One of the newest crime dramas, FlashPoint centers around a strategic response unit while they work in situations with hostages, bombings, gang violence, etc. I had been expecting just another mediocre crime drama with this show. I am so glad that I was wrong. What stands out most about this show is that it plays more on your emotions than the other shows of it's kind - it makes you empathize with the criminals, the victims and the people working for the SRU.
Take episode 4 of season one - Who's George. This man had been working as a security officer at the bank for close on thirty years when he is let go at the same point where his wife needs to go into a home due to early onset of alzheimer's. The man is at an age where he can't easily find a job, let alone one where he would be able to afford payments for the home his wife is now in. So, he decides to rob the bank in order to get the money that he needs to take care of his wife. You can totally understand why he would do what he is doing, even though you know it's illegal, but the show questions your morals and beliefs.
The cast is all quite good, but Enrico Colantoni really stands out. I had first seen him on Veronica Mars, and it's wonderful to see him again in another show now that VM is cancelled.