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Walker Midseason Finale Review – False Flag Part 2 (315)

Walker -- “False Flag (Part Two)” -- Image Number: WLK315fg_0008r -- Pictured (L-R): Jeff Pierre as Trey Barnett and Ashley Reyes as Cassie Perez -- Photo: The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Walker aired a midseason finale that wrapped up the mystery of Grey Flag once and for all—and I can’t say it was all that surprising. 

When Clay Cooper came into the picture a few episodes ago, setting his sights on Kevin Golden and informing Cordell Walker that he had to handle the situation, it was clear that the two of them were somehow related. 

My initial gut instinct was that Clay was Kevin’s father, but it turns out, they were brothers, and Kevin’s motive, which was unclear for much of the season—as was his vendetta against Cordell and his reason for killing off every member of his former unit—was that the foursome abandoned Cooper during battle. 

Color him surprised when Clay walked into that airport hangar very much alive. Unfortunately, by that point, the damage had been done and Kevin was too far gone in his revenge scheme for anyone to actually reason with him. 

Quite frankly, Kevin’s motivation watered down what was a pretty incredible twist that revealed him as the mastermind behind Grey Flag. Though, to be honest, I don’t even know if he was because his brief squabble with the billionaire Danny Dawson, who he then killed, revealed that Kevin was just a political figure “they” recruited—the “they” remaining rather ominous. However, Danny never condoned the kidnapping and torture of Cordell and his brother, so that was solely Kevin’s rogue mission. 

Either way, Kevin was the person that had a beef with Cordell, and he went above and beyond to infiltrate Walker’s life by schmoozing his family and even getting close to Cassie by pursuing her romantically. 

No one saw Kevin coming (I guess maybe Cassie did, in a way), which is kind of concerning since they are all rangers. He played the part well, and before Cordell knew it, he was being framed for a bombing that took out six of his fellow rangers and Julia, the reporter he’d been spending quite a lot of time with, in addition to putting the mayor in the ICU. 

After the explosion, Cordell made a run for it, which made him look guilty. At first, I didn’t really understand why the FBI thought that Cordell was Kevin’s accomplice, but eventually, his decision to run made sense—Kevin planted a ton of evidence against Cordell, which is what Julia was trying to tell him right before the explosion. If someone like Julia, who knew Cordell and trusted him, could be swayed by the information Kevin was feeding her, the FBI would eat it right up. And they did. Graves set her sights on Walker almost immediately, scoffing at Captain James’ suggestions that his ranger and former partner was set up. 

Thankfully, Walker had a few people in his corner, including James, Trey, and Cassie, who tracked Cordell down and stayed in constant communication with him while he kept a low profile. 

The truth is that Cordell knows exactly how these things work, and he wouldn’t have been able to prove his innocence if he got caught. By that point, Kevin might’ve been in the wind. 

His priority was getting to Geri’s and asking her to inform his family that he was alive. It was truly nice to see Geri again, and a brilliant way to bring her back into the fold. If there’s anyone who is going to risk it all for Cordell, it’s her. And she did by not only harboring a fugitive but making a call and passing along a message to Stella, which was understood and received by Cordell’s father. 

Who knew that the team-up we needed in the finale was Bonham and Cordell? That man knows his way around a gun, and he was a damn good lookout for his son! 

Geri did the right thing by calling Cordell’s father because he was spewing nonsense by suggesting that maybe his disappearance would be the best for the family. He’s put them through a lot, that’s true, but their biggest concern is his safety, and not having him around brings them more stress than anything else.

Walker — “False Flag (Part Two)” — Image Number: WLK315fg_0013r — Pictured: Jake Abel as Kevin Golden — Photo: The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It’s also the reason for this mess in the first place because Cooper thought he was doing his family a favor while his brother felt hurt and abandoned. Admittedly, the Clay/Kevin relationship wasn’t really explored, so their conversation fell a bit flat as we couldn’t fully understand the extent of Kevin’s pain when he mentioned being left alone with his father. I assume it means that they weren’t on good terms, but it wasn’t very clear or well executed. 

Regardless, Kevin shot his brother, while Cordell chased Kevin on a motorcycle while trying to stop his plane from taking off. It was the kind of action sequence that fans of Walker find thrilling. The cherry on top of it all was Cassie, who was arguably hurt the most by Kevin’s betrayal, taking the shots that ended his life while protecting Cordell in the process. She. Did. That. 

Cordell’s name was cleared in the end, with Graves and James promising a full apology from the rangers—as they should. Seriously, jumping to conclusions about a decorated ranger was just messy and rash decision-making. 

We’ll have to wait until new episodes return on April 27 to find out how Cordell is coping, how his family reacted to his return, and what will happen between him and Geri upon her return. 

The scene between Cassie and Trey may have been the most heartbreaking if I’m being frank. I didn’t realize how much I was rooting for them until Cassie blamed Trey for making her question her instincts. And while I get where she’s coming from since both Trey and Cordell insisted that she give things with Kevin a go, the truth is that she can’t blame everyone for the choices she made. And the reason she is blaming Trey is that she’s denying her feelings for him. That’s the real reason why it hurts the most. 

As for Trey, I feel for him because he never meant any harm by encouraging her to let her guard down—he never could’ve anticipated this outcome. He thought he had her back, and was shocked by the development himself, though it’s a nice reminder to trust her instincts in the future. The poor guy already placed so much blame on himself, it was a bummer to see him get kicked while he was already down. Not to mention this is his first real gig with the rangers! 

Looking back on how everything transpired, it’s wild to see how the situation got away from them all so quickly—and it’s a lesson that you never really know who you’re dealing with. 

I think with time, Trey and Cassie will rebuild their friendship and trust in each other, and before you know it, they won’t be able to deny their feelings for each other much longer! 

What did you think of Walker Season 3 Episode 15? Are you happy to see the Grey Flag storyline wrap up?

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Walker Review – Let’s Go, Let’s Go (411)

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Walker and his team suffered a major blow during their hunt for the Jackal on Walker Season 4 Episode 11. 

If I’m this frustrated with a case, I know that they are over with how this serial killer keeps outsmarting and evading them. It’s taken so much from them in terms of sanity, time, and even loved ones, as we saw James spiral back into old habits that once again put his home life with Kelly in the crossfire, and Walker’s hallucinatory dream showed that one of his biggest regrets in life was not being there for his family enough; for the big and small moments. 

As the Jackal pumped up Walker with drugs, the hallucination began like a dream as Cordell finally had his wife back. In reality, Cordell was living through a nightmarish situation before being buried alive. 

I’m typically not a fan of hallucination/dream episodes, but this one was interesting as it examined Cordell’s life and motivations through the lens of his funeral. It was his subconscious bubbling to the surface, but it was showing him how his absence made others feel. The message was loud and strong, though he wasn’t entirely open to receiving it, even when Emily urged him to let it go and get back to reality.

The drugs pumped into his system were so strong that if it wasn’t for Cordell’s team tracking him down, he would’ve suffered the same fate so many of Jackal’s victims have over the years. I guess it’s slightly reassuring to know that they have no idea of what’s going on in their final moments of life, but it still doesn’t make the situation any better, especially knowing that Jackal almost killed two rangers as they were on his tail. 

While they got to Cordell just in time, David Luna didn’t have the same amount of luck—and it was honestly the most heartbreaking development in this season-long case. 

When I say the Jackal took loved ones, I also mean physically, as it seems Luna succumbed to his injuries and died in Cassie’s arms, which we know is going to absolutely destroy her as she was just coming around to admitting that she loved him.

I’m hoping that maybe there’s a reality where Luna still has a pulse and is spared, but it’s not looking good for him. Their pursuit of the Jackal meant that he was getting sloppy and needed to tie up loose ends, which included Luna as he took his eye off the prize. 

I knew it wasn’t going to bode well for him when he made that overly long phone call to Cassie, which was super sappy, and she hesitated to say the “L” word, something we know she’ll come to regret if he doesn’t make it. 

They could’ve saved that conversation for another time so that neither of them lost focus and allowed themselves to be ambushed by the Jackal. And if I’m being realistic, I don’t think this is a one-man show. One man wouldn’t be able to take out David Luna all while moving Cordell and burying him in a shallow grave. I think there’s a team working here, which is how they’ve been able to stay ahead of the police. 

Either way, the desire to stop and capture the Jackal is only growing stronger now that he’s targeted two of the Rangers’ own men. And maybe it’s time to bring in backup because this isn’t something they can handle on their own. 

As for Cassie, I hope she hasn’t lost the love of her life in such a senseless way—she deserves a shred of happiness. 

And with only two episodes on the horizon, I hope this case helps Cordell reframe what’s really important in life, and that includes slowing down and appreciating all the love he’s surrounded by, including his new romance with Geri. Maybe it’s time he stop running by leaving the rangers behind? 

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Luna’s really dead?

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Walker Review – The Jackal Returns and Claims His First Victim (404)

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Walker Season 4 Episode 4 made some major movement on two core storylines this season—the case of the Jackal and the mystery behind Witt’s death/resurrection. 

I’m torn between which one is more intriguing as they both have a lot going for them. Cassie was clued in on the Jackal case mere moments before she was sent into the thick of the action—and quite frankly, I wasn’t a huge fan of Walker and Trey on the sidelines for most of the episode. However, I do think that it was necessary so that we got a sense of the case through the newcomer’s eyes as everyone else, particularly Captain James, who was being kept in the dark, has already been tainted by the darkness. 

When they found Abby’s mother buried alive at the end of the episode with a Jackal tooth in her mouth, confirming their worst fears that the serial killer has resurfaced, you could see all of those past emotions from the case bubbling up to the surface for everyone. And Cassie finally understood why Walker and Trey were walking around on eggshells around James until they could get more proof (and at the insistence of his wife Kelly)—the toll the case takes on someone emotionally and physically is not for the faint of heart. 

This is the first time Walker has ever tackled a storyline as dark as a serial killer, but it’s exciting to see everyone get involved and put all of their acquired skills to the test. James might feel betrayed by Walker—and everyone else on his team—but I hope that seeing the Jackal back in action and feeling all those horrible emotions reminds him exactly why his loved ones chose to spare him until they had more concrete evidence. They know he’s a grown man who can handle it, but they didn’t want to see him spiral the same way he did previously; it was all coming from a place of love and concern. 

The partnership between Cassie and Det. Luna was interesting as the chemistry was unexpected—I’d almost go as far as saying that it was too flirtatious while dealing with such a serious matter. But then I also couldn’t help but shake the feeling that Luna is the Jackal. There was a certain charm about him that would be able to fool and woo a ton of people into their final moments.

Wouldn’t it be smart to hide in plain sight and stay one step ahead of everyone? He has been scoping the motel out, but he seemed to know a whole lot about everything and everyone. I’d like to think that I’m wrong, but maybe part of the Jackal’s elusiveness is his proximity to the people hunting him down.

Next on the list is Witt McCarthy, who, in a shocking twist, isn’t actually dead. He also isn’t as dangerous as Stella and Sadie believed him to be when he forced them to drive at gunpoint. Witt has simply exhausted all his other options of being on the run and faking his own death so that he could lay low and avoid the person hunting him and his now-dead friend Jordan—a woman who targeted Geri intentionally to steal a necklace. It’s unclear why the necklace is so important, or if she still has it, but it’s safe to say that the break-in was not an accident. 

Witt then allows Stella and Sadie to go free, asking them for forgiveness and help in return. Sadie is determined to go to the station and tell Cordell, and in a surprising twist, it’s Stella who decides against it. She knows that the minute she tells her father the truth she’s essentially sealed Witt’s fate. The woman is after Witt, and if she doesn’t get what she wants, she’ll kill him, and the blood will once again be on Stella’s hands. She felt such a huge relief being absolved of that guilt that she can’t in good faith just turn her back on him.

But it’s also too much to carry on her own, and when Sadie leaves town again, Stella shares the burden with August. Seeing them team up as a supportive brother-sister duo has always been one of my favorite parts of the show, so I’m looking forward to seeing this pan out. 

Stella may be in over her head, but at least August has her back. 

And as for the necklace, does Geri have it? Does it have any significance? Does the woman have some kind of connection to Geri or the Walker family in general?

 What did you think of the April 24, 2024 Walker episode on The CW? Do you have any theories worth sharing?

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Walker Review – Lessons From the Gift Shop (4×03)

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Walker Season 4 Episode 3 kicked Stella’s PTSD storyline into high gear, as it was revealed that she wasn’t simply overthinking or being consumed by the trauma—someone was really hunting her and Sadie for Witt’s murder. 

The ominous sign in her dorm room frightened her, and rightfully so, as it was just the beginning of the threats. Sadie tried to dismiss it, but she soon realized Stella had every reason to worry as her car was doused in gasoline, with a photo of Witt and a box of matches left behind. 

They were able to come up with some leads, but before they followed up on them, they carved out some time for the family sale at the HQ before calling it a night, only to find an unwelcome surprise waiting for them in the backseat of their car—Witt with a gun placed to Stella’s head. 

And that effectively answers Sadie’s question as to who might be hunting them down, though, the question of why still remains. 

Witt is very much alive and exacting his revenge, but until we know why he was at Geri’s place and targeting Sadie and Stella in the first place, we won’t know what it is that he actually wants from them.

Witt and Sadie have a past—one that she’s not proud of—so an educated guess is that he’s following up on that. 

Whatever it is, it’s clear Witt is a bad guy. And despite Walker’s trying to give his daughter space, he’s going to need to get involved sooner rather than later. 

What’s unclear is if he has any connection to Walker’s serial killer case. While that would be intriguing, I don’t see there being any logical or obvious connection between the two, especially since the case of The Jackal comes with a history dating back years prior. 

However, it’s still top of mind for Cordell and Trey, who have now roped in Cassie. The only part that threw her off? That they’re keeping it on the hush-hush from the Captain, who, as we previously found out, couldn’t be looped in because of the toll that the case previously took on his life and relationship. It cost him a great deal before, but I also don’t know how they’ll be able to work it off the books, especially as Jackal starts leaving behind a trail of clues and bodies. When it picks up momentum, it’s going to need all of their attention. 

Other moments throughout the episode kept things more grounded as Cassie and Liam bonded while going through her storage unit as she planted her roots in Austin and moved in with Geri. Trey also gave August a bit of a reality check with his first boot camp session—which Bonham wants to get involved in because the youth these days is “soft”—though it’s clear he has a long way to go before getting this “adult” thing down. It’s a science, and as Trey informed him, it’s definitely not all or nothing. You cannot allow yourself to get consumed by the activity of the moment—you need your hobbies for a little bit of a reprieve when things get tough to keep you sane. 

As for Geri and Cordell, they finally said the L-word to each other for the first time, which was a big step in their communication. It’s not easy navigating a romance later on in life, especially a romance with a person you’ve known your whole life. Nothing about their relationship is easy, but it’s their future, so Walker has to stop living in the past and looking through that lens if he wants to make this work. They made some good progress, so I’m interested to see how he’ll balance a taxing case, being a dad who constantly has to worry about his kiddos, and his personal life throughout the season.

What did you think of the episode?

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