Review: Flashpoint – Severed Ties

The SRU is called in after a woman kidnaps two little girls. But things take a major turn when it’s discovered that the woman is actually the biological mother of the girls she has taken. Now Team One must track her down and get the girls back before she goes off the deep end.

Major developments: Greg learns about Ed’s wife’s pregnancy and also decides to re-connect with his son who he hasn’t seen in ten years.

What worked: This episode is what I hope to be the beginning of an ongoing story line with Greg. He has talked about his son throughout the season and last weeks episode explained why Greg’s ex-wife took his son to Houston. Now he realizes that things have changed and he wants to see him again. It’s a very cool dynamic that show needs, because Greg has been really down played this season so far.

This also marks another of what I am starting to call “Jules moments.” Like Greg, she has been underused this season. So she’s starting to come in to her own again. I really hope that all this speaking out leads to a dynamic climax for her character, similar to what happened to her at the end of season one.

This episodes hot call was a good one. It was a really good creative choice to use the call as Greg’s motivation to want to see his son again. I also dug the actress playing the psychotic mother, very believable to my eyes.

What didn’t: While I’m not surprised because of this episodes situation,this one wasn’t very action heavy. One thing Flashpoint does best is action. But this one was more of a dramatic episode, so I guess it’s not the worst thing in the world to be missing.

The end of this episode hints at the possibility of Jules and Sam getting back together. Again, I’m not surprised, but I don’t want to see that. I like the professional relationship between the two and I was never a fan of the relationship between them when they were dating. But, I have faith in the shows writers not to screw it up.

Also, a quick note: Last week was the last out of order episode CBS had to air to catch up. They are now in sync again with the Canadian airings of the show, so to the programming heads at CBS, don’t mess around with the shows airing order anymore.

Final thoughts: It’s not one of the best, but this was a fine episode of Flashpoint.

Episode: “Severed Ties” (Season 3, Episode 11)

Airs: CBS, Fridays, 10pm

What’s next: Team One learns that there will be an attack on a white supremacist compound.

To read more of Merrill’s television reviews and to listen to his Idiot Boxers podcast with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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