Flashpoint

Flashpoint: Exeunt

Crossing fandom lines here to give a special message to those who have left the set of Flashpoint for the last time, as principle production wrapped tonight for the last time.

Flashpoint made 5 seasons of great Canadian television. I think, in the wisdom of time, it will be looked back upon as a series which pushed the boundaries of the Canadian industry in all the right directions. Babylon 5 was a sci-fi series which did some boundary pushing of its own and, almost 20 years later, is still remembered fondly by its fans.

The following quote was said by G’Kar, a character (correction: an awesome character) from Babylon 5 as he was, in the story, leaving the station and, in real life, they were winding down toward end of the series. I’m not sure who actually wrote these words but the story was written by J. Michael Straczynski and Harlan Ellison.

“I believe when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere in the station, when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we’ve exchanged. Long after we have gone our voices will linger in these walls, for as long as this place remains. But I will admit that the part of me that is going, very much will miss the part of you that is staying.”

As the studio lights dim for the final time on the SRU, remember this. You made something which will last. It will endure. It will be respected. It will be admired and envied by others for years to come. It will give you great joy for the rest of your life.

I’m not talking about a television show, although it will certainly do these things, too. I’m talking about a family. You created a family of people who did something great together. Something which wasn’t always easy, which wasn’t always a certainty, and which perhaps left a few scars but, in the end, you made a family.

They can tear down sets, box up props, sell off costumes, and shut down lights but that feeling of family is something you keep. Sleep well, tonight, with the clear conscience of knowing: You done good.

Bravissimo. And goodnight.

photo courtesy of Adam Barken, one of Flashpoint’s writers – @adambarken

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Season 5, the concluding season of Flashpoint, will air in the fall of 2012. Final dates have not been announced. Stay tuned to Flashpoint Team One, the official Facebook page of the producers, for more information when it comes available. You can also follow them on Twitter @FlashpointTeam1 or series co-creator Mark Ellis @Flashpoint_TV.

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7 thoughts on “Flashpoint: Exeunt

  1. as always, eloquently said… unfortunately.

    Posted by jaye Cherry | June 27, 2012, 10:59 pm
  2. Beautifully said.

    Posted by angelinsydney | June 28, 2012, 12:00 am
  3. G’Kar was the soul of Babylon 5. Like B5 Flashpoint will live on on the hearts and minds of those who loved it.

    Posted by Heather Carmichael | June 28, 2012, 3:28 am
  4. Well said, Angelo. Flashpoint was more than a cop show. There was a feeling of family and something deeper than tv drama. Hopefully it has set a new standard in Canadian TV that others will aspire to.

    Posted by Wendy | June 28, 2012, 7:37 pm
  5. I can’t stand that this beautiful show is ending. Can someone let me know what idiot decided to end it? Dumbest movie on tv. !!!

    Posted by Deb | September 13, 2012, 6:59 pm
    • The show ended itself. No single party was solely responsible. The people who make the show saw there was a chance — for whatever reason — for the show’s quality to start declining. It was a chance they didn’t want to take. They decided to end it while they were at the top of their game.

      Some might even say this upcoming 5th season was once in doubt but elements within the Flashpoint family pushed to have a ‘final season’ so that there would be a satisfying conclusion for the fans, for us. It’s okay to be sad or even mad but you have to understand this show didn’t have a giant budget at the outset and the odds were stacked against it (a Canadian, high production value show about elite cops?! Who’d watch that?). It has taken a thousand minor miracles to get us these fine five years. I, for one, am grateful they happened.

      It would be a shame for anyone within that family to be thought of an “idiot” for doing what was best for the show — which ultimately means what was best for us. No break-up is a happy affair but some of them can be classy. Flashpoint is breaking up with us but it is doing it in the best way possible.

      Posted by Angelo Barovier | September 13, 2012, 7:20 pm
  6. Eloquently said, but it still sucks that the show is ending.

    Posted by Debbie Schiphof | September 14, 2012, 8:45 pm

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