One Chicago made its triumphant return this week with the NBC franchise delivering a three-hour block of busy season premieres. What were the biggest moments from Chicago PD, Chicago Fire and Chicago Med? And what do these episodes tell fans about the rest of the season?
Chicago Med picked up introducing two new doctors to the Gaffney Chicago Medical Center staff, with one last cameo appearance by Torrey DeVitto to explain what happened to her character Dr. Natalie Manning. Then on Chicago Fire audiences learned who, if anyone, made it out from under that capsized boat. Lastly but definitely not least, Chicago PD revealed Kim Burgess’ fate—as well as that of two other characters.
These are the things you should know from the One Chicago premieres, and the things we want to know as we wait for the next new episodes.
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for the season premieres of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
Chicago Fire: How much will we see of Boden in season 10?
Okay, so no one died in the Chicago Fire premiere, although the writers did give audiences a good scare with Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) being unconscious. On one hand that’s great because One Chicago fans love every member of Firehouse 51. On the other, it’s yet another close call for the firehouse, and there’s only so many times that can happen before a real shakeup is needed to re-establish jeopardy.
The show might be trying to build that up in a different way with Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) getting his promotion to Deputy District Chief and being told he can’t work out of Firehouse 51. Not only that but Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) is expecting to leave as soon as a Lieutenant-level position opens up elsewhere. There are limits to how far either character can move given the logistics of writing a TV show, but Boden is clearly the more likely to go someplace. The Stellaride relationship is too central to Fire to have Stella and Severide not be working together.
As of Wednesday night, Eamonn Walker is still part of Chicago Fire‘s main cast, so this doesn’t look like a set-up for his exit. But it would not be shocking to scale his role back in some capacity. If Boden does move out of 51 (and it was established in “Mayday” that he will no longer be directly overseeing the house), it would be easy for Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) to make Battalion Chief. Promoting Casey would then open up an officer slot for Stella to stay put. The logistics make sense, and Boden not being at the proverbial wheel of Firehouse 51 would be about as turbulent as someone dying.
That being said, Walker is a real linchpin for Chicago Fire and less of him would be a loss to the series. Every time One Chicago viewers get a Boden-centric episode he delivers amazing performances, and his steady hand provides a certain balance the same way his character keeps everyone else together. Let’s hope that Boden finds a solution but brace ourselves for potential change.
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