FLASHPOINT “Severed Ties” Review

Season 3 Episode 11 of FLASHPOINT, ‘Severed Ties’ dealt with a mother who kidnaps the two daughters she had lost custody of four years before. The SRU team are on the hunt to find the kidnapper before she flees the city.

Maggie, the biological mother and kidnapper, was a drug addict who has been clean for four years. This draws parallels with Parker’s life: his ex-wife and son are estranged because of his alcohol problem. The similarities are called out by Jules, which makes Parker sharply remind her that he never kidnapped his son. Nor have they had any sort of relationship for over a decade; as the episode opened Parker learned that his son broke his arm via his cousin on Facebook.

The two little girls do not seem very perturbed to be kidnapped by a knife wielding stranger. There’s no tears and few cries for their parents. Prior to kidnapping them, no one thought to tell Maggie that her children were adopted at the last minute. Social services severed all ties between Maggie and her girls, which seems highly unbelievable. They did not even deliver birthday cards.

Maggie runs into trouble when her youngest daughter starts rasping because she’s unable to breathe, though thankfully she’s got better lungs than any Olympic swimmer and spends a good ten minutes gasping for oxygen. Maggie takes them to a drug store and immediately takes the owner and assistant hostage (it is conveniently empty). The eldest daughter secretly calls the police, alerting the SRU to their location.

Confession time! Parker shares his angst with Maggie. I’d just like to point out she has a knife, they have guns. Shoot her. If not the head, then in the leg, lest we’re forced to sit through such emo mumbo jumbo much longer. Unfortunately, no one on the SRU shares my sentiments.

Maggie, fresh off a four year stint in prison, within a week of being released, kidnaps her children and heads back to the slammer.

There was never a moment you felt like the girls were in danger, never an unsurprising twist or a meaningful lesson learned. As usual with Flashpoint there was little personal development, and most of it came in a landslide at the end accompanied by really bad music. I cannot say it left me excited about next week’s episode.

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