Wednesday, April 3, 2019

REVIEW: 'Chicago Fire' - Boden Reconnects With an Ex-Girlfriend Who Is Clearly Keeping a Secret in 'No Such Thing as Bad Luck'

NBC's Chicago Fire - Episode 7.18 "No Such Thing as Bad Luck"

Severide gets angry at Cruz when he feels his orders were disobeyed in the field. Boden reconnects with an old high school friend during a call to a house fire. Herrmann has issues when one of his favorite knick-knacks from Molly's goes missing.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of NBC's Chicago Fire.

"No Such Thing as Bad Luck" was written by Michael Gilvary and directed by Jann Turner

The show has been blatantly obvious as of late in its attempts to push Severide and Kidd back together as a romantic couple. They have been spending more time together. That chemistry is still there. There is the sense that Severide absolutely wants to pursue it again. Kidd has just been dismissing the notion because she sees the benefit of having him as a friend back in her life. She wants this kind of dynamic around her. She loves the support and encouragement that he can give. She just seems a little naive to question how much effort Severide is putting in to be close in proximity to her all the time. Foster is absolutely in the right to confront him about his intentions. Kidd is confused about what all of this could potentially mean after Otis makes a keen observation. Foster knows that Severide and Kidd can't just fall back into their old routine. Their relationship ended for a reason. Severide can't act like nothing ever happened. He has to improve his life in a way that would make him a good man for Kidd once more. It may not seem like he has done that. As such, he is now putting in the effort to be more distant. That too shows just how complicated and personal all of this is. He is decisive when it comes to voicing his concerns to Cruz about him directly violently his orders. Cruz didn't see it as a big deal because he was running on such a high. But even that could be cause for concern because Cruz spends the rest of his shift beating himself up and not wanting to share his greats news about being rewarded for his recent undercover mission. He too is confused about how he should be acting around Severide. So, it's clear that there are still significant problems when it comes to Severide's communication skills both as a person and a leader. That hasn't gotten dangerous yet. But it could be at any moment in time. Elsewhere, the hour is really focused on Boden reconnecting with his former high school girlfriend. They haven't seen each other in thirty years. They have had these full lives away from each other. But there is also the sneaking suspicion that all of this could turn into some kind of romantic affair. The show even leads the audience on a little bit by claiming that there is some current tension between Boden and Donna over the best way to discipline their son. Donna was ultimately right over how to handle the situation. But the situation with the former girlfriend instead takes a different turn in which Casey and Severide come to question the circumstances surrounding the fire at her house. They are worried that something more abusive is happening there. They think someone may be hurting her. It's just not what everyone thinks right away. It's not the ex-husband who lost complete custody of his son. Instead, it's the son who has become a drug addict and is desperately seeking for something to get high. He was even willing to kill his mother during one of these outbursts. That's shocking. But the show undercuts that a little bit by not having the audience focus too intensely on the specifics. Again, it's just important that everything comes to a peaceful conclusion. These last few episodes have really shown the many ways that firefighters serve their communities. They notice when situations don't seem right and step up to ensure that people receive help no matter what it is. It can be pulling a man out of a collapsed grate. Or it can be taking a kid to rehab in order to get clean. Both are a part of this career and how these firefighters can help the people around them.