Best: Hank Voight
How could we not include Voight?? He’s the backbone of the show. It’s not easy to play the weary, formerly corrupt cop in the 21st century, given how many versions we’ve already seen, but Beghe manages to make his take on the stock character feel legitimate. One look at his performance as Voight, and you can tell the man has been through a lot.
It’s a testament to both Voight’s presence and his versatility that he’s been folded into every big storyline that Chicago PD has had to offer over the last ten years. PD is an ensemble show, like its One Chicago peers, but we’re not sure if it would work without Voight being around.
Worst: Mike Sorenson
Mike Sorenson (Kevin Kane) always seemed out of place. The character admitted to getting into the wrong profession, and was frequently unhappy about the things he had to deal with as part of the IU. He also made some dicey calls, like when he posted body cam footage on Facebook, or the time he bailed when he found out that a sniper was targeting cops.
Being disgruntled or even cowardly doesn’t make for a bad character. It’s the fact that Sorenson doesn’t try to push back against these qualities, or grow very much, before he decides to leave. He complains a little bit and then is never heard from again. We can’t say we miss him very much.
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