Starring: Philip Winchester, Jon Seda, Joelle Carter, Monica Barbaro, and Carl Weathers
Created by Dick Wolf
Developed by Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, and Matt Olmstead
Written by William N. Fordes, Directed by Norberto Barba
The Chicago empire has gotten ever bigger with the arrival of NBC's fourth show in the franchise, Chicago Justice, set in the legal world. This edition follows the State Attorney's office, led by State's Attorney Mark Jefferies (Carl Weathers) and Assistant State's Attorney (Philip Winchester). Their team includes Chicago PD veteran Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda), Laura Nagel (Joelle Carter), and Anna Valdez (Monica Barbaro).
I'm starting to wondering if we've officially crossed the line of too much Chicago. I wanted to really like Chicago Justice. After all, I'm inherently more interested in a legal show than a medical or fire show. But I just feel like each new Chicago show has gotten more formulaic and this was basically an episode of Law & Order except without the well known characters. Not that Chicago Justice couldn't get there, but this felt particularly procedural-y. Fire actually delves into the personal lives of the characters quite often. PD does a little bit. Med and Justice really don't at all (or at least Justice didn't in the pilot). That makes the characters here seem like stock characters. They're fine and the acting is fine but there's very little connection made.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes. I will give it a little bit of time. I watch Chicago Fire every week, usually watch Med, and sometimes watch PD. What's one more?