Flashpoint

Season 1 Episode 3

The Element of Surprise

4
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jul 24, 2008 on CTV
8.3
out of 10
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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.

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  • Need to follow the story carefully

    9.0
    I think some reviewers disagreed with the SRU's decision to delay the entry, because they might not have followed the plot and conversations carefully. The show made it clear that Keenan had a shotgun in his hand and that SRU is concerned about ricochet in a confined space. I thought the scenario was fairly realistic. I own a shotgun and shoot skeet and trap. My understanding is that shotgun practice is only allowed outdoors and not in any indoor ranges. You can imagine why, since a load of pellets can spray all over, I am not sure if the scenario would have been extremely different if Keenan had another type of weapon, but I imagine that ricochet would be a concern also. Regardless, the scenario presented was Keenan holding a shotgun in a confined space. I did not feel that I had to suspend disbelieve in that scenario. Also, the fact that the kid died and not the cop seemed realistic. It depends on the wound. Maybe the kid's major artery got nicked.

    I think the show maybe also wanted to make a point that this show was trying to be realistic and not the Hollywood-style fair where a cop can aim and shoot the gun out of a perp's hand. The point is that if there is lethal entry then all hell might break loose.moreless
  • If you let these SWAT people do their jobs, the suspect comes out OK without a scratch, while the undercover cop lies waiting in pain with a bullet wound, and the innocent bystander, a kid, gets killed.moreless

    6.2
    This episode wasn't quite as bad compared to the first two episodes. The main problem with this episode is when the undercover cop gets shot and the SWAT team decides to wait to act until the kid is supposedly out of the way. The SWAT leader guy tells the other agency guy that if the SWAT people are allowed to do their jobs that people will come out alive. The last I checked there were only 3 people in the room: a wounded undercover cop, a drug lord, and an innocent bystander. So there is really only one person in the room that they needed to protect. Waiting was a dumb option because the undercover cop loses more blood, the drug lord has more time to booby trap the place, hide drugs, load weapons, etc.



    Where were the officers going down the outside of the building like in the last episode? They used them one episode too early!!moreless
  • Unrealistic and terrible writing. Filled with situations that don't make sense. Cop has extra litres of blood in him or something.

    3.0
    The undercover cop is shot and is bleeding profusely and they are waiting for the bleeding cop to somehow move out of the line of fire. I may not know alot about bullet wounds but I know that getting shot in the stomach probably isn't a good thing and the senior cop begins NEGOTIATING after the cop gets shot. Some reason, he stays alive.



    The suspect is busy flushing drugs down the toilet. The kid calls the cops. Why not send two swat guys through the window? BAM BAM. Put two shots into the bathroom. Kids stays alive, cop gets saved right away.



    Or, what happened to the snipers from the first two episodes?moreless
  • IMPOTENT

    1.2
    the SRU gets a call about a major drug bust and there is an undercover cop involved. When one of the informants of the drug dealer lets him know about the police, things start to go south. The drug dealer suspects the ex-junkie and the cop gets shot while trying to pacify things. So the SRU will not go inside and save the ex-junkie cos the drug dealer (DD) is armed. never mind the fact that the DD gives the SRU ample opportunity to rescue the hostages while he is busy flushing the drugs down the toilet. In my opinion this episode could have gotten over in 5 mins. After the cop gets shot,while the DD is in the toilet,send the SRU with some riot shields,break open the door and use the riot shields to protect the cop and ex junkie. Or they could have asked the ex junkie to take cover behind some furniture. Instead they drag it out with some needless drama and tension within the SRU team. And in the end, the ex junkie who has turned his life around gets shot and dies. All because of some BS! Terrible episode.The indecision of the SRU team leader was totally beyond me. A highly trained unit with all the latest weapons and technology is afraid of a DD with a gun!moreless
  • Not as good as the previous two episodes but still and intense episode.

    8.0
    In my view we've been treated to two excellent episodes ( the first 2 ) but this episode was though intense was not as exciting and edge of the seat viewing ( only my opinion ), it was good to see the young lad who played Dale in Jericho on screen again and just as sad at the end.



    What I do like about this show is how it's not all about going in blasting away killing all in sight, the show has a lot to do with the pressure's put on a SWAT team from planning and tactics to the end product and having to tell a family member/loved one of a dead hostage/innocent.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

Ben Bass

Ben Bass

Geddes

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Matthew Bennett

Matthew Bennett

Naismith

Guest Star

Ella Chan

Ella Chan

Julia

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Lisa Marcos

Lisa Marcos

Sally LaFlamme

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