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Chicago Fire - Season 1

The first season of Chicago Fire, an American drama television series with executive producer Dick Wolf, and producers Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, and Matt Olmstead premiered on October 10, 2012, at Wednesday 10:00 p.m. EST, on NBC television network. The season concluded after 24 episodes on May 22, 2013.

Chicago Fire - Season 1

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The network placed an order for the series in May 2012.[27] After receiving an additional script order in October, Chicago Fire was picked up for a full season on November 8, 2012.[28][29] On January 29, 2013, Chicago Fire had its episode total increased from 22 to 23.[30] One week later, on February 6, 2013, Chicago Fire received one more episode, giving it a total of 24 episodes for season one.[31]

The firehouse shown is Engine 18's quarters, located at 1360 S. Blue Island Ave. between 13th & Racine. Housed here is Engine 18, 2-2-1 (Deputy District Chief - 1st District), 4-5-7 (Paramedic Field Chief - EMS District 7), 6-4-16 (High-Rise Response Unit), and Ambulance 65.

Season One of Chicago Fire premiered on October 10, 2012 with the episode Pilot, also known as the series premiere, which got around 6.61 million US viewers. This season consists of 24 episodes. Season 1 concluded on May 22, 2013 with A Hell of a Ride.

Following the death of fellow firefighter Andrew Darden, friendships are damaged and lead to controversy between Lieutenant Severide and Lieutenant Casey. As Severide blames Casey for the death of one of their own, but the wife of the fallen firefighter blames Severide stating "he only wanted to be a firefighter because you did".

Members of the Chicago Firehouse 51 are shaken after the loss of firefighter Andy Darden. Truck leader Matthew Casey and Rescue Squad leader Kelly Severide blame each other for Darden's death. However, they have to overcome the frictions when another colleague, Christopher Herrmann, is gravely injured. Meanwhile, Paramedic Gabriela Dawson performs a risky procedure in the field, in order to save a little girl's life; Casey goes through a rough patch with his fiancée Hallie; and the new candidate, Peter Mills, reports for duty.[2]

Deadline reports that NBC is considering a spin-off for its hot Wednesday night show Chicago Fire, the one-year-old drama following a group of Chicago firefighters. The new series would center on the Chicago Police Department (which, in real life, has plenty of drama at the moment).

From the start, there was tension brewing between Kelly Severide and Matt Casey. After the death of a fellow firefighter, both men were at odds and dealing with the grief of losing a close friend. One of the mainstays of Chicago Fire had been the eagerness of paramedic Gabriela Dawson who finds herself in hot water for doing a risky procedure while in the field.

After Hallie's death, House 51 has an open investigation into the fire. With Molly's set to open, Christopher Herrmann announces that he will hold a memorial for her life to coincide with the Grand Opening. Matt heads to the Police Station to get the ball moving on the investigation only to learn that the Intelligence Unit is handling the case.

Gabby, in need of a date to her cousin's Christmas party asks Matt but Matt is clear that he wants to be more than friends. This is the beginning of what we thought would be something special. House 51 is accused of stealing a $50,000 necklace from a high-rise fire only to find out it was a scam.

The episode starts on a light note but turns deadly rather quickly. House 51 is informed there is a fire at the clinic where Hallie works and the end result is Matt losing the women he loves. It appeared to a robbery gone wrong but the crew would soon find out, it was much deeper than that.

An up-close and personal view into the lives of everyday heroes, watch the adventures of the men and women of Chicago Firehouse 51, the courageous firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics whose actions make the difference between life and death.

The DVD release of season one was released after the season had completed its original television broadcast. It has been released in Region 1 only, as of September 2, 2014. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material such as audio commentaries on some episodes from the creator and cast, deleted scenes, gag reels and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

It's nearly impossible to be a fan of procedural television without watching a series produced by Dick Wolf. He created an enduring hit with the "Law & Order" universe in the 1990s and continued his reign with his "One Chicago" universe. In 2012, Wolf took fans from New York to the Windy City with a franchise that follows law enforcement officers, firefighters, and medical personnel. The franchise's flagship series, "Chicago Fire," is among the best procedural shows of the last ten years due to its quality storylines and lovable characters.

The men and women of Firehouse 51 share a unique bond that transcends mere professional relationships. Week after week, the series brings them into some of the most dangerous situations imaginable, and survival is never guaranteed. This show is the most reliably well-written part of the "One Chicago" franchise. Still, every great series has its low points. Some seasons are memorable from beginning to end, while others suffer from pacing issues, unpopular cast changes, and inconsistent quality. However, no season is without merit. The best seasons of "Chicago Fire" have an emotional resonance that many shows fail to achieve, and even the weaker seasons still have something valuable to offer viewers.

From the moment filming began, season 9 of "Chicago Fire" faced an uphill battle. Production started in November 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic had already caused widespread shutdowns on film and television sets. According to Deadline, the show suspended filming after a few weeks because multiple people contracted the virus. This interruption (and a two-month hiatus after the second episode) negatively impacted season 9's quality. It is among the shortest seasons of the series, and many episodes are a far cry from the hard-hitting drama fans love. Although the season gets off to a decent start with "Rattle Second City," none of the other episodes rise to the occasion.

The pandemic's imposed limitations become even more evident as the season wears on since the storylines focus more on building relationships than fighting fires. For instance, the subplot of Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett's (Kara Killmer) relationship feels fresh out of a soap opera. Thrilling rescues and intense action are more scarce this season than any other. The creators did their best under unprecedented circumstances, but the lack of balance throughout the season makes it boring to watch. However, the series does an excellent job of incorporating the real-life impact of the pandemic without overshadowing its usual formula: The seamless introduction of outdoor patio seating at Molly's Bar in "Rattle Second City" reflects a change that viewers recognized from their favorite restaurants in the real world.

Killing off popular characters is always risky, and season 3 features one of the most disappointing deaths in the series. After a nail-biting season 2 finale, season 3 starts with "Always," featuring tearjerker flashbacks about Leslie Shay (Lauren German). Her fate wasn't certain at the end of the previous season, and this premiere quickly confirms that the fan-favorite character is dead. However, it also pays homage to Shay and stirs nostalgic feelings about her best moments from the show. The episode is full of contemplative moments but manages to have a satisfying plot.

Although it's a touching episode, "Always" starts the season on a low note that is hard to build from in subsequent episodes. As the Firehouse 51 crew (and viewers) reel from this tragic loss, the storylines in season 3 become overly convoluted. Everyone processes grief differently, but some characters' methods detract from this season's cohesiveness. Lieutenant Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) takes an impromptu grief-driven trip to Las Vegas that ends in a shotgun wedding to a virtual stranger. Unfortunately, this storyline introduces a character who only sticks around for a handful of episodes and does little to further Severide's character development. Even "We Called Her Jellybean," part of an excellent three-episode crossover with "Law & Order: SVU" and "Chicago PD," gets lost in the shuffle during this unfocused season.

Season 8 of "Chicago Fire" suffers from a common problem for long-running series: writers can only reinvent the wheel so many times. While this season has decent direction and action, many of its storylines are less interesting. Similar to season 3, this season kicks off with the death of a beloved character and follows Firehouse 51 as they handle the aftermath. This time, the unlucky victim is Brian "Otis" Zvonecek (Yuri Sardarov), a woefully underrated young firefighter. Otis' death doesn't receive quite the same treatment as Leslie Shay's, but the series explores some small tragedies that follow his sudden death: In "A Real Shot In The Arm," Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) has to sell Otis' portion of Molly's Bar to keep the business afloat.

Although the first few episodes successfully capitalize on the fallout of this sad event, the season quickly stalls out. Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) resurfaces in "Best Friend Magic," and the crew takes part in a "One Chicago" crossover event. Still, these storylines don't pack enough punch to carry the middle of the season. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted production in March 2020. As a result, season 8 ended three episodes earlier than planned. While the finale, "51's Original Bell," works, it isn't as powerful as other finales in the series.

Matt Casey is the heart and soul of "Chicago Fire." His storylines are among the most compelling, and he's an undeniably well-developed character. From his first minute on-screen, Casey establishes himself as a caring leader who puts others' needs first. Though he has instances of being too quick-tempered, his heart is in the right place. Unfortunately, in season 10, the series suffers a significant loss when Casey departs in "Two Hundred." The episode follows Casey through his goodbyes without veering into sentimentality and leaves the door open for him to return. 041b061a72


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