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 Review – Defend the Ranch (1×13)
The Walker family was put in the line of danger on Walker Season 1 Episode 13.
Clint West had revenge on his mind, and he wasn’t going to stop until he got it.
West embraced the “eye for an eye” mindset when attacking the Walker family. He wanted to make Walker feel what it was like to lose a loved one.
And he did.
While it seemed as though Liam wasn’t going to make it, it was actually Hoyt who died by the end of the hour.
Now, we didn’t have as deep of a connection with Hoyt as we do with Liam, but it was still a heartbreaking loss considering how much he meant to the family.
Abeline was the most devastated. I think she yelled louder when Hoyt was stabbed than when she saw Liam bleeding out.
Also, can we talk about the fact that Hoyt died so quickly whereas Liam laid there and bled out for who knows how long before Bonham found him… and he still managed to get up and shoot the shot that killed Clint?
I don’t want to be the person that laughs when someone dies, but I totally chuckled at that moment because it didn’t make any sense.
Hoyt’s death is something Walker will have to carry with him for the rest of his life, but it at least opens up the possibility for Walker to have a relationship with Geri.
Sadly, Geri is going to be distraught knowing that Hoyt died while they were on bad terms.
Before he died, Hoyt proved that he was a loyal friend to the end even after he found out about Walker and Geri’s kiss.
When Clint forced Walker and Hoyt to rob a bank, Hoyt made it seem like Walker was a victim just so he wouldn’t get too caught up in everything.
And Hoyt definitely provided some comedic relief during otherwise tense situations.
Clint was so focused on Walker that he never stopped to think about how any of this was affecting Trevor.
Trevor is going to need quite a lot of therapy after this. His father used his mother’s death to justify his revenge, but hurting Walker and his family was never going to bring her back or ease the pain.
There’s never been any doubt that Trevor is a good kid who is simply being manipulated by his jerk of a father.
None of this was his fault as his father’s behavior was out of his hands, but he was in control of how he handled the situation, and he handled it poorly.
I know Trevor was terrified and didn’t want to agitate his father even more, but he knew what Clint was doing was wrong.
At any moment, Trevor could’ve and should’ve stood up to his father, and he didn’t until blood was spilled.
If he had, maybe there wouldn’t be such a high body count.
He could’ve put an end to everything because he knew that his father was in the wrong. Despite what happened Walker and his family have been nothing but kind and welcoming to him.
Also, Walker never intentionally killed his mother. He was undercover and trying to stop a crime ring, which was run by his father.
There’s no scenario in which Clint is right. And if he wanted to get really technical, he was to blame for his wife’s death because he continued down a dangerous path instead of hanging up the cowboy hat and raising his son.
Liam’s life hung in the balance, and it was heartbreaking to hear him say his goodbyes to Stella and Auggie. They’ve already lost so much, and Liam was like a father figure to them when Walker was gone.
Thankfully, they were able to pull off a life-saving surgery thanks to a play-by-play from Trey. And yes, I definitely cringed when they used the branding iron to cauterize the bleed.
Clint was naive to think that this could’ve ever ended well for him. If he was smart, he would’ve gotten out of town when he had the chance, but instead, he chose to take on a ranger.
Cordell would’ve never been punished in the same way that Clint would’ve been for the bank robbery because he was doing it under duress and to save his family. He didn’t have a choice.
Even after the shootout, he was simply given two weeks of probation.
However, it’s probably for the best that Walker decided on a temporary leave of absence. He needs time to process everything.
He never got over Emily’s death, and those wounds reopened recently when they tracked down her actual killer.
He didn’t process his feelings for Geri, and he barely made it inside the house after rescuing Stella and finding out who Trevor really was before getting ambushed.
And on top of all of that, he needs to process the death of his best friend, the close encounter his brother had, and the fact that he put his whole family in danger because of his past.
Walker has a lot on his plate right now, so it’s best that he takes time for himself.
It’s unclear if Stella and Trevor will be able to patch things up, but I can’t see her ever forgiving him for turning a blind eye to what his father was doing.
Clint also outed Bonham’s cancer after he found his pills, which was pretty low of him. It was never his secret to share, plus, Bonham specifically didn’t tell Abeline because he didn’t want to worry her.
It was an action-packed episode both physically and emotionally, and the Walker family will have to come together to move past this period in their lives, but they did it before following Emily’s death, so I have no doubt that they’ll do it again and come out even stronger.
What did you think of the episode? Are you glad the Clint West storyline has been put to rest?
Let us know in the comments below!
Walker Review – A Tale of Two Families (1×12)
Walker Episode 1 Season 12 was a filler installment, but it was needed to set the scene for what’s to come.
We already knew much of what happened, but it was nice to color in between the lines to see the connection between the Walker and Strand families.
And who knew Micki was involved in the case before she was even Walker’s partner? That was a pleasant surprise. We got to see her when she was just an officer who was trying to make a name for herself and work up the ranks so she didn’t have to work for a shmuck who undermined her because she was a Latina woman and told her to “stay in her lane.”
Thankfully, she didn’t “stay in her lane” because her accurate assessment of Crystal got her noticed by Captain James.
Micki was this whole to crossing paths with her future partner, who was still going as Duke at the time. Talk about a close call.
Through a series of flashforwards, we got to see the moment right before Emily’s death, which was heartbreaking. As a viewer, you knew that all these seemingly simple and everyday moments like Emily telling Abeline to take care of her kids, Emily telling Cordell she loves him, or the way they all waved her off were going to mean so much more in just a few short hours.
It’s a reminder that you never know when you’re going to see someone for the last time.
We saw Cordell’s inability to deal with the loss, the intervention from his friends, family, and colleagues that led to his decision to take an undercover gig out of town, and how Stella’s decision to give her father a “wake up call” also played into it.
As I said, we knew the overall story, but these bits and pieces give us a deeper understanding of it. I almost wish all of this panned out earlier in the season or in the premiere, which I didn’t find all that convincing at the time of my review.
We also got a glimpse into Cordell’s time as Duke, specifically, his relationship with Clint West and Crystal. Duke earned their trust and secured himself a spot in their final heist.
The reason Clint continues to blame Duke/Cordell for Crystal’s death is that he’s the one who convinced them that one more robbery was a good idea. He never pulled the trigger, but in Clint’s eyes, he was responsible for his loss and the destruction of the family. I’d argue Clint and Crystal’s lifestyle led to her death, but it’s easier to blame someone else than own up to the role you played in a loved ones death.
We get a deeper look at Trevor’s life before meeting Stella as he found out that his mother would never be coming back to get him and his father was in prison. Seeing how difficult his upbringing has been, it’s not surprising that he’s conflicted between staying loyal to Cordell and Stella — he did contribute to his mother’s death at the end of the day, there’s no denying that — and his father.
I think Trevor knows that his father’s way of getting revenge isn’t the right way, but he’s also too scared to do anything about it. He realizes his father loves him, but he’s aware of how dangerous he is,
Clint is an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, which brings us to the present-day where he decides to ambush the Walker household and get his vengeance by holding the family hostage.
While we don’t get to see much of it pan out, we do see that Liam gets shot as he runs out to protect his brother and niece. The shot is in his upper shoulder, so hopefully, even without immediate medical attention, he’ll make it out alive.
Trevor once again looks conflicted as he stands in the crosshairs, and though it seems like he’s letting his father do his thing, I think he’ll make the right call eventually.
Holding a grudge, especially one that’s so heavy, isn’t good for the soul. And, at the end of the day, he knows Cordell is a good man who never intended that anyone gets hurt.
As much as it pains him not to have his mother, Cordell’s family has also experienced a world of hurt after losing Emily.
Taking another member of the family won’t bring Crystal back.
The episode also gave us some of Liam’s backstory, which is great since we don’t know all that much about his life in New York.
Following Emily’s death, he gave up his corporate life and moved back home where he became a very important figure in Stella’s life. I loved seeing more of their bond and hope we got more scenes between Stels and Uncle. Liam in the future… that is, if he survives.
If he doesn’t, however, Stella will never forgive Trevor for not stopping his father.
What did you think of the episode? Are you glad we got more insight into these two feuding families?
Let us know in the comments below!
And we’ll see you back here on June 10th!
Walker Review – The Ugly Truth (1×11)
Things got quite messy for Cordell and his friends and family Walker Season 1 Episode 11.
Hoyt was released from jail after assisting with Emily’s murder case.
He celebrated his freedom properly with a surprise party the new and improved Side Step, but the celebrations were short-lived once he learned about Geri and Walker’s betrayal.
While Geri wanted to tell him about the kiss at the party, Cordell didn’t want to sour the mood.
Eventually, Geri told him the truth while he was down on one knee.
Regardless of what Hoyt did in the past, no one deserves to find out that the love of their life cheated on them with their best friend, especially not when they’re proposing.
Hoyt was so ready for Geri to make an honest man of him that he was even willing to forgive and forget the kiss, but all of that changed once he realized that it wasn’t as innocent as he thought.
The kiss meant something to Geri, and we know it meant something to Cordell.
They were conflicted about their feelings, but the fact that they couldn’t stop thinking about it meant that there was something there to explore.
They were also avoiding it because they knew it would be messy considering their close relationship.
Hoyt and Geri have always been Uncle Hoyt and Aunt Geri to Cordell’s kids; he’s his best friend and a member of the family, while she was Emily’s best friend.
A relationship between the two of them would upset and likely alienate Cordell’s kids, his parents, and everyone in between.
But, the heart wants what it wants, so if Geri isn’t convinced that Hoyt is her soulmate, it’s probably better that he finds out now.
Personally, I’m more invested in Geri and Cordell furthering their relationship than I am in Geri and Hoyt since we haven’t seen much of their relationship play out on screen.
We’ve been told have history, but we haven’t really been front row to any of it.
I didn’t even think they were together considering he was working some sketchy jobs that landed him in prison.
Plus, the few times they did interact, it seemed like they were just those two people who used to date.
It’s obvious Hoyt isn’t going to let Cordell off the hook easily, but for now, Cordell has more pressing matters to attend to considering Clint West and Jaxon, the remaining members of the Rodeo Kings, broke out while being transported to a max security prison.
Initially, Cordell thought that he needed to finally put an end to his past, but things got more complex when he realized that Trevor was Clint’s son.
While Trevor has been nothing but a gentleman to Stella, by involving her in his life and asking her to run away with him, he put her in harm’s way.
Clint is a dangerous man who will go to great lengths to get what he wants. And right now, he wants two things: his son and revenge.
Stella is standing in the way of both those things. Plus, Trevor is growing more and more fond of Cordell, the man who killed his mother, or, at least, the man who Clint blames for her death, so it’s not surprising Clint is upset.
Cordell’s undercover mission as “Duke” may have led to her death, but they were always playing a dangerous game and someone was bound to get hurt.
Clint’s men found Trevor and Stella’s hideout, which wasn’t much of a hideout considering it was a vacation spot for the family, and a shootout began.
The teens were naive to think they could outrun and outsmart a man who managed to stage his own breakout from jail. They were in way over their heads.
Cordell arrived just in time to nab Jaxon and save his baby girl, but Clint and Trevor are now on the run.
Trevor seemed to take Stella’s side in this battle, but she should heed Jaxon’s warning about not underestimating the bond between a father and son.
When push comes to shove, will Trevor be able to turn his back on his father and take the high road?
I’m rooting for Trevor and Stella — they’re a cute couple and Trevor seems like a good kid who was sadly caught up in his family’s drama. Without Clint bringing him down, he has so much potential.
Cordell is making enemies everywhere! How will the Clint and Cordell drama end? And what is going to happen between Cordell and Hoyt?
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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