The Chi is still unsure of what story it wants to tell in a dense fourth episode

C+

Now that we’re four episodes into the season, there’s a clear pattern developing within The Chi: One small decision can ruin everything. Brandon gets kicked out of his house and now owes a favor to a drug dealer because he decided to help Kevin. Emmett is also in debt to another (maybe) drug dealer because he decided…

The Chi explores black masculinity through its central characters in a gripping second episode

B+

In its pilot episode, The Chi missed a few opportunities to really dig into societal and cultural structures that make the Chicago violence presented in the show possible. “Alee,” the season’s second episode, is a marked improvement as its narrative structure moves beyond the pilot’s broad strokes and alludes to the…