“Chicago Fire” Season 1 Recap: “Mayday”

ByDavid M. Conte

Sep 23, 2021

Chicago fire is finally back!

Season ten begins where nine left off – Squad is trapped inside a sinking boat in the middle of Lake Michigan with no air and no way out. When the boat sank to the bottom of the lake with our boys in it, it gave the thrilling television that Chicago fire is famous for. Thank goodness they didn’t drag him. I don’t know if my heart could have taken it. Just the audacity to think they kidnapped Joe Cruz (played by Joe Minoso) was enough to make me scream. Fortunately, everything went well, but I have some thoughts on the first ten minutes, in particular:

Let me start here: Severide and Casey have to share a brain cell between them, and it shows. Severide blows up the boat to create an escape route while Casey thinks he will attempt a rescue with a life jacket and an unmasked air tank. None of these seem like good ideas. Both are desperate decisions, especially Severide’s, but I have questions, especially for you Matt Casey. Stupid, stupid men who only want to save the people they love are the hallmark of Matt Casey and Kelly Severide. I wouldn’t have them any other way.

Now that I have this on my chest, let’s move on to the rest of the episode.

Big changes seem to be coming to Firehouse 51

Boden got a promotion, and it looks like he’ll have to move fire stations because of it. Everyone in 51 seemed happy for him except Stella, who was the only one to point out that his new job comes with a move. When he later confronted her at Molly’s about her feelings, she let it all out. She didn’t want him to leave but she didn’t want him to refuse the promotion. Family is family and 51 wouldn’t be the same without Boden. Although I agree with her, no one can stay forever. Boden deserves to shine and be the mentor he was at 51 in the department.

The same can be said for Stella, who admitted that she would leave as soon as there was a lieutenant position for her, regardless of the household. As Boden said, they must have faith that the foundation of what they have built can last.

I have no doubt about it.

The 51-year-olds are a family.

The new guys

Gallo, Violet and Ritter are the trio I need in my life. Gallo and Violet can’t seem to get along for more than 24 hours and poor Ritter ends up being the arbiter. I have two things to say about this:

Ritter, you need new friends

Gallo and Violet, you have to break it again.

I’m not sorry, I said what I said.

This new side business with a microbrewery is going to be hilarious because you know it’s going to be loaded with tension from the top three and I’m pretty sure they’re going to run into Herrmann at some point as well. The family will persevere and everything will be fine.

I beg you, Gallo and Violet. I beg you, please crush again soon. I don’t know if I can take years of this.

Which brings me to:

Stellarid:

Stella Kidd (played by Miranda Rae Mayo) had to look aside as her future was in danger and Miranda played through those moments with such panic and despair. You could feel her coming out of her own skin wanting to do something that might help Squad (and Severide) and the betrayal look on her face when Casey ordered her to stay and the softening in her eyes when he told her that ‘he would bring him back Severide was great. The relief once Severide was on the surface and the way she wouldn’t let him go to the hospital and once they got home was so relatable and human.

“Imagine how lame our marriage would have been if you had died.”

Then she began to seduce him.

Stella, please never change.

The only thing I can see standing in the way of a forever happy Stellarid is Kelly Severide himself. You saw his expression after calling his mother. He has his own doubts and fears when it comes to marriage and his mother hasn’t helped matters. Not to mention that Stella will eventually leave 51 for a promotion.

I predict rough waters to come this season. Hopefully with a happy ending.

Joe and Chloe:

Joe and Chloe almost made me cry in the hospital when he stroked her plump belly and apologized for “messing up” the baby shower.

The fact that Chloe knows her man well enough to ask everyone if he’s going to be okay rather than taking his word for it, which is such a real thing for a woman to do.

The real things Chloe and Joe go through as a newly married couple expecting their first child together is something I really love. The way her mother-in-law wants to “help” but always ends up making things more stressful for her is explainable to a lot of people.

Their love is so real and so pure and I am begging this show not to spoil it. May my babies be happy!

Brettsey:

Matt Casey and Sylvie Brett are ultimately together after three long years of ‘are they going or not? And I couldn’t be happier. I wasn’t sure why they were keeping everything low, though. Maybe they just wanted to keep it private for a little while, or maybe they just didn’t want to hear criticism from their coworkers. Anyway, it cracked me up when Mouch and Herrmann basically called them sweet, stupid idiots:

“Don’t they realize we all know they’re together? “

“How could we not? “

“We knew that a year before them. “

That’s what they get for sneaking out of Molly’s for some sexy time in Brett’s apartment.

I liked that Brett confessed that seeing Matt get into dangerous situations is different for her now that they’re together. This too is relevant and real. Plus, the way Matt put his arm around Sylvie after they were unmasked by Capp and Tony melted to heart.

This episode makes me feel like they have a solid foundation for whatever is going to happen to them this season.

In short, these people lead dangerous lives and try not to think about what might happen if something goes wrong. Remembering this is something that brings the best couples together and these three are the best.

The Grips:

Are you telling me you couldn’t have moved the ladder to get that kid off the roof? Casey really had to sway like Spiderman. I know that moment will lead to other things this season, but really? Give me at least one reason why you couldn’t do it.

How come no one wonders where Casey is for two weeks? Not a joke from Severide? Nothing from Stella to Brett? We see him leaving with Brett all the time and there was no a joke about it until Molly’s? Now that they’re out, please give it to me. I need it. Wrong.

While this episode ended on a very optimistic note, I highly doubt the rest of the season will. There are issues that need to be resolved and goodbyes that will need to be said, at least for now.

Overall it was a good episode.

What did you think of the first season of Chicago fire?


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