Judge David Johnson has a point. And he's flashy!
Our reviews of Flashpoint: The First Season (published November 2nd, 2009), Flashpoint: The Second Season (published June 2nd, 2010), Flashpoint: The Fifth Season (published May 22nd, 2013), Flashpoint: The Fourth Season (published June 6th, 2012), and Flashpoint: The Third Season (published June 16th, 2011) are also available.
It all comes down to this.
Okay, I need to sort out something. My review for the most recent release of Flashpoint notes that it was the last season. Not so. Apparently, the US releases of the show were staggered differently, so it was, in fact, the penultimate season. The "Fifth Season" was actually the back end of the real "Fourth Season" and, well, now I have an ice cream headache. Regardless, it makes my surprise that another season showed up on my doorstep understandable; I had made peace with bidding farewell to the Strategic Response Unit. But here they are, back again, flashing their points.
The number one pointflasher is Sergeant Greg Parker (Enrico Colantoni, Veronica Mars) one of the alpha dogs of the Strategic Response Unit (SRU). The SRU is an elite team of cop badasses who hit the streets typically when all hell breaks loose. Since there are a lot of episodes to fill, some of these scenarios aren't super-dramatic and would seem to be more appropriate for the regular police to handle. But, no, the city outlaid ridiculous sums of money to fund the SRU and dammit-all, if they need to be deployed on routine traffic calls to make the investment worth it, they will!
The final season features a mash-up of various emergencies, from a serial killer running wild to a series of bank robberies to a festering bank way, and, finally, to a two-art finale pitting the team against a serial bomber.
So what is the legacy of Flashpoint? Now that it's absolutely, positively over with now we can reflect…and now I'm done. The show is slick and well-produced and on the surface there appears to be a whole lot of tension and suspense. But on the final review, Flashpoint feels kind of empty. There's a dose of human drama (a wedding, the emotional fallout of killing an innocent, the death of a comrade), but it seems supplemental to the point of the show, which is the High Octane Action.
Alas, aside from the exciting background music and quick edits, the scenarios themselves aren't terribly engaging. Lots of close-ups of Colantoni driving in a car with a furrowed brow, some average foot chases in dark corridors and the occasional SRU staffer burrowing through rubble. It's been my evergreen complaint of the show, but whatever; for the NCIS crowd, there's some fun to be had.
The three-disc set: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital, and a handful of goodbye featurettes: "Flashpoint: The Final Salute," "Reflections from the Cast and Crew," and "Flashpoint: The Last Day on Set."
The end. For real this time. R.I.P.
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