Flashpoint

Season 1 Episode 1

Scorpio

8
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 11, 2008 on CTV
8.0
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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 Sam Braddock arrives.moreless

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  • Decent start to a great show

    7.0
    After watching every episode of this show in the last 3 months, I have to admit, this ep is my least favorite. Wow, the writers really improved over the show's run. They started strong here, and went on to create an exciting and very entertaining story. I'm going to miss these characters - it was fun to watch them grow over the years.
  • A good start to a promising show if it's given a chance.

    8.6
    In the first episode we are introduced to a new team on the block, an elite Canadian police force called the Strategic Response Unit, similar to a SWAT team they endeavour to quell high risk hostage, gang warfare and terrorist attacks using state of the art tactical weapons and knowledge.



    The show also highlights the emotional side to the job as found out in this first episode Scorpio, when a disturb family man shots his estranged wife and sets about taking a female hostage at gunpoint, the man is east European and cannot speak English, so when the team arrive the captain in charge cannot gain his trust, as the situation erupts the mans son comes to the scene to try and help only to make the matter worse, soon it's decided to give the command to take to HT out and it's up to Ed Lane the teams second in command to take the shot. As he is about to take out the HT the son breaks free of the police cordon and get's to his fathers side, Ed takes the shot and for one split second thinks he has killed the innocent party, when the confusion clears we see he has completed his objective but is taken in for evaluation and naturally this play's on his emotions. The show looks good and it will fill the void from now until September when shows like Prison Break, Bones, etc return however I don't think it will get a cult following and will only last 1 season.moreless
  • Average.

    7.2
    I thought the pilot episode was average in every way. Don't get me wrong most pilots are not that good so I am not worried. The team is called to a busy area of the city when a man takes a woman hostage. The man has already shot and wounded another woman inside. After trying to talk the man down and using other options the team has no choice but to shoot the man. The episode then goes into some character development for the character Ed. I don't want to say I was disappointed but I did think this pilot would be better. I was really annoyed as it seemed to me the entire show had background music. I really did not like the camera angles used in filming the episode either. I think the characters are going to be good and I am very willing to see more episodes before making a firm decision on what I think of the show.moreless
  • Pilot episode!

    9.2
    The show is exciting and is one of the few shows in which not all that is well, ends well. As this copies off of real life. Set in Canada, an elite SWAT team tries to talk with a man. Who brutally kills his wife and now taking another woman hostage and may kill her too. These elite squad of cops have a hard job to do. And they have so much stress on them. That they don't know whether someone will live or not. Unfortunately, the man gets taken down by Ed. As negoiations failed and the man was a danger to others but most of all, to himself. Great pilot so far!moreless
  • Hostage situation in main square/plaza. Ed one of the snipers in the SRU takes aims and shoots down the hostage taker when the negotiator fails to calm him down.

    9.5
    Some spoilers follow.



    I wasn't sure what to expect from the show, but I was glad I gave it a go. I was actually surprised to see the resolution to the hostage situation resolved within about halfway through the show. Having the sniper being questioned immediately after the shooting was an interesting twist. Makes me wonder if that is the way all police shootings are handled in Toronto. The play of emotions on Ed's face right after he pulled the trigger was amazing. I think it captured everything he was thinking and the panic he felt when the realization came about that he might have shot someone else. Definitely a show I will continue to watch. I just hope it doesn't get canceled right away if ratings are not fantastic because it is summer and both CTV in Canada and CBS in the U.S. will take that into account when they look at the ratings game.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

Danijel Mandic

Danijel Mandic

Petar Tomasic

Guest Star

Stephanie Morgenstern

Stephanie Morgenstern

Hostage

Guest Star

Dragana Vargi

Dragana Vargi

Marta Tomasic

Guest Star

Lisa Marcos

Lisa Marcos

Sally LaFlamme

Recurring Role

Tyler Stentiford

Tyler Stentiford

Clark Lane

Recurring Role

Janaya Stephens

Janaya Stephens

Sophie Lane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Stephanie Morgenstern, the creator and writer of the series, plays the hostage in this episode.


      She also plays a female officer in an episode of season 2.

    • Goof: In all law-enforcement and military units it's a protocol for snipers not to be alone on missions but with a spotter physically near him. While the sniper is fixed on the target, the spotter tracks the environmental changes and looks at the wide picture and if necessary will help the sniper in any means. In this episode both snipers were without spotters. Amy Jo Johnson was playing a spotter just because she was late to her position, otherwise she was going to be a sniper and that we know because she carried a rifle with her. In my opinion she wasn't a spotter at all but a backup shooter otherwise how come she didn't see the boy running toward the target and stopped the shot at the critical moment. If they had a spotter physically near the sniper he could have done that easy.

    • Goof: When the gunman is walking out of the building you can see his hostage walking in front of him. When the cop draws his weapon on the gunman everyone takes off running and they have about a 5 second exchange of words and then out of nowhere the gunman grabs the hostage. Surely she would have been running when everyone else did.

    • The episode is based upon the 2004 call up of ETF officers at Union Station, Toronto. A man with a history of domestic violence entered Union Station to kill his wife, then took a female hostage and ETF officers were called in. The event ended when an ETF officer had no other choice but to shoot the suspect.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (9)

    • Sam's experience as a sniper in JTF 2 leads him to be mainly the sniper in SRU. No longer leaving ip to Ciera 1

    • At the end of the episode Sam is shown looking at some pictures. The first is of him and his dad before he left for Afganistan. The 2nd one is of his best friend and him while on their tour. It is his last picture of them together.

    • The Flashpoint theme tune and underscore is by Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner.

    • This episode (and the following episode) aired on a Friday night at 10pm, instead of Thursday. The show was orignially intended to air on Fridays, but after episode 2 it swapped slots with Swingtown.

    • Music
      Dala - Fortress (at the end of the episode)
      Major Grange - Alexandra's Home (while in the bar)

    • The lines sung by Ed and Kevin near the start of the episode are from the song When a felon's not engaged in his employment from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: July 11, 2008 on CTV
      Australia: January 11, 2009 on Nine
      The Netherlands: February 3, 2009 on SBS6
      Czech Republic: September 2, 2009 on Barrandov
      Germany: May 6, 2010 on RTL2
      Slovakia: January 10, 2011 on Markiza

    • This episode was rated TV14-V.

    • While filming the series, Amy Jo Johnson was pregnant. However due to her character's large amount of clothing, the bump was hidden.

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