‘Chicago PD’ Fans Still Can’t Get Past This One Strange Storyline

by Lauren Boisvert

Fans love the ever popular One Chicago franchise, but that doesn’t mean they can’t criticize it from time to time. Specifically, there’s a storyline in Chicago PD‘s 9th season that fans can’t let go of.

Detective Hailey Upton joined Chicago PD in season 4, and she quickly became a complex and dynamic character. According to some fans, she might be too complex and dynamic.

Fans took to Reddit to discuss a few season 9 moments where Upton’s storyline got out of hand, turning slightly unbelievable at the expense of other characters. On fan commented on Upton’s mental state compared to Kim Burgess; a kidnapper shot her in an earlier episode and conveniently she showed no signs of trauma from the event.

“I’m sorry, but I just can’t help but feel like all this PTSD stuff should be BURGESS’ storyline, not Hailey’s,” the Reddit user wrote. “BURGESS is the one who got shot […] Why are we ignoring her trauma?”

Upton is dealing with the fact that she had to kill someone, which is traumatic in its own right; but it’s the fact that the show glossed over Burgess’ trauma in favor of Upton’s that’s getting fans riled up.

“[S]he [Burgess] was Roy’s victim but she has miraculously recovered and her trauma has been passed onto Hailey,” another fan agreed. One Reddit user commented, “Agree. Is Hailey the golden girl of the writers? We need more Burgess!!!”

It seems that some fans tire of Hailey Upton’s continued baggage as a character, and want to see different characters get the same complex treatment. It’s great to have multidimensional characters on a show, but the writers need to branch out a little if fans are picking on stuff like this. What it comes down to is just better writing.

‘Chicago PD’ Employed 15 Real-Life Veterans

In the Oct. 6 Chicago PD episode, which took place in a V.A. hospital, the show actually hired real veterans for the guest roles.

The show already showcases the trials and tribulations of life as a first responder; employing actual veterans as personnel at the V.A. made the episode all the more meaningful. Fans commented on the decision, noting that it made the episode special.

“This is incredible,” one fan commented, “[I] had a feeling just seeing them[,] thank you for your service.”

Representation in television is so important, now more than ever. Instead of hiring general guest stars, Chicago PD made sure veterans watching the show saw characters who looked like them and shared their experiences. That makes watching a show that much more enjoyable and special for those who went through those actual lived experiences being portrayed on the screen. Well done, Chicago PD.