Review: Flashpoint – Jumping at Shadows

A little girl who has been crying wolf to 911 for the last month is suddenly faced with a real life crisis when her mother is gunned down at point blank range in her home.

Now it’s up to Greg, Ed and the rest of Team One to find her and her father before the other three gunman find them. But there is much more to this little girl than any of the SRU realize.

At the same time, Greg receives an unexpected visit to SRU HQ. And this person has come to deliver a message that will rattle him to the core.

What worked: Finally, after three seasons of teasing it, we got to meet Parker’s long lost son. This episode is probably the most dramatic performance we have seen from Enrico Colantoni in the entire series. The reason being, his character is more of a background character, giving orders to the rest of the team. Yes, I know he is often times in the field (and even gets shot from time to time), but compare the amount of times he’s in the line of fire to Ed. So on Colantoni’s acting front, it was a teary eyed moment at the beginning and end of the episode. So well done there.

On an action front, this episode was decent. I really enjoyed the high tension scene at the end of the episode in the park. I wasn’t questioning whether Alexis was going to survive, rather I was questioning who was going to end up shooting the guy, Sam or Greg. But it was an enjoyable watch.

I also really liked this inner look at the 911 call center. That’s a place we don’t get to see often on TV (USA or Canada). So I do give Flashpoint props on that one.

This was also another great example of the team just doing their jobs, and everyone having a role to play. But that’s all I have to say on that.

What didn’t: This episode’s situation was a bit hit or miss to me. Obviously, the hot call is meant to parallel Parker’s new look on parenthood, but I feel it took some missteps. Don’t get me wrong, I felt emotionally invested in the little girl who was on the run, but that 911 operator did start to feel forced in her emotions.

This episode felt a little to high concept for Flashpoint. By that, I don’t mean that Flashpoint is incapable of high concept (I remind you of the recent Neo-Nazi episode). But this episode had to do with a massive conspiracy involving a bunch of fake cops. I just don’t feel it fit the type of investigations we are used to on Flashpoint.

And on a side note, I know it’s TV but people don’t have skulls of steal. You get shot point blank in the head, you’re dead.

Final thoughts: A decent episode but not one of the best.

Episode: “Jumping at Shadows” (Season 3, Episode 15)

Airs: CBS, Fridays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown at the moment.

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