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Chicago Fire - S04E20

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"No job is more stressful, dangerous or exhilarating than those of the Firefighters, Rescue Squad and Paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. These are the courageous men and women who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death. These are their stories."From renowned Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf and creators Derek Haas and Michael Brandt comes season four of the high-octane drama "Chicago Fire" - an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America's noblest professions. For the firefighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death.The pressure to perform on such a high level has a way of taking a personal toll, sometimes putting team members from the Truck and the specially trained Rescue Squad at odds with each other. Despite any differences, this is an extended family, and when it's "go time," everyone inside Firehouse 51 knows no other way than to lay it all on the line for each other. Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer) leads the Truck Company, and brash Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) runs the Rescue Squad.The firehouse also includes Battalion Chief Wallace Boden (Eamonn Walker), a fireman's fireman who recently welcomed a newborn son with his wife, Donna (Melissa Ponzio). As chief of the firehouse, it's Boden's job to keep everything in line and running smoothly between truck and squad. Paramedic turned tough-as-nails firefighter Gabriela Dawson (Monica Raymund) returns alongside Paramedic Sylvie Brett (Kara Killmer) and seasoned veteran Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg). Dora Madison also joins the cast as spunky, spirited paramedic Jessica "Chili" Chilton.Also returning for the fourth season are Randy "Mouch" McHolland (Christian Stolte), Jose Cruz (Joe Minoso) and Brian "Otis" Zvonecek (Yuri Sardarov).In addition to Wolf, Haas and Brandt, executive producers also include Matt Olmstead, Joe Chappelle, Danielle Gelber, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski."Chicago Fire" is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

Episode Title: Episode 20
Airs: 2016-04-26 at 22:00
  • David Wiegand

    Wolf either doesn't know what to do with his characters while they're waiting around for a fire to break out, or thinks their personal stories should be the dominant element in his new series. They could be, if only those stories weren't ripped from the book of overused cliches.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    None of them is very interesting, and it's actually kind of hard to tell them apart.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The series is really good at doing exactly what you expect, which makes it surprisingly tedious for a show where lives are on the line almost nonstop.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Chicago Fire isn't half bad when the fires and other crises take over as the star of the show. It's after the smoke clears and the stories kick back in that you begin to realize the only way to salvage these sorry stereotypes in uniform is to burn them the only way we know how.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Despite featuring slickly executed action sequences (though nothing viewers couldn't see on Universal's "Backdraft" ride), Fire is almost as drab as a pile of ash.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It has complex and possibly interesting ideas and subplots. By the time most viewers finish, though, their flame of interest may be flickering.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's not that the show is terrible--it's not--but it brings nothing new to the firefighter drama format.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    There didn't seem to be anything like [a plot] for the first two episodes, though there has been no lack of good looks, with Taylor Kinney and Jesse Spencer around and filling out their firemen togs nicely. Still there's hope. In episode three, to be exact, where we find a hint that the writers have caught on to the uses of a story line, this about a corrupt police detective.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    There is nothing exceptional or original about the show.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    One of the new season's dullest shows. [12/19 Oct 2012, p.98]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • "Law & Order" mastermind Dick Wolf doesn't blaze any new trails with his latest effort, but at least he's getting out of the courtroom and precinct house.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    There are rivalries and feuds and dangerous situations, as well as a complete lack of personality. [29 Oct 2012, p.38]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    There's no character you haven't seen before. More importantly, there's no character that hasn't been done much, much better elsewhere.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    It's a bad omen when the show repeats one of its catastrophes next week, just amped to a grislier level. I was bored.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Everyone here, including "Oz's" Eamonn Walker as the battalion chief, is working from the same medium-grim setting, with medium-grim dialogue, which quickly drags the story and action into the still-smoldering ruins of other fire-and-rescue dramas.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Chicago Fire gets better week-to-week, finding its own vibe, one that mixes TV-14 gore, soap opera entanglements, and working-class-hero earnestness. Sincerity puts the whole thing over.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Chicago Fire a predictable but pleasantly familiar throwback that could have been on TV a decade and a half ago.

    Salon Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Rote but entertaining, Chicago Fire can't be ruled out as perhaps one of NBC's best chances for a hit.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    This seems like a serviceable drama that merits a bit better ladder grade (heh-heh) for an improved second hour.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    In a world without cable dramas, Chicago Fire would be considered television at its more compelling and realistic. As it is, it walks the line between shameless entertainment--hot guys, hot girls, the fires within, the fires without--and intelligent storytelling.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Chicago Fire definitely has familiarity going for it and familiarity going against it as well.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Wolf is not about to break any new ground here. He's just creating the kind of TV that people watch.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    This just doesn't work on any level and creates very little suspense, even in life-or-death situations.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
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