Jason Clarke and Devin Kelley in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Greylord and Gambat" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Jason Clarke and Devin Kelley in THE CHICAGO CODE - Season 1 - "Greylord and Gambat" | ©2011 Fox/Jeffrey Garland

Stars: Delroy Lindo, Billy Lush, Matt Lauria, Jennifer Beals, Jason Clarke, Devin Kelley and Todd Williams
Writer: Virgil Williams
Director: Paris Barclay
Network: Fox, airs Monday nights
Original Telecast: May 16, 2011

As much as the networks are loath (or maybe that’s terrified) to embrace serialized TV series (preferring the more repeatable standalone procedurals), there’s something to be said for shows with ongoing arcs.

Case is in point is the recently canceled THE CHICAGO CODE and its penultimate episode “Greylord and Gambat.” Unlike many of the episodes that followed a specific crime which usually had some peripheral tie to our main baddie Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo), this time the whole episode deals with the ramifications of the season-long arc of trying to take the corrupt Gibbons down by Superintendent Colvin (Jennifer Beals).

A secret grand jury investigation is under way against Gibbons, and the main witness has gone AWOL. This means Wysocki (Jason Clarke) and Evers (Matt Lauria) and a small hand-picked group of cops have to go on a city-wide manhunt without drawing any attention (remember, it’s a secret grand jury investigation).

Meanwhile, undercover cop Liam Hennessey (Billy Lush) has gotten so close to the Irish mob boss who’s in bed with Gibbons that the mob boss’s daughter is falling for Liam. With the Grand Jury investigation underway, it’s revealed that there is an undercover cop in the mob boss’s organization, and Liam has been found out.

He races against time to do one last thing – get a secret ledger that implicates Gibbons, which he successfully does, but not without getting shot up real bad.

Meanwhile, it’s clear Gibbons knows his number’s up and he visits Wysocki in an attempt to win him over by telling him he knows who killed his brother.

The kind of storytelling in “Greylord and Gambat” is what THE CHICAGO CODE does best. It wraps many different story strands together into a taut, tense and perfectly told tale.

And one of the reasons why it works so well, is it really digs deep into its mythology. This being the second-to-last episode, it’s amping up toward a huge pay-off (and hopefully a satisfactory series finale). To dilute it with a random storyline would be criminal. Thankfully, they did the right thing.

Networks really need to stop being fearful of ongoing story arcs. Sure, syndication needs episodes that can run at random times, but most syndication packages air episodes in seasonal order anyway. If the show is good, people will follow, no matter how complicated (LOST anyone?)

Still, it’s a bummer that THE CHICAGO CODE got the ax. It has an amazing cast, great writers and solid directors. They make each episode very unique and the show’s storytelling makes it unlike any other cop show out there. With ratings rising last night for this and last week for the canceled comedy BREAKING IN, Fox should have reconsidered salvaging these two series for another go-around. Instead, a whole bunch of new shows, nobody cares about will debut next fall, will fail and then they’ll be kicking themselves for having these diamonds in the rough already established and ready to go.

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Comments:

  1. I have so few easy pleasures in my life. I love this show – great writing, actors to pull it off, and enough references to Chicago history and legend to satisfy a guy like me. And all those great shots of the City.

    Then they had to cancel it. I’d thought there’d be enough Chicagoans around the country to pull the show along. All these NCIS, Law and Order, etc. in NY, Miami, L.A. – Blah, Blah, Blah. This show has the balls to tell a great story, and there wasn’t always a dead guy at the start of each show.

    I ramble. Bring it back you guys in the big offices. Grow some and BRING IT BACK.

    Thank you.

    jack
  2. I have so few easy pleasures in my life. I love this show – great writing, actors to pull it off, and enough references to Chicago history and legend to satisfy a guy like me. And all those great shots of the City.

    Then they had to cancel it. I’d thought there’d be enough Chicagoans around the country to pull the show along. All these NCIS, Law and Order, etc. in NY, Miami, L.A. – Blah, Blah, Blah. This show has the b___s to tell a great story, and there wasn’t always a dead guy at the start of each show.

    I ramble. Bring it back you guys in the big offices. Grow some and BRING IT BACK.

    Thank you.

    jack
  3. 8rgh

    Michael
  4. I am. More than disappointed. 24 was my Monday. Then Chicago Code. This sucks

    Michael
  5. This show is one of the best on t.v.! It is one of the shows that has the actual courage to show what really happens in a big city, the one show that doesn’t sugar coat it!! I love this show, dont cancel it!!!

    ely
  6. This has become my only favorite new show – fox network you obviously don’t know who your market is or what your viewers want! New York or L.A. based cop shows has become blah – this is a show that should stay on!

    wanda
  7. I love this show! Captivating storyline. Great drama. Love it. My husband and I were loyal viewers …hope another network picks it up…then we can switch over!

    me
  8. this show started as something of a disappointment and has since turned itself around 180. What show does that? The plot is good, realistic, acting is great and the characters are the most interesting. Gibbons is fantastic!! Everyone does their job. An adult program, too bad. I hope they change their minds.

    nick
  9. Lets show FOX what we think about cancelling The Chicago Code! Help get everyone you know to watch the final episode. http://on.fb.me/jsyZwS

    jschro155
  10. I used to love the show 3rd Watch. I’m a retired police officer and I am bored with all of the other cop shows, but I LOVE Chicago Code!!! I’m totally disappointed and I think it’s the best show on TV right now. KEEP IT GOING!!

    Ingrid
  11. This is a DAMN good show…on any channel…I watched n told friends. If show can’t float on fox, can Fx use it…a little swearing n bit more grit from our beloved Chicago streets…it can still work…Hell it was beating l&a la right from nbc. I can’t believe fox is killing code…..network tv is pretty bad……let basic cable run with it.

    jizzle
  12. I absolutely loved the show. I can’t believe it’s been cancelled. One thing, though. Jennifer Beals’s speaking voice and fake accent were terrible. It really dragged down the show. Replace her with someone who can act and it’s a whole lot better-oh, Wysocki also doesn’t have any Chicago accent. Gibbons was a wonderful, complex, corrupt character. And I absolutely LOVED the little history snippets. I hope Fox reconsiders. Rework the show and there wont be some of those painful parts where Beales slows things down.

    terry
  13. TV shows today has turned to nothing but reality shows and CSI spin offs. Chicago Code takes us back to real acting, characters with depth and a setting that is part of US history and identity.
    I am very disappointed that FOX didn’t listen to the people who watch their network. I commend the actors, directors, casting and everyone on the Chicago Code Team!

    Shera
  14. This was one of the best shows on the air. It is unfortunate that they canceled it and saved a variety of other shows. The honesty of the characters and the way show played each week was a honest way of life in Chicago and how the politicians played there games to get ahead

    Steve
  15. This should not have been taken off the air. A wonderful show. Cowards!

    Sasha
  16. The BEST SHOWS ON TV Chicago Code Human Target, The people that are doing this are the ones that should be let go!!!!!

    Richard F
  17. I’m not a good tv viewer, in that I seem to get bored by most programming, reality shows??who watches that crap?
    Chicago Code is loaded with action, great acting
    and is very poor judgement on behalf of their network! (you’re very much out of touch)With bad
    decisions being made by management, perhaps they need to join the more than 13 million unemployed!
    Show us that you’ve got it together and correct
    the decision to cancel a quality show, like this!
    Thanks for listening to your viewers!

    Milton Jonas

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