Review: Flashpoint – Whatever It Takes

It’s an average night in Toronto. That is until a group of kids kidnap a teen and assault him. That’s where the SRU comes in. At first they try to find the abducted teen, but soon learn that he escaped the clutches of his attackers, who happen to also be his team mates. But then things take a turn for the worse when the abductee shows up on the roof of his school threatening to jump off. Now it’s up to Parker, Ed and the rest of the team to talk him down before it gets any worse, while at the same time trying to figure out why the team members assaulted him in the first place.

What worked: Once again, this was another episode that really showed off the necessity of Jules. Actually, this was one of the first episodes in a while that featured her in a role that didn’t involve her just swarming a location with the rest of the team. Rather, this episode showcased her detective skills. There wasn’t much negotiation involved here, more of a grilling for information type of interview, and I was happy to see it.

I also liked Parker putting himself into danger in this episode. As the team leader, he usually coordinates from the ground or the truck. He’s a great character to watch anytime, but this episode gave him a little more that usual to do. Usually it would be Ed going to the roof and putting his life on the line to stand near a jumper, so this was a nice change of pace.

I also enjoyed the final act of the episode. It’s not often we get two major situations in a single episode. Now of course one lead directly into another. But it was still pretty cool. Not from a twist stand point (it was your standard story), but rather the timing of it. It’s a matter of the audience feeling like it’s over, the team’s done, their gonna head back to the station (and based on the fact that there were only ten minutes left in the episode at this point, that wouldn’t of been that crazy of an idea), but instead Ed and Spike blow a door and try to talk another kid down.

I also like the slow build the writers are giving to Jule’s new love interest. He’s only getting about two minutes of actual screen time an episode. It feels much more natural compared to Jules and Sam’s relationship in season one.

What didn’t: All that said, this episode was very predictable. Granted, that has partly to do with the really crappy TV spot for this one. But still, it’s very obvious from the start, that the coach is involved once you meet him. And to be honest, the ending is a bit of a let down.

When their are two major calls in a single episode, one of them shouldn’t end well. Or at least not entirely well. Maybe there could of been a situation where Ed has to shoot the kid holding the coach hostage, so he lives but can’t play ball anymore. But the coach still sees justice.

Final thoughts: A few minor gripes, but this was a solid episode.

Episode: “Whatever It Takes” (Season 3, Episode 13) [According to CBS numbers]

Airs: CBS, Fridays, 10pm

What’s next: I have no clue.

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