If you haven’t already noticed, I’m big into characters. They are my favorite part of television and have the ability to make or break a show. Every once in a while, a character comes along that makes a show worth watching. That’s how I feel about Chicago PD’s Hank Voight.
Sergeant of the Chicago Police Department’s esteemed Intelligence Unit, Hank Voight is the man in charge. He calls all the shots and is the leader of a team of 6 other talented detectives and officers who work together to fight major crime on the dangerous streets of Chicago. No crime is too big, too bad, or too difficult for them to solve.
What’s interesting about Voight is that he was first introduced in Season 1 of Chicago Fire as a corrupt police officer who used underhanded tactics to achieve his goals. He clashed with many members of the Chicago Fire Department and truly appeared to be a villain. It was later revealed that Voight was undercover at the time, posing as a dirty cop in order to catch criminals and actual dirty cops. And so Hank Voight, head of the Intelligence Unit, was born.
It’s hard to introduce a character as a villain and then have them assume such a high position of authority without holding on to any of those negative notions. However, that isn’t the case with Hank Voight. His tough exterior and take no prisoners attitude paired with his ability to take charge of each and every situation is what gives him the qualities of a strong, intimidating, and fearless leader. His signature voice, a deep, throaty rasp, begs your attention and totally draws you into the character. When you hear it, you know it’s him, and you listen. Voight handles each situation as he sees fit, regardless of the consequences. He is not afraid to push the limits and do things that blur the lines between right and wrong, often causing those around him to question the morality of their actions. Nonetheless, he gains the love and respect of his unit, and the audience, because of his loyalty to the CPD and commitment to making sure that justice is served on the streets of Chicago.
While he may be one of the toughest cops around, the real Hank Voight shines through in his relationship with his family, especially Detective Erin Lindsay (played by the wonderful Sophia Bush). Erin grew up on the street and lived a life of crime at a very young age. At only 15 years old, she became a criminal informant for Voight, and soon after, he and his wife took her in and became her legal guardians. Erin graduated from the police academy and now has a job working under Voight in the Intelligence Unit. The two share a very special relationship and Erin views Voight as a father figure. Voight very much plays the role of the protective father and his adoration of Erin shows itself each time they are together. Their relationship is one of the best that the show has to offer and makes for an even more likable Hank Voight.
Now, while this relationship is not perfect, it is one that I am confident will not falter. However, the way the show is going right now looks like it is pointing to the fact that Voight may actually be Erin’s real father. Am I happy about that? Nope. I think it’s going to cause a major rift between the two characters and add a storyline that serves no purpose other than creating unnecessary drama. Either way, while it may affect them at first, Voight and Erin will be just fine because they love each other and love withstands all obstacles.
Chicago PD is definitely worth a watch. If you come across it and happen to stick around, Voight is worth the time. The show wouldn’t be what it is without him.
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