Changes coming to 51 with Dawson's replacement, a romance grows, a relationship in question and politics in the way. The season premiere of Chicago Fire delivered a blazing opener.
"A Closer Eye" was a high emotional character driven episode that when the show opened it opened on the characters that were dealing with the issues in the season finale. From Severide and Kidd now a couple, Casey dealing with Gabby gone to Puerto Rico, Brett being mad at Dawson and Boden looking back at when he lost the job to Grissom. It's one of the best recap to last season but being in the moment with our characters at the same time.
Let's start with Brett as she has been dealing with fill ins for Dawson for a while and has been transferring them to other places. When Boden tells her that she's gonna get a new partner and this time they'll be staying til Dawson gets back. The newbie Emily Foster, who comes in late and forgetting Boden's name (calling him Brody). u
As you can see Brett was hoping to have her transfer but after a couple of runs, mainly saving a guy's eye from popping out. The two have become steady partners.
Boden meets with a new assistant deputy commissioner that Grissom named, Jerry, who's looking into 51 specifically to find a way to take Boden and the house down. Jerry gets in the way from having Boden, Casey and Severide a private conversation to even the way Severide had to do to save a life, when he jumped a worker who was being electrocuted from a grounded power-line.
Boden had enough and decided to turn in those reports that Otis had found about how Grissom falsified reports just to look good. But it didn't help much at all, because the mayor and Grissom has grown close, basic politics.
Now about Casey, who's been having some trouble dealing with Dawson's absents, mainly during a call he dives underneath an elevator that was coming down on an building maintenance employee. Casey tries to be like Superman and hold the elevator up til the guys can stop it but it wasn't stopping, not even with the power being turned off. But they did stop the elevator from squishing them in time.
Severide is concern about Casey and tells him to call Dawson and ask when she'll be coming back, fight for her. Casey face times Dawson in Puerto Rico and seems that she's happy there helping kids and families with medicine and all. Casey, who gets the urge to go down there even asked for a couple of days off when he was with Boden and Severide fishing, gets after work and sees Dawson with her stuff packed. Gabby tells him that she's needed there and that he could come with her, but he tells her that he can't he's a Chicago guy. And the two come to terms to go their separate ways in one of the most heartfelt scenes so far.
Otis has been battling who he thought was another firefighter in a game of chess. But when he lost, he goes wild and learns and tries to out do them. As he sneaks to see who this person is, it turns out to be Kidd. The two are like brother and sister battling who's the best.
"We didn't say goodbye"
We learn about Connie fate on the show, after the death of DuShon Monique Brown early this year. Boden informs 51 that Miss. Connie had received her master's degree and has taken a job in counseling. I thought it was one of the smartest decisions not to killer her off and use Brown's real life as she was a school counselor. In a way it was like she may not be here helping us, but she's out there helping others that need help and she'll always be in our hearts.
Here’s a link about the story behind the tribute.
"A Closer Eye" was one of the best season openers that only Fire can deliver. Strong writing, strong performances and some excellent directing shots, mainly during the call and we see the camera moving from the L train to the streets of the Chicago and seeing 51 heading down to the fire. From what I can say that this season will be amazing with new cast member, enemies coming in to take down 51. Overall, I give this episode a 9/10.
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You can catch Chicago Fire early next week at 8/7c part of #OneChicago Crossover event with Med at 9/8c and PD at 10/9c, on NBC.