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Flashpoint: Season 1 (2008)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 9

Despite its novel setting, Flashpoint is a decent but uninspired police procedural that fails to provide much depth to its SWAT team's characters.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

Despite its novel setting, Flashpoint is a decent but uninspired police procedural that fails to provide much depth to its SWAT team's characters.



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User Ratings: 6

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Season Info

The debut season of "Flashpoint" follows the stressful lives of various members of the Strategic Response Unit, a specialized section of Canadian police force who specialize in difficult situations such as hostage negotiating and bomb clearing. Over the course of the season the team deals with many life-threatening situations including a hostage situation at a hospital, protecting a man Chilean protesters want punished, and isolating a sniper who goes on a shooting spree at city hall.

Network: ION




Air date: Jul 11, 2008


The team has to deal with a disturbed man who has just murdered his estranged wife and who has now taken a woman hostage outside of an office building. However, the situation only gets worse when his son arrives on the scene. Meanwhile, new team member Sa

Air date: Jul 18, 2008

First in Line

A dying girl desperately needs a heart transplant and her father will do whatever it takes to make sure she gets one, even if it means endangering his own life. The team is called in and Greg attempts to confront his own feelings to defuse the situation.

Air date: Jul 24, 2008

The Element of Surprise

The team helps out some undercover agents who are involved in a major drug bust. However the operation goes haywire when an ex-junkie gets involved.

Air date: Jul 31, 2008

Asking for Flowers

When a cop is being held hostage by an enraged family member, the team has to set aside their own feelings to resolve the situation. However, the tables turn when the hostage may not be who the team thinks.

Air date: Aug 7, 2008

Who's George

Hostages are taken during a botched bank robbery, but Parker soon learns that the man holding them doesn't fit the original profile of the gunman.

Air date: Aug 14, 2008

Attention Shoppers

When a group of girls torment a troubled teen at the mall, the teenage rivalry turns deadly. The SRU is forced to put a lock down in place to control the situation.

Air date: Aug 21, 2008

He Knows His Brother

When the SRU responds to a violent altercation between a young man and his father, the boy flees the police and runs into the woods, sending the team on a manhunt

Air date: Sep 11, 2008

Never Kissed a Girl

When a young man holds a courtroom hostage in an attempt to clear his name for a crime he didn't commit, an SRU team member is in the wrong place at the wrong time and must find a way to safely defuse a critical situation.

Air date: Sep 18, 2008

Planets Aligned

The SRU attempts to rescue a kidnapped girl who is being held at a booby-trapped house, but while on the job they learn that one of the abductors is a teen who went missing several years earlier.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (9)

Flashpoint works through the distress and damage it lays out here. Now, if it can just figure a way beyond the scary perp cliches.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The "Flashpoint" pilot is competent, but very retro and fairly dull.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

It's not terrible, not great, just sort of so-so.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's more nuanced than the average cop drama, and for that reason, more intriguing.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

As viewing experiences go, the series itself possesses so little flash, that it's difficult to see the point.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety

To be sure, Flashpoint is a perfectly competent police procedural right down to its convincing weaponry and tactics. However, based on the pilot, it isn't particularly fresh or inventive.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

It has an appealing modesty that survives its bouts of aesthetic overexcitement.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Too bad the writing isn't as on-target as Lane's high-powered automatic.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

It is nonetheless merely re-creating crime-series moves we've all seen many times before, with only the faintest afterimage of originality.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

If it had something truly new or provocative to say about such matters, the essential redundancy of Flashpoint could be overlooked--but it doesn't, and so it can't.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

"Flashpoint" lingers when it ought to speed up.

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

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