Ultimately, the pilot episode is just too soapy and wants to introduce too many quirks about Abby Kowalski (Rachel Carpani). A driven career woman from a little-nonsense family, Abby is somehow oddly shy, self-conscious, clumsy, and emotionally damaged to the point where she essentially makes herself available only for secretive, intense trysts with her brother's (police officer) partner. She has (or had) a thing for musicians, bakes cakes for her mother's business (because police officers are notorious for their free time), and lives with her best friend – who knows surprisingly little about her. Maybe these features should have been written into the show bible – I would have excised most of them were it my project – but when presented all at once, the viewer has to question why this woman is a detective for a major police department.
|Abby has to break the news to her brothers that she's a detective.|
|Williams and Baker|
Knowing that there aren't too many episodes in its first run – and that I can watch them online at my leisure – I'm thinking that I'm going to give it a chance to grow and develop into something harder. The fluff of the pilot may be nice for introducing nice characters, but this is Chicago. I want to see police corruption and real moral dilemmas for more than just Abby.