes uber-producer J.J. Abrams, Iron Man director Jon Favreau and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. The series imagines a modern-day world in which all modern-day technologies cease to work due to a global blackout. With no electricity, the world is thrust into a Dark Ages-like civilization with roaming militia under the command of a dictatorial general. The exciting pilot, which is a strange blend of The Hunger Games , Lost and Kill Bill , is engaging, intense and action packed. My advice: Join the Revolution when it premieres September 17 at 10pm. GO ON stars Matthew Perry as a sports radio host who reluctantly joins a therapy group after the tragic death of his wife. Now, that might not sound like a winning formula for a sitcom but in the capable hands of the charismatic Perry and an outstanding ensemble cast as his counseling cohorts, it is not only winning but uplifting. They bring great humor and sensitivity to their quirky roles and make Go On one of the funniest new sitcoms of the season. Go on and watch it when it premieres on September 11 at 9pm. ANIMAL PRACTICE focuses on a self-centered veterinarian, played by Justin Kirk, who is much more adept in dealing with pets than with people. Sounds great, right? Sadly, this Practice is far from perfect due to a tepid script and lifeless performances. When the funniest thing about a show is a scrubs-wearing chimpanzee, you know you’re in trouble. My advice: Don’t enter this Practice when it premieres on September 26 at 8pm. It’s not a laughing matter. CHICAGO FIRE revolves around the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of a Windy City firehouse. Their often dangerous jobs lead to tension and stress at home and at work. Unfortunately, Chicago Fire brings nothing new to the tried-and-true premise, like Rescue Me did. The show isn’t bad. It’s just not good enough. Everything here, we’ve seen before and better. But it hails from executive producer Dick Wolf of Law & Order fame, so maybe Chicago Fire will heat up in due time. It premieres October 10 at 10pm. THE NEW NORMAL , which centers on a gay couple living in Beverly Hills who hire a surrogate so they can have a baby, is Ryan Murphy’s latest project and, sadly, it isn’t up to his usual high standards. Overly preachy and at times insulting, The New Normal falls flat mainly because it just doesn’t generate enough laughs from its promising premise. Let’s hope this isn’t the new normal for hit-maker Murphy. Premieres on September 11 at 9:30pm. GUYS WITH KIDS is a routine sitcom about three young dads who live in the same New York City apartment building and who are trying to adjust to their new roles as fathers. The pilot, executive produced by Jimmy Fallon, is pleasant enough but the material never rises above the ordinary. Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger and Jesse Bradford do what they can with the subpar material but it’s not enough to recommend that you tune in to the premiere on September 26 at 8:30pm.

Chicago Fire Season 1 Review “One Minute” – Boden Makes a Tough Decision

It’s time for another round of  Chicago Fire ! For various reasons, there won’t be any of Chief Jones’ commentary this week, but I’ll make sure to ask him about some questions concerning this episode, "One Minute" next week. But, I think might be happy with amount of overseeing Chief Boden did at the beginning  of this episode. Anyway, let’s get into what happened this week: Firehouse runs The squad goes on a run concerning an abandoned warehouse. The squad gets almost all of the squatters out of the building, which is about to blow, but there’s one homeless man still left behind. Mills thinks he’s got enough time to save him, but Boden thinks otherwise and wants all firemen out of the building because an explosion is imminent. And sure enough, it was, but it seems like there could have been, like Mills said, a minute. Read More... //

Chicago Fire Review: A Life of Difficult Decisions

It only takes " One Minute " to really have to choose between life and death, love and loss, and good and bad decisions, and, tonight, Chief Boden has the thankless task of making some of those calls. As I mentioned last week , Boden’s presence on Chicago Fire is palpable, and the man has no difficulty commanding the scene and my screen; however, the real strength of his character comes from his position and his personality. Boden is a man that truly loves his job, takes it seriously, and recognizes what it is all about.   Read More... //

Chicago Fire Season 1 Review “Professional Courtesy” – Dirty Cops And X-Rays

This episode of Chicago Fire focused more on the drama than the runs, but there was still a lot to take in. Let’s dive in! Firehouse Runs The first run deals with a young man, drunk behind the wheel. Due to his drinking at least half–if not all–of a six-pack of beer, he caused another car–containing a man and his boy–to topple over, nearly falling from the freeway onto the lower streets below. The squad get there and help the injured, but once Casey goes back to see about the drunk driver, he’s disappeared. Instead, we find out he’s the police detective’s son, and the evidence of his drinking has been cleaned up. Sadly, no cop will vouch for what Casey saw when it comes to the accident. We later find out the injured boy is paralyzed. Read More... //

Chicago Fire Review: Detective Scary Pants

With some reshuffling and very tension filled drama, " Professional Courtesy " brings Chicago Fire blazing back after a rough start two weeks ago. The biggest problems of the premiere are fully addressed in tonight’s episode with a simultaneous push outwards for tension and drama and a very smart and focused effort to focus on just a few characters at a time – instead of working everyone in and doing so in mediocrity. Read More.. //

Chicago Fire Review: Breaking Down

There are some things I really enjoy about  Chicago Fire , and some things that really get under my skin. One of the things I like is that the firefighters don't just sit on their arses and talk about their jobs. They are really out in the field, dealing with danger and saving lives. If they keep it up, they'll have a much higher record than the slackers on  Rescue Me . That case at the end of " Mon Amour ," with the scaffolding falling from the building? That's the stuff nightmares are made of. I've actually known people who have refused to walk under buildings with big logos on them for fear of them falling down and crushing them alive. Read More... //   Read more  tv spoilers  at:  //

Chicago Fire Season 1 Review “Mon Amour” – What A Difference A Week Makes!

Just last week, I  was bemoaning the pilot of   Chicago Fire , saying that it needed to erase some elements if it wanted to be a cohesive drama, and this week, it did just that! To be fair, the co-creator of  Chicago Fire , Michael Brandt, said in the  exclusive TV Equals interview  I conducted with him and co-creator Derek Haas  that he felt the pilot was overstuffed. He said that the subsequent episodes were much better in terms of the flow of action, and he was absolutely right. I’m trying to figure out how to properly organize these  Chicago Fire  reviews. What I think I’ll do is talk about the show out of order. That is to say, I’ll talk about the calls the crew makes, then I’ll talk about the drama, and then I’ll have my dad, Chief Jones, weigh in on the technical aspects. Read More... //