it's such a well-made show, every detail is real and perfect... and the story is fascinating. I loved this episode more than the first one because of the various stories mixing in it: darden's wife blaming kelly of his husband's death, a man dies in a hole and kelly brings his last message to his wife, casey reunites with his girlfriend (yeah!), a new girl called nicki joins the chicago fire (and kisses kelly. GRRRR DON'T TOUCH HIM!! HE'S MINE!), and the other firefighters try to find a new badge design (they don't like a goat :D) for their squad's track.
Is it just me who thinks "have the Village People made a comeback" whenever one of NBC's promo stills of Chicago Fire pops out at them?
There is something about the way this turkey has been cast or shot that conveys a sense of slightly flabby indifference, rather than the sorta hard bloke engagement of previous Hollywood attempts at portraying firemen. It's not just the age of the cast -Rescue Me had some pretty ancient players - who never seemed inauthentic the way Chicago Fire's blokes do. All of Chicago Fire's actors look long past their 'best before' date. Wouldn't matter if the writers had put together a script that acknowledged this.
Not gonna watch this show again one and a half chances is more than enough the show is predictable, formulaic and derivative.