Thursday, March 17, 2011

What I’m Watching: The Chicago Code

The Chicago Code: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Gold Coin Kid” (B+)

There’s nothing like teamwork, especially when both members of the team are very likely to be the most determined people on the face of the planet. It’s impressive to watch Teresa and Wysocki work, especially through the eyes of the younger and far more naïve Caleb. Something as simple as dead radio batteries wouldn’t seem like the kind of thing that would stir up so much trouble, and I like how Teresa reacted quite calmly to Wysocki’s overreaction only to pull the same stunt herself. I always welcome the chance to see Steven Culp in any kind of role, and after his terrific role on season one of “Desperate Housewives,” having him play a lawyer in guest spots seems to be proving to be a good fit. I read in Alan Sepinwall’s review that this episode appears to have been aired out of order, rewinding a bit to have Wysocki and Caleb get to know each other and explain the presence of both Vanda and Isaac. I didn’t notice it during this episode, but upon further consideration, this observation makes sense. I didn’t find it problematic, however, since it’s useful and healthy for the show to not have Teresa and Wysocki going after Gibbons every episode, and to have him barely referenced. It’s a good feeling that the show has other fish to fry, something that a series like “The Cape” would be well-served to know and something that, barring a premature cancellation as a result of ratings, could help keep this show on the air for a while.

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