Thursday, May 12, 2011

What I’m Watching: The Chicago Code

The Chicago Code: Season 1, Episode 11 “Black Sox” (B+)

Get your fill of this show while you can – it was unceremoniously cancelled, along with “Human Target” and three less worthy FOX shows, on Tuesday night. The remaining two episodes should still air, but that’s all we’ll get of this series. Without purporting to know everything about showrunning and network scheduling, I do think it’s a shame that this highly buzzed-about show got held from the fall and instead berthed into a midseason slot, which clearly doesn’t cut it for FOX, since all five of the shows cancelled this week premiered in the spring, be it this year, the year before, or the year before that. It’s really too bad, since this show has been displaying its showing power from week to week and even managing to sideline its major season arc in favor of establishing some long-term potential for its main characters. Let’s hope that we get back to Liam and all the drama related to Gibbons and not just his appointments next week so that we can resolve that in the remaining two installments. As far as this episode goes, it was definitely an intense one, and we’re now seeing Caleb taking on a lot of the interrogating and mood-related tics of his partner. To think that Vonda’s relationship with Isaac would be barely addressed by Jareck is a surprise, yet it makes complete sense as his brother’s mistress is revealed and his case takes a personal toll on him. Camille Guaty, of “Prison Break” and “Cupid” fame, gets points for this episode for a powerful sendoff for a character we barely knew, the young fiancée Elena.

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