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Sure, it's dumb soap opera TV, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time wasting hours with the Chicago Fire folks...
Universal / 1029 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: September 10, 2013
You know the drill with a show like Chicago Fire. Like ER or Third Watch before it, this is a show that knows what it needs to do in order to entertain distinctly within the well-established boundaries of nighttime melodrama programming. We either fade in on an emergency where we see our six or seven major characters tested in complicated and life-threatening situations, or we approach our Chicago firehouse at a quieter time, perhaps when two lovers are trying to figure out how to keep their relationship secret from the other guys.
I feel mean saying that Chicago Fire is Grey's Anatomy with bulkier on-the-job attire, but that really is what this Season One presents the series as being. This time around, though, the show's producers err more on the side of youthful abandon, with the denizens of its narrative erring way young: Battalion 25 of the Chicago firefighting system is populated by actors who might as well be American Apparel models.
But Chicago Fire: Season One, as derivative as it often can be, knows how to hit its marks, and this TV-on-DVD compilation proves that in moderation, there is modest appeal here. Sassy young things following their instincts (that often get them into trouble), ruggedly handsome Adonis dudes who wrestle with the demons of their occupation (while doing maybe a couple more shirtless pull-ups), a handful of older, wiser denizens who advise these youngsters with well-worn cliché - you know exactly where a show like Chicago Fire is taking you, but sometimes there are rewards to reap.