FLASHPOINT “Unconditional Love” Review


“Unconditional Love” was an overall entertaining eighth episode of FLASHPOINT‘s third season. Granted it did not serve up the character development I’d been hoping for, but the plot twists were unexpected and the story itself so compelling that the lack of character delving was not vital to my attention span.
A car, pursued by police, spins out of control and crashes. A Good Samaritan stops and asks the driver if she can take him to the hospital. He pulls a gun, throws her to the ground, hops in her car and speeds off while she’s screaming and frantically hitting the windshield. Her baby is in the back seat.
The driver races into a motel parking lot (police still in pursuit) and seemingly forces his way into a boy’s motel room with the baby and a sports bag full of guns and our favourite SRU team is quick to respond.

Turns out the hijacker was going to sell arms to the boy in the motel room and unintentionally brought the SRU to his front door. At first we’re lead to believe the boy is a hostage and then wham! Oh nope, he’s a serial killer (sort of). A serial killer with Asperger’s (sort of). He’s a serial killer with a melodramatic, loving yet clueless mother. (you betcha).

A chase through the sewers is terribly executed. I mean honestly. Have they no pride! Have they never seen “The Third Man”? Are they unaware of a little thing called adrenaline rushes? You’d get more excitement at an elementary school 200 yard dash than you would watching the 3 armed SRU officers running down a suspected serial killer.
He is caught, of course, and since he’s under 18 he’s not killed, despite the fact that red blood would have contrasted nicely with the white snow, if I may be so poetic.

Personally, if I was held hostage with a crying baby and a crazy man with a dozen military guns and the entire police force outside my motel room where I’ve been planning to pop the cherry on my virgin serial killer career for three weeks, I’d take the day off. But that’s just me. He does not, and we watch him pursue his target about 10 minutes after escaping the SRU.

As per usual, the SRU team does not matter one iota in this case. This episode could have been in CSI, The Mentalist, Law & Order SVU…dozens of other procedurals. It is not a great episode of television, nor is it close to one. They didn’t explore the relationship between the brother and sister. Was it incestuous? Was it psychological? And what ever happened to her? Is she still living with them, did she move out? That might have been more interesting that Ed’s familial subplot (I know, hypocrite! Of course I want to see character development…when it’s interesting.) And whilst not a classic episode of procedural television, or anything close to it, it was a very satisfying episode of Flashpoint.