‘Chicago PD’ season 3, episode 21 review: Philip Winchester shines; can we have ‘Chicago Justice’ now?
Going into Wednesday night’s new episode of “Chicago PD” entitled “Justice,” we certainly did not think that we needed another entry in the Dick Wolf franchise. In going through this episode, we certainly had our mind changed.
We would say that, pound for pound, this was the best planted spin-off for the Dick Wolf franchise since he arrived in the Windy City. It touched on hot-button issues that would have made it a powerful story even if it was not a spin-off, and it featured pretty incredible performances across the board. Philip Winchester was beyond outstanding as Peter Stone, the attorney responsible for overseeing the case of Kim Burgess, who had shot who appeared to be the person responsible for attacking both her and her partner / lover Roman. However, the person she shot was a young black man who appeared on the surface innocent. He was unarmed, and he had a perfect record when researching the case.
Over the course of the episode, Stone (who was responsible for putting Voight and many others away over the years) collected the evidence, and there was enough for him to make a compelling case that this young man actually shot the police out of revenge over his uncle’s suicide, and that he wanted to prove that he was tough enough. Eventually, the defense did agree to a plea deal: Four years. This was enough for Roman to be okay with the kid getting this amount of jail time. With that, the case could end, and a city in an uproar may be able to stop riots.
We love a good legal drama, and “Justice” had that. We also want to give Marina Squerciati and Carl Weathers plenty of credit here, as well, delivering both gravity and believability that highlighted the severity of the situation and the personal pain associated with it. Episode Grade: A-.
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