While Casey does have a fanbase among Chicago Fire fans, there are a few people who don’t like him and it can be argued that he’s gone downhill.
Over the past decade, fans have thoroughly enjoyed watching the ‘One Chicago’ event. From all three shows, there have been some strong and complex characters. However, one person that has particularly gained the attention of fans is Captain Matthew Casey. But is it for the right reasons?
Over the past decade, fans have thoroughly enjoyed watching the ‘One Chicago’ event. From all three shows, there have been some strong and complex characters. However, one person that has particularly gained the attention of fans is Captain Matthew Casey. But is it for the rightWhile Casey does have a large fanbase among the Chicago Fire fans, there are a few people who don’t like the Captain much. Sometimes it’s due to the firefighter’s own actions and characteristics, other times it’s due to the storylines the writers give him. Here are just a couple of examples…reasons?
One way that Casey’s personality has gotten worse is his stubbornness. The thing that frustrates fans the most about Casey is how he keeps his feelings to himself. On many occasions, fans have seen Casey stubbornly refuse the help of his colleagues and put on a front.
Fans saw this when he suppressed his grief over Hallie’s death. They saw it when he refused to talk about his memory issues. They saw it when he refused to talk about the warehouse fire and when he refused to confide in anyone over his split from Dawson. It seems that either Casey’s pride has got in the way or he doesn’t want to be a burden.
His Relationship With His Family
Back in season 1, the writers informed the fans that Casey wasn’t particularly close to his family. Since his mother was in prison for killing his father, Casey’s family was in disarray. Casey struggled to bond with his mother because he couldn’t understand her actions and he hardly talked to his sister.
He soon reconciled with them both and promised to work on their relationship. However, after season 3, Casey hasn’t had any contact with any of them. They weren’t at his wedding, they didn’t support him after Dawson’s miscarriage, they weren’t there after he lost Louie and they weren’t there after his divorce. It doesn’t seem like their relationship has improved at all…
It appears that one of Casey’s weaknesses is that he isn’t very good at communicating his needs. One of the reasons why Casey’s relationships fail was because of a lack of communication. His relationship with Hallie failed because they didn’t discuss their future.
His relationship with Dawson failed because it was full of secrets, and his friendship with Severide has suffered a few blows because they haven’t communicated properly. A lot of arguments could be avoided if he would just come out and say what his problems were.
Most fans will also agree that Casey can be a little irrational sometimes, especially when he allows his personal judgment to affect his calls. In season 1, he chased down a gunman after finding out he murdered Hallie.
In season 3, fans saw Casey struggle to keep his professional and personal life separate after Dawson was assigned to work under him. Then in season 7, fans saw Casey endanger his squad when he made some reckless calls because he struggled with Dawson’s move to Puerto Rico. He’s lucky that he has friends who look out for him because he probably would have gotten himself killed.
Another way that Casey’s personality has declined is through his indecisiveness. As many fans know, Casey isn’t very good at making a firm decision – at least when it comes to his personal life. One minute he didn’t want to be with Hallie because of their different wants, the next he was asking to get back together.
One minute he wanted a relationship with Gabby, then he didn’t. Casey didn’t want to raise Louie because he wasn’t ready and then he was. The to-and-froing gets quite annoying after a while. Maybe this is a clue that he should work on himself before getting into another relationship?
A Gary Stu
Fans will also agree that Casey has become a bit of a Gary Stu (otherwise known Mary Sue). While a lot of fans love and admire the heroic side of Casey, some have argued that the writers have made him ‘too perfect.’ If fans take a closer look at the fights and arguments Casey gets in, he is never in the wrong.
Whenever he argued with Severide or Dawson, Casey was always the voice of reason. Like Captain America, he is always the hero in any situation. The likes of Herrmann and Cruz never get the credit. Unfortunately, hardly having any flaws does make him a little flat and boring.
The New Lothario
One other aspect of Casey’s arc that has begun to annoy fans has to be the whole lothario image. If fans decide to watch the show from the beginning, they will notice that Casey has always had a love interest. Season 1 was focused on his relationship with Hallie, season 2 to 6 focused on the relationship with Dawson.
Season 7 saw him get involved with a news reporter, Naomi, and season 8 has built up a will-they-won’t-they with Brett. For some reason, the writers refuse to give Casey time to grow as a person.
A Cat With Nine Lives
Another aspect of Casey’s arc that has got worse is the number of times his life is put at risk. When Casey first suffered his accident in season 2, fans were quite scared for the firefighter. Since he suffered a bleed on the brain, fans were worried that the firefighter wouldn’t make it out alive.
Now whenever he is in danger, the fans aren’t that concerned. Why? Because he always survives in the end. Fans have seen him survive a warehouse fire, a bullet wound, a chemical accident, and several explosions. There have been several hostage situations too. It’s just so predictable.
Relationship With Gabby
One of the most obvious ways Casey’s arc became worse was his romance with Dawson. Although fans were on board with the pairing when they first started, their intrigue soon turned to hate as the seasons progressed. One minute they were on, then off, then on again, and then off.
Even now that they divorced, the writers decided to unnecessarily cram in another one-night-stand just for the sake of it. It wouldn’t be surprising if Dawson returns in a year or two with his child in tow. Anything to prolong the drama.
When the show first began, Casey had some very interesting storylines. There was his feud with Voight, Hallie’s murder, his romance with Gabby, and the human trafficking plot. However, the storylines for Casey seem to be a little boring and predictable now.
Not only do fans see his life put in danger all the time but there have also been some that haven’t appealed to them. The Alderman storyline was dull, Louie’s adoption was short-lived, and Casey has now become a supporting character in other people’s stories. He shouldn’t be used for the sake of other people’s development – he deserves much better than this.
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