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Walker Review – Back in the Saddle (1×02)

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Another episode down and yet, Walker still doesn’t impress me much. But… it’s getting better. 

Though it did feel like the series found its footing more on Walker Season 1 Episode 2, it could simply be that I was more familiar with the characters and what to expect by the second go-around. 

Cordell Walker was still a lost, grieving soul throughout much of the episode, but at least he acknowledged that he was “rusty” and having difficulties moving on. The first step is admitting the problem. 

Once he realized just how much his actions were affecting everyone else, he began to heal some relationships. But it didn’t happen without a good kick in the behind. 

First, his former friend and now Captain — who really made it a point that he got a promotion and needed to be referred to as Capt. James — sidelined him because he needed to complete a re-certification. 

It was a bit frustrating that he didn’t tell Walker he needed to do the re-certification in the first place and made it seem like he should’ve known about it. If Cordell is one of the best rangers despite everything that’s happened to him personally, why wouldn’t he want to help him get it done as swiftly as possible? Also, why wasn’t he there for his so-called friend?

And while we’re in the era where “by the book” is not a term used loosely, he could’ve offered a helping hand and cut Walker some slack. After all, this guy has been through a lot. 

It may have been a year since his wife passed, but as anyone who has experienced loss, grief comes in waves. 

Walker took a bit to complete his re-certification, especially when it came down to getting back on the horse, which kept bringing him back to memories of his wife, but he eventually did it and made an entrance on top of it. That’s the kind of dynamic I want to see from the series! 

The second “reality check” came from his brother, Liam. Cordell was definitely out of line when he picked a fight with his brother after learning that he tried to adopt his kids. 

Liam never wanted to “take away his kids,” but he stepped up to the plate while Cordell was on his undercover assignment. He was there for the kids and stepped in as the father figure they needed at the moment. 

However, it was easier for Cordell to blame his brother than acknowledge that he abandoned his children and didn’t know how to right his wrongs. 

It was also the wake-up call Cordell needed. He came back to town and thought everyone would give him a break because he’s been hurt by the loss of his wife, but he failed to acknowledged that others were just as hurt as he was. And they weren’t just hurt by the loss of Emily, they also felt like they lost a father while he was gone. 

That was even emphasized by the scene between Liam and his boyfriend, Brett, who underscored that he knew Cordell would stand him up for lunch. Everyone expects him to flake, and he does nothing to prove them wrong. 

Liam did him a favor by reminding him that if he keeps this up, he’s going to lose everyone he cares about. 

After this moment, we saw Cordell change his tune a bit. Even the way he approached his kids, particularly his daughter, Stella, changed. He made an effort to communicate with her in a way that was effective and showed that he was paying attention to the person she was now. He gave her the space to choose where she wanted to live, and he was there for her when she broke down while trying to move the family stepstone. 

The show’s strength lies in moments like these. If they can keep this up while also giving fans the action required from a show taking inspiration from a Chuck Norris classic then The CW will be able to move Walker into the “win” column. After all, the network saw an unprecedented turn out for the series! 

Cordell even had a breakthrough moment with his father, who had gave his son a new saddle after realizing that he was struggling to get back on his because it was a reminder of what he lost. 

As Cordell mended his relationships, he also got answers to two questions about his wife’s murder… and they weren’t as mysterious as he thought they were.

The bartender and Emily’s friend who was with her the night she was murdered, Geraldine (who I definitely think will have a romance with Cordell), admitted that she closed her friend’s eyes. 

As for the poker chip, it was part of a gift that Emily planned to give Cordell for father’s day. 

It’s not exactly the big, grand conspiracy that the show teased initially, but maybe that’s for the better? Emily’s death may have just been an unfortunate accident. Maybe there isn’t more to it… maybe the guy who confessed is really responsible and Cordell needs to accept it in order to fully move on. 

I could see there being a benefit to keeping the mystery around, but the show strikes me as more of a feel-good, good-cop family drama and in that respect, there’s no place for a mystery or a man with a head full of conspiracy theories. 

The issue of immigration remains front-and-center as Stella ditched her soccer game because she was allowed to play while her Spanish friend wasn’t despite both of them committing the same crime. It’s nice when a show openly acknowledges discrimination, and it’s even sweeter when a main character won’t stand for it. 

There’s also Micki, who made it abundantly clear (almost to the point of overemphasizing) that she’s the first female ranger of color so she doesn’t want to mess this opportunity up. 

She was a promising character in the pilot episode and continued to have a positive effect on Cordell even when everyone was ready to give up. I can’t wait for the show to fully explore their dynamic, but I hope that it never veers into romantic territory. Let partners be just that! 

I’m into whatever she has going on with Terry as she’s learning how to juggle an important job and a serious relationship, but I’ve yet to figure out exactly what Terry’s role is going to be in this series aside from being a supportive boyfriend. 

Cordell brought a lot of emotional baggage to the episode once again, and aside from a chase-scene (a la Outerbanks) that involved them solving the case-of-the-week surrounding a racehorse and a suspicious barn fire, there weren’t many light or comical moments. 

In fact, in a rare twist, the case-of-the-week wasn’t even the show’s main focus, which is great if you’re looking for more than just a procedural, but it’s a bit of a letdown if you’re here for all the kick-butt action that the original prided itself on. 

One of the greatest things about Walker, Texas Ranger was that it never took itself too seriously or spent too long in a dark place. We need that more than we need all the moments of pause and reflection. If done right, they could both go hand-in-hand and give us some beautiful television. We know Jared Padalecki can deliver on both beats and the foundation is there, we just need the writing to get over the hump. 

As someone who wasn’t into the pilot by any means, I found myself more convinced to keep watching after this episode. They always say that it takes about four episodes to really make up your mind, so I’m sticking it out.

What did you think of the second episode of Walker? Are you hooked?


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Walker Fall Finale Review – Just Desserts (307)

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Walker wrapped up the first half of season 3 with a Thanksgiving-themed episode that was far from jolly.

Everything that could go wrong absolutely did, and it was proof that sometimes, a big family celebration is more chaos than anyone needs it to be.

The biggest issue at the dinner table wasn’t the mediocre dinner—Cordell and Liam tried but a blackout while cooking dinner isn’t ideal!—it was the fact that Cordell was hellbent on pretending everything was okay when it actually wasn’t. 

Cordell’s parenting has been questionable as of late, and it’s very clear that he’s out of his element when it comes to raising two teenagers while also juggling a demanding job and dealing with the fallout of a kidnapping by a rogue militia group that tortured him and his brother. 

His version of dealing with issues is simply sweeping them under the rug, particularly on Thanksgiving, when his one and only goal was to persuade Stella to stop by for dinner so that he could try to make amends. 

Unfortunately, it was a terrible plan because he never acknowledge the root cause of the issue, nor did he consider Stella’s feelings and why she moved out in the first place. 

Did Cordell really think that she would just forgive him after he placed all the blame from the Side Step party on her and then left her in jail to deal with the consequences of her actions? Time and time again, Stella conveyed to her father that she wasn’t the one responsible for throwing the party, but he didn’t listen. Cordell channeled all the anger and trauma he’s been repressing directly at his daughter, which was unfair and misguided. He didn’t give her a chance to explain herself, nor did he care to hear her out. He made up his mind, and that was that. 

It’s hard to feel bad for Cordell in this situation as it was completely of his own making, and he didn’t even realize it or try to apologize for it when he invited Stella for dinner. 

August has been a grade-A brat for quite some time now, and honestly, I find his behavior a little alarming and unexpected. I guess it makes sense that he wants to find his own identity after being in his sister’s shadow the whole time, and yes, teens will be teens, but it’s also unlike him to let his sister take the fall for something she didn’t do. He’s watched how her relationship with Cordell was fractured because of a mistake he made and he still didn’t confess to his involvement. That’s not like Auggie. 

Everyone else in the house seemed to be aware that Auggie was the mastermind behind the Side Step party, and when Stella showed Cordell that they lost the liquor license as a result, Mawline finally put it all out on the table as she realized her son didn’t have it handled the way he kept assuring everyone he did. 

She couldn’t sit by and watch Stella get hammered with a lesson about consequences as an adult while Auggie skirted by and frankly, looked pleased with himself. And that’s when Auggie made the dire mistake of calling Abeline the B-word. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the wake-up call Walker needed to realize that he’s thrown a blind eye to so much. 

His apology to Stella afterward didn’t really stick, and the fact that she kept Colton by her side because she didn’t want to be alone with her own father made it clear just how fractured their relationship has become.

As for his discipling on Auggie, it was non-existent, which continued to be frustrating in light of how he treated Stella. It’s unclear where they go from here, but the first part of making amends was apologizing to his grandmother. 

Unfortunately, he might not get the chance as in the final moments of the episode we saw Abby, who underwent a world of stress during the day, especially as it marked the anniversary of her mother’s death and her fallout with her own brother, Will, collapse to the ground. Was it a heart attack? We won’t know until the series comes back in 2023, but I truly hope that she’s okay! Abby is the heart of this family!

The Walker dinner had a handful of guests, including Captain James, who informed Cordell that at some point, he needed to talk to him and Cassie about something serious. It seems that James knows that they tampered with evidence, but that’s an issue for a different day. 

Cassie invited the Chief of Staff to the Mayor, Kevin, over for dinner, and while it wasn’t the kind of evening anyone expected, he was eating it up! Turns out, Kevin always wanted to see what happens at a big family dinner, and the Walker family did not disappoint. I’m eager to explore a romantic storyline for Cassie. 

Geri was missing as we saw her go on a trip to take care of some business involving Hoyt. In reality, Odette Annable is on maternity leave, but I can’t wait for the series to once again address her relationship with Cordell.

As for Liam, he was so nervous the whole evening as he wanted to impress Ben and tell him just how thankful he is to have him in his life. They had quite a sweet moment before deciding to leave all of this behind and head over to the store for some Black Friday deals, and truthfully, isn’t that the most realistic storyline ever?

Overall, the episode was a nice reprieve from all the Texas Ranger action that’s been happening throughout the season. It connected back to what’s at the core of the show—family—even when it’s an absolute mess.

What did you think of the eventful Walker finale? What are you hoping to see next season? 


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Walker Season Premiere – World on a String (301)

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Walker Season 3 Premiere Episode 1 Recap World on a String

It’s been a few months since Walker wrapped up its season 2 run with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger—Cordell kidnapped by what seemed a mysterious paramilitary group possibly connected to Serrano—but season 3 picks up right where we left off, giving fans a better look at Cordell getting dragged off and brought to a holding cell, where he cunningly uses his skills as a Texas, Ranger to pick up on his surroundings before confronting the man, Neo, who is responsible for “breaking him.”

When the head honcho in charge, who turns out to be the man that Cassie went on a date with, realizes that Cordell is playing to Neo’s emotions as a father, he takes over the operation and ensures that his people don’t show the ranger any mercy with their tactics, which include tasing and waterboarding. 

The goal? Break him so that he takes Fenton’s place as their informant. If you recall, Fenton chose to die rather than help the rangers bring down this rogue group, so it’s not exactly an ideal situation for Cordell. These guys aren’t to be messed with, and while Walker has the tools necessary for survival, it’s also difficult when he doesn’t have the upper hand. He tries his best to keep his wits about him and fight through the pain, it’s one of the darkest situations he’s ever been in.

As he deals with the psychical and emotional fallout of the situation, he conjures up a memory of his late wife, Emily, to keep him company and sane. It’s an interesting way to bring Em back into the mix, though, I’m not exactly interested in seeing Cordell explore this territory when he’s supposed to be moving on with this life. 

While Cordell largely holds it together with Em’s advice, everyone has a weakness, and Cordell’s is his family. When he began communicating with the voice in the pipes—who said she was a captured journalist trying to expose the men—she mentioned that he had a brother, and shortly after, Liam was captured, beaten, and brought into the cell. 

This makes me think that the aforementioned journalist was planted in order to get some kind of reaction out of Walker. At times, it also seemed as though the voice knew him, so maybe it was someone from his past life or his time undercover.

Either way, now that they have Liam, Cordell will likely comply with their demands to save his beloved brother and keep his family safe. 

Thankfully, Walker has a team looking for him, including Cassie, who is more motivated than ever to find him alive after all that went down with Miles’ disappearance. She doesn’t want to repeat the mistakes of her past, so she’s latching on to every single clue, even when it doesn’t seem like much, in hopes that she will get closer to finding her partner this time around.

 I loved her sweet interaction with Abeline who told her never to apologize for being stubborn. I do think that the peanuts that were left behind at an abandoned warehouse were definitely a clue, but the man isn’t stupid enough to leave behind his prints. I think she’s right in searching high and low for clues and likely got them closer than they ever were.

Walker needs to hold on just a bit longer before his family finds him. 

I do wonder if maybe Cassie isn’t seeing what’s right in front of her—her brother working with the men. The last time we saw Liam during the episode, he was with Ben. Maybe Serrano’s men got to him and forced him to help them kidnap Liam. I just don’t think it’s a coincidence that Cassie is always at the center of what’s going on.

The poor Walker family can’t catch a break. They’ve endured so much with Cordell’s high-stakes job that it’s no wonder Abeline just wants her son to get a desk job. His gig constantly puts them all in danger, which I image is exhausting. They all have to keep looking over their shoulder and wondering if it’s the last time they see their father. 

The moment Stella found her dad’s hat, she knew her graduation party was doomed. And now that they have Liam, the situation just keeps escalating. 

It also took a toll on Geri, who cares for Walker and sees herself as part of the family. She came to the house with Colton and struggled to make sense of her feelings while also questioning how to parent a bunch of teenagers. She’s out of her league, and the only person that could ever make it better is gone. She previously told him they skipped steps before jumping into a relationship, but I hope this changes her mind and once they find Cordell and bring him to safety, she gives him a chance after realizing just how short and precious life is. It’s way too short to be away from the people you love! 

How do you think the situation will pan out for Cordell? Will it convince Trey to officially accept the Captain’s proposal to join the Rangers? After all, he’s already doing the work, so he might as well get paid!

It does seem like the stakes are being raised this season, but will the writers keep up with the momentum? Only time will tell!

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Walker Season Finale Review – Something’s Missing (2×20)

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Walker Season Finale Review Something's Missing Season 2 Episode 20

The longstanding feud between the Walkers and the Davidsons has finally been put to rest. 

Or, should I say, the feud went up in flames?

On Walker Season 2 Episode 20, Cordell and Geri teamed up to break Gayle so that she would finally tell the truth. 

And honestly, nothing she said was that shocking. 

From day one, the Davidson’s had it out for the Walker’s. They tried to make them feel guilty, taint their name,  one-up them, and they tried to take what’s there’s. You name it, the Davidson clan attempted it. They were hypocritical bullies in every sense of the word, and it was all because they were trying to cover up the ugly parts of their own family; they were trying to run from themselves. 

When the truth finally came to light, it proved that the Walker family constantly took the high road, even when it would’ve been understandable for them to go low. 

In fact, Cordell still extended an olive branch to Gayle upon finding out that she tried to blame her husband’s death on him when he was just a child. And that’s a guilt he’s carried on his shoulders throughout his life. 

When Geri realized Gayle was hiding something and gaslighting her, she decided to force her to talk by taking her back to the scene of where it all happened — the barn.

Once confronted with all those memories of the night she had been trying to repress all these years, Gayle couldn’t stick to her fictitious story any longer. 

It was time to bury the lies and bubble up the truth. 

And it was quite an ugly truth. Gayle admitted that Marv finally told her that her daughter, then 12, was alive, but the fact that he said it as an “afterthought” while assuring her that she’s “had a good life” triggered Gayle into committing an unfathomable crime. 

Gayle saw red, so she took the nearby lantern and bashed him in the head. Now, I could’ve understood if this was just a heat of the moment reaction upon finding out your husband was a liar who kept your child from you, but the fact that she locked the barn door and left him in there unconscious while the place went up in flames was straight up cold-blooded murder. 

Gayle has been out here pointing blame at everyone but herself when all along, the blood is on her hands. She’s the reason her family crumbled.

She let an innocent kid take the fall simply because it was “his lantern.” As if that makes it okay.

Admittedly, Geri was a little freaked out. She knew something was off, but she never anticipated her birth mother would confess to murdering her father.

And naturally, when Gayle approached her, she withdrew. This time, it was Geri who knocked over the lantern. Now, I’m just going to put this out there — maybe it’s time to invest in a flashlight. 

But also, what goes around comes around as this time, Gayle was the one lying unconscious in the middle of the roaring flames. 

Cordell pulled up to the barn at the exact moment to see it in flames and remembered that he couldn’t have been responsible for the fire all those years ago because he wasn’t inside the barn, a his memory he blocked out due to the trauma.

Justice was served as Gayle was locked up, and Denise finally saw the truth that she’s been denying for so long: her family is messed up and the enemy. 

Wanting to make amends and start fresh, she came clean about cutting the saddle, which allowed them to win the race for the Walker family ranch.

All the terrible things you thought about the Davidsons? Yep, they were all true. Who knew Dan would be the innocent one in all of this?

However, when judgment day came, they also knew how to own up to their mistakes and make amends by giving the keys to the property back to the rightful owner. 

It feels right to have the Walker family back at the ranch, and it’s even better that Liam has now realized his place on it. From lawyer to ranch hand, it’s a massive change, but one I’m not opposed to seeing pan out. 

And thankfully, the next generation doesn’t seem nearly as bad as their family members as Colton was ready to make amends and move forward by making Stella a priority despite the fact that their families will always have this deep-rooted resentment toward each other.

You would think that after everything, Geri would run into Cordell’s open arms, but she once again pushed him away.

And I get it — that girl has been through a lot. So many curveballs were thrown her way this season and she has no idea who she is. It’s understandable if she needs a minute to process.

On the other hand, Cordell has always been her person; a constant despite how messy life got. Why wouldn’t she allow herself even a sliver of happiness?

With the Davidson mystery laid to rest, the show is able to divert its attention to the Texas Rangers and a new case involving a nefarious organized crime group filled with ex-military who have a hand in sex trafficking. 

They have the protection from someone up above, and they are determined to take out anyone that figures out too much, which in this case is the Captain, Cassie, and Cordell. At this point, Trey is likely in the line of danger too because he was there at the time of the safehouse shooting. If he hasn’t already been convinced to accept the Captain’s offer to become a ranger, the fact that Cordell was kidnapped will surely sway him.

Cassie thought she was going on a date, but instead, she was the target of a recon man gathering intel for the group. She can hold her own, and the man totally realized he wasn’t going to get anywhere with her. 

Of course, that’s nothing compared to Walker literally getting knocked out and stuffed into a van on his jog. 

How did they manage it without Liam and Trey seeing anything? And did it really have to be right before Stella’s graduation? That girl has worried enough about her parents throughout her life. Can’t she just get this one nice moment?

It’s unclear who is protecting the organized crime group, but now that they’ve initially lit the match by kidnapping Cordell, you know it’s going to be a full-out war. 

By the time they find Walker, my guess is Geri is going to make sure he never leaves her sight again.

At times, the whole Walker vs. Davidson dilema felt so melodramatic that it felt like we were watching a bad soap opera.

I’m glad that this new storyline taps back into the roots of what this show was always meant to be by putting the Texas Rangers action at the forefront.

What did you think of the finale? Who do you think took Walker? Is it still part of Serano’s crew? Let us know in the comments below! 


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