If you were expecting a guilty verdict in the Martha Mitchell directed “Chicago Justice” episode ‘Fool Me Twice,’ you were kidding yourself.
Even though many people view television productions as being a vehicle for presenting an audience with a product which details alternate universe where things happen the way people would prefer, that is not always the case. The ending of “Fool Me Twice” was powerful, there is no doubt but it was not completely unexpected.
While the Windy City series is fiction, many dramas are depicted in such a manner that presents a high degree of realism. This is no less true for the “One Chicago” productions: “Chicago Justice,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med,” as it is for other dramatic productions.
Detectives Steve Kim and Ken Banks, played by Tim Kang and Dylan Walsh, respectively, were marvellously realised. This shouldn’t come as any huge surprise considering both Kang and Walsh have played law enforcement officers in the past.
While Kang is possibly better known for playing Kimball Cho on the Bruno Heller created series “The Mentalist,” Walsh played Al Burns on the John Bellucci / Ed Redlich created drama “Unforgettable.” Even though both actors were playing good guys in these productions, the same could not be said for the characters they portrayed in ‘Fool Me Twice.’
If anything, while the episode provided “One Chicago” fans with entertainment worthy of the franchise, the production did highlight how broken the system has become.
It is a dangerous world we live in, there is little doubt. The system that forces criminals to choose between doing jail time and becoming confidential informants presents the people that opt for the latter with significant risk. Which one would you select? Would you do the time or become an informant?
Even though the episode did not directly address the issue with any great clarity, it appeared from the way in which Eric Cates’ (Tom Guiry) story was depicted, he was a casualty of the war on drugs. It should be noted Cates’ was caught engaging in criminal activity related to his drug habit. Relative to the low-level crime, the risk level he faced was significant.