Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Readers!

The entire staff of the Moon Chase Blogs Network wishes all of our readers the best of the Holiday Season! This was a huge year for us and we wouldn’t have persevered with our ventures without our readers! In May of this year, we began the first part of a campaign to bring Sailor Moon back to the North American market, which lasted around 6 months. We can now tell you that the reports are currently making their way around important people, and we want to thank every reader that participated in the campaign for their support. Your voices are being heard and both companies are very aware of how much we all want the show back! In July of this year, we expanded from Moon Chase and added We Got The Solution, a blog devoted to the TV show Flashpoint. Though we may not always have time to keep up with our blogs, we are forever grateful that our readers come back to read when we do get around to posting! We want to thank the stars and crew of both shows for their support, and to congratulate you on your milestones this year! We wish you all the best and continued success in the New Year! Thanks to all of the sites around the world who have linked to stories that we have posted, and we only hope that we can continue to keep up the good work! And last but not least, a special thanks to all of our staff’s family, friends, and colleagues who gave us that extra kick of support when we needed it most – it means a lot to each of us!

Warmest wishes for the Holiday Season,
The Staff of The Moon Chase Blogs Network.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Flashpoint in a Flash: Season 3 Episode 7: You Think You Know Someone

Parker is lured into a trap and confronted with a deadly choice: reveal a dark secret from his past or lose his life.

Click the jump below to read the full summary!

The show opens with Ed instructing team mates to fan out and keep communications open. The team is trying to find an entrance to a building where Greg Parker passes out on the floor next to tanks of gas and a timer, indicating a bomb.

Two hours earlier. Greg Parker is driving downtown and listening to the radio. Cut to the team discussing possible points of entry for a drill later. Greg calls to say he will be late, so Ed lets the team know that the drill will be delayed.

Greg stops in an alley, gets out of his car, and comes across a thin man with a snake tattoo around his neck. The man asks if he's looking to score, Greg replies that he's looking for a friend. The man offers to help, saying he knows everybody around there. Greg declines but thanks the man for his offer. The man suddenly appears to be in significant pain and trembles. Greg calls 911, to report the incident as a possible overdose. He notes the location as Shuter and Victoria. While on the phone, a black van pulls up behind Greg and the man with the tattoo pushes him in. The kidnappers drive away with Greg, his cell phone left on the ground.

The SRU team hears the 911 call and speculates about why the call ended so suddenly. Nobody knows why he was there, and it's mentioned that it's a sketchy area. Since Greg isn't picking up his phone, Ed leads the team out to find him.

Inside an abandoned building with graffiti on the walls, Greg tells his captors that they're making a mistake and that he doesn't know anything about them or their business. One of the captors says that maybe they can beat some intelligence into him if he wants to play stupid.

The SRU team finds the alley with Greg's car. They inspect the car and find his gun is still secure, meaning Greg wasn't expecting trouble. They decide to track the location of Greg's phone.

One of the captors tells the other that he needs to make a call. He hands a gun to Tyler and says that if Greg tries anything, he knows what to do and to not make any mistakes. Tyler points the gun at Greg. When they're alone, Greg advises that Tyler uses two hands to stead the gun. Tyler disregards the comment, saying he's shot plenty of guns. Greg asks him to point the gun a little off to his left. Tyler asks if Greg thinks he's stupid. Greg says that Tyler knows how easy it is for a gun to go off accidentally and asks what his friend would do if Tyler made that mistake. Tyler adjusts his aim and Greg thanks him.

The SRU team finds a homeless woman with a shopping cart at the location the cell phone. Ed asks for the phone and she asks if it looks like she has a phone. Ed asks for her name, she says hers is Glenice. Spike dials the number and the phone rings. He pulls it out of the cart and asks Glenice where she got it. She says it's not hers and she never saw it before. They ask if she picked it up or saw who dropped it. She said he doesn't need it anymore because he's dead. She saw the snake man push him and another person hit him and take him away in a black van.

Tyler's partner returns and says they're waiting for somebody. Tyler says it isn't a party. Greg interrupts, he clarifies that they are aware that they have kidnapped, assaulted, and are unlawfully detaining a police officer. Tyler gets agitated, he didn't know Greg was a cop. He thought they grabbed him because his partner claimed he owed money. As they walk up the stairs, Greg asks Tyler if it's okay that his friend lied to him and now they've kidnapped a cop.
The other captor gets agitated and screams at Greg to shut up. Greg kicks Tyler down the stairs behind him and the second captor runs toward Greg. A third man dives over the railing, taking Greg with him. Tyler thinks Greg is dead, but the third man says he hasn't killed him yet.

Tyler lets a young woman into the building. She says that Kevin called her. Tyler takes her to see Greg and she gets upset.

The SRU team sees a text message from Haylee requesting help sent to Greg. The team speculates about who she is. Ed asks Spike to check phone records, emails, and other ways Haylee might have communicated with Greg. Ed says he wants all officers looking for Greg.

Greg tells Haylee that he is at the building because he received a message from her that she was in trouble. Haylee says she never sent anything and wants to help him escape. Greg suggests she use one of her earrings to undo the zip tie around his wrists. He also asks if HAylee can explain the situation. She says that since she broke up with her ex-boyfriend, Kevein, he has hated Greg.

The team finds evidence of correspondence between Greg and Haylee going back for years. Spike finds a news article from ten years ago thyat comes up in his search for info about Haylee and it lists Greg as a detective on a homicide case. Spike tries to open the case file but it's sealed. Ed says they need to contact a lawyer to try to unseal it for now.

Greg asks Haylee if the building looks familiar, she says it doesn't. Greg says it's clearly a meth lab. The hear his captors and run up the stairs.

Ed gets in contact with Haylee's social worker and finds out that Haylee is very fond of Greg because of what happened when she was eight years old. A flashback shows Haylee's mother telling her to get under her bed and hide while yelling and shots are heard outside of the room. Haylee's mother was shot and died in front of her. Greg comes into the room and coaxes Haylee out from under the bed. He took care of Haylee until Children's Aid showed up. The social worker says that Haylee had some drug problems of her own, but even then Greg would come by just to talk with her. She also says that Haylee stopped doing drugs after breaking up with Kevin, and that Kevin is not a fan of Greg.

Greg asks Haylee what she's doing at the building as he thought she was done with Kevin. she said she came because he called and said he needed help. Greg seems surprised that she believed it, but she points out that he believed the message he received too. Haylee gets worried and starts to cry. Greg says they will get out and be okay.

Spike has looked into info about Kevin and found someone with the same last name – Joe Persheski. He's the man with the snake tattoo that Glenice described and has a record. Ed says they should look for Joe's last known address.

Kevin and Tyler find Haylee and Greg. Kevin gets agitated and takes the gun Tyler was holding and points it at Greg. He says that bringing Greg here is about making him tell the truth about who really killed Haylee's mom.

Kevin says it will be over when Greg tells the truth. Tyler ties Greg's hands again.

The team barges into a house and find Joe Persheski. Ed asks him where Greg is.

Greg says that is Kevin has a problem with him, that Haylee doesn't need to be a part of it. Kevin asks Haylee to describe what happened when her mom died. She says her mom was hit by a bullet from one of the junkies guns during the drug bust. She says Greg told her that. Kevin is convinced that Greg lied. Greg says he was just looking out for Haylee and asks Kevin if he has people who take care of him. Kevin becomes agitated. Haylee insists that Greg took care of her and that Kevin should leave him alone. Kevin asks Haylee about their relationship and she says he didn't get better and he gave up. Kevin says he never gave up on their relationship.

Kevin mentions what Haylee was like when they first met, taking drugs to try to forget seeing her mother's death. Greg says he knows that. Kevin asks Greg if he recalls the name Randy Teller. Greg says that was the man they went to arrest that night. Kevin says that Randy is in jail for life because of that night. Greg confirms, saying it's because Randy opened fire on the police.

Kevin says that after he and Haylee took a break, he still wanted to help her so he went to see Randy and asked him about what really happened. Randy said he was downstairs, so he didn't see who shot Haylee's mother but he knew who was upstairs – just her mom and Greg.

Greg says that's not what happened. Haylee says she doesn't want to believe it, but Kevin insists that the police are lying because it's easy to believe a junkie would have killed her mother.

The team talks to Joe and persuade him to give them information on Greg's whereabouts.

Haylee is crying and confused. She insists that Greg saved her and kept her together. Greg says she kept him together. He confesses that he was an alcoholic. He drank more than he ever had before on the night Haylee's mother died. When he woke up, his wife and son were gone and he hasn't seen them since. Kevin asks if that's Haylee's fault. Greg says it was his own fault. At the time, he decided he was going to try to drink himself to death, but then he got a thank you letter from Haylee. She said that she was scared, but she was going to be brave. It took three days for Greg to sober up, and then he wrote Haylee back.

Greg says that everything he did for Haylee, she also did for him. He says that what's she's become is what matters. Haylee asks if he only helped her because he felt guilty about killing her mother. He says no.

The team heads toward the meth lab. Ed talks to Greg's former partner, Jim on the phone about the case involving Haylee and says they need to know the details of the case. Jim says the case is sealed. Ed says he knows but he doesn't think Greg will mind and that Jim is the only person who can give them the details. Jim says that Greg sealed the case in the first place and that he had his reasons.

Kevin sets up a bomb to cause an explosion in the building and kill Greg. He thinks that if Greg is gone, that Haylee's nightmares will go away. Greg yells at Haylee to run away and go to the police.
Haylee pleads with Kevin to stop, to not kill Greg. He breaks the lock on the door of the room where he left Greg tied up.

Outside, the team arrives and gets ready to enter the building, but they're having trouble finding an entry point. Inside, Kevin and Tyler push Haylee along, to take her out of the building.

The team catches Tyler as he leaves the building and ask him how many people are inside. He says tehre are two plus the cop. The team goes inside and finds Haylee and Kevin. Ed asks where Greg is.

Outside, Tyler tells Jules that they have to get away from the building as it will blow up in five minutes.

Ed asks Kevin about his motivation for capturing Greg. Kevin says that Greg was the only person in the room so he must have shot Haylee's mom. Ed says the truth is that Haylee fired the shot.

Ed says that Greg didn't tell Haylee because she was a child and he knew that would be devastating to hear. He reminds her of the poster in her room and says that the police could tell from the blood on the poster that the shot came from the floor, inside the room. The gun had a hair trigger on it, so it could have accidentally gone off for anyone. He says that Greg must have had a good reason for not telling Haylee the truth.

Haylee finally remembers the truth. She shows the team where Greg is and Kevin yells after her that he didn't know. Ed and Wordy try to get into the room where Greg is trapped and Wordy tells Haylee to leave quickly. Sam arrives just in time for them to safely ram the door and force it open. Ed attends to Greg, while Sam and Leah take care of the bomb.

With the crisis averted, Jules berates Greg for his behaviour. She says that he must think he can talk bullets back up the barrel because he some kind of genius. Greg shakes his head. Jules says he could have died because he wanted to protect Haylee from something he didn't think she should know. Greg insists that Kevin was ready to kill him regardless. Jules insists that he doesn't know that and that he has no right giving up his own life trying to save other people if he doesn't have to. She says that Haylee is not the only person who needs him and walks away, upset.

The episode ends with a look around at police, fire fighters, and others working in the area. The scene changes to night, with Greg looking out the window of SRU headquarters at the city. Ed comes to the door and they leave together.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Flashpoint's Gemini Wins for the World to See!

Flashpoint won accolades at last weekend's Gemini Awards, but many of our readers internationally were not able to share in the moments. One of our readers pointed us to this video on YouTube which we have embedded below. It has all the clips from the gala as well as a listing of all the show's nominations!

And last Monday, show creators Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern appeared on Canada AM - and this is available on and is viewable by anyone in North America!

Flashpoint in a Flash: Season 3 Episode 6: The Farm:

Today’s episode mixes Jonestown and rehab – and it was pretty enjoyable (though my words make it sound certainly more campy than it should be). Hit the jump for our episode summary!

The SRU is ready to storm into a big old barn , and for the first time we see Jules in the sniper position. Spike fires something towards the door… and rewind! 3 hours earlier…A woman is filling up gas at a gas station, only to find that she has to pay for the gas first before she pumps. She is visually disturbed, and slowly walks into the station. The cashier asks if he can help her, and she asks for money. He points her to an ATM, she turns around and points a gun. The cashier starts pulling bills out of the register. She says it isn’t enough, and then a woman and her daughter walk in, and this turns into an icky hostage situation when the police arrive. She locks the door out of the station.

At SRU HQ, Ed is beating the pulp out of a punching bag in front of Wordy. Ed doesn’t want his son going to a party where there’s no parental situation, and Wordy jokes that because his son is a cello player he can’t get into trouble. The conversation ends with the alarm being sounded and Winnie calling out directions. The SRU heads to the gas station and springs into action. Ed hands out team roles as Greg and Jules speak to an officer and other witnesses. Greg tells Spike to look up the expired license plates on the woman’s car. Greg gets out the bullhorn and urges the woman to pick up the store’s phone. She picks up the phone and he tries to talk to her. She wants the cops to go away, and asks him why she should trust cops. The woman holding these people hostage is Rachel Simpson. Greg directs Jules to go talk to her parents. Sam tries to wire in a camera into the store through a ventilation duct. Jules learns from her parents that she is living at a place known as “The Farm” now, and was addicted to drugs as a teenager. Greg talks to her by name, but Rachel fears that she will be shot if she opens the door. Greg manages to negotiate the release of the mom and the daughter. Jules hears more about this Farm, and that Rachel is married to the leader of the facility. He cut her off from their family. This sure is one strange cult in disguise…

Ed and Greg remember that the Farm was investigated a while ago, but no charges were laid. Rachel lets the daughter go and tries to pull the mom back in when she sees all the guns. The mother runs out, and Rachel runs back inside in frustration, locking the door and tearing the store apart. She points the gun at the cashier asking how she can get out, and he says he doesn’t know. ROLL THE OPENING!
Rachel continues thrashing as Greg looks on and wonders what to do. Ed and Jules arrive at The Farm, and are a little worried about the electric fence surrounding the property. They see a boy run and they try to call him, but he runs. A few seconds later, he emerges from the bushes with Dr. Charles Stewart, the leader of the farm. The little boy (Isaac) is Rachel’s son. Charles tries to keep them from bringing their weapons inside, but Ed says it is against regulations. They find out that Charles didn’t even know Rachel left the farm, and he also claims that she has not been herself lately and that she could be using drugs again. He says the reason there is an electric fence around the facility is because the world is dangerous and does what he can to keep the people safe. Ed wants to talk to her friends, but Charles thinks his people might be a little upset when they ask about her. Another member takes Charles away for a moment, and Ed and Jules think that Charles is hiding something. Greg instructs the team to go tactical, and they blow through the station entrance with smoke and flash bombs. They hold Rachel in cuffs, and she reveals that she has to go save her son with Charles. She reveals Charles plans to kill everyone. Suddenly, the story becomes very convoluted. Greg warns Ed and Jules. Charles himself was a reformed addict, and that he was once accused of holding a woman there against her will by her husband.

They talk to this woman at the farm, as she is working with corn, but her tone of voice sounds very delusional. They approach the boy who is chopping wood. They learn that he has never known the world outside of his farm, outside from what his father has taught him. He thinks that he has everything he would ever have right at the farm , and he has no reason to leave. Charles has taught them to fear everything outside of this place. Greg talks to Rachel and wins her trust. The SRU make their way to the farm. Jules and Ed continue to search the farm, where the same member that pulled Charles away from Ed sneaks up behind him with a handgun. On the other side, the boy approaches him with a larger gun and Ed is cornered. They take Ed… Jules spots this and tells Greg. He tells her to stay out of sight until they get there , and Greg tries to get more information out of Rachel. Charles apparently hears voices and thinks that death is the only way to keep his people safe? There was one case where someone left after becoming clean, but then he got addicted again and died. Charles got scared and put up the electric fences. Greg wonders what drove him from helping people to wanting to kill them.

Ed is cuffed under lock and key in a room. He watches Charles as he takes a handful of pills. He tries to reason with Charles, but he is delusional thinking that his people do not always know what is best for them. The SRU arrives at the farm and gears up. Rachel works with Spike to draw a rough map of the farm. Jules is perched on the roof of a farmhouse in the center of the compound and is assuming the sniper position. A phone rings, and Ed instructs Charles to pick up. Greg starts to negotiate Ed’s release. Charles wants his wife back. Greg tries to understand. The SRU enters the compound.

Ed tries to reason with the boy, but he won’t believe him. Another member comes in to take Isaac to his father, and says he will be back for Ed. Spike works one of his gadgets to disable the electric fence and he cuts it apart with Wordy. Leah and Wordy watch the gate and take out two members guarding it. Wordy disables the fence and opens it up. Greg gets to Charles’ house where Ed is being held to go rescue him. They share a few jokes when they see each other. He breaks into the drawer and finds morphine, Demerol, and other painkillers. (Is Dr. Jane Barken a pun?) Jules spots some member sporting NH3 + Cl… And it’s time to pause for a lesson from our resident everythingologist Dr. Sailordees!

*ahem* If one wishes to poison people with chlorine gas and they have some sort of chlorine powder, then all one would really have to do is set the powder on fire to create the gaseous fumes. Really though, back in the earlier parts of this century doing the household chores could prove to be deadly. You see, to clean their homes back then, people would mix anything and everything together (something that we all do today to get out a stubborn stain or mishap). Mixing household ammonia and bleach together would create chlorine gas at concentrations that were high enough to kill. So really, having a few jugs of Clorox and several bottles of any glass cleaner with ammonia in could produce chlorine gas (but these days, these cleaners like Windex don’t contain ammonia in harmful amounts). The reaction goes like this, for all you chemistry buffs…
2NaOCl + 2NH3 --> 2NaONH3 + Cl2

So this episode was missing an important ingredient to this concoction (some sort of sodium product). I’ve taught you enough – don’t try this at home! *Runs away*

Spike and Sam fear they are making poison gas and rush over to the large barn where everyone has been rounded up inside. The boy fears dying, but Charles reasons with him that this is in his best interest. Feeling uneasy, Isaac follows. Inside, people start to wonder what is going on as the poison is being mixed. Soon everyone panics knowing what is about to happen and they try to break out and bust open the barn door. We are now where the episode began and Sam is about to fire an umbrella device to let the people out. The umbrella latches on to the door, and is tethered to an SUV which speeds off and pulls off the barn door. The SRU tries to track down Charles and Isaac, who run out the back door of the barn. They catch up with him in the field, and Charles holds his own son hostage with a gun. Winnie finds out that Charles has cancer, and that he doesn’t have a lot of time left. Ed tries to reason with him to free Isaac. Charles lets him go, and then shoots himself. Sam calls Isaac towards him, as Charles shoots himself dead. The montage begins, biohazard crews begin cleaning up, and some members are arrested. Isaac is reunited with Rachel, who is also reunited with her parents after several years. A tearful family reunion happens as the SRU watches on. On the way back, Wordy wonders if Isaac will be okay. Going back to their earlier conversation, Ed calls up his son and lets him go. A happy ending despite the death.

Flashpoint in a Flash: Season 3 Episode 5: Coming to You Live

This episode was to be the first of the new season... but then things changed! A radio talk show host takes an interesting approach to exact revenge on his son’s murderer, and the twist at the end is one that no one saw coming!

We begin watching a hostage situation taking place in a suite, as the SRU arrives on scene. The host is ready to shoot his man… Rewind! 3 hours later – a manager is talking to the host about his great BBM radio ratings. Outside the building, a politician (Ryan Malone) talks with his assistant as she readies him and drops him off. His assistant is a little worried about this appearance considering all the bad buzz the host has been giving him. At SRU headquarters, the team is working out around a mini stereo. Jules notices that Sam is tired, and asks if he had a long night. Sam says that she could say that, Jules asks if it was a blonde, brunette or redhead, and Sam says one of each! Oh Jules and Sam, get a room ☺. Wordy changes the station, to listen to the radio host’s (Cosgrove) morning show. The SRU listens as he talks to Malone and share opinions on Malone. Cosgrove starts throwing vague insults on the air towards Malone and the SRU listens on. Eventually, the catch comes: Cosgrove is going to put Malone on trial… on the air?! The SRU laughs thinking that this is a joke. As the situation starts to turn into a hostage situation, they hear a gunshot go off, and the SRU doesn’t bother to wait for the call. They head straight out! Ed has finally lost the tacky gold sunglasses and talks to whoever he can to get more information. Inside the station’s control room, Jules and Parker set up a command post. Jules hears labored breathing, Ed and some others storm into Cosgrove’s recording room, and find someone tied to a chair. Cosgrove and Malone are gone. No one saw them leave. This was a well calculated escape since the show was put on a 6 minute delay. Over the speakers, they hear Cosgrove speaking, and Malone describes that he is holding a gun to him. Cosgrove promises to kill Malone unless he confesses the truth. ROLL THE OPENING!

Ed, Wordy, and Sam finish searching the building and are baffled where he is broadcasting from. Cosgrove wants no interruptions from authorities for the next hour, or else Malone gets shot. The SRU thinks that Cosgrove may be broadcasting from his house. Spike tries to get confirmation that he is at his place, but there are wonderful encryption roadblocks. Parker talks to Cosgrove’s assistant, and learns that this was Cosgrove’s last shift, but that he didn’t know about it. Ed, Wordy, and Sam move in slowly to Cosgrove’s house as he continues. They break into his apartment and find he is not there. The radio is playing, and they search the apartment for clues. Greg Parker calls into Cosgrove’s show, and takes a guess as to what this is about. Parker is wrong, and Cosgrove talks about June 2nd, 1999. He asks Malone to explain more, and calls him a murderer on the air as we head to a commercial break.

Jules searches a database and finds out that Malone was in a terrible car wreck that day and survived. But his friend who was driving the car, was not. Cosgrove continues to accuse Malone of driving, as he recounts what happened. Jules tries to ask Malone’s assistant some questions, but she is on the defense and scurries away from answering anything concrete A Janet Ackerman shows up on the station’s sign-in log, and we find out that Malone’s friend Cody was her son. But, even though Janet and Cosgrove are friends, they still can’t figure out the connection. The SRU heads off to pay Janet a visit. Janet also believes that her son has been vilified and she wants justice, but we still can’t figure out the connection between Cosgrove and Cody… until Janet reveals that Cody was his son, too (from a one night stand)! Janet revealed this to Cosgrove just a few weeks ago, since her own husband is dead. This more than explains why Cosgrove began drinking and his motivations for today’s plans. Ed , Wordy, and Sam find Cosgrove’s brother, who is living in a shady computer warehouse. He is reluctant to tell them where he is, but finally reveals his location, just 6 blocks away from the station.

The plot gets more twisted when Jules finds out that Malone’s assistant was also in the car, and Greg suspects that she was protecting him. The SRU head for the downtown apartment where Cosgrove is holding Malone hostage, while Greg tries once again to talk down Cosgrove, and tells him that he knows that he is his son. It doesn’t work, and Cosgrove hangs up as they arrive at the building. We see flashbacks of the car accident, but now we are watching Cosgrove’s version. In his version, Cody was the passenger, and Malone moved him to the driver’s seat. Malone, has tears in his eyes, and says that he should not have let Cody get behind the wheel. Malone is sincere in his words. But Cosgrove doesn’t believe him. A caller calls empathizing with Cosgrove saying to shoot him right now. Jules arrives at Malone’s assistant’s apartment, and forcefully convinces her to start telling the truth. Another caller says to let him go because he is innocent. Greg runs up the stairs and tries to talk to Cosgrove, but Malone is talking to Cosgrove asking where he was during Cody’s life. He asks him if this is what Cody would want, and Cosgrove points the gun at him saying not to tell him what his son wants. Commercials!

Greg urges Cosgrove to answer the phone for the truth, and on the other end is Malone’s assistant. Cody was not driving… and neither was Malone! It was her. Cody was not wearing his seatbelt, and she missed the curb during a conversation. The assistant was Cody’s girlfriend, and Malone told her that Cody wouldn’t want her life ruined. So they both moved him to the driver’s seat. Ryan just wanted to protect her. Nicole cries on the phone to Malone, and says she is sorry. Cosgrove is still mad at him for what he did, as he sits down to compose himself. He then points the gun on himself. The SRU storms in and stops Cosgrove and rescues Malone. The montage begins, and we see the police take Malone’s assistant into custody. Janet rushes to talk to Cosgrove and tells him that his son would not have been ashamed of who he was. The Radio Station’s director packs up Cosgrove’s awards. Malone is also whisked off to jail for protecting his assistant. Greg tells Ed that he has to find a new candidate for mayor, and jokes to Ed that he should run for Mayor some day. But Ed doesn’t want to give this up. At the SRU weapons closet, Jules and Sam talk about the events of the day, and Sam says he would have done the same thing to protect his friends, and looks at Jules. The episode ends.

This episode was originally slated to be the first of the season, however we’re not sure who exactly decided to change the episode order around and have the episode One Wrong Move be the season premiere. We noticed Wordy’s hair color changing at different points in the episode from blonde to brownish red, so perhaps a few scenes might have been reshot (that once included Mark Taylor). Still a good episode, though!

Flashpoint in a Flash: Season 3 Episode 4: Custody

Today’s episode features one wicked, twisted, custody battle, and is infamous among Flashpoint fans because for nearly 2 weeks no one knew what the powerful song that played at the end of it was! Hit the jump for a full episode summary!

A man (Donald Mitchell) and a woman (Helen Mitchell) fight outside a courtroom over a custody judgement, and a lawyer tries to calm them. The man says he wishes that they both would have done better. She leaves, as her lawyer says to him to go sign some papers. At SRU HQ, Jules walks into the women’s locker room, and notices Leah’s scar. Leah shares her story , of how she tried to save a kid from a burning apartment building in High Park, but the stairs collapsed and only she survived. That night, she had a couple shots, jumped on her Harley, and got into an accident, where she survived but the Harley didn’t. Jules suggests that Leah go see a plastic surgeon to take care of her scar, but she keeps it as a reminder not to be an idiot. Jules quips she has her brothers for that! The alarm sounds. Inside an office building, Donald is holding his ex-wife’s lawyer at gunpoint. The SRU arrives on the scene and gets organized. They talk to people on the outside to find out what is going on, and start evacuating the building.
Donald continues to be harsh with his hostage. Wordy finds the lawyer’s office and puts a gadget up to the door to listen in on the conversation between Donald and the lawyer. Donald doesn’t want his ex-wife to take the kids to Ireland. The SRU wonders if the lawyer’s paralegal is inside too. It appears Donald has lost custody of the kids at first, but then we learn that his wife has kidnapped the kids. This just got more confusing. Roll opening!

Spike adds to the log as Ed is very confused as to why the husband is going after his ex-wife’s lawyer when he has won custody. Donald forces the lawyer to call his ex-wife, but she will not pick up. Greg dials Donald’s phone number and he tells him how his kids have disappeared from school. The SRU’s help isn’t good enough, and Donald wants to take matters into his own hands. Greg directs the team to try different avenues to find the kids, sending out amber alerts, and APBs to authorities and the airport. Jules heads to the school for more information. Greg tries to ask Ed what he would do if him and Sophie split up and she wanted Clark. Ed repeatedly says it wouldn’t happen. Jules arrives at the school to get more answers, and the episode cuts to a scene where they are fighting over custody outside their house. Helen lies and says the kids are asleep, as her new boyfriend (Jason) drops them off in front of them. Jules learns more about how Helen was lonely and longing for Donald. Helen shows up at the school, but surprise, surprise, she doesn’t have the kids! Commercial!

Jules makes sure that the kids are not at Helen’s house. Sam manages to drill a small hole in the wall and put in a wire camera through so he can see what is going on inside the lawyer’s office. They still don’t know if there is a paralegal inside. At the school, Helen gets into an argument with the principal, and we learn that someone else called the school and not Helen, saying a friend would pick up the kids. The SRU finds the paralegal hiding in a closet. They decide to go in the room hard. Leah still struggles with the balance of power in the SRU. Jules watches the school’s security tapes, and finds out that Jason has picked up the kids. Helen tells Jules that they broke up days ago, and that he didn’t take it well. Something is suspicious about this as Helen sort of refuses police escorts. Spike looks up some information on this Jason character, and finds that he has been charged with crimes before. Spike sends out an APB looking for the kids. Donald continues to argue with the lawyer thinking he conspired with her to kidnap the kids. The paralegal comes out of the closet to try to escape and a fight brews out. The SRU blasts through just in times and takes everyone into their custody. Ed tries to learn more from Donald about the situation . During the pretrial of the divorce, he remembers the lawyer saying they would do whatever it takes to keep the kids. Donald is fully convinced that the lawyer is at fault for this. Ed tells him that Jason has the kids now, and Donald freaks out. Jules is on her way back to find out where Jason is, and makes notes they found Spotty Leopard Jungle Nectar juice boxes (cheezy name, eh?). Greg asks the others about their kids. Jules and Sam track down Jason at a hotel, chase him onto the roof, and find out that he doesn’t know where the kids are either! Commercials! Closed captioning of this episode is brought to you by Hugh Dillon’s new album , Works Well With others.

Jules confronts Jason on the roof that they have evidence he has the kids, but he continues to stonewall. And now Helen is missing, so the SRU tries to track down her sister Colleen. Ed asks the paralegal if there is something that she needs to know. Jason cracks, and says Helen lied about their breakup, and that this is some distraction to buy her some time. Ed also finds that the paralegal is lying. Jules continues to ask Jason where the kids, and he finally confesses that they were dropped off at Colleen’s place. The paralegal says that she helped her forge a legal document allowing her to take the kids. She argues that Helen deserved the kids, but Greg maintains that he didn’t say if she deserved them one day or another. Leah arrives at Colleen’s apartment, and learns that Helen just picked up the kids from Colleen’s kids. Leah chases the red SUV as the other SRU moves in to join her. Greg wants to take the father despite Ed’s disdain. Ed, tired of being asked what his own son wants, snaps back and asks if this is what Greg’s son would want. Some police officers take Jason into custody on the roof of the hotel, and he says that if they find Helen they shouldn’t hurt her. Jules asks why, and he says there is a gun in the car. She responds simply with “awesome”. Commercials!

Helen is on the run in her SUV and playing the “beetle game” with her kids (she names a feature of a beetle and the kids name the species). One spills some juice , and she picks up a tissue from the glove comparment. We see the gun. All this time her cell phone is ringing with calls from the SRU but she refuses to pick up. Greg and Ed argue over how best to stop the SUV with the kids inside. Helen tells her kids they are going to Ireland. Using an onboard emergency communication system , Greg finally gets in touch with her and tries to get her to pull over. Helen just drives faster and asks to be left alone. This does not work, so the SRU stages a roadblock. They pass the same construction site used in One Wrong Move. Finally, they manage to stop Helen and she gets out of the car with the kids... and her gun. Greg talks to the kids to try to calm them down. Greg takes out his gun and puts it down and tries to negotiate with her. Greg tells them that once they got on that plane, they would never come back. The kids instantly wonder about their dad. Helen , terrified, speaks of the lies that Donald said in court about her being malicious and unfit. Greg asks her, if it was just his lawyer doing his job, just as it was the case with her own lawyer. Greg talks her down some more, and tells Ed to bring out Donald. The kids run to him. Helen raises her gun and Greg asks her to put the gun down. Donald says to Helen that he thought he was going to lose the kids, Helen cries “What have we done” and puts the gun down. The end of episode montage begins as both parents hug their kids and the SRU muses about the happenings of the day. Both parents are cuffed and taken away by the police. Helen’s sister Colleen will have custody of the kids, for now. Greg hopes that those kids get a second chance, but Ed sees that he is really thinking about his kids. Ed encourages Greg to give his son a second chance. The episode ends as the kids are put into a third police car and escorted to their aunt’s apartment. Greg looks at a photo of his son and thinks. The episode ends.

This episode was pretty good, but I’m catching that the show is using a lot of the same locations they used before. Surely there aren’t other hotels that could have been used? The Comfort Hotel on Charles would have provided a much scuzzier setting for Jason! Somehow the Fairmont Royal York seemed a little awkward for someone like him to be hiding out in.

Flashpoint in a Flash: Season 3 Episode 3: Just a Man

A reformed prisoner (Anton Burrows) loses his parole hearing, and in turn sets of a chain of events starting a riot at his maximum security prison. Can the SRU save the day? Hit the jump for the full episode summary!

We begin in a desolate hallway in a prison. A prisoner (Sloan) is holding a mother and daughter hostage, and is pressuring Anton to kill them. The SRU moves into the prison to try to find them. The prisoner then issues an ultimatum: either Burrows kills them, or he will… REWIND! 3 hours earlier, and we are now at Burrows parole hearing. This is his 4th appeal for parole and he has served 15 years of his sentence. He reads a statement to the family and we learn that he murdered the father. The teenaged daughter stands up and speaks of her anguish and struggles over not having her father in her life, and this stirs Burrows. A shouting match ensues, Burrows is moved to the courtyard, and he loses his appeal. He moves towards a bench to sit down with his head bowed down. Some other prison members notice, and some start a riot to distract the guards as some move inside the prison. The alarm sounds, and the family is ushered elsewhere by the guard. Burrows heads back to his cell while others make their way out, and looks at his own drawn pictures of his victim on the walls of his cell. He remembers the events of that day, he was just a teenager robbing his victim (a shop owner) at gunpoint. The owner grabbed the gun away from him, but the trigger fired and he was killed. He reflects on the events of these days, while other prisoners hold up guards and steal weapons and other supplies from them. The family runs behind the guard through the prison. The SRU arrives on the scene! Hold up for a moment, where’d the usual SRU HQ banter go?

Greg catches everyone up on the situation that the 75-100 prisoners may have homemade weapons, and Ed emphasizes to use less lethal methods. The SRU meet with one of the prison directors, sort out their Alpha and Bravo teams, and learn that the family is still in the building. The Alpha team heads to find them, and the Bravo team heads to calm the prisoners. Leah, and Ed tend to an injured prisoner, as Wordy follows a tip from another inmate on where some guards are being held up. Meanwhile, the family has been captured by some of the prisoners, and Burrows throws one going after the daughter down the stairs. He says that no one is to touch them, that they are his. Roll Opening!

Sam, Jules, and Spike find the prisoner that was thrown down the stairs lying in his cell, and Greg directs them to find the civilians. Looks like one of the prisoners’ major players is out of commission, leaving the guard baffled for who is behind this. Burrows puts the family out of harm’s way in a cell, despite the teenager continuing to speak out against him. Burrows tries to reason with other prisoners to leave them to him, but there is a shift in power and Burrows relinquishes his control to Sloan to keep them alive. Wordy spots some of the injured guards , and Ed organizes his team and they storm in the room, and no one resists them. Guards are saved! Ed recognizes Burrows, and asks Greg for permission to deal with him. He allows it, and Ed confronts Burrows weaponless in the courtyard. They speak to make sure the hostages are safe. Burrows reads a list of seemingly mundane requests from the prisoners, and reminds Ed of the “Ridgestone Towers”. Ed says that he will do what he can to get their demands met. Commercials!

The family is lead by Burrows to the prison basement, where they are whistled at by other prisoners. Ed tells the team that the Towers were all about a big gang bust that failed, where the members cut through the walls of the building. It looks like the SRU has a big prison break to deal with on their hands. Turns out that Ed was called into the parole hearing as a character witness, but did not go. Ed has a history with Burrows, they knew each other since they were young. Ed’s dad told him to look out for him after his dad died. Burrows was just a good kid that went off the rails, and Ed feels terrible about what happened. Ed still has faith in Burrows that he is not going to hurt the family. In the basement, the prisoners plot to take out the last of the “captains”. Ed, Wordy and Spike sneak up behind an inmate quietly and move past him. Spike sets off a flash bomb in a tiny cell, and more inmates are taken care of. Spike looks at a lame bomb which he believes is another distraction. Commercial!

Spike defuses the bomb. Burrows sits with the family in the room. The mother apologizes, and says that she knows he doesn’t want to hurt them. Burrows asks why they came, and the daughter says angrily that he belongs there for killing her father and leaving him to die alone. The mother asks why he killed her husband, and Burrows said that he had no choice. He had to either be with a gang or the gang would get him. A cop tried to look out for him, but Burrows got tired of being scared all the time. He caved into gang pressures to rob the store, to get into a place where he could be trusted. He was hurt by what he did, and all he wanted was the money, but the man he killed was sick of being robbed. He admits to shooting him, because he was afraid. The family starts to lose their anger when they hear he did not let him die alone, as Burrows says that he stayed by his side. The daughter cries on her mom’s shoulder.

Meanwhile, the SRU readjusts their strategy to find the last “captain”, and they still believe that the hostages are going to be killed. Sloan and another inmate confront Burrows thinking they let the SRU in on the plan. Jules , Sam, and Spike find the last captain and take care of him and two other inmates. Now we are where the episode began and Burrows is in a strange position between listening to Sloan and his own instincts to protect the family. Ed, Wordy, and Leah have found where the hostages and Greg tries to work out a way to get in. Burrows now has to choose to kill the teenager or lose his own life to Sloan. Burrows tries to protect the family, but is overtaken by two inmates who move him into a shower room. Another comes in to try to take him out, but Burrows manages to take him out. He finds a cell phone and dials 911. He is patched through to the SRU, and he hints Ed about what is going on. Ed hints for him to buy him some more time, but the inmates are moving the family to another area. Commercials!

Burrows manages to find the family in time and is now doing everything in his power to save the family, until he is stabbed in the back. Luckily the SRU blasts through the wall, and rescues the family. Ed tends to Burrows, who has one request for him… the daughter speaks to Ed, and says that she will speak for him at his next parole hearing. Ed gives her a drawing of her father that was on Burrows’ wall with words of redemption written on it. As Burrows is locked back in his cell, he pulls out his sketchbook. In his garage, Ed looks at a photo album of a younger Burrows and the episode ends.

This episode’s formula was a little different, and it didn’t work in some places. The lighting was also a little strange too, being too foggy and green and dark. We know this is what a prison is supposed to look like but surely not the whole place is green and hazy? Roger R. Cross’s performance as Anton Burrows was wonderful, though!

Next week’s episode features one icky custody battle.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Flashpoint Forums online!

You asked for it, we delivered! We've gotten several requests for a Flashpoint forum, so by popular request we've set one up over at the Moon Chase forums!

Happy Posting!

(You can also find the link over on the sidebar under the Blog Network section.)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Flashpoint Wins at Gemini Awards!

From left to right: Hugh Dillon, Stephanie Morgenstern, Mark Ellis, Anne Marie La Traverse, Bill Mustos, Amy Jo Johnson, and Enrico Colantoni.

Tonight was the Broadcast Gala of the Gemini Awards, and this picture you are seeing are a few members of the cast and crew of Flashpoint celebrating their Best Dramatic Series win just hours ago! Other Flashpoint winners of the evening were Kelly Malkin for Best Direction in a Dramatic Series and Enrico Colantoni for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.Hugh won an award for Best performance by an actor in a featured supporting role in a dramatic program or miniseries for his work in Of Murder and Memory. I will post full transcripts of the speeches during the broadcast and possibly some very crude video early next week. We all blushed a little when we heard Anne Marie La Traverse acknowledge the fans at the beginning of her speech - this is something we rarely ever hear at any awards shows! Before we get to our category listings, we have a few words we'd like to say...Thank you to Mark and Stephanie for creating such a wonderful show.When I first read about it, I knew that this had the potential to be something big, and even though so many fans got tired of our posts on Flashpoint from the pilot stages onwards, we trudged on. Not because it was some program that a voice actor from Sailor Moon took part in, but because it really was a good show that was more than just the quick sightings that we report. This is a unique cop drama and we wish it lots more continued success in the future! And thanks Anne Marie La Traverse - we Badgers and Doves will continue to be there until the very end!

(special thanks to TheMediaChick for finding these pictures!)


Best Direction in a Dramatic Series:

Chris Grismer
Being Erica

John Fawcett
The Border
Going Dark

Kelly Makin
Planets Aligned

Steven Adelson

Jeremy Podeswa
The Tudors
Episode 201

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role

Enrico Colantoni
Who's George?

Hugh Dillon
Haunting the Barn

Daniel Kash
The Line
Episode 102

Ron White
The Line
Episode 102

Robin Dunne

Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role

Erin Karpluk
Being Erica
Dr. Tom

Amy Jo Johnson
Planets Aligned

Andrea Menard
Rabbit Fall
Hit and Run

Amanda Tapping

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quickie Reminder - Canadians, Watch CBC's The Hour Tomorrow!

Canadians should keep their eyes tuned to CBC's The Hour hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos tomorrow - Hugh Dillon will be a featured guest! CBC is also good about posting clips fairly close to after the show airs (usually by the next morning) so fans can try to check out the official site to see if it will play in their country!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Flashpoint wins 3 Directors Guild of Canada Awards!

Flashpoint may have only won 3 out of 8 Gemini Awards earlier this week, but they had a much better success ratio at the Directors Guild of Canada Awards handed out just hours ago! They won 3 out of the 5 they were nominated for! We'll use the same star system we used for the Gemini Awards. If you see a gold star(), Flashpoint won. If you see a blue star (), Flashpoint was nominated but did not win. The full list of winners is posted here.


Flashpoint - Eps. 111 - "Haunting the Barn"
David Frazee (Director), Derek Rappaport (Production Manager), Ross Leslie (Assistant Production Manager), Felix Gray (1st Assistant Director), Karl Irvine (2nd Assistant Director), Raj Singh (3rd Assistant Director), Dominika Jurek (Trainee Assistant Director), Michael Burgess (Production Assistant), Raymond Duff (Production Assistant), Shelly Pearson (Production Accountant), Karen Sharp (1st Assistant Accountant), Alex Kontsalakis (1st Assistant Accountant), Andreas Hass (Trainee Assistant Accountant), John Dondertman (Production Designer), Rory Cheyne (Art Director), Jody Clement (1st Assistant Art Director), Jeff Smith (2nd Assistant Art Director), Randy Morgan (Location Manager), James Wilson (Assistant Location Manager), Sean Cengiz (Locations PA), Mike Lee (Picture Editor), Paul Whitehead (1st Assistant Picture Editor), David McCallum (Supervising Sound Editor), Janice Ierulli (Dialogue Editor), Mark Shnuriwsky (Sound Effects Editor), Sue Conley (ADR Editor), Gren-Erich Zwicker (1st Assistant Sound Editor), Matt Hussey (1st Assistant Sound Editor).


Flashpoint - Eps. 106 - "Attention Shoppers"

Holly Dale (Director)


Flashpoint - Eps. 201 - "Eagle Two"

Jane Tattersall (Supervising Sound Editor), Janice Ierulli (Dialogue Editor), Mark Shnuriwsky (Sound Effects Editor), Sue Conley (ADR Editor), Gren-Erich Zwicker (Assistant Sound Editor), Matt Hussey (Assistant Sound Editor).


John Dondertman for Flashpoint - Eps. 109 - "Planets Aligned"


Mike Lee for Flashpoint - Eps. 111 - "Haunting the Barn"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Gemini Awards Presentations 1 & 2 - Flashpoint Checklist!

We're going to keep you up to date Badgers and Doves! If you see a gold star (), that means Flashpoint won! If you see a blue star () then that means Flashpoint was nominated didn't win this award. We'll post the stars next to the winners. We will remind our readers that not all of the awards are being awarded today. For those keeping count, Flashpoint is nominated 19 times over 12 awards, and today 8 of those awards were given out. So far, they have won 3 of them! I want to send out a very special, personal, congratulations to Tatiana Maslany - you sure did the Queen City proud! The rest of the awards will be handed out on November 14th. And, this Saturday, the Directors Guild of Canada has their awards ceremony, of which Flashpoint is nominated for 5. Go Flashpoint!

Presentation 1:

Best Achievement in Main Title Design:

Alain Provost, Aileen McBride, Michel Mercier, Theresa Warburton
2008 Beijing Olympics

Boyne Stergulc
2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

Kim Jackson, Ron Gervais, Mike McDougall

Flashpoint Main Title Sequence

Kevin Micallef, Brant Forrest, Don Gauthier, Glen Wyand
Grossology Main Title Sequence

Shane Kinnear, Kevin Chandoo, Brent Whitmore
Murdoch Mysteries
Murdoch Mysteries Main Title Sequence

Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series:

Jody Colero, Lily Frost, Trevor Yuile
Being Erica
Dr. Tom

Mark Korven
The Border
Floral Tribute

James Gelfand
The Return

Ari Posner, Amin Bhatia
Planets Aligned

Robert Carli
Murdoch Mysteries

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series:

Gareth C. Scales
Element of Surprise

Teresa Hannigan, C.C.E.

Jonathan Baltrusaitis
In a World Created By a Drunken God

Arthur Tarnowski
The Last Templar

Wendy Hallam Martin
The Tudors
Episode 207

Best Sound in a Dramatic Series:

Russell Walker, Eric Apps, Stefan Fraticelli, Herwig Gayer, Alastair Gray, Rich Harkness, Ian Rodness
The Border
Going Dark

David McCallum, Mike Baskerville, Sue Conley, Steve Hammond, Janice Ierulli, Mark Shnuriwsky, Paul Williamson

Who's George?

Sid Lieberman, Richard Calistan, Steve Foster, Robert Hegedus, Kevin Howard, Ron Osiowy, Paul Shubat
Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Jane Tattersall, Daniel Birch, Yuri Gorbachow, Martin Lee, Kirk Lynds, Andy Malcolm, David McCallum, Dale Sheldrake
The Tudors

Presentation 2:

Best Achievement in Casting:

Stephanie Gorin
Being Erica
Dr. Tom

Stephanie Gorin
The Border
Going Dark

Marissa Richmond

Susan Forrest, Sharon Forrest, Jim Heber
Less Than Kind
The Daters

Marsha Chesley
The Line
Episode 107

Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series:

Anna Silk
Being Erica
Everything She Wants

Daisy Beaumont
The Border
Floral Tribute

Kristin Booth
Backwards Day

Tatiana Maslany
Planets Aligned

Sarah Gadon
Attention Shoppers

Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series:

Damir Andrei
Being Erica
The Secret of Now

Ron Lea
Haunting the Barn

Nicholas Campbell
Who's George?

Mpho Koaho
Never Kissed A Girl

Henry Czerny
First In Line

Natalie Dormer
The Tudors
Episode 210

Best Writing in a Dramatic Series:

Mark Ellis, Stephanie Morgenstern
Haunting the Barn

Lori Spring
Murdoch Mysteries
I, Murdoch

Floyd Kane
Fathers and Daughters

Brad Wright
Stargate Atlantis
The Shrine

Michael Hirst
The Tudors
Episode 205

Monday, October 5, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: CBS Greenlights Some More Episodes, and We're Close to a Major Release Day!

CBS Orders 13 New Episode of Flashpoint!

Great news for our Badgers and Doves south of the border! Just hours ago, CBS announced that they have picked up 13 more episodes of Flashpoint! On another note, as many critics predicted, CBS's Three Rivers was a ratings disappointment last Sunday only scoring 9.17 million viewers (third place in the timeslot) and a fourth-place demographic share of 2.0/ 5 among adults 18-49. It's only a matter of time before it is canceled, and who knows what it could be replaced with. It could be Flashpoint, or any one of two series on CBS's backburner: a Jerry Bruckheimer medical drama called Miami Trauma, or The Bridge. As always, we will keep you posted the moment we hear the episodes are coming back to CBS!

October 13th is Flashpoint Day!

Ok, not officially, but we might as well give that day a name! In both the US and Canada, Season 1 Boxsets are due to hit the shelves. And, Hugh Dillon's album is also set to be released! His album Works Well With Others has an awesome shot of him looking sharp in a coffee house, and will feature 14 original tracks including our favorite episode ending song from Flashpoint, Lost at Sea. Fans can also check out a music video ahead of time for the first track on the album Friends of Mine.

And Happy Birthday Amy Jo Johnson!

Everyone on the WGTS and Moon Chase staff would like to wish Flashpoint star Amy Jo Johnson a very happy 39th birthday! We've all grown up with her since her Power Rangers days and she holds a special place in all of our hearts. We're happy to see her playing such a strong character on Flashpoint! In honor of this, we thought we'd share a few of our favorite Amy Jo moments from other TV shows!

Recent Canada AM Appearance!
Amy Jo does an interview in character for Power Rangers!
Showing off her Karate skills!
Singing as 60's icon Nansi Nevins in the TV Movie - Sweetwater: A True Rock Story
Singing in Felicity!

And on another note - the next two weeks are busy for me, so there will be no new news posts. I will keep up with the episode summaries on Fridays, but if there is something breaking, your best best is to follow WGTS on Twitter where I will post links when I can!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Flashpoint in a Flash: Season 3 Episode 2: Never Let You Down

It’s a new day for the SRU, and there’s a new member on the team. Can the team solve a different crisis while still grieving over the loss of one of their own? Find out below – and for those of you wondering about the latest addition to the cast, we have briefly profiled her at the end of our summary! Click the jump below to read!

We begin in medias res with the following “cold open”! We see a young woman running through the woods, and Ed speeding in his SUV looking for a red Nebraska. Spike has a locator device, which picks up the car, which speeds up behind the woman. The driver catches up to her… and REWIND! 3 hours earlier… We are taken to an independent donut shop known as the “Dip and Sip”. Some hands pick up some pretty fancy pastries, which the young woman whipped up without her boss’s knowledge. She serves a man in a red shirt, and another woman in the shop. She is Zoe Granger, and she aspires to go to school and open up her own restaurant some day. Amongst the chatter with another waitress and the customers, another man walks in. He is Jeff, Zoe’s ex-boyfriend, and he wants to meet her, but she isn’t interested and refuses (even after he shows her a necklace)! He grabs her face and elbow hard. The other waitress threatens to call the police, and he lets her go, says they are not done, and leaves. A customer comes to her aid, but Zoe walks away and stops the other waitress from dialing the police. After, she pours another coffee for the male customer, Dale, but he says it is alright, pays her, and leaves. He seems like a warm man…

Meanwhile at the SRU, a memorial plaque has been put up in the men’s locker room, in memory of Lewis. Outside of Jules’ locker room, her sign is changed from Jules to Women. She looks at the sign, and turns away quickly, in sadness.

Zoe walks home, bit thinks she is being followed. She runs inside her apartment building, and rushes inside her apartment. She is relieved that it was only her neighbour following her, and goes to her washroom to wash out a stain in her shirt. She hears a knock at her door, and looks out the peephole. She opens it, looking a little sad. We are taken to the neighbour’s apartment just as Zoe begins screaming, and the neighbour calls the police. We hear a gunshot, and the neighbour’s dog begins barking.

Back at the SRU, Greg tries to pull the somber team together and plans for a day of light work and patrol. He introduces the newest member of the SRU, Leah Kearns. She bravely stands up and addresses the team, and empathizes with the group saying that she served with a firefighting unit that also lost one of theirs. She offers to lend an ear if they want to talk about it, but Jules cuts her off and says “We’re good”. The alarm goes off, and Jules says to Greg “Time and a place”. They arrive at Zoe’s apartment building, and catch up on the situation from the officers on site. Ed and Greg begin organizing the team. Ed moves into the building with Wordy and Spike, Jules tries to dig up some info on the people involved, and Leah works with Sam. Ed knocks down the door, makes his way to the washroom and pulls away the shower curtain, only to realize that they are gone. ROLL OPENING!

Jules starts to type out the log, but Greg switches things around and puts Spike in the truck, and sends Jules and Leah to go interview Zoe’s neighbor. They have a hard time as they have to talk over a barking dog. The neighbour can’t quite identify the car, so Jules and Leah take her back to the truck, but leave the dog in the apartment. Jules puts out her palm to shush the dog, and he whines (excellent acting by the dog). Ed, Wordy, and Sam search Zoe’s apartment for clues, and Sam finds a bullet casing that matches a box of bullets in her room. The gun was hers?! In the truck, Spike is dealing with a neighbour who is absolutely clueless about cars. As Jules and Leah also help look in her apartment, Leah is a little confused with no photos of her family to go on. Jules tells her that maybe she is isolated or estranged, and Leah responds saying this explains why she is with a badass boyfriend. Jules says she is perceptive, and Leah says she has been there. This is intriguing. I hope we get to hear more of Leah’s interesting past. Leah finds a pay stub, and Jules starts to warm to her. Ed thinks that the handgun was kept by her in self-defense. Spike has determined the car, and Greg gives an order to put out an APB. Jules calls the donut shop to find out some more information about Jeff. Zoe always went back to him because of his loving words. But he would always hurt her. The SRU tracks down Jeff’s address and heads to his place. They break in, pin him down, but they don’t find Zoe. Jeff really doesn’t know, and he suggests they go after Dale. He hangs out at the donut shop 24/7 and Jeff remembers being confronted by Dale, who told him not to lay a finger on her and that she deserved better. Jules calls the donut shop again, but the other waitress doesn’t suspect anything. Spike works his magic and finds Dale’s address in a database. The SRU heads there, only to find that his ex-wife, Judith, is the only person there. Wordy and Ed look around the house, and find a little girl’s room, and Jules and Leah find a picture of her. Jules thinks Zoe bears a resemblance to the little girl, and Greg asks Judith about their daughter. She says she thinks they are here because they think he murdered her. And we are taken to a commercial break!

Somewhere in the woods, Dale parks his car, and takes Zoe out of his trunk. He pulls her towards a trailer. Greg asks Judith if she recognizes a picture of Zoe, and she says no. She tells them that Dale is living as a recluse in a trailer just west of the city, and that Zoe looks just like their daughter. In the trailer, Dale has a red dress with butterflies waiting for Zoe to wear. The dress, Dale’s shirt, and the car, are all eerily very close shades of red. As Dale describes to Zoe how he was watching her, she gets freaked out, especially because he is calling her his daughter’s name, Wendy. While chopping onions, he tears up and Zoe uses this opportunity to escape. He runs after her. The SRU heads towards the woods, and Dale chases her in his car. We are now where the episode began, he has caught up with her and is chasing her on foot. Commercials!

The SRU arrives at the trailer and searches inside. Sam finds a lot of pictures of Zoe in his closet, and Ed puts together the team’s search strategy in the woods. Greg is still with Judith and tries to put some more pieces of Wendy’s disappearance together. She told him that Dale was so mentally disturbed that she put him in rehab, but it didn’t help. Dale has managed to get Zoe back in his car, and he has become delusional thinking that Zoe really is Wendy, and that they are meant to be together.

Spike has some sort of locator device with a mini-satellite dish to listen for the car. He hears a car approaching, and though he cannot tell the make or color of it, he can definitely hear that it is an old car! Wordy thinks that they are heading back to the trailer, and they run to it. They spot the car, only for Dale to reverse and change his route, and the chase continues! Greg gets more details about Dale’s rehab stay from Judith. She thinks Dale killed Wendy. Greg makes a phone call. Ed is in an SUV with Leah, and they approach Dale’s car at the same time as Spike and Wordy, but they have taken off on foot, again. They start to search, ten feet apart. Greg talks to a detective about Wendy’s disappearance, and that Judith thinks Dale is responsible. However, the detective doesn’t agree. Spike hears Zoe’s screaming on his device, and guides the SRU towards them. Dale and Zoe are backed up right against the edge of a cliff. Commercials!

The SRU confront Dale and Zoe and they are now just millimeters away from the cliff’s edge! Greg talks to Judith and says that the only reason she is blaming Dale is because it is an answer (and it isn’t the right one). He counsels her about how she can help him when they return. The team updates Greg with the status of Dale and Zoe. Greg assigns Jules the role of negotiator, Ed as the sniper, and Sam and Leah start getting set up so they can be tethered to the cliff. Jules tries to get them away from the edge, but Dale won’t listen, and he is holding Zoe back. Zoe manages to break away and moves forward away from the cliff, but Dale pins her on the ground and refuses to let go. Dale steps backwards off the cliff, and Leah and Sam grab him. But he is holding onto Zoe’s leg, and she is barely hanging on the edge of the cliff. Jules is grabbing her as best that she can, and delivers a very moving speech to him. I can’t do this any justice, so I’m just going to type this out:

“Is this what you call keeping someone safe, Dale? Listen to me. I am sorry that Wendy has disappeared from your life. I cannot even imagine what you have been through. But I do know what it is like to lose somebody who had absolutely no business dying…and to have not had a chance to say goodbye; and be disgusted with people for just walking down the street like the world’s the same place. That if you had just done something different… they still might be here. So you can keep on struggling and get both of yourselves killed, and that will be your fault. Or you can let go and let yourselves live. What would Wendy want you to do?”

Jules remains strong behind her tears, but Dale breaks down completely and lets go. Both are pulled to safety. “Now the Struggle Has a Name” by the Tragically Hip, starts to play as the SRU look and check in with each other. Judith sits next to Dale, and the two of them are just sad.

Back at SRU HQ, Leah hands the SRU bracelets to help them carry the memory of Lewis with them. They are black, with a gold plate that reads “L. YOUNG BADGE 1902”. The camera zooms onto Lewis’s plaque, which reads “Constable Lewis Young” “Who gave his life to keep the peace” along with his picture and the SRU logo.

Next week’s episode: the SRU is dealing with a massive hostage situation at a prison, which requires them to give up one of their own. And it looks like it might be Ed?! This doesn’t look like it is Coming to You Live, which was the next episode slated to air. EDIT: The next episode is called Just a Man

At this time, you’re probably wondering who the new member of the SRU is? Her name is Leah Kearns, and she is played by the Canadian actress, Olunike Adeliyi! She has not only had roles on the small screen, but has appeared on the silver screen, and on stage as not only an actress, but also a dancer! Visit her IMDB page for more information. For those of you wondering about our logo, we will keep Mark Taylor in it, but once an image of Olunike Adeliyi is released (in uniform), we’ll see if there is some way to add her in!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Flashpoint Brings Back Memories of Toronto for Italian Viewer

A few days ago, we came across this article in Italian. It was written by a blogger who used to live in Toronto, and is now living in Italy. Simona Giaccobi provided some neat insights on the show and Toronto! We have translate the entire post in English! I had some difficulty with a few things and those are enclosed in **.

You must know that I am a couch potato. At one stage I would say I was a fairly serious one. I didn't miss a television series in the winter. Thankfully, there's the summer break...All I watch are my CSI, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer (be patient), Law and Order SVU (I only like this version), Medium (...) and i can't forget to mention the Simpsons, Family Guy and Ellen DeGeneres talk show which is different from Oprah. Virtually all American shows. Usually those left me a lot to be desired, I remember that in Italy I only watched District of Police...

But here's a TV series that has attracted my attention enough. It is made entirely in Toronto, and it is called Flashpoint and it has a certain effect on me since I have lived there, when they say "send an ambulance / bus to Queen Street" or "there's an explosion at Nathan Philip Square. But it turned out to be quite good. And I discovered that the series was launched with the September programs in Italy , **airing just before Survivor which has been getting bad ratings.**

** this part was a little hard to translate - if any of our readers have a better idea of what this sentence is trying to say, please let us know!**

I have seen the hero of the series, Sergeant Parker, who by the way is played by an actor whose name is a little Italian-Canadian, Enrico Colantoni (born in Toronto in 1963 by Gina and Quintino Colantoni) - in a local Italian restaurant on College Street (Little Italy) sitting at a table with a girl. And then one of the first things they told me when I arrived is that many films are shot here in Toronto because New York is too expensive. Moreover, the Financial District (only one there) of Toronto is very similar to the Big Apple. They also say that once you've seen Toronto, NY City no longer has the same effect (**or New York no longer feels any different**). I take exception because I think there is a chasm (**difference**) between Toronto and NY . Throughout. I love New York.

I searched around a few websites and saw that the first episode of Flashpoint that was broadcast on RAI was a flop in Italy. The first set was sent here last summer from CTV and the United States by CBS and recounts the work of the SRU - Strategic Response Unit, a special body headed by Sergeant Parker. Note that Flashpoint is about a team ready to dismantle terrorist cells or to negotiate with kidnappers to identify their point of collapse.

The show is based on the real work of the Toronto Police Emergency Task Force and has the same style of uniforms, same use of technology, and even the same style of how to resolve more complex cases. Tonight, CTV begins the second seasons. (Editors Note: She wrote second, but it was in fact the 3rd season premiere). You too are couch potatoes like me??

There you have it, Flashpoint impressions from an Italian self-confessed couch potato!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Flashpoint in a Flash: Season 3 Episode 1: One Wrong Move

Episode ? because we don't know what episode number this is, but CTV is airing them out of order (but not entirely, next week's episode follows this one). This episode is a lot sadder than our random non-spoiler tweets make it seem. As always, it is up to our readers to decide if they want to read this before the episode airs in their countries. Season 3 is currently airing only in Canada as of this Fall season (but anything could happen with CBS). Today's episode will repeat tomorrow night - check your local CTV listings in Canada! Click below when you're ready to read!

Okay. So this episode starts off a little different than the others we are used to. Normally we begin very close to the climax of the incident, but this episode follows the entire story from start to finish.

We begin at SRU headquarters. Spike has returned from a vacation in Jamaica with Lewis, and the gang jokes around about Spike's new love interest and Lewis's dancing talents. The camera then takes us to a construction site, where in the midst of some piles of lumber, there appears to be something suspicious about this spot - there's a box wrapped in brown paper. Back to SRU, Ed comments that it's pretty quiet, and asks Greg if he wants to go shoot some rounds at the range. Greg says he has to finish this report first. Winnie gets a call about a bomb going off in ten minutes at the construction site, and as Greg tries to get more information, the message repeats. It's pre-recorded! The alarm is sounded and Team One gets into gear and out the door. As the team rushes over to the site, Greg himself calls the site foreman and initially has a hard time telling them there is a bomb at their site, but then he yells at everyone to evacuate. As the SRU pulls up to the site, the bomb goes off, and the foreman is blasted into the air. But, everyone is okay, so far.

Greg at the site starts to give out his orders for how they are going to tackle this problem, and the team breaks up into pairs. Sam mentions to Greg that he has seen a lot of I.E.D's in Afghanistan, and it is noted. Spike visits the the bomb crater and figures out how bad the bomb was. Jules determines that these are coming from Eco-terrorists and Greg asks her to research CSIS for anyone on their watchlist. Meanwhile at the site, the foreman tells Wordy about the constant protests they have had at their site and even though it's not necessarily their matters to deal with since all they are responsible for is making the building, the protesters think otherwise and threaten to take things to the next level. The team figures out that the Olive Branch Collective is probably a part of this , and also finds other potential targets in fictional energy corporations which are currently fighting charges from the EPA. These companies include Keffler Corp, Duchamp Energy, and Morgan-Ellis (FIND THE PUN!). Ed takes a few members to go talk to the corporate heads of securities of those companies, and Jules and Ed head to the Olive Branch Collective HQ. Turns out they are only running an internet petition.

Ed, Wordy, and Sam begin evacuating one of the corporate HQs while Spike determines the bomb's "signature" and traces it to an older environmental activist group which has since moved on. The leaders of the group were once arrested, and are now Professors Emeriti in Political Science. Greg and Jules track down the parents, and ask them some questions, and they get the name of their lone bomb technician and learn that they have a daughter now. Roll the opening!

Spike sends Babycakes lurking through the building basement, and Lewis wants to go help him defuse but Spike says no. Wordy and Sam have to deal with a frantic woman who left her laptop in her office. Spike figures out what makes the bomb tick, and Greg hesitates at first, but lets Spike go in and diffuse the bomb himself. Winnie gets another call about a third bomb going off at a college (which is really being played by York University). Lewis and Greg head over there, and Spike opens the package the bomb is in and only has 15 minutes to defuse the bomb. Ed, Wordy, and Sam head to the bomb technician's house, however he appears to be a little woozy on the drugs and answers simply and vaguely to their questions about the bombs, saying it's the corportations' fault. He injects himself and falls into a chair. Ed tells him to talk fast before he passes out. In the basement, Sam and Wordy discover some of the bomb plans, and the man barely gives any details to Ed before he passes out. Ed pushes magazines off the table in frustration. Commercials!

Ed learns that he injected himself with air and gave himself a heart attack, and tells Greg that he had an accomplice. Greg tells Winnie to start investigating this as they get on campus and begin evacuating. Spike has figured out the bomb but has a 1 in 3 chance of stopping it. Winnie tracks down the batteries to the first bomb to a wholesale club in Mississauga , but no buyer. Sam finds some of the bomb schematics and sends an image to Spike. Lewis says he can start working on another bomb since he has cutters, so he moves in towards the third one on the campus. He steps onto a loose gravel Feng Shui display and surveys the area with his metal detector and finds nothing and Spike guides him on the phone. As he finishes unraveling the detonator from the garbage bags, he steps on a landmine. If he moves, it blows. The team is confused and doesn't know what to do and Spike is worried. Commercials!

Lewis repeats he stepped on a landmine and says he knows that is what it is because he heard the click and he feels the trigger. Greg tells him to relax and Spike tells him not to shift his weight, and that he will get him out. Greg calls Ed and tells him what happened, and Sam tries to figure out what he is standing on. The SRU switches to a different channel to keep Lewis calm. Jules figures out that Sara , the Professors' daughter, is the accomplice! She sends the photo to the team and Greg puts out a search for the professors and the daughter. Spike manages to defuse the bomb with 18 seconds left, and rushes to campus. Spike jokes with Lewis to keep him calm, and the campus is continued to be evacuated. Greg spots Sara in the crowd and the SRU run after her. Lewis very carefully defuses the detonator, and Spike arrives on campus. Ed and Sam capture and handcuff Sara. The professors arrive at the campus and are in disbelief that their daughter is involved, and they recall a time from 2 years ago when the bomb technician came and visited them in their office and talked to their daughter. He has a lot of animosity towards them for having an "ivory tower tenure" rather than continuing to fight for "what is right". With Spike's guidance, Lewis manages to defuse the bomb and breathes a sigh of relief. Sara admits to her parents that it was her, and that she isn't afraid of jail. Sara is horrified seeing the situation, but lies to the SRU about laying them. The SRU jostles and fights over options about how to defuse this landmine, and Spike goes in and looks around with a radar device. Commercials!

Spike very carefully finds the landmines and marks them. He digs around Lewis to see what kind of a landmine it is, and sees it is a CR-38. It's very difficult to defuse, and Sam says the prospects are grim. Spike looks for a safety to re-pin it and save Lewis, and starts talking in baby speak until he finds it... only to learn that it is glued. Spike tries to calm himself and reassures Lewis that there's got to be another way as the SRU tries to determine a strategy, even though it is just not looking good. Lewis talks about special memories in Jamaica and this triggers Spike to do a weight transfer with water, though Lewis tries to tell him to ask out his new love interest and that they have to play it safe. Spike goes off to make his contraption, and Lewis looks at the team, and pulls out his cell phone. The SRU argues about whether they can do anything to save Lewis, but they don't want to risk losing two members of their team either.

Lewis calls his parents, but can only get a hold of his dad. He calls to say that he loves them, and to tell his mom that he called and that he was thinking about her. Lewis is in tears, and shaking, and as Spike heads back to the SRU who is standing their blankly, and Lewis tells him "it's gonna be okay". He steps off of the landmine and he is blown away. You hear none of the SRU's cries from here on in, only sad violin music (so no song at the end this week either). Just images of the SRU in stunned and sombre grief as the episode goes to black with a piano riff of the theme song. Oh Lewis, we barely knew ye! Mark Taylor, we will miss you, but we hope we will see a few more episodes with you in it before the season is over (since the episodes are out of order). Congratulations again to the cast and crew on a great start to the third season and we all wish you the best of luck for many more despite this shaky programming start!

Which brings us up to next week's episode Never Let You Down, which brings the SRU a new member - another woman! Leah Kearns joins the team, and she tries to comfort them, but the team isn't ready to really talk about it yet. The crisis involves an armed abduction in the woods leaving the crew wondering about how to deal with a 50-foot-drop.

Friday, September 18, 2009

More September 2009 Flashbits!

This Week’s Upcoming Episode Will Be A Shocker!

Flashpoint has undergone some episode scheduling changes once again. It's likely that the episodes being aired in Canada are going to be aired out of order (but the reason will be made clear to us soon, we read). Back in July, the episode Coming To You Live was supposed to air. And this one was about the SRU trying to prevent a Radio DJ from killing a politician on the air. To our surprise, some days ago, another episode was announced for this Friday - One Wrong Move. And this one is probably going to keep everyone in Canada on the edge of their seats. One of our readers posted this same video on Facebook (linking to YouTube so everyone can watch) of the current commercial being aired on CTV as we speak for the new episode. CTV has also posted one online here. In a press release, CTV posted this about the episode:

FLASHPOINT returns with its most emotional and unforgettable episode ever as the SRU is pushed to the breaking point and desperately work to save the life of one of their own. After answering a bomb call in the downtown core the team soon discovers it’s just the first in a wave of bombings by a mysterious eco-terrorist organization. Ed (Hugh Dillon), Sam (David Paetkau) and Wordy (Michael Cram) must hunt down the terrorists, while bomb defusing experts Spike (Sergio Di Zio) and Lou (Mark Taylor) must defuse two bombs simultaneously.

The only cast members we can confirm at this time are Richard Willis, who plays the character Sheldon Kominski, and Toronto actor Drew Finnie makes another of a few appearances on the show. CTV's Forums are all abuzz with who the unfortunate member of the team might be, and if it is who we think it is, we'll be left wondering where the series is going to go.

On a side note, I am definitely going to change the format of the episode summaries (yes, I will attempt to use paragraphs). If I have a laptop (which I am hoping one of my broken ones will return to me from the shop soon), then it will be up hours after the episode airs. If not, then I'm stuck doing it on this PC, and that won't happen until CTV puts the episode up online. We will hide the full summaries after the post jumps, so those of you who don't want to be spoiled, won't be :). We're excited and only 5 days away from a premiere! Keep an eye out on our ratings table too - this will be updated as soon as we have the figures in!

Simon Vaughan Starts New Company!

Well, it seems one person that left the fledgling Alchemy TV has started their own venture. Simon Vaughn, co-founder and partner at Alchemy, left the company last year, and just recently announced that he is starting his own company, Lookout Point. The company will producers secure funding for their projects via pre-sales, co-production and bank and equity financing. Since this is a solo project, Simon will serve as an Executive Producer on future productions, but will not serve as a distributor. He spoke of his philosophy, "I want to sit on the same side of the desk as the producer and have the flexibility to get involved with the best projects and help make them happen. It is important to have maximum mobility, so I can work with networks, studios or production companies without treading on the toes of their own in-house distribution entities. Being less of a competitor and more of a partner is very liberating and gives me access to a wider range of the best projects." Vaughn plans to focus on series and movies. Simon isn't quite done with Alchemy just yet, as he is nominated this month for an Emmy for his work on their production, Coco Chanel (Outstanding Made for Television Movie). Alchemy continues to be a key production partner of Flashpoint.

Flashpoint’s Second Season Premieres in Italy!

We wonder if Spike cozied up to Babycakes and watched! Flashpoint continues its conquest of the world, and the second season of the show began in Italy on September 8th on AXN. The first season of the show reruns in syndication on RaiTre (Rai3) and so far the ratings have been good on both channels. On September 10th, approximately 1,224,00 people watched Scorpio and the show held a 5.23% share. Mark Ellis reports that 1.3 million people caught the premiere on AXN! Fans can catch watch Flashpoint in this Autumn 2009 promo video from AXN! Viva la Flashpoint!

And Now, a Short Word From Moon Chase:

The fans are really putting up a fight to bring back Sailor Moon, and we want to thank the readers of this blog who weren't afraid to check out a little more about Flashpoint's very big connection to an iconic cartoon, and in turn participated in our surveys. We have received over 1000 surveys from fans over Phase 1 and 3 of Operation Moonrise - which is a really big number none of us ever expected to reach! We'll be finishing up the release survey a week from today, so if you want to get involved this is your very last chance!