Chicago Fire season 9, episode 2 takeaways.
What did One Chicago fans learn from the latest Chicago Fire episode? Here’s what we took away from this week’s installment, “That Kind of Heat.”
“That Kind of Heat” featured Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) hitting a tipping point in her relationship with Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) after another life-threatening experience for Brett. Her new partner Gianna Mackey (Adriyan Rae) debated whether or not to stay at Firehouse 51.
If you missed any of this week’s episode or just want a refresher on the events that we’re about to discuss, you can catch up with our Chicago Fire recap.
Below are our takeaways from this week’s episode:
1) Why is the music so loud?
Chicago Fire has a great score by composer Atli Orvarsson, but in this week’s episode, the music ended up being a huge giveaway to some of the biggest developments.
In all of the key Brett and Casey scenes, the swell of romantic music made it very clear that they were having an important moment, like the sound version of a big flashing sign overhead. Not only that, but it was so loud that it wound up being a bit distracting.
TV scores are wonderful things and can add a lot to a show, but Fire would do well to turn its music down a few notches for the rest of the season—and maybe even consider using a little less of it so that the key scenes breathe on their own.
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2) The Dawson reference was awkward…
Firstly, kudos to Chicago Fire for finally broaching the fact that Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) is a third wheel in any potential relationship between Brett and Casey. But the way in which the subject came up could have been better.
We mentioned this last season, but having Casey hook up with Dawson sent mixed signals, and we got more of them in this episode. So Casey still had some feelings for Dawson, yet he says he hasn’t spoken to her in “a long time”? His feelings can’t have been that unresolved if he’s been out of touch with her since.
And if he hasn’t spoken to Dawson in a while, shouldn’t that be an indication to him that he’s over her, instead of saying “I don’t know” to Brett? His lack of contacting Dawson should be a sign that he’s not interested in pursuing her any further or he would have kept in touch with her. But instead viewers get to remain in Casey relationship limbo.
3) …but so was the Kylie storyline
Sometimes things happen in TV shows that are unintentionally awkward for a number of reasons. Stella Kidd’s (Miranda Rae Mayo) subplot was one of them.
Stella convincing Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker) to offer her Girls on Fire recruit Kylie a job was obviously written as a cute way for Stella’s profile to continue to rise. But for some Fire fans, it may also be bittersweet, because it sounds like Kylie’s position is a lot like the function Connie (played by the late DuShon Monique Brown) used to fill.
DuShon, and the character of Connie (who went off to take a great school job), have been gone for two years now. So it makes sense that Boden would eventually bring in a new assistant. It would be lovely, though, if Boden perhaps tells Kylie about Connie the same way Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) reminded everyone about Shay.
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