Enrico Colantoni on the 'scarred' season finale of 'Flashpoint'
Unlike cliff-hanger finales of the past, “Flashpoint” exposes the raw nerves of the SRU as they grapple with their past failures in the last gripping episode of the season.
“Fault Lines” airs Sunday, Feb. 6 following the Super Bowl on CTV and will also be available online at CTV.ca the day after.
The finale marks both the return of beloved actress Jessica Steen, who reprises her role as Donna Sabine, and the debut of legendary Canadian actor Victor Garber on “Flashpoint,” who takes the show’s intensity up a notch as he interviews each of the SRU members to see if they’re fit to remain on the team.
Enrico Colantoni, who stars on the series as Greg Parker, recalls the episode as being one of the more difficult he’s had to tackle.
“I remember doing it, and having to be so passive throughout it… that’s a challenge as an actor,” the actor tells CTV.ca.
“And the biggest challenge for us as a team… to be as scarred as everyone was. To go through what everyone went through, and have that emotional intimacy. It was a hard, hard episode.”
The finale is an unusual one for the drama; instead of taking on a hostage situation as it normally does, the team is called in for a routine certification, and in the midst of that, they have to confront their darkest moments of the last few years on the job.
For example, Spike (Sergio Di Zio) has to dredge up fresh and disturbing feelings around the death of his friend and teammate Lew (Mark Taylor).
Colantoni thinks that this kind of reflection is good for the series, and likes the way that the characters are given a chance to live with the aftermath of the events they deal with.
“Because our show really sort of steers away from their personal lives -- it’s not a serial sort of drama that ‘ER’ was, where you can watch somebody exit and be okay with it,” says Colantoni.
“It’s hard to see characters leave on our show, but it would be difficult to kill any one of us off without some sort of really, really traumatic repercussions. Our show is about these guys you don’t know a lot about, but it works so well together -- to have one of them not around, you wonder if you’d like it if one of them weren’t around anymore.”
As for future guest stars on the series, Colantoni has a few ideas about who he wants to see grace the set, including Elias Koteas, Curry Graham and “Trotsky” star Jay Baruchel.
Colantoni has also taken up a new cause as a spokesperson for the charity known as “Tema,” which aims to help ease the suffering of emergency services and military personnel who experience traumatic events.
Explaining why he’s gotten involved with the charity, Colantoni explains that “These guys see crap all the time.”
“My brother was a cop for 30 years; I know the stuff he’s seen. There’s no way for these guys to reach out and talk to somebody. Somebody has to tell them what they’re going to see.”
Colantoni, along with his cast-mates from “Flashpoint” will be attending a fundraising Gala event with Canada AM’s Beverly Thompson on Saturday, February 19 at the Le Jardin Conference and Event Centre in Woodbrige, Ontario.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at Tema.ca.
Tyrone Warner has been with CTV.ca since 2005, covering news, entertainment and everything related to CTV. When he’s away from the computer, you can find him writing, recording and performing his own music, running his own record label and dabbling in photography, painting and creative collage. Follow him on Twitter!