It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
"The Wire" was a great series. However, comparing "The Chi" with "The Wire" misses the deep and intimate development of the principle characters in this series. The complex and contradictory interactions and relationships makes The Chi" one of the best shows to air in years.
I'm not sure why so many 9-star reviews and why so few 10-star reviews. Perhaps because there was no snow, sleet, rain or ice? It is Chicago, after all. People should be either freezing their asses or sweating from our hot/humid summers. But this is by far the best I have seen in years, if not ever. I love these people! (And that's coming from a north shore woman.) You all have successfully destroyed my writing career. I can never measure up
This is a good show, but like almost all content on Showtime it falls short of greatness. If you liked The Wire you will likely love this.
I think the plot was well written. And some of the characters were rather compelling, my personal favorites were Jake, Brandon and Emmett.
The only thing I will say, is that if you're looking for a gritty crime story. This isn't it. While it does contain crime and murder, I believe the more slice of life type stuff takes center stage.
My main critique is that the crime elements weren't as true to life as i'd like. Coming from the streets, and being locked up... I know that gang politics arent the way they're portrayed in the show.
Another critique is that Ronnie's story got stale after a while, his story just dragged on and wasn't interesting after the coogi situation ended with a gunshot. Even though he got locked up in the end and I'm presuming their gonna focus on his prison time next season.