Rant: TV Show Flashpoint

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Bighead, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Bighead

    Bighead New Member

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    Ok, we were talking about this show on "The Unit" thread, discussing how good this show could be, but how lame it actually is.

    So I watched this weeks episode when I got home from work this morning, and was once again frustrated.

    Full tactical unit outside the house, and two women are inside fighting each other over a butcher knife in the living room just inside the front door. They have eyes on for part of the struggle, and can hear the fight. In what world do the cops not go in on a deal like that?

    Instead they stand around and let the hostage-taker move upstairs, into a barricaded position. Then an argument breaks out over the radio between the team commander, the negotiator, and an entry team member over whether to breach. The entry team member, who has eyes on through a skylight, is over-ruled by the negotiator who is talking to the hostage-taker on a two-way radio...and I should probably say talking-at, because there isn't any dialogue from the hostage-taker.

    Absolutely drove me nuts...lets see how many more mistakes the Police Strategic Response Unit can make for the sole purpose of increasing drama (while decreasing believeability and enjoyment).

    The first episode of this show had a sniper head shot on a hostage-taker in the first 10 minutes, realistically dealing with a tough scenario. I thought "Wow, this might be a show to watch, not your typical SoCal, bash the police BS." I am doubting myself more with every episode.
     
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  2. ScottG

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    Well, the purpose of the show is to entertain, not document correct police procedures.

    Besides, everything went downhill on police shows since Sgt Friday retired....
     

  3. hillbilly68

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    Agree, I couldn't even stand to watch it. Can look past some things, but this one was irritating from the start. Oh well, another failure...no great loss.
     
  4. Dillinger

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    Yeah, that show is not very well done at all. Which is odd, because it seems to have a pretty decent production budget, and the Toronto ( Montreal? ) Mounties actually "loan" real officers for the "background" scenes of street closings and things of that nature along the same lines the Navy/Marines used to loan their guys for JAG.

    I have been routinely disappointed with that show & yet, like a dumbass, I keep recording it on the DVR and watching once a week hoping it will get better.....:rolleyes:

    JD
     
  5. Bighead

    Bighead New Member

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    Don't feel like the only one...I am doing the same thing.

    I also do that with the TNT show Saving Grace. I live in Oklahoma City, so the fact that it is set here was intriguing. I watch and routinely think "what a piece of crap" but something keeps me watching it. Part of it is how badly the writers translate Oklahoma and OKC Police, but I think even if I didn't realize how wrong the portrayal was, I still wouldn't like the show....BUT I KEEP WATCHING IT...WTF!?
     
  6. Dillinger

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    Okay, we have taken our shots, but has anyone seen the resent episode "Haunting the Barn" about a former SRU member who returns to the station house and has a stand off with the team?

    I thought that was one of the best episodes, hands down, that they have done.

    The protrayal of PTSD was very well done and the acting skills displayed by the team sniper, Ed, were very good.

    That was one episode that I did not feel cheated on watching.

    I would like to extend +1 to the writing staff on that episode.

    JD
     
  7. live2offroad

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    I second this... I've only seen a few episodes, none really note worthy. Until this last one, truly engaging story and the acting was excellent.
     
  8. canebrake

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    Come on you guys, don't you realize we are way less than 1% of the target audience?

    It's freakin' entertainment! In the words of the Horneywood $ guys, "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"

    Let me give you a (several) case(s) in point; what submarine movie were you most impressed with? Crimson Tide, Hunt for Red October, Das Boot, The Widow Maker and I can go on and on. I'm sure some of these were entertaining to you, right?

    Well they were ALL bull sh1t! I've been there, they're ALL bull sh1t! Your b1tching is reminiscent of the discussions my 'bubble head' friends had each time we would critic a sub movie.

    Get over it! It's freakin' entertainment!

    Turn off your brain and just be entertained.

    What are you looking for, training? If so, what's the first thing a GOOD instructor tells you?

    "This is muscle memory instruction and nothing else, the minute the SHTF the battle plan goes out the window!"


    JD +1 on the "Haunting the Barn"
     
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  9. Bighead

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    +1.

    I watched this on my DVR tonight before coming into work, and have to agree that this has been the best episode of the season by far.

    I especially liked the line about spending a career witnessing the worst 20 minutes of other peoples lives. This is one aspect of this show I enjoyed in the first season, its not all high-speed action. They developed situations where you could relate to the badguy, like the episode with the child needing the organ transplant. After this weeks episode I'm not as ready to take this off my record list as I was.
     
  10. Chester

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    T.V. is like the internet you really should beleive everything you see.WE THE PEOPLE have a responsibility to beleive everything the mainstream media says we should beleive.
     
  11. cpttango30

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    Oh please it was one of the best if not the best but their was too much crying and getting in touch with your female side crap for me. I am sorry if some ex member wanted to off himself in my conference room I am not going to hug is sorry azz after I talk him down. I am going to punch his azz right in the effin face for trying to splatter his brains al over my conference room.
     
  12. Dillinger

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    LOL - Well, at least we can agree it was one of their best episodes thus far.

    Your compassion for fellow team members is touching though Tango - I think you need a hug. :D

    JD
     
  13. cpttango30

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    What's with you and all this sissy nanny boy huggin crap?

    The DA (My new term for DUMBAZZ) should have known the BG would come back after getting beat down by a little girl. They should have stayed and then waxed the bg upon entering with one of them MP5 airsoft guns.

    Punching him in the face is better than what I thought of first. Take one of them mp5 and shoot his DA in the freegin knee cap. Then while he is on the ground kick in square in the nuts for bleeding on my floor.

    On a good note I watched Spaceballs on the tv sunday.
     
  14. Dillinger

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    In the immortal words of Chevy Chase from FLETCH:

    "I like Men. I Like to be manhandled. I like you." :D

    Outside of that, I just thought it was a good episode and was impressed with the acting in that episode, especially by the guy who plays Ed.

    We, me especially, have taken quite a few shots at the show and I thought some credit was due.

    You needing a hug is just an assumption. :D:D

    JD
     
  15. cpttango30

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    After the day I had I think I do. I got 3 hours of sleep thanks to my puppy and The first season of Sliders (God I am a geek). My daughter went out again last night. and then I get to work and my server had crashed HARD 4 times before 7am. That took three hours of running around and emails to get it back up and going again.

    Oh well I think I just need to go and kill some disney animals soon. Can't wait until I get my taxes I am going to buy a Foxpro Fury and go try kill some yotes with it and my trusty 223. Have to put the AR on hold for now. Going to wait until the market kools off a little.
     
  16. cpttango30

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    OK I was sitting here watching the newest episode of Flashpoint. Which was going good until the lovey buvy scene of the two love birds talking about how the chickypoo was raised on the farm. Then it zooms out you see this. I can't believe this crap makes it on to tv. Even my wife (who knows little about guns) noticed it. How can any one do something so stupid and how can some one be so stupid as act in a scene with it.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Dillinger

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    THANK YOU!!

    I was trying to find that picture and don't have the software to be able to rip it from the DVR.

    The damn scope is UPSIDE DOWN! Hello, you can't even open the damn bolt because the rear illuminated control is in the way.... :rolleyes:

    The writing was UPSIDE DOWN on the scope - I mean, IT'S WRITTEN ON THE DAMN SIDE!!!!!!

    Sweet Jesus this show sucks....

    JD
     
  18. Bighead

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    The sad thing is that while I agree, I actually kind of enjoyed this episode.

    The thing that stuck with me was the loverboy standing out on the rooftop with his shot sweetie taking incoming sniper fire...ever heard of a partner drag?

    It's funny how you can enjoy a show that gets stuff wrong as long as they aren't trying to hard. If Flashpoint doesn't want to invest the resources to get it right, they should quit trying so hard and be more like CSI, etc.

    "Why can't I quit you?!"

    Lets just hope that NBC does a better job with SOUTHLAND.