Flashpoint

Season 1 Episode 9

Planets Aligned

3
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 18, 2008 on CTV
8.9
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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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  • Love it

    9.5
    Good action plus great negotiation plus nice development of Greg.



    "Good morning Sunshine".
  • I gave up on Flashpoint

    7.0
    I was hooked on Flashpoint by the pilot. It was an amazing episode: good character exposition of both the SRU and the perp, believable and tense action, and touched upon some things that are not typical of procedurals. But it has progressive gone down the hill, especially with shoppers, brother and now planets. I thought planets was better than the other two I mentioned, but it cemented my decision to stop watching Flashpoint. It took me a while to understand why I am giving up on the series. I think the plots are usually good and believable. My reasons for dislike are because the characters are usually not developed enough for us to care deeply and the acting is very uneven. Because of the underdevelopment, the payoff never comes for me in the end. For example, in planets, I wished I would've connected with Penny more, so that in the end I cared and understood much more about her struggles. The bits and pieces about Penny memorizing/reciting Paradise Lost were too random and incongruous. The story was really about Penny even though the new abduction was what let to her discovery. The show should've really spend a lot more time on Penny, maybe even show how the Stockholm took effect. But much of screen time was wasted on other stuff and going in too many different directions. When I reflected on the pilot, I think one of its strengths was how it developed the perp: metro conversation wth his son, his shooting of his former wife and then the kidnapping and standoff. They also introduced us to Ed's family and made us care about him. The recent episodes lost the angle on the characters, and the action alone is just not gripping enough for me.moreless
  • onlyhere4FP is the only one who understands what this episode means..

    10
    It's not about killing Penny, or whether or not they had the opportunity to take the gun away from her, they were giving her a CHOICE. Everyone has a choice, good or bad, right or wrong. They were trying to get her to choose the right path, the right way, they were trying to see it from Penny's point of view, that's what they do in every episode, what would you do if you felt you had no choice? What if you had Stockholm Syndrome and spent the past 8 years of your life being brain washed by a psychopath, wouldn't you want a choice? A chance? Something better? I know I would. And I LOVE Jules, she's like me in a lot of ways, I wouldn't want to screw up either. I want to be perfect, because I was conditioned that way, I was taught that perfection is the only way. And that was wrong, and I know better now, but I still have this need to feel and be perfect. I don't know what my life would be like if I was taught any different, my life would most likely be worse, I'd be a lot fatter, and I'd cut a lot more, and I'd probably be a drug addicted pregnant teenager. But I'm not, my point is, I got a choice, a chance, an opportunity to live my life the way I choose, I choose to live with my mother because I'm terrified of the unknown, which is exactly what Penny was terrified of, she hadn't seen the outside or the sun in 8 years, I've lived in group homes and psych units my whole life pretty much because I started fires and I cut, because I thought my life was crap and I knew it wasn't supposed to be this way. Good people aren't meant to have bad things happen to them, that's not the way I see the world, and that's not how I would want any child to see it, the world is a perfect place if you look past the ugly things. I live in the mountains, but I still get to see my hometown everyday, and at night, the city lights are like stars to me, I look up and I see the pretty stars, but when I look at the city, I see my world, something that is mine, and will never change, I don't ever want to leave this place, and I can't imagine not seeing the city every night, I would probably be just like Penny, terrified. And my old friends used to tell me all the time that I should just move out, but they don't see, they don't understand, because they aren't me and they weren't conditioned to be perfect. I have a type of Stockholm Syndrome, my mother is my keeper, but I would still do anything to protect her and the rest of my family, because that's what I was taught is the right thing to do, I would die for my mother. Just like Penny said "Without you, no life". I don't know what I'd ever do without my mom, yeah she brain washed me, yeah I sometimes feel like things could be better, there's a whole world out there waiting for me, which is why I'm trying to pick a college to go to, and my brother is too, so we can move further into the mountains to a different, smaller and better city. My life could be better, but it could be a lot worse too. Trust me, I've been homeless, so I would know. I have a love/hate relationship with FP because I believe there's always a choice, and I hate when they 'have' to kill someone, because there's always an alternative to a bad situation. Like Penny said "The stars are still there".moreless
  • Yes, but ...

    9.0
    Of course Jules could have knocked the shotgun away and slapped cuffs on the girl in a heartbeat. But after watching the entire series - basically being engrossed in all things Flashpoint these past three months, I can see the point - this unit is not about going hard tactical at every opportunity, this show is not about perfect cops catching bad guys. This show is about exploring the fine line between the truly bad guys and the good guys who are caught in the absolute worst 20 minutes of their lives. It's not just a SWAT team, but a team trained fully SWAT but taught to go that step farther to the core of the problem. This is what, in my opinion, makes this show so brilliant.

    If Pips would have been taken down, she would have been permanently and completely mentally damaged. But, when Jules placed Pips completely in control, Pips was able to come to grips with reality in her own time, which made all the difference.moreless
  • An intelligence insulting waste of my time!

    4.0
    Why bother wasting time creating a believable plot when 3/4 of the way through you have the characters do something unbelievably stupid or portray them as completely incompetent boobs. I am not even trained in swat tactics and even I could have disarmed the girl by taking the shotgun away from her ten times over. And talk about unnecessarily putting your life on the line. They portray the swat officers as too stupid to take cover when a knowingly unstable hostage is pointing a shotgun at them at point blank range. Gimme a break! Of course if they had disarmed her when they first had an opportunity, they would have had 15 more minutes of plot line to fill in. This episode was an intelligence insulting waste of my time! This is the first episode I watched. I may give it one more chance and hope that this was an isolated incident of writer incompetence.moreless
Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni

Sgt. Gregory Parker

Michael Cram

Michael Cram

Kevin 'Wordy' Wordsworth

Sergio Di Zio

Sergio Di Zio

Mike 'Spike' Scarlatti

Hugh Dillon

Hugh Dillon

Ed Lane

Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson

Julianna 'Jules' Callaghan

Ruth Marshall

Ruth Marshall

Dr. Amanda Luria

Hannah Endicott-Douglas

Hannah Endicott-Douglas

Lilly

Guest Star

Kelly Fanson

Kelly Fanson

Sarah West

Guest Star

Ana Golja

Ana Golja

Penny (10 Years Old)

Guest Star

Pascale Hutton

Pascale Hutton

Kira Marlowe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • First appearance of the dispatcher Kira. She was previously in Never Kissed a Girl, though only in vocal communication and not in physical appearance.

    • Goof: Sgt Parker said that Lilly was kidnapped 500 miles away. He should have used kilometres (approx 800).

    • The unusual weapon used by Officer Lane is a real weapon called CornerShot. It combines a articulating device for a handgun with a video camera and helmet-mounted heads-up display. It allows the user to see and shoot around corners.

    • The Stockholm Syndrome

      A term used to refer to the feelings of loyalty that some kidnapped people or hostages develop towards their kidnapper or hostage-taker. The name is derived from a six-day hostage situation in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1973. After that incident, the hostages even defended their hostage-takers.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ed: (There's six.)

    • Jules: (to Penny) I want to help you go home; I want to help you remember the girl you used to be.
      Greg: Good thinking Jules - I'll get the mother on it.

    • Gerald: (to Lilly) What happens if you go outside of the house?
      Penny: You cross the underground wire and the bracelet electric shocks you and you die.
      Gerald: But, you know what? It's better to die than to get caught by the police - cause you know what happens if you get caught by the police? They'll hurt you so bad you'd wish you were dead.

    • Ed: Alright, what's going on?
      Greg: Nothing - my son, he sent back another letter "return to sender" - big surprise.
      Ed: You gotta see him in person; where is he? Dallas, right? You gotta go there; it doesn't matter if he slams the door in your face.
      Greg: No, I think I'm done.

    • Penny: (about Lilly) Why?
      Gerald: Why what?
      Penny: Why is she here? Did I do something? (Gerald avoids the question and walks away)

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Paradise Lost

      This is the book that Penny was reading. It is an episode poem written in the 17th century by John Milton. The story is about Adam and Eve and the fall of man.

    • Penny: Have you heard of Anne Frank?

      Anne Frank was a young girl that lived during World War II and wrote a diary; she was killed in a Nazi concentration camp. Before being betrayed, Anne spent more than two years hidden in an attic, unable to go outside.

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