Spoilers forward for Episode 16 of Chicago Fireplace Season 11, known as “Performing Up.”
Chicago Fireplace positively isn’t ignoring the absence of Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney) because the Squad lieutenant left Chicago to take part in an arson investigation coaching program in Alabama. As anticipated, Stella (Miranda Rae Mayo) is battling the absence of her husband, however she wasn’t the one one at Firehouse 51 who was actually lacking him. Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) has needed to step as much as lead Squad, and went by means of a variety of challenges earlier than lastly proving his mettle as a frontrunner. Whereas that’s nice information for now, I can’t assist however surprise if it’s dangerous information in the long term.
Boden (Eamonn Walker) had to herald a Squad floater to fill the emptiness left by Severide, though he didn’t recruit a floating lieutenant to step in as short-term chief. He thought that Cruz might rise to the event, however the firefighter was struggling below the load of all the additional obligations slightly than thriving like Stella (roughly) did. The floater, named Bamford (Chris McKenna), was taking his “joking” and “pranking” with Capp (Randy Flagler) and Tony (Anthony Ferraris) too far.
After Stella threw her assist behind Cruz, he lastly talked to Bamford, and clearly has Capp and Tony prepared to comply with his lead. By the tip of “Performing Up,” it appeared like Cruz could possibly be on the street to turning into an officer. Usually, I’d be enthusiastic about that concept, however there’s a catch: Severide is predicted to return again, and there’s not room for 2 lieutenants on Squad 3.
Positive, I’d like to see Severide comply with within the footsteps of Casey (Jesse Spencer, who’s on his means again) and get the promotion to captain, however that wouldn’t imply that the four-man Squad group might embrace two officers. Assuming that Severide comes again, plainly there are a number of potentialities: Cruz won’t need to transfer up the ladder of management at CFD, won’t be capable of lower it, or could be transferred out of 51 to grow to be a lieutenant. This management position could possibly be nice for Cruz for so long as Severide is gone; the long run is much less vivid for him as a frontrunner when Severide comes again.
Am I overthinking issues after only one episode of Cruz stepping up as chief? Possibly, however life has been going so properly (by One Chicago requirements) for Cruz these days that I’m nervous that one thing will go fallacious. The excessive of Cruz and Chloe attending to undertake the cute Javi might properly be adopted by a low later this season; I simply hope that I’m fallacious and there received’t be any main issues of Cruz as a frontrunner as soon as Severide returns.
On the time of writing, nonetheless, there isn’t any information of when to anticipate Taylor Kinney again as his longtime Chicago Fireplace character. The actor reportedly stepped away from the present for private causes, so we will solely hope that he’s getting on a regular basis off that he wants. Fireplace clearly had time for rewrites to accommodate his absence, and it suits surprisingly properly into the season, with Stella even noting in “Performing Up” that she left Severide for some time again in Season 10 for some continuity.
Fingers crossed that the nice ship Stellaride retains crusing easily upon his return, with out the issues between them after Stella got here again! Regardless that I did not get my want that Kinney’s absence can be defined by Severide heading to Oregon to go to Casey, Fireplace utilizing Severide taking a break from Squad to provide Cruz a juicy plot could possibly be fairly nice… within the quick time period, at the very least.
See what’s subsequent for Cruz and Co. with new episodes of Chicago Fireplace on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC, between Chicago Med (which simply averted saying goodbye to one more character) at 8 p.m. and Chicago P.D. (which introduced former star Jesse Lee Soffer again in a brand new position) at 10 p.m. You too can revisit earlier episodes of One Chicago streaming with a Peacock Premium subscription.