At first I was intrigued by advanced news of The Chicago Code because it came from the team that had produced a fairly good cop series some time ago. As its first airing approached my eagerness began dropping in proportion to my sniggers increasing. It was, claimed the preview, a police story in which a gutsy Chicago cop - and a woman at that! - gains the top job as Superintendent of the City Police Department. That produced snigger #1! Then we were told that this living breathing 'statue of liberty' was going to clean up Chicago. The sniggers rapidly turned into howls of weeping laughter. Even so, broad-minded chap that I am, I gave it a go and within, I think, the first five minutes this female Titon made her first appearance - to dangerously hysterical screechings as I lay on the floor with fists and feet pounding and crying, "No more, please, no more!" I assumed, you see, that the producers would have chosen a Rosa Klebb look-alike who would probably be a lesbian but who would at least look like a grizzled, experienced cop. Wrong again, Duff, for this was the lady who we were supposed to believe had risen through the ranks of the Chicago Police Deprtment to the top job:
Jennifer Beals is her name and she is actually 48 years old but looks 28 and is slimmer than a really, really slim thing and as elegant as a fashion model. But a hard-bitten, tough cop she ain't! Then we are introduced to the statutory, male, rough-tough cop who is still low-ranker in the Homicide Department but whom she chooses to be the 'noo' secret leader of her 'noo' secret task force which will clear up Chicagoan corruption.
The other drumming sound you can hear is Rahm Emanuel's heels hitting the floor of his office in City Hall as he, too, watches the first episode. Alas, dear reader, I cannot tell you what happened after those first five minutes because I had switched off, and nor will you learn anything from me as to when or how Chicago is finally turned into the City of Sweetness and Light. As far as I am concerned this series is an ex-series!