Chris Mansa played a crucial part in the new Chicago Fire episode “Finish What You Started”. He joined the rest of the firefighters on the job, and tried his best to remedy a tense situation with a school and a crashed jet engine, but he notably struggled.
It may have seemed odd to focus such a big part of the episode on a seemingly random character, but Mansa has actually appeared in a handful of episodes throughout season 10. He’s become a peripheral figure around the 51 and it looks like he’s going to be around for the long haul.
Here’s what you need to know about Mansa and his character.
Who plays Mason in Chicago Fire?
Mansa plays Mason, a recruit who shares a student-mentor relationship with Herrmann (David Eigenberg). He was introduced in the episode, “Natural Born Firefighter”, where he helped put out a blaze during a local party. He was praised for his quick-thinking by Herrmann, but Mason stated that he is a felon, and is therefore unable to become a full-fledged firefighter.
Despite the legal setbacks, Herrmann pushed for Mason to be considered as a 51 recruit. Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) was reluctant to embrace Mason at first, going as far as to test out other recruits, but she ultimately sided with Herrmann and brought the newbie onboard. She referred to him as the 51’s “missing piece” in the episode “The Missing Piece”.
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Mason is still learning the ropes, as evidenced by his handling of the school fire, but he has the confidence of both Herrmann and Kidd moving forward. He also, notably, learned how to fight fires during his time in prison, so there are presumably lots of things he still has to learn before he can consider himself to be on the caliber of his peers.
The show appears to be setting Mason up as part of the next generation of firefighters, especially when contrasted with the troublemaking Emma Jacobs (Caitlin Carver). The latter is busy trying to out Violet (Hanako Greensmith) from her job and take it over by spreading lies, so when it comes to prospects, Mason is definitely the more promising lead.
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