Friday, January 29, 2010

Enrico Colantoni on Cra$h & Burn

Enrico Colantoni recently appeared in an episode of Showcase's Cra$h & Burn as Danny DeRossi, a man who terrorizes the insurance agency because a settlement for his wife's spinal injury has been repeatedly delayed. Instead of playing the negotiator as he does on Flashpoint, this time Colantoni was on the other side as the desperate man with a story who takes extreme measures.

Here's the promo for the episode:

The full episode can be viewed on the Showcase website. Just select episode 08: Lawyers, Guns, and Money.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Help Haiti Now!

Over a week ago, tragedy struck the country of Haiti, devastating the entire livelihood of a people. The Sailor Senshi and the SRU have both taught us that no matter how dire the circumstances may be, there is always a way to save someone, if we all band together. Here are a few charities that our readers can donate to help Haiti get the essentials that they need in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Canadian Red Cross
American Red Cross

The Red Cross is heading emergency relief and recovery efforts in Haiti, providing medical support, clean water, food and shelter to people who have lost everything.

The Jean R. Cadet Restavek Foundation

Much of Haiti’s population is below the poverty line, and many children are sold to other families as “restaveks”, or “domestic servants”, under the promise that they will live a better life with more educational opportunities. These children, are unfortunately abused. This foundation had been working with hundreds children to provide relief and educational opportunities, but unfortunately it is believed that 100 of these children have perished. They were unfortunately in one of the schools that collapsed. It may even be possible that many more orphans could be at risk now in the aftermath.

ShelterBox Canada
ShelterBox International

Shelter Box provides tents, and other essential supplies including tools, a small stove, dishes, pans, water purification supplies, mosquito nets, blankets and utensils. These are especially being used to house patients receiving care from the makeshift hospitals on the ground.

World Food Programme

World Food Programme has pledged to help 2 million Haitians for 6 months, delivering food packages to the region.

Oxfam America

Oxfam has been working for the last 3 decades in Haiti and they aren’t going to stop! They are providing clean water, sanitation, and shelter for Haitians.

Breaking News: ACTRA Toronto Nominations!

We here at the Moon Chase Blog Network are so pleased to hear that actors from productions we follow on both Moon Chase and We Got The Solution have been nominated for awards! ACTRA Toronto is the Toronto branch of Canada’s largest actors union, and they are presenting awards in 3 categories. Funnyman Colin Mochrie will be handing these out!

Here are the nominees! The productions that they are nominated for are in bold, but if you see a gold star next to their name(), it means they were also in Flashpoint or Sailor Moon).

Best Male Performer:

Noam Jenkins(Flashpoint – played Josh in the episode Backwards Day)
K.C. Collins(Guns) (Was also in Flashpoint – played Derek Medeiros in Exit Wounds)
Ennis Esmer (The Listener)
Allan Hawco (Love and Savagery)
Daniel Kash (The Line)

Best Female Performer:

Kathleen Munroe(Flashpoint – played Laura in the episode Last Dance)
Rhea Akler (Undercurrent)
Kristin Booth(At Home By Myself... With You) (Was also in Flashpoint – played Sarah in Backwards Day)
Kateri Walker(Kissed By Lightning)

Best Voice Work:

Juan Chioran (Grossology)
Paul Fauteux (Afghanada)
Julie Lemieux(Spliced) (Was in Sailor Moon, played Sammy and Young Darien)
Carolyn Scott (Best Ed)
Ron Pardo(Bob & Doug)

We wish Julie, Kathleen, Noam, Kristin and K.C. the best of luck!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Air Farce New Year's Eve Flashpoint Spoof - "Flupoint"

The Royal Canadian Air Farce was, and still is, a beloved comedy troupe among Canadians. Though their weekly TV show is no longer on CBC, the network brought them back for their infamous New Year's Eve Special. Unfortunately, there was no Chicken Cannon or Donut Shop Coffee Break this year, but in the true tradition of the show making a mockery of pop culture trends, one very special Canadian hit was parodied. And that, was Flashpoint! CBC has finally put the clip on the air, and fans can check it out below!

To watch the entire episode, click here to watch it on or purchase it on iTunes. For our much older readers who are "technologically challenged", you may also have a good laugh at this skit!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Flashpoint is Delayed in the US, but Doing Well in Canada

Unfortunately, according to Co-Executive Producer Bill Mustos, CBS has decided to push Flashpoint back in its schedule to Summer or Fall of 2010. He told Playback Daily that he received the call from CBS that they have decided to run Jerry Bruckheimer's Miami Medical in the slot that was slated for Flashpoint's return.

On the bright side, however, the rumors that CBS has dropped the series are false according to Mustos, who says that CBS feels quite positive about the show and are definitely planning to return it to US television.

Despite the lack of concurrency with CBS this season, Flashpoint continues to do very well on CTV, remaining firmly in the top 20 and averaging 1.7 million viewers last fall.

We're sorry to all of our American fans that they are going to have to wait to see the show on TV. We know that since the show has already aired in Canada there are numerous "alternate methods" available to watch the show. However, in order to keep support for the show strong, we highly encourage you to watch the show when it does appear on CBS, even if you've already seen the episodes.

In addition, for anyone wanting to support the show further, the Season 2 DVDs can be ordered from and shipped to the US for a small fee. We are researching the possibility of a Blu-Ray release, but if you just can't wait, Season 2 will be available in March!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Flashpoint in a Flash – Season 3 Episode 9: Behind the Blue Line

This episode takes place at Toronto’s legendary Maple Leaf Gardens which was the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1931-1999. When this episode aired, twitter was all abuzz with memories of the arena. Today’s episode is all about being haunted by ghosts from a military past and defending more than just a legendary stadium

We begin at the SRU. Everyone’s nerves are frayed and Greg kicks Team 3 out of the briefing room to cool a heated SRU. It seems like something very bad has happened, but we don’t know what. Sam is covered in blood, and Ed gives a statement to a lawyer. And rewind, to 3 hours earlier.

A developer is having a rough time with a demolition crew trying to order dynamite outside the Godwin Coliseum. No one wants this building to be destroyed and he can’t wait for his big glass tower to come out of the rubble of this building. The developer walks inside with a crew member, takes a few indirect jabs at the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the moment he walks inside the rink he is shot! The SRU is called to the coliseum. Sam and Spike deal with the impatient developer to figure out where the shots came from and look at his wound. Spike wishes him a speedy recovery with a smile before he walks away to regroup with the team. They walk through the old banner-filled halls, and make their way to the rink entrance. Spile spots an infrared sensor. He puts an object in front of it, and a shot is fired. He holds it there so the team can see more of where the bullets are coming from. Sam thinks he has pinpointed the location, and he goes with Leah to find it. The rest head to a secure room to set up a command post. Sam finds the gun, unattended, and disarms it. He passes the serial number on to Jules. Spike, Ed, Greg, and Wordy set up command post and learn about the history of the building. Jules finds that the gun belongs to a retired hockey player, and sends some units over to his address. Ed bowls the spy ball into the rink and they look around to see if there is anyone in the stands. We see the scope of a gun zoom in on Ed’s face but luckily he moves out of the line of fire. There is someone else in the rink. Roll the opening!

The SRU keeps looking around for where these shots are coming from, and Jules finds that this rifle was probably stolen from the retired hockey player. He is being bought to the scene by the police for more interrogation. Ed and Wordy are split up, and they are covered by Sam and Leah from a distance. We see a scope moving around. Greg tries to speak over the loudspeakers, but the wires are all cut. As they walk back to the command post, Ed’s phone rings, and the caller ID reads Greg Parker… but Greg is right next to him and he’s not calling! The phone has been stolen from the command post. Wordy finds a heat print, and they find a wall that pushes open to a passage. This is how he got in past everyone. Greg orders the SRU to enter absolutely quietly. Sam and Leah head in and look around while Spike tries to find these secret passages on the blueprints. He discovers the dressing room, and keeps walking. They turn the corner in this very narrow and dark passage, and within seconds it is illuminated by a spark bomb which sends them running. Sam is burning to the point where he has to lose his uniform. Thankfully, the phosphorous did not penetrate his skin or he would have been done for. Jules continues to search through returned vets. An old coach arrives, and speaks of a secret apartment. The SRU doesn’t think this is a good time for his quirks, but he remains cool as he tries to search for the apartment. Sam plays a few tricks with text messaging to see if Jules can find out where their man is, since he has Greg’s phone.

He gets a reply, asking if he is related to Col. “Badass” Braddock. Sam responds that he is his dad, who went by Sir at home. He asks if he wats to talk. The coach continues to lead the SRU around the concession stands to find the apartment. Sam gets the suspect on the phone and tries to use memories of the coliseum to soften him. The coach arrives, but he is hostile towards Jules. Sam learns that to the suspect picked this place because “this is where anything that ever mattered, happened.” Jules tries to get names from him and says that she can do it herself and it can take a long time to find the right one, or he can give him the name. Finally, he relents, and says that it is a Darren Kofax. He was an 8-year-old hockey prodigy that he raised as best he could, but was devastated when he found out he wanted to play for someone else. When he came back, he just wasn’t the same. Greg continues to scribble notes with a sharpie. The other members of the SRU find the secret apartment entrance. Darren breaks down talking about the demolition, and we learned that just last week Darren meet with this retired player and he just didn’t seem to be the same person he used to be.

The SRU finds a picture of a military unit that has SYOTOS written across the top. Darren senses that they are near him and goes on the over. They find another hidden wall, and the hunt is on. They move out into a main hallway, and have to evade grenades. Bullets are flying as they chase him down an escalator, and then they lose him, as he cuts the power. Sam thinks he knows where he is coming from, and Greg puts his trust in him. Jules speaks to his father, who is on his way to the coliseum, and his father says that he never got professional help. Being in the military ran in the family, and he didn’t want his son to go through it. He says the image is of his friends in Kandahar, and that he was the only one of them who survived. Darren tells Sam he doesn’t know his war. Sam tries to share a story with him to sympathize. Greg questions his methods, but lets Sam continue. Jules still doesn’t know what SYOTOS means. Darren blames himself for his friends enlisting with him, and now feels as if their blood is on his hands. Sam also breaks down to Darren, but tells him that there are ways to get through it. Darren , it seems, has given up. He remembers happier times at center ice when they all used to play hockey, and now it’s all gone. This place is all he has left. Sam finally talks him down so they can meet at center ice. Greg assigns Spike and Wordy to cover Sam against his wishes. The coach says that he wasn’t happy about being sent home early after his friends died, and he was ineligible to serve in the army anymore. They meet at center ice, only to find that he has sent over a decoy (in the form of a security guard from the first episode), and Darren is now holding Spike hostage, saying over and over that he is a good soldier. He says, See You On The Other Side, and goes to shoot Sam. Ed shoots him down before he gets to Sam, who believes he wasn’t going to shoot. Sam goes to him, in disbelief, wiping the blood on his hands and shirt. He is angry with the SRU. The traumatized security guard is led off be Wordy. Darren’s father wants to go into the arena but the police will not let him.

Back at the SRU debriefing (after the events right at the beginning of the episode), they are all arguing against Sam for what happened. It seems, that Sam tried to redeem himself for his own demons. Darren was found to be psychologically unfit, and was not allowed to come back into service. They rewind the security footage, and hear him say, “See You On The Other Side” (SYOTOS). Greg tells Sam that he was saying that to him, because he should have died with his friends. There was nothing Sam could have done. Sam looks at the SRU, and says that he wanted to save people, and feels guilty about not being able to save the one person he could have, and says he doesn’t belong here. He leaves the room, and washes the blood out of his shirt in the shower, as the montage begins. The SRU is solemn in their change rooms. Ed meets Sam outside, saying that he should go with him and Greg to a support group on Friday. At the coliseum, the coach and Darren’s father sit in the dressing room, somber. We see some more shots of Maple Leaf Garden before the lights go out. The SRU stands by Sam as he packs up his locker. They all leave, and the episode ends.

Flashpoint in a Flash – Season 3 Episode 8: The Good Citizen

This episode deals with a very personal story of a family destroyed by drug dealers that made a perfectly happy neighborhood, corrupt. And, for all you Kevin "Wordy" Wordsworth fans, this one is very Wordy-centric! Read the summary of the penultimate episode of 2009 after the jump!

We begin at a bar, staff is clearing up as there is a single man having a drink alone in the corner. We flash back as he sips to his brother dying in front of paramedics. Two drug dealers come into the bar, and refuse to leave after the owner asks them to leave. They are there because the owner refused to let one of their friends into the bar. One holds the owner, and the other starts smashing everything in sight with a baseball bat. A waitress is in the back calling the police. The lone man steps in unexpectedly to salvage the owner’s precious crystal bowl , grabbing his baseball bat from him, and they leave. He chases after them, saying that he is not letting it go.

Wordy is riding with Ed, and he calls his wife asking if they want to go to Ed’s for a barbeque later tonight. Winnie patches through the hot call, and they head to the bar. The SRU searches around on foot, and Jules and Greg talk to the owner. The man who isn’t letting it go, has their handgun. Wordy and Ed drive around and remember times when there were more cops on the street to keep things like this from happening. Wordy grew up in this area and he can’t believe what it has turned into now as they drive past junkies on the street. They are looking for the man who they are calling a vigilante, or good citizen. Cut to the vigilante chasing the man through an alley with the gun. Greg tries to get more of a description out of the bar owner, Alphonse. The waitress is also of little help. Ed and Wordy catch up with the second of the two dealers and chase him through an alley. They catch him hiding inside a building, but he stonewalls and doesn’t give them a name on their first attempts. Sam and Leah drive towards the other dealer, only to find they are too late and he’s been shot in the leg. Where is the vigilante? ROLL CREDITS!

Wordy and Ed arrive at the scene as Winnie calls for EMTs. The dealer, Leon, is paranoid about the SRU’s motives, but finally gives them the name of the vigilante – a Robert Cooper. Wordy remembers him vaguely, he and his dad used to hang out at his father’s hardware store. Wordy thinks there is more to this story and tries to find out why Robert would want to shoot him, but Leon continues to be hostile. Spike learns that Cooper is an activist, and worked to get an apartment building that is notorious for being inhabited with drug dealers, torn down. Back at the bar, Alphonse gives the SRU the name of Robert’s wife. Ed and Wordy go to look for another dealer that Leon names (Torres) as he is whisked away in the ambulance, but Leah comments that it is going to take a while in this neighborhood. Wordy is a little irked by this, but Leah tells him that she had plenty of drug related calls in this neighborhood from her firefighting days. Greg and Jules talk to his wife who arrives at the bar, and learn that Cooper had a brother named Jimmy, who got into drugs and passed away. Flashback to a scene at a bar, where Jimmy is drinking and Cooper and his wife track him down after a missed job interview. Robert tries to talk to Jimmy and get him out of his habit, but he is unsuccessful. They lost the store, and Jimmy too.

This is a personal case. Spike relays a potential location to Ed and Greg of Cooper, and Leah considers apologizing to Wordy for what she said. Sam tells her not to, because it was based on professional experience. Inside the command truck, Greg confronts Spike asking why two high-ranking security agents wanted to take him out for coffee and talk about him. He says they will pick him up later. Ed, Wordy, Sam and Leah arrive at the address of Cooper. Wordy picks open the lock and the move in swiftly and quietly. They don’t find him in there! Alphonse finally starts opening up, and learns that these dealers burned down their hardware store. Cooper became obsessed with fixing things ever since. The flashbacks from the beginning that showed Robert with his dying brother and paramedics took place this morning. Meanwhile, Jules tells Spike in a conversation that Ed is proud of him. Greg speaks to the paramedics that tried to save him, and Cooper is pretty broken when there is nothing that can be done to save him. Spike finds out something about Torres, and he is the middleman of a group of coke dealers in the area. The SRU thinks that they are Cooper’s next target, and look around for them. Wordy is in conflict about protecting drug dealers, and Greg tries to say that they are just keeping the peace. Leah jumps in over the comm and says that when bullets start flying it is not only drug dealers that are being hit. Wordy ponders this, as Greg starts giving orders for where the team should position themselves.

The SRU have now surrounded a van playing loud music, and find Torres inside, shot in the stomach. Cooper beat them to the chase and he is now headed to the dealers – who are brothers! After some prodding, he finally gives them an address. At the bar, Cooper calls his wife. She begs for him to come home, but he won’t claiming that he has something important he has to do. In a seemingly normal-appearing house, the dealers are in a panic, packing up stacks of cash and figuring out a way to get out of this situation. One of them leaves the room, but when he returns, he is being held by gunpoint by Cooper. He tells them that they are responsible for killing his brother, but they don’t even know who he is. The SRU arrives at the house and sets up a camera. Sam is in the sniper position but he can’t see very well. Jules brings Cooper’s wife to the scene. Cooper demands that the brother he is holding at gunpoint consume a large mountain of coke. He is afraid to touch the very thing that he makes money off of. Greg tries to negotiate with Cooper through a bullhorn, but he doesn’t have much luck. Leah and Wordy work together to set up a window charge to bust inside. Wordy drops a phone line into the room, but Cooper hesitates to pick up. Ed calls for the SRU to break into the house, but cooper starts firing shots at random outside. After a status check, the SRU makes plans to go in. They are now face to face with Cooper.

Wordy puts down his gun, and remembers the hardware store in an attempt to negotiate with Cooper. They bring his wife on the line. Wordy tries to convince him that he still has a good future ahead of him with his wife. Wordy promises Cooper that they will make sure they get what is coming to him, and asks him to put the gun down, a few times, over and over. As Greg wanted earlier, no one died today. Everyone is taken away in handcuffs as the end of the episode montage begins. Wordy decides to take a raincheck on the barbeque saying he has some phone calls to make. At the command truck, Greg shares humorous stories he wish he could say to these agents, but he didn’t. Instead, he gave him a glowing reference. Spike said that he was headhunted and didn’t apply for the job, and Spike isn’t quite sure where he wants to be. Spike promises he will keep him posted after he says something in Italian. Wordy stands outside of the hardware store with some friends, and some crowbars, as they tear off the boarded windows and clean up the old hardware store.

It was nice to see a Wordy-centric episode - Flashpoint is doing a great job of intertwining the ins and outs of the SRU, the personal lives of the squadron, along with the case-of-the-day.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: No Room For Flashpoint or the Bridge on CBS?

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke at a CBS session at the Television Critics Association on Saturday. She took a few jabs at NBC and their current dilemma with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. She acknowledged that CBS has plenty of new series to program, including Flashpoint and another Canada-United States co-production, The Bridge (which currently has 13 episodes waiting to air). The Bridge also has a connection to Sailor Moon, in star Toby Proctor (Tuxedo Mask #2). She simply said "We had a terrific fall launch... A lot of our shows are working so we had more content than we had real estate." This does not bode well for fans of Flashpoint (which was co-created by Stephanie Morgenstern (Sailor Venus #1) and her husband Mark Ellis) or potential fans of The Bridge. Many critics are speculating that these shows are now going to be pushed even further to the Summer. We really hope that there is at least some space to show at least a few episodes of these shows during Spring Sweeps. Sorry fans, we wish we had better news but we don't at this point. Keep writing to CBS! It is too early to tell when any new episodes of Flashpoint (set to resume production pretty soon) will air on CTV, or if they will be held back until CBS catches up. We also don't know as of this writing whether CTV will jump the gun and air The Bridge ahead of time just like they did Flashpoint last fall.

On a side note, we are slowly returning to the swing of things on the two blogs. The last of the episode summaries should be up soon, but no idea when a full review of Hugh Dillon's Works Well With Others will come up. It's really great album and any rock fans who read this blog should get it!