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Flashpoint - S02E02

Crime . Action . Action & Adventure . Drama

A married couple has been trying to get pregnant for 8 long years and it's taken its toll on them and their marriage. The wife now suspects the husband is having an affair with an attractive lady reporter. She kidnaps the reporter and holds her hostage at knifepoint. SRU is called in to defuse the situation. Sam and Jules continue to conceal their relationship but have second thoughts about moving forward.

Episode Title: Backwards Day
Airs: 2009-01-16 at 10:00 pm
  • If it had something truly new or provocative to say about such matters, the essential redundancy of Flashpoint could be overlooked--but it doesn't, and so it can't. These good guys are too good for their own good. And ours.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    It's nice to have fresh scripted material on the summer TV menu, but after an hour of dull wisecracks and predictable plotting, reheated "Law & Order" leftovers start looking pretty tasty. [11 Jul 2008, p.66]]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It's understandable why CBS would take its own low-risk shot with "Flashpoint" as summer filler. Yet as viewing experiences go, the series itself possesses so little flash, finally, that it's difficult to see the point.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The Flashpoint pilot is competent, but very retro (there's an extended sequence of the team driving to a crisis point with their sirens blaring, the sort of thing that went out 15 years ago) and fairly dull.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It goes through the motions quite competently and respectably. But it is nonetheless merely re-creating crime-series moves we've all seen many times before, with only the faintest afterimage of originality.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The best part of this show is the acting, which is generally excellent - particularly that of Hugh Dillon as Ed Lane, the conscience-riddled sharpshooter. Too bad the writing isn't as on-target as Lane's high-powered automatic.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Flashpoint lingers when it ought to speed up. It is a show about crisis that refuses to make you anxious.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The first half is tautly produced, before there's a dramatic--and dramatically dull--downshift that'll get you ready for beddy-bye.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    If you can ignore stuff like the impossibly clean subways and the fact that the cops call one another ''constable'' with straight faces, Flashpoint is actually rather formulaic.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    Flashpoint works through the distress and damage it lays out here, it gets points for beginning with the difficulty, not with the triumph. Now, if it can just figure a way beyond the scary perp clichés.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It's more nuanced than the average cop drama, and for that reason, more intriguing.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    To be sure, Flashpoint is a perfectly competent police procedural right down to its convincing weaponry and tactics. However, based on the pilot, it isn't particularly fresh or inventive.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's not terrible, not great, just sort of so-so.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Misha Davenport

    Though the characters on this show, premiering Friday on CBS, are relatable and watchable, the slow pace might prove to be too much of a cultural divide for an American audience used to the quick cuts and immediate resolve seen on American cop shows.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It has an appealing modesty that survives its bouts of aesthetic overexcitement--the occasionally lurching camera, hammering soundtrack, the sentimental pop song laid over the last couple of minutes as the principals silently end a long, hard day.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review