'The Chi' episode 1 review
As a Chicagoan, I never feel like the city is portrayed correctly on film. Maybe the first two Barbershop movies but even that shit was like “EH”. I’m from the south side and we don’t usually have anything filmed on our side of the city, nor do we have a good representation of the urban community, west or south side. So when I heard about “The Chi” I was skeptical until someone told me they use our lingo and use it correctly. Now I’m intrigued.
So I tune into the show and immediately I see the Sears Tower being viewed from 79th St. Every person with mild sauce in their veins knows damn well that’s impossible. It’s too much gun smoke on 79th to see that far AND clearly. But ok, “it looks nice” so I guess that’s cool.
Next we stumble upon what I presumed was the protagonist of the show. I thought this nigga was a girl for a brief minute and it didn’t help that he dressed like a lost member of LMFAO or Mindless Behavior. I’ve seen weirdos in every hood but not dressed like that.
Then we move on to his older brother who puts me at ease with his use of the Chicago colloquialism, “G”. His placement was perfect and he didn’t overuse it. The man did his research! Got to honor that. And with this very key word usage, I turned up the volume, smirked, and said “Let’s see what The Chi talmbout.” It also helped to hear everybody heat the police officer every chance they got.
It’s some other details that I could talk about that didn’t sit well with my inner Chicagoan, like buddy on the Pink Line at a Garfield stop. But to be fair, the atmosphere is there so far. I saw enough dreadlocks and sponge fros to make me feel at home. I enjoyed the kids in school. They have to be from Chicago in real life. There’s no way you can script those mannerisms on a couple of those kids.
The storyline itself has to grow on me and I’m going to give it some time. People are accidentally murdered in Chicago at times but the sequence of events in the show are a bit odd to a south side representer like myself. I honestly don’t know if I’m truly interested by the show because it’s an intriguing storyline or because it’s based in my city. But one thing I know is I will continue to tune in.