- Summary: The Canadian series about a specialized unit used to dealing with urgent situations is based on the Emergency Task Force in Toronto.
- Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 1 premiere date: Jul 11, 2008
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 10:00 PM
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It has an appealing modesty that survives its bouts of aesthetic overexcitement--the occasionally lurching camera, hammering soundtrack, the sentimental pop song laid over the last couple of minutes as the principals silently end a long, hard day.
To be sure, Flashpoint is a perfectly competent police procedural right down to its convincing weaponry and tactics. However, based on the pilot, it isn't particularly fresh or inventive.
It's understandable why CBS would take its own low-risk shot with "Flashpoint" as summer filler. Yet as viewing experiences go, the series itself possesses so little flash, finally, that it's difficult to see the point.
It goes through the motions quite competently and respectably. But it is nonetheless merely re-creating crime-series moves we've all seen many times before, with only the faintest afterimage of originality.
KJul 12, 2008The best parts of this show are the acting of the 4 leads, and I think there will be more of a mix of characters once that of Sam Braddock gets more involved. I like that it's not all action all the time--that's been so overdone by now.… Expand
cyrust.Oct 19, 2009Very good, a very well done point of view of police.
AsafeJul 26, 2008This show is amazing!! i can't get enough. The story is great the "Slow" pace and the nature of each episode is what makes this show great.
Apr 17, 2012I stopped watching this series
Because by manipulating the feelings of viewers
Turn the facts
Makes the correct error
In the series who wishes to father and mother of the child re-
What was the role of the rescue unit
The destruction of the whole family
Is this the role of this series to change people's view
That the police were responsible for destruction rather than protection
My message to the product
Look for a professional writer My family and I do not want to see the police as criminals… Expand
Feb 19, 2014Absolutely Fantastic, this show has had me and my husband who usually does not watch TV enthralled
and usually in tears ! Thanks payTV for screening this when the ridiculous commercial stations wouldn't
(thats you Channel 9 Australia, with your rubbish shows!!!)
This is a 5* production.
Thank you Canada for a little jewel… Expand
CatherineSSep 21, 2008I love the show. Disappointed that the Critics aren't so enthusiastic. The acting performances are great. The filming is well done....The audience is giving it a 10....what does that tell you!! Maybe we're all tired of the umteen CSI shows and want something different, refreshing and not so Hollywood!!! Remember, The television industry doesn't just cater to the american public...Successful shows are viewed world wide! The critics should broaden their horizons and think a little more globally! I think the show is great and should be given a chance. I know It will get even better with time. Give the smaller shows and independants a chance. When you take a closer look..those are the shows or movies that have more substance and appeal a great deal of people!!! … Expand
Moh'dN.Jul 18, 2008Before you read: This review contains spoilers for the pilot only. While the idea for this TV show sounds exciting enough, the introduction of one of it's lead actors shakes faith in the mentality behind the show. The lead sniper - who's supposedly prepping the backup sniper - finds himself in a situation where he should be holding himself together much easier than scripted. For a sniper who looks OVER-confident at the beginning of the pilot and with face dents of someone who's been to hell & back, he cracks with overreaction under a situation only a newbie to the sniping job would break under. "Flashpoint is a different kind of cop show, since it portrays human emotions and how their actions would make the audience empathize with them" as per BC TV Review. Like I said: the idea of this show is good, but empathizing with cops requires from the audience to empathize with their characteristics first, then the situation in which to empathize needs to be well-scripted. Final thought: You cannot empathize with newbie-cop emotional reactions coming from someone as professional & as experienced as the sniper looked.… Expand