Chicago Justice: Season 1 – Opinion

Chicago Justice premieres tonight, March 1st, 10pm on NBC. Its regular timeslot premiere is Sunday, March 5th, at 10pm.

Tonight, TV land will be graced by the introduction of a new Dick Wolf show, Chicago Justice. Smartly, NBC is having us meet the new cast via a three-part crossover with Chicago PD and Chicago Fire. Clearly, fans who watch the first two episodes tonight will stay up to watch the finale in Justice. The question will be will that viewership carry over to the show’s real time slot on Sunday nights at 9 pm?

There a few elements in Chicago Justice that will attract viewers of other Wolf shows. Fans of Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda) from PD will want to tune in to see him in his new role at the State Attorney’s office. Older folks, or those who watched reruns of the original Law and Order, will want to see Justice‘s Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Stone (Philip Winchester), who plays the son of the original District Attorney on that show, Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty). Even Paul Robinette (Richard Brooks), an assistant DA on the first few seasons of “L&O,” shows up in Sunday’s episode to reinforce the connection. In general, Justice is a lot like Law and Order.

The Justice team that works with Stone includes his boss, Mark Jefferies (Carl Weathers) and rookie prosecutor Anna Valdez (Monica Barbaro). Working with Dawson is Laura Nagel (Joelle Carter) and Antonio Dawson. Watching them in Sunday’s episode (this was the episode NBC released for review), one is not yet left with the feeling of a cohesive team. It seemed liked they were getting to know each other, just as we were getting to know them.

The episode was pretty slow-moving and although the issue of prosecuting police officers is important, it already feels used and overdone. If Justice wants to make a run of it, it will need more original plot lines. With Law and Order having covered many issues and SVU just having completed 400 episodes, that may prove difficult. Most Wolf fans will be ready to give Justice a try, but it will have do better to keep them watching.

Chicago Justice - Season 1

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13 thoughts on “Chicago Justice: Season 1 – Opinion

  1. Good show, I believe I will be able to settle into this series easily. Phillip Winchester portrays his role very well!

  2. Being a native-born Chicagoan, I enjoy the Chicago ‘series’…especially the occasional ‘cross-over’. I want to comment on “Friendly Fire” (19Mar episode) and thank the writers for giving recognition to the “Brown Water Navy” as referred to by Chris Mulkey. A lot of people don’t know what we did from 1966-1970 and I was in My Tho on 31DEC1968! This info will be shared with my River Patrol Force brothers on http://www.tf116.org
    Ken Delfino
    River Division 533, TF-116
    10/66-7/68
    United States Navy (Ret)

  3. Friendly Fire. How stupid you think we are? Why would the DA’s office be investigating a murder without an accused suspect which has been handed over for prosecution???????? Keep it up and this will be a real short series.

  4. Did not like the negative remarks on patriotism – eyes glazed over on Gid and country remark and other disrespectful remarks made. I will chose not to watch this Chicago show, but live the others.

  5. The last show was not seen in the Boston area. And, we have Comcast. I watch it On Demand and I tried twice to see it but I only saw older ones. It is the only time this has happened. I love the show.

    1. Correction from my last two replies:

      I saw the last show of the season and it was the best show of all and a wonderful way to close the season.

      I see no reason why this show with class would not renewed for another season. It is clearly a cut above the rest.

      1. Please excuse my typing errors. If something is worth commenting I will continue to do so.

        Chicago Justice has a fine group of actors, good writers, directors, and producers. I will continue to be a fan.

  6. I’ve seen some hammy acting in my time, and this is right up there with the worst. All the distant gazing for dramatic effect (which falls flat) and the predictable story lines, with an attempt at social justice… farcical.
    My wife laps it up, but she loves any crap … she even thought Bkacklist: Redemption was good. THAT was cancelled, and it’s no wonder THIS was cancelled, too.
    At least the schedules are clear for some other shows.

  7. I’ve seen some hammy acting in my time, and this is right up there with the worst. All the distant gazing for dramatic effect (which falls flat) and the predictable story lines, with an attempt at social justice… farcical.
    My wife laps it up, but she loves any crap … she even thought Blacklist: Redemption was good. THAT was cancelled, and it’s no wonder THIS was cancelled, too.
    At least the schedules are clear for some other shows.

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