The Chi (2018– )
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As a citizen of Chicago living on the South Side, I am glad this show is showcasing how everyday life is. You watch the news and all you hear is "there was another shooting, possibly gang related.' Hence the words "Gang Related' this is the media's attempt to write off the violence that occurs in SOME not ALL of the communities on the South Side. Whenever I hear a shooting was a so-called gang hit on the news, I just shake my head. Most if not 100% of the time, shootings are the result of beefs or feuds between peoples that are not linked to a gang. And this show the Chi hits that mark square on with its first episode and its continuation. And also 100% of those shootings happen to be mistaken identity or what have you.
But moving away from the shootings and the gangs and all that, the South Side of Chicago is so much more than this. In the Chi. the creators of the show have highlighted these aspects, things people even living in Chicago do not know about.
If you're a TV buff with a taste for an authentic storyline, try the Chi. You won't disappointed.
I wanted to see it because they shoot much of it in my neighborhood, but they just get a lot of details wrong. In Chicago, softball doesn't use gloves, it is 16 inch, and everybody knows that, apparently except Ms. Waithe, who was born in the city, but moved to the suburbs before high school.
The Chicago cops are literally caricatures of "good cop / bad cop", and the procedural element of the plot seems like recycled Naked City scripts. The cops exist only for exposition purposes.
The characters seem a little naive for people who grew up in the city, and the bad guys are obvious and smooth like in the movies instead of mostly filled with boredom and random rage like in the real world.
So there isn't anything new here and it doesn't represent Chicago the way anyone here knows it. If you call something "The Chi", at least do enough homework to get the mise en scene right.
There are some ideas struggling to appear, about class and community, but they are obscured by melodrama and implausible plot turns.