I have a confession: I don't like cop dramas where the
lead characters are corrupt. Nowadays, it's hard to
find any cop shows where the cops are really the good guys.
I'm torn on the issue, because on the one hand, I like TV
shows to be realistic, and cops are humans, so they do have
flaws. There are certainly corrupt police out there.
But on the other hand, I prefer to see shows where the
protagonists are not horrible human beings or criminals or
evil. That's why I can't watch "Chicago PD."
When this show begins, the lead character, Harlee
(Jennifer Lopez), is one of a group of corrupt police
detectives that steal and kill whenever they can. They
uphold the law, but they also get paid on the site for
protection. If a cop accidentally shoots the wrong person,
they plant a gun or stage the scene in their favor.
What makes this show a bit different is that Harlee gets
caught by the feds, who then force her to be their mole in
the department, so that they can take down the corruption.
She's like Serpico, but she's not a willing Serpico.
It's interesting to see how she does her job, with all of
the guilt that will follow her for turning on her fellow
detectives. She's a single mom, so she has to consider what
will happen to her daughter if she doesn't cooperate (we
wonder why she didn't think of her daughter in the first
place when she became corrupt and risked her life).
The writing is pretty good, and the actors do a fine job,
particular Lopez and Ray Liotta (Matt) as her boss.
When you watch shows or movies like this, though, you have
to get past the idea that someone as beautiful as Lopez
would become a cop. It's quite a stretch. No matter how much
they try to make her look plain, they don't succeed.
The other problem with this and many drama and action
shows on broadcast TV today (especially cop and medical
shows) is that they care far more about "excitement" than
real drama. They have lots of car chases, violence,
gunshots, sex etc. and they keep amping it up as the show
goes along, a very ridiculous and unbelievable manner until
eventually, they just can't top themselves and it becomes
either cartoonish or repetitive. Now, obviously some
viewers like this kind of brainless action and adventure.
They find it entertaining. I really don't. I really do love
Jennifer Lopez, and I think she's a very good actress, but
she needs to find a better show than this.
Check it out and see for yourself!
Santos (Jennifer Lopez) is a charismatic single
mother and resourceful detective at the heart
of a tight-knit crew
of Brooklyn detectives, led by
enigmatic Lieutenant Matt Wozniak (Emmy Award winner Ray
Liotta, "Goodfellas," "Field of
Dreams"), who often leads the team to step outside the
limitations of the law in order to
effectively protect their precinct and their own.
As a big
illegal job looms on the horizon, the FBI catches Harlee in
the act and pits her against her own unit. As a newly turned
informant, she struggles to safeguard her on-the-job family
and avoid arrest in order to stay with her daughter. Harlee
engages in a perilous dance with her FBI handler, Special
Agent Stahl (Warren Kole), who develops an unhealthy
obsession with her. Meanwhile, Wozniak, acting as the unit's
patriarch, begins an all-consuming hunt for the informant.
Pressure mounts as the crew struggles to perform their brand
of street justice under FBI watch.
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