Should Chicago PD season 4 tell more long-form stories?

Chicago PD seasonChicago PD season 4 is currently on hiatus leading up to its big return to the air a little bit later this month. With that, we should get an opportunity to see where things stand for many different characters — except for Burgess, as Marina Squerciati is going to be gone for the remainder of the season as she prepares to meet her baby!

With this, the question that we want to raise now is rather simple: Should the show be doing something a little experimental over the upcoming episodes? What if they were to tell a case that lasted the remainder of the fourth season? You could opt for a serial-killer storyline that tracks a single suspect, or one that involves taking down a crime syndicate where characters are going undercover and we see a story build over time.

One of the advantages of doing this type of storyline is that sometimes, it brings a sense of added weight and gravitas to it. There is only so much you can do with an adversary over a single episode, but if you bring on a criminal for two or three episodes, we get a chance to see the stakes raised and the threat on the team from any that we’ve seen so far. We know that from an acting point of view, anyone in the cast would love to go undercover. We do think that in terms of format, Chicago PD is malleable enough to make a longer, more serialized story work.

As for whether or not the show will actually do it, we just aren’t sure. The powers that be have to do their part to determine if they want to take a risk similar to a Major Crimes, given that we know there are many who view Chicago PD as the perfect show to watch, get a good story, and have that story end the same week. Some shows don’t need something long-form, even though technically One Chicago has done this already when it comes to some of their crossovers. Maybe it doesn’t work, but we think having a three or four-part episode to mix things up is a worthy risk.

Do you want to see Chicago PD tell a longer story? Be sure to share in the comments. For some further news right now when it comes to Chicago PD, including our recent exclusive interview with Marina Squerciati, be sure to head over to the link here. (Photo: NBC.)

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