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?
Walker Season Finale Review – Emily’s Killer is Revealed (1×18)
It was an action-packed season finale of Walker, but the first half of the episode wasn’t entirely shocking.
After the realization that Stan was a bad man who was responsible for killing Emily (or, at the very least, his shady actions contributed to her death), the focus was all about proving that for which there was no evidence.
Well, that’s what Stan thought at least. He thought that it would be his word against Cordell’s. And since Cordell was an angry man that was still grieving the loss of his wife and obsessed with finding her killer, he assumed there wouldn’t be any way that karma would ever catch up with him.
In some moments, I thought that Stan might actually be telling the truth about not being involved in her death despite his dealings with the Northside Nation, however, when he sneakily reported that he was taken hostage, it was obvious he had something to hide. Also, it was very clear he was in way over his head since Cordell saw the murdered journalist who was onto something!
Stan essentially put out of a hit on himself by reporting the hostage situation as the goons rolled up to take him out, He knew too much, and, as Walker put it, he became expendable.
Stan definitely didn’t play his cards right.
There were two things Stan severely underestimated — the fact that there was no evidence and Cordell’s reaction.
Auggie stumbled upon the evidence — poker chips belonging to his mother — at exactly the right time.
This was the proof that allowed everyone in the family to immediately believe Cordell rather than question his sanity.
Cordell has also turned over a new leaf. He’s replaced his anger with accountability, and so despite wanting to put a bullet in Stan, he chose the right path and made him tell Emily’s family the truth about what happened that night before turning him in for his due process.
The old Cordell would’ve acted irrationally, but the new and improved Cordell wanted to be there for his family during these trying times; He wanted closure more than anything.
And since Captain James and Micki have had a front seat to Walker’s behavioral changes, they were also more inclined to believe that he was telling the truth about Stan.
I loved that Walker had the support of his loved ones in this. Usuaully, they’re trying to stop him from acting on emotions, but this time, they believed his emotions and validated them.
Micki and Trey went above and beyond to make sure Carlos Mendoza was safe enough to testify, and Captain James told everyone to back down so that Cordell had enough time to complete his plan.
I personally didn’t care if Stan lived or died, but I truly enjoyed watching him face the music by coming face-to-face with the family who was hurt most by his corruption.
The Walker’s have been gravely abused by those they’ve trusted before, but that was nothing compared to the abuse of trust by a man they allowed into their home and to sit at their dinner table was the man that put the bullet in their mother, wife, daughter-in-law, and sister-in-law.
It took incredible restraint not to punch Stan when he confessed to shooting Emily instead of rendering aid.
It was also frustrating to watch because Stan could’ve easily taken down Cali and rescued Emily. He always had the means to fix his messes, but instead, he dug himself a bigger hole.
Emily wasn’t just in the wrong place at the wrong time, she was killed by someone she loved.
It was fitting to wrap up the mystery of her death in the finale… and what a mystery it was, down to the very last moment.
The fact that Stan was shot while being transported for lockup wasn’t even that surprising as he knew too much and had to be taken care of.
At least, that’s what we thought
In an unexpected twist, James informed Micki that Walker was actually the hitman’s target and he was spared thanks to his bulletproof vest.
At this point, there’s a lot of possibilities as to who might have it out for Walker or who might be behind this new crime syndicate.
I always thought that Trevor’s storyline ended a bit too abruptly, and since he was inside the house, it would make sense that he’d be behind the A-inspired lair that was watching the Walker family at any given moment.
Is it not enough that we have Keegan Allen on the show? Now we have to go full Pretty Little Liars?
My other guess was that Bret, Liam’s former fiance, was behind the hood. After all, he has access to the Walker family, and he was all too eager to get back into Liam’s life.
Maybe he’s gotten in with the wrong crowd?
It would be quite a shame though since I think they make a cute couple and found myself rooting for them to get back together.
With Stan down for the count in critical condition (he deserves it!), Liam is now taking over the DA position, and hopefully, that means less corruption all around.
The small town could use an honest man in office!
With Walker finally getting closure when it came to Emily, I expected some progression on the Cordell and Geri relationship front. I respect that the show didn’t go there just yet as Cordell needs time to heal, and the best way to do that is by being there for his kids, but the romantic in me really wanted a fairytale moment here.
Micki found herself at a crossroads between her personal and professional life.
It only makes sense as the series was painting an image of a woman who was considering starting a family.
We know that Micki is a career woman, and she’s made great strides in becoming the first Latina ranger, so giving that up doesn’t come easily to her. She’s still starting out and has so much potential, especially now that James has offered her an undercover gig to investigate the Del Rio syndicate and find out who may have been targeting Cordell.
Unfortunately, that means that she has to put her plans to have a family with Trey on hold.
Will this break them? Trey seems so supportive that I would hope he’d encourage her to embrace this opportunity.
Micki might also learn from Walker’s mistakes as she has a partner who quite literally put his career before his family multiple times and regretted it in the long run.
There’s no right or wrong answer here, but Micki does have to follow her gut in the same way Cordell has always followed his.
It’s a situation that’s all too common for ambitious and working women in society, so I’m glad a series is tackling it in a relational and honest way.
However, the decision is next season’s problem. For now, the mom brunch was exactly what she needed at the moment. Micki has come such a long way from the series premiere, and I know she’ll make the right decision. She always does.
It was a well-executed season finale that wrapped up one very personal mystery that gave us a glimpse into the very core of Cordell Walker’s being. And in those final moments, the seeds of curiosity were placed that will bring us into next season!
And if the Walker family didn’t endure enough emotional trauma, Bonham decided to tell the kids about his cancer.
They just can’t catch a break!
I started out rather iffy on the reboot, but as the series progressed, I found a spot for myself amidst Walker’s family.
As Geri put it — this family is hard to walk away from.
What did you think of the finale? What are your thoughts on the season?
Let us know in the comments below!
Walker Review – Dig (1×17)
If you thought the mystery of Emily Walker’s death was resolved, think again.
There were a lot of moving parts on Walker Season 1 Episode 17 that fit together seamlessly by the end of the hour!
When a bomb threat thwarted the District Attorney debate, Stan and Liam made up for lost time with beers and BBQ.
Since the bomb threat was also Cordell’s first time officially back on the job, he was taking the whole “reformed ranger” approach to heart, especially after Micki promised him that she would be by his side the whole way through.
I love those honest and deep moments between Cordell and Micki. It’s rare that we get a well-written true platonic friendship on television, but when we do, it’s like we’ve struck gold.
When the man who made the bomb threat explained that he simply wanted to be heard despite his past mistakes, Cordell decided to get some closure by paying Carlos Mendoza, Emily’s “alleged” killer, a visit at the hospital.
Anger aside, I’m pretty sure he’s happy he did as Mendoza revealed that Cali was in cahoots with Stan, who was always in charge, in framing him for Emily’s murder.
Cordell’s outrage was and is warranted. The man that his family welcomed into their home and treated like one of their own is directly responsible for the death of his wife!
This is the second time Cordell has been blindsided by someone that has been considered a friend.
They really need to cut it out with that Southern hospitality.
And not that I’m in any way defending Stan, but why did he ever think that Carlos wouldn’t talk? A man that’s dying has nothing to lose.
When I say that Stan was having a really terrible day, I’m not even exaggerating!
On top of realizing that Cordell figured out that he was connected to Emily’s death and in cahoots with North Side Nation, he also just killed a man.
Byron’s death was an accident, but it wasn’t an accident that Stan chose to cover it up.
And let’s be honest, he probably always intended on killing him, he was probably just going to pay his guys to take care of it.
Byron sealed his fate by pursuing the story and getting too close to the truth.
In a surprising twist (as if none of the other twists were surprising), Stan called in his goons, who ran Cordell off the road and then brought him to where Byron was killed so that he would dig the grave.
It seems as though the point was to bury Byron and Cordell in that grave — which I have a weird feeling is on Walker’s property since Stan was in and out of their house in between — but they clearly underestimated Cordell’s abilities.
It’s not like he’s a Texas Ranger or anything.
When he saw the opportunity, Cordell shot both of the goons and then pointed that gun right at Stan.
Now, the old Walker might have shot him on the spot, but the new Walker will likely let the legal process do the work. At least I hope so.
Killing Stan would be too easy; he needs to be publically exposed and tried.
And honestly, justice for Byron!
What do you think Cordell will do?
Will someone find him before he makes a bad decision?
On a lighter note, the kids celebrated Spirit Week at the Side Step snacking on wings. Spirit Week had a whole different meaning back when I was in high school!
All those high school problems, like your first crush, seem so trivial, but we’ve all been there. Matters of the heart are important at any age, but especially in a teen drama!
However, after the year that Stella and Auggie had, they deserve some trivial problems.
Auggie is really mature for his age. He’s been crushing hard on Ruby the whole school year, but when the opportunity finally presented itself, he realized that the moment had passed.
I’m sure the fact that Ruby didn’t give him any signs contributed to it, but it’s also obvious that Auggie was completely blindsided by his feelings for Bel.
When he was in the moment with Ruby, he really wanted it to be with Bel.
Though, I don’t know why that was such a late realization for him since it was totally obvious during the episode where he set up the fireworks show to help cheer her up.
Ah, young love.
Stella was less focused on her love life — a break up with a boy whose father wanted to kill your father in a fit of revenge and then killed your uncle will do that to you.
Instead, she was trying to figure out what her summer break was going to be about. I think a little trip to Mexico with Bel would allow her to clear her head and break away from all the trauma that she endured back at home, but with Cordell’s current situation, it seems unlikely.
Geri and Cordell’s romance is happening but it’s moving at a very glacial pace.
Cordell needs to deal with everything concerning Emily’s death before he can fully move on. It wouldn’t be fair to him or Geri otherwise.
But I can’t say I hate the flirtatious texting between the two of them.
Their relationship works because there’s a history between them, and we’ve been clued into that history.
When it comes to Emily, I can understand Cordell’s grief because I understand the overall idea of losing a spouse, but I’m less invested in the story because we never got to see all the magic between them.
At least Geri is around to deal with the Side Step while Cordell is off fighting crime.
Micki and Trey had the “will we have kids” conversation. When his mother blew into town and brought it up .5 seconds into coming inside (you know how moms are!), I was concerned that it might cause some friction between the couple, especially when she suggested they might not be on the same page.
Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case. While Micki is understandably concerned about having kids and how it’ll affect her work-life balance, she’s not against having them. Her concerns are valid as she just made it as a ranger and wants to prove herself before being forced to step away for a moment.
And speaking as someone who just had a baby, it changes your life. Even if you want to continue on with your career, it’s completely different, as is your mindset. Being a ranger comes with dangerous territory, which you have to take into consideration when becoming a parent along with the hours and a world of other things.
I hope Micki eventually makes the right choice and not one she’s being pressured into.
Bonham’s cancer also needs to be addressed. He’s been keeping it quiet as to not cause even more stress for the family, but an illness is not something to keep from your loved ones.
Anything could happen, and they would be heartbroken if they found out when it was too late.
What did you think of the episode? Would you agree that it was one of the best Walker installments to date?
Walker Review – Bad Apples (1×16)
Cordell Walker didn’t last long without the Rangers.
He tried to deny it, but he wasn’t good at hiding it all; everyone around him realized that he missed being a Ranger.
Once Stella gave her dad the green light to rejoin the force (and Auggie agreed because he no longer wanted to do tasks around the house), Cordell was overjoyed.
And he happened to return for one of the biggest cases in Austin as Captain James took down a corrupt Lieutenant.
Campbell was the very definition of white privilege. He thought he could get away with anything because he paid off people to turn a blind eye to his laundry list of crimes.
And he was convinced that his rank would make him untouchable. Does the world really revolve with under the table deals and alliances?
However, Captain James wasn’t afraid to pursue a case that would piss off some people.
Campbell was supposed to be taking down the Lozada cartel, but instead, he was a dirty cop who was seizing the drugs and pumping them back onto the streets.
Turning on your brothers in blue is the equivalent of breaking bro code, but in this case, it was warranted and justified.
Campbell wanted to think James was a traitor, but he was simply doing the job he was hired to do.
Campbell deserved everything that was coming his way, especially after he came after James’s son by planting the drugs on him and being rough with him during the arrest.
And it was very satisfying to see James finally tell him he’s under arrest and mean it.
No getting out of this one, buddy.
The case was heavily focused on Captain James, which was a welcome change. His son, DJ, also came back into town, but it’s clear that being the child of a cop is quite a tall order.
It’s always the kids that end up suffering because of the choices their parents make. Stella and Auggie have gone through hell and back because of Walker’s job, and now, DJ was exposed to danger as a retaliation for an arrest his father made.
Hopefully, his dad gets that arrest removed from his record since the poor kid was framed!
For this reason, I’m not surprised he left town almost as quickly as he came, though, for a second, I thought DJ might be Stella’s new love interest.
It’s probably best that she just takes this time to find herself and figuring out her post-high school steps.
The case of the week was exciting and involved everyone in some capacity. I’m still impressed with how the show manages to weave in most of the characters organically — even Liam.
Liam is a stand-up guy who is going to have a lot of pull in Austin pretty soon. I can feel it.
Hearing his speech about honesty and partnership proves that he has what it takes to bring about real change.
And it’s a bonus that he has Bret back on his team. I know that they’re moving forward in a strictly professional capacity, but it’s clear the love is still there for both of them.
Maybe one day, Liam will have a chance to tell Bret everything and they’ll decide to give their relationship another shot.
With Liam shooting up the ranks, he’s going to have much more pull, which I feel will come in handy for Walker, Micki, and James.
I will say some of the acting in the episode was a bit subpar, and the fight scenes were also a bit of a letdown.
When Campbell was escaping from the restaurant — where did he think he was going to go? — it all felt so staged and anti-climactic.
In fact, much of the episode felt stiff compared to the others this season.
It’s almost as though it was their first rodeo when they should be seasoned Rangers.
I guess we can chalk it up to Walker being out of commission for a while!
Trey got a world of good news as his TBI was deemed “not permanent” and he was accepted to medical school. However, after getting the acceptance letter, he decided he didn’t want to be a surgeon anymore and told Micki he might want to pursue psychology.
I love that Micki is fully supportive of all of his decisions. And it’s interesting that he chose to seek advice from Cordell. I wouldn’t peg them as close friends, but I guess the show has to find a way to include him somehow.
I’m just glad he’s going to be okay and has the privilege of making a choice about his future rather than being told he can’t do what he’s always dreamt of.
What did you think of the episode? Are you happy Liam and Bret made amends? Do you think it’s a good thing Cordell is back on the Rangers?
Are you digging this new understanding between Micki and James? Let us know in the comments below, and also weigh in on your thoughts about Walker Season 1 as a whole!
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