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.
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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.