David Paetkau promises an intense 'Flashpoint' finale episode
Season 4 started with Ed Lane (Hugh Dillon) in the hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound…and things have only gotten more intense. Later on in the season, he was held hostage, and so was Spike (Sergio Di Zio), and Parker (Enrico Colantoni) (on top of a scoreboard, no less!). And no one was spared – Sam’s (David Paetkau) sister was held hostage and in the second-to-the-last episode, Jules (Amy Jo Johnson) was hit with shrapnel.
Talk about an intense season!
And what made it even more dramatic was all of this was happening under the scrutiny of military psychologist Dr. Toth (Victor Garber), who questioned if Team One should be disbanded.
“It was exciting because you’d come into each episode not knowing what was going to happen and then, boom, wow, holy smokes,” David Paetkau tells CTV.ca. “It was an intense season!”
Paetkau says one of the most charged moments was Sergeant Parker’s “little incident” on top of the scoreboard, when an ex-cop who Parker had denied entry into the SRU, set up a robbery to make himself a hero. When the plan went sideways, he took Parker hostage, blaming him for his fall from grace.
“Enrico was brilliant, but his portrayal of a fear of heights was very genuine,” Paetkau laughs. “He was suspended pretty high even though they lowered the scoreboard. There were harnesses and safety experts and stunt pads, but it was an intense shoot.”
The clandestine (and forbidden!) relationship between Sam and Jules was also another charged storyline for Paetkau, but in the second to the last episode, Sam helped a wounded civilian before helping Jules, who was bleeding out on the floor of the lab.
The team’s had quite the shakeup already this season with Wordy (Michael Cram) leaving five episodes in after the character was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Wordy/Cram left big shoes to fill, both on screen and behind the scenes, but his replacement by Rafik 'Raf' Rousseau, played by Clé Bennett, has been embraced by both the cast and audiences.
“It’s been great,” says Paetkau. “He brings a whole new energy and enthusiasm. As actors, it was nice to have another actor come in, bringing that fresh gust of energy and I think Raf adds a great new element to the team.”
Car crashes and stunts and hanging upside-down in a harness
Paetkau says that though he loves working on the show, there were a few stunt days this season he found challenging. “We had some close calls, with car crashes and stunts and climbing up things and falling down things…and I find 90 per cent of it a lot of fun, but every once in a while you’re in a harness and it’s 100 degrees outside,” he laughs.
“But it’s been such a great job, we still have a lot of fun and Season 4 was just a blast!”
Paetkau says that four seasons in, he and his cast mates have mastered the complicated SRU uniforms. “In season 1, we definitely needed help getting dressed,” he laughs. “Now, it’s so much a part of our characters that you feel vulnerable with it.”
The notion of family is a running theme in the final episode, and Paetkau says one of his highlights from the entire season was shooting the scenes when they’re all together. “Those were the most fun,” he says. “A lot of the time, we’re divided up and running around and doing our individual thing, but to get a scene when we’re all together, it really feels like family.
Paetkau and the rest of the team start shooting Season 5 in the New Year, “a perfect time to be strapped into a harness, hanging off the edge of a building somewhere,” Paetkau laughs, but until then, he’s busy shooting a movie and travelling in Asia.
“I have no idea what to expect in this new season, to be honest,” he says. “I’ll enjoy the holiday, but it’s always nice to have that to look forward to.”
The Season 4 Finale airs on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8/7C on CTV.
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