Review: Flashpoint – The Good Citizen

FlashpointAfter the death of his brother via OD. A one man vigilante sets out on a mission to rid the community of all drug dealers. The SRU has no choice to pursue him before he escalates to the point of no return. They will be faced with one of their greatest challenges to date, is a good citizen, who just wants to rid his community of evil a bad guy?

Major developments: Apparently the FBI is interested in hiring Spike.

What worked: A lot of what makes Flashpoint great (yes, great) is its ability to single out individual team members in episodes from time to time. But, through out the run of the series, the one character that really hasn’t gotten much of any play is Wordy. We’ve never seen much of anything about how he’s effected by the teams various calls. Well that changed today. This episode gave us some of back story to Wordy and his real sense of community. That’s actually something we haven’t seen from most of the team. They all have a real sense of family, but not community (I guess because it’s just something you’re supposed to assume they have). But, it’s nice to finally see that play out on screen. That final shot of Wordy fixing the hardware store was very charming.

As per usual on Flashpoint, the production team really knows just the right amount of time to focus between the crises and the team. I also really liked this episodes situation. Surprisingly, the show has never dealt with a vigilante before, so it was cool to watch the SRU go through the classic “but he’s the good guy” debate. And the actor playing the vigilante (Alex Carter) really did an amazing job.

What didn’t: As I have said over, and over, and over again, CBS NEEDS to stop airing these episodes out of order. It’s really starting to f**k with continuity. This episode brought up something about Spike being sought out by the FBI, I can only imagine that that’s an issue that’s brought up in a previous episode. If that isn’t that case, then that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of what was established last week (technically the season 3 premiere according to production codes) is non existent here. Ed’s brothers and pregnant wife, none of it is here.

Final thoughts: Despite continuity errors, this episode works. Some great action, a very cool vigilante, and coke dealers. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Episode: “The Good Citizen” (Season 3, Episode 9) [According to CBS]

Airs: CBS, Fridays, 10pm

What’s next: Parker is lured into a trap and confronted with a deadly choice: reveal a dark secret from his past or lose his life.

If this is the first you are hearing of this show, then I highly suggest you check out my recent interview with its creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. The interview can be found here.

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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