'Flashpoint - The First Season'
(Enrico Colantoni, Amy Jo Johnson, et al / 3-DVD / NR / 2009 / Paramount)
Overview: Flashpoint is a drama which depicts the emotional journey into the tough, risk-filled lives of a group of cops in the SRU (inspired by Toronto's Emergency Task Force). It's a unique unit that rescues hostages, busts gangs, defuses bombs, climbs the sides of buildings and talks down suicidal teens. Members of a highly-skilled tactical team, they're also trained in negotiating, profiling and getting inside the suspect's head to diffuse the situation to try and save lives.
DVD Verdict: 'Flashpoint' is a different police drama where it centers on Canada's SRU - the Strategic Response Unit. Its a unit where SWAT, Negotiators, Profilers and Forensic Psychology are all rolled into one. It is a specialized police unit where the use of deadly force is ONLY employed when and if all other options fails.
It is a unit where the human aspect of law enforcement is concretely personified. Although they are capable of unleashing unprecedented firepower if the situation warrants, they first employ the human act of compassion and understanding in every situation they are involved in.
Enrico Colantoni is great as Sgt. Greg Parker, the team leader of this elite unit. Ed Lane, the other veteran of this unit, personifies professionalism in every tactical situation he is involve in. Among the members of the team are: Julia "Jules" Callahan (the only female member), Sam Braddock - the hotshot special forces sniper who went to law enforcement upon discharge from the military, Spike - electronics and explosives expert, with Wordy and Lou. They are an excellent bunch of police personnel that can interact and anticipate each other's reactions, teamwork at its very best!
They respond to a lot of calls, from the outrageous to dangerous. "Let's Keep The Peace" is their battlecry before each and every response to an operation. Great, great show! Inded, 'Flashpoint' easily surpasses the claims and promise of those shows, and effortlessly as well, without making claims about it. I found myself feeling great sympathy and even solidarity for some of the opponents faced by the SRU. I could write several pages on the virtues of this show, but I will simply say 'Flashpoint' is a great TV show that needs to be watched by as many people as possible. Highly recommended! [JL] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary by Director
'Flashpoint' - Beheind The Scenes, Season 1
The Human Cost of Heroism