We have 15 reasons why we love ‘Chicago Justice’ and want Season 2, starting with that it’s a perfect fit for the One Chicago franchise.
The first season of Chicago Justice may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re done talking about it. In the rest of May, we’re detailing the 15 reasons why we love Chicago Justice—and why NBC has to renew it for a second season.
First things first: Chicago Justice is a perfect fit for the One Chicago franchise. It was actually a bit of a surprise that it took Dick Wolf this long to get around to creating the legal drama, considering we already had Chicago PD.
But it’s not simply that Justice fits within the producer’s modus operandi—it’s that it fills a need within One Chicago, and without it, the whole franchise wouldn’t be the same.
The legal profession has been sorely underrepresented within the One Chicago franchise. Chicago PD has Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Kot (Chris Agos) periodically appear to look perturbed at Voight’s last move, and Chicago Med has hospital attorney Peter Kalmick (Marc Grapey) help the doctors out of an occasional jam, but those are the only two lawyers in the whole universe. And combined, they’ve been in just 31 episodes.
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That’s understandable to a point, but it also limits the storytelling. Chicago Justice gave us the ability to completely follow the process. We’ve been able to see what happens to cases, and more importantly to those affected by them, after an arrest has been made or a crisis handled.
And that’s an equally important part of the picture that most people don’t know nearly enough about. Just going by the comments left on our Facebook page, many One Chicago fans didn’t even know that the State’s Attorney’s Office has its own separate investigative team and that they can take over cases from the police department.
Some even chastized the show for being factually incorrect, while the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Investigations Bureau actually has its own website.
That alone should tell you how important Chicago Justice is to the One Chicago world. It’s shining a light on a whole new segment that audiences are largely just now learning about. It also allows for viewers to see how one piece of the franchise impacts the other, whether it’s Peter Stone (Philip Winchester) prosecuting someone arrested on Chicago PD or Chicago Fire‘s Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker) providing his expertise to the State’s Attorney’s team.
Think about it: doesn’t it make the next time Hank Voight does something on Chicago PD that much more impactful if you know he could affect how the case is prosecuted? Whether or not that specific case on PD ends up on Chicago Justice, the mere fact that we know the State’s Attorney’s Office is part of the universe and we’re aware of their part of the equation can positively affect the way we look at all four shows.
That cause and effect is fascinating, and opens up all kinds of avenues that the writers of all four shows—not just this one—can play with. Two members of Chicago PD have already had their actions under review on Chicago Justice. And the expertise of Fire, PD and Med can each be used on Justice, too. There’s such a wider palette with the introduction of Mark Jefferies (Carl Weathers) and his staff.
Fans love the multi-show crossovers and Justice services that interest, but unlike with the other three shows, it’s not only about having a crossover. This series is able to legitimately explore the actions, consequences, and long-term effects that happen on the other three shows. It takes things beyond whether someone gets arrested or somebody saves the patient. It adds another layer of storytelling that would not exist otherwise.
Chicago Justice makes all of the other One Chicago shows better, in addition to being the best new series on television. It completes the picture. And that’s only one of the many reasons why NBC needs to renew Chicago Justice.
Stay tuned throughout May as we unveil the rest of the 15 reasons why we love Chicago Justice, and catch up with Season 1 now via NBC on Demand, NBC.com, Hulu, iTunes and Fubo.
Chicago Justice airs Sundays at 9/8c on NBC.