Chicago Fire has introduced us to lots of characters over the past decade. Some guest stars, some gone too soon, and some have changed radically over the course of the show. The one thing that stays consistent is that fans have an opinion on them regardless. Chicago Fire has no shortage of bold personalities, and sometimes they rub us the wrong way.
Like we’ve done with Chicago PD, we decided to comb through eleven seasons of emergency calls and determine which Fire characters have been consistently great, and which ones have been less than. Everybody’s bound to have a different list, but these are the six that we can up with…
Best: Sylvie Brett
Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) has been through a lot during her time on the show, but she never lets it get her down for long. She helped to turn around a depleted paramedic program in season 10, and while her split from Casey (Jesse Spencer) was emotionally painful, she rebounded and decided to focus on herself.
Brett is an interesting counterpoint to Stella Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo), in that the former like to solve things peacefully, while the latter will often seek out confrontation. It’s also been nice to see Brett come into her own in the past season, and decide to become an adoptive mother. We hope she keeps on winning.
Worst: Pat Pridgen
What an annoying character! Pat Pridgen (Matthew Del Negro) was brought in as a temporary firehouse chief in season 3, and he managed to damage the 51’s reputation in record time. He nearly got Casey fired when he learned that the firefighter was dating his ex-wife, and he often tried to play mind games with the team by spreading rumors and pitting people against each other.
Did we mention he was terrible in the field? Pridgen was a mess when it came to emergency calls, and his inability to see the bigger picture, and prioritize safety, led to several innocent people dying on his watch. We were overjoyed to see him go after only two (!) episodes.