Review: Flashpoint – The Other Lane

FlashpointTeam One suits up for a hot call in a residential neighborhood after some people reported a loud fire cracker like sound. Turns out that, that sound was the bullet of a Mac10 being fired inside a stash house where a buy is currently taking place. Upon storming the front of the house the team discovers that Ed’s brother Roy is behind the buy. Now it’s up to Team One to figure out if Roy has turned to the wrong side of the law, or is he in fact playing an elaborate game of undercover cat and mouse to take down one third of the entire Toronto illegal gun supply.

What worked: This episode as all about high tension, and I loved every second of it. The opening take down of the stash house was classic Flashpoint. The team moved quick, clean and most importantly, realistically. This show has always able to grab the audience by the throat and take them on a ride that they’ll enjoy.

I like how the writers have chosen only to give Ed a life outside of the SRU. By that I mean that Ed is the only one we know anything about beyond his role in Team One. I thought the addition of his brother a few weeks ago was really cool, and the writers really stepped up the game of Roy Lane in this episode. When Roy and Ed were looking down the barrels of each others gun I was hanging on to the edge of my seat. Not because I thought anyone was gonna to get shot, but rather because it’s something you really don’t see on cop shows anymore.

The fact is, this episode had an amazing amount of heart and emotion throughout. The way the show was been described by the creators many times is that Flashoint is the “emotionally sensitive SWAT team.” Meaning that the team has a real grasp of people, and how they work. But watching Ed lose his cool over his brother’s actions proved that not even the most under control team member can keep his cool all the time.

This episode also had the best final scene since Behind The Blue Line. It was a real bad guy just don’t care anymore type of scene. He knows it’s all over, but that isn’t going to stop him from taking down the guy the screwed him over.

Also, a fun fact for all you TV nerds out there. One of the guest stars in tonight’s episode was Jeffrey Parazzo. Parazzo is best known for his time on Power Rangers: Dino Thunder. And for you uneducated TV nerds, Flashpoint star Amy Jo Johnson’s first TV role was as the first Pink Ranger, Kimberly Hart on the original Power Rangers series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The best part is that Dino Thunder featured Johnson’s love interest from the original series, Tommy Oliver (Yeah, I just did that).

What didn’t: Similar to what I said about this week’s Futurama episode, while this episode wasn’t the overall best of the season, there is nothing wrong with it. Every mark hit, and hit beautifully.

Final thoughts: An excellent episode of Flashpoint.

Episode: “The Other Lane” (Season 3, Episode 14)

Airs: CBS, Fridays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown at the moment.

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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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