Third-episode verdict: Flashpoint

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 2

So we’re three episodes into Flashpoint, the Canadian-US co-production that doesn’t like to mention the word Canadian. It’s a sort of SWAT procedural for hostage situations, but without the omnipresent firepower and machismo you might expect of a US show.

Anyway, we’re three episodes in and not much has changed and a formula is emerging. We open with the hostage situation. We backtrack a bit to see how it all started. Then we see how the situation is resolved.

And that’s pretty much it. Everything’s a bit angsty, as the terrible toll of having to shoot people every other week gets to the tough but sensitive cops. We have a bit of banter, a bit of character background every week. And we definitely don’t ever mention that we’re Canadian and work in Toronto. Oh no. That would never do.

Although it’s reasonably well made with decent scripts, there’s nothing too special going on. At the moment, it’s interesting if you’re into SWAT tactics and procedures with the minimum amount of hyperbole and exaggeration necessary in a TV show. But even that’s likely to wane after a while if nothing changes, dramatically. Fingers crossed for future interest.


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.