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 – Something’s Missing (2×20)
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!
Walker Review – A Matter of Miles (2×19)
The penultimate episode of Walker was one of the best of the season.
Slowly but surely, the series is honing in on a really fantastic and dynamic team that knows how to play off of each other, even if I’m still partial to Micki over Cassie. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Cassie, I just still can’t figure out her place in the show yet. She seems to have chemistry with everyone, which might just be a personality trait at this point, but I’m constantly finding myself overlooking her personality to figure out whose love interest she’s going to end up.
But what made Walker Season 2 Episode 19 such a stellar episode was the perfect balance of action and personal family drama. Just when you thought you were getting all wrapped up in the Walker vs. Davidson fight, you were pulled into the Miles mystery at Ranger HQ.
The viewer, like Cordell, needed to have a stake in every fight, and yet no pull in either.
On top of it all, there’s a new mystery involving Gale and whether or not she knew about Geri’s existence. The fact that Geri, who may be the sweetest person with a pure heart of gold, is questioning if her loyalty is misplaced means a lot.
I understand her desire — along with Stella and Colton’s — to have the families put aside their difference and hit reset, but too much has happened for that to be possible. There’s some truly bad blood, which started with the barn fire, led to the horse race being rigged, and ended with the matriarch likely deceiving Geri.
No one does our Geri like that. The Walkers are good people who care about Geri; they’re protective of her, so if they even sniff out a hint of a lie, they will rip them apart.
Even Dan seems to think that they deserve it. His character has made huge strides from the total jerk to the man who is very much convinced the Davidsons are not the good guys in the fight.
Since Dan figured out Gale cut the saddle, I was wholly expecting the dinner to take a different turn when he outed her and made her confess. But I think Denise is too convinced of her own BS to come clean. There’s ego and pride that’s stopping her from owning up to her involvement in all of it.
I don’t know why the Davidsons feel so entitled to everything. I get that they blame the Walker family for Marv’s death in the barn fire, but honestly, it’s so petty at this point.
And now, the promo for the finale seems to indicate that Gale may have been responsible for the fire!
There’s nothing about Gale that screams “you can trust this person,” and it’s a shame because Geri truly wanted to give her a chance.
As Bonham said, blood does not evoke loyalty. It would be great for Geri to have her biological family in her life, but she doesn’t need them. She has a loving home with the Walkers.
There has been some tension between Geri and Cordell since their split, but I love that she trusts him enough to share her concerns about Gale. They’re friends first, lovers second.
Cordell was a bit preoccupied with work though, so he couldn’t get too invested in the feuding family politics.
Things at Ranger HQ were pretty wild, I’m not going to lie.
After Cap and Cordell discovered Miles alive and got ambushed by sniper bullets, Miles had a lot of explaining to do.
Except neither Miles nor Captain Fenton Cole wanted to talk about the case they were working on.
Miles informed them — and Cassie — that he faked his death with Fenton’s help. Of course, Cassie was livid since she put herself on the line so many times to look for Miles. She never gave up on him or the idea that he could still be alive because she never thought things added up./
Miles didn’t know, however, that Fenton wasn’t being entirely honest with him. While Miles was hiding out in order to protect his family, Fenton got into a relationship with his wife, Rita.
Who does that?
I know Fenton refused to talk to the Cap because he didn’t want to put him in danger, and sure, the mission might have been important, but Fenton was kind of a terrible person to be involved in an unauthorized undercover investigation with.
While Miles took the hit, he basically assumed his life.
And then when he felt pressure from the Cap to spill the beans, he took a pill and killed himself. He didn’t say goodbye to Miles or Rita, and he didn’t tell the Cap how he could protect them.
How is that helpful to anyone?
Miles eventually told them that his investigation led him to some very scary and dangerous people who deal with human trafficking, so Fenton’s death was for nothing. He didn’t die protecting some big secret.
Once the truth came out, Trey, Cassie, Cap, and Walker realized they were in a world of danger as the hideout cabin got attacked..
Here’s where that true Walker action came into play as they all kicked major butt proving that this is one talented team.
I was convinced Miles and Cassie were supposed to find their way to each other. Am I crazy in thinking that there was some mad unspoken love there?
Cassie was so dedicated to Miles — more than his own wife. She believed he was alive and didn’t let that belief waver because she knew him better than she knew herself. Meanwhile, his ex moved on immediately with his boss. One could argue that she was hurt and grieving but it’s just such a stark difference from how dedicated Cassie was.
It didn’t feel like Miles and Cassie’s story should end so abruptly, so I’m kind of bummed that it did.
As Miles and his family go off into the witness protection program sunset, Cassie and co. are getting knee-deep into a case that’s going to prove very dangerous. Taking down an organization that deals with human trafficking and murder for hire is no joke.
As Walker put it, this is just the beginning.
They’ve poked the bear, so I hope they’re ready to pay the price.
Naturally, this will bring Trey into the fold and possibly into a romantic relationship with Cas, though, I’m at the point where I truly enjoy their friendship. It seems like they both need each other to work through their previous issues and trauma, so I don’t know if dating each other is the right answer… at least not right now.
What did you think of the episode? How do you think the season finale will unfold? Will the truth about the Davidson’s come to light — about both Geri and the horse race? Will the Walker family get their ranch back? Cordell needs a place to hang up his hat! How will that bode for Stella and Colton’s relationship?
Walker Review – Torn (2×17)
I want to like Walker.
I like the characters, I like the idea of the show, but oftentimes, I find the execution lacking, so I’m torn.
Walker Season 2 Episode 17 felt like a disjointed mess when it came down to the relationship between Walker and Twyla Jean. It almost felt as though the episode was pressed for time, so they made haste jumps from scene to scene that didn’t make all that much sense at all.
One moment Twyla was helping Walker and the Rangers pinpoint the people laundering money at a horse auction, the next minute she was hooking up with Walker. Shortly after, she met his son, and next thing you know, she’s requested a transfer because the timing of their relationship just never made sense.
All of that stands to reason, but did we need to press fast forward? I found myself getting whiplash trying to keep up with the state of their romance in such a short time.
Did this all happen throughout the span of a day? Because if so, that’s one really long day.
And it’s a missed opportunity not to explore this in-depth. Walker’s dalliance with Twyla could’ve spanned a handful of episodes so that we could fully explore their feelings.
If they realized that their lives could never fit into each other, that’s fine, but at least we should’ve been able to build up to that moment and the realization.
Walker isn’t the kind of guy that can have a casual relationship, and again, that’s fine, but it should have been a big “aha” moment achieved by attempting a relationship with Twyla.
The worst part is that Walker and Twyla actually made a great team. She knew how to handle herself in any situation that they threw her in. She’s the kind of partner Walker needs by his side.
Cass is great at keeping him in line and levelheaded, but if we want that true action where the chemistry comes first, Twyla delivered on all fronts.
I’m surprised to admit that I was sad to see her go.
Though, it’s fair that she was an escape for Walker. When he was with her, he sunk back into the character of Duke that he created to avoid his reality. He didn’t have to think about the real issues at hand including the Davidsons, the farm, and Geri.
The other thing about introducing Twyla for one short episode is that it felt as though Walker moved on way too quickly from Geri.
Geri acknowledged that she saw them the night prior, Walker informed her that they were giving their relationship a shot despite the history, and they both went their separate ways.
Did I miss something? I could’ve sworn Geri came to the Sidestep to inform Cordell that she still had feelings.
They broke up not too long ago and yet it seems as though they completely moved on. And now he’s just going to slink his way back to Geri as if his heart was always hers? If it was so easy to move on and consider a new life with someone else, how is any of that fair to Geri?
It’s frustrating, especially because Geri means a whole to Cordell, so this makes his character wholly inconsistent. Writers, fix this, please.
I’m all for Geri finding a place within her family, but I hate that she’s constantly torn between her loyalties to the Walker’s as well. Especially because, no matter how you slice it, the Davidson’s are kind of terrible.
Walker came to the realization far too late that something about the race wasn’t right. I could’ve sworn they were all in agreement that the Davidson’s rigged in, but I guess with all the other information coming out about the family, it didn’t sink in until now.
Calling someone a cheater is a serious accusation, so hopefully, before they point fingers, they have the means to prove it.
But I’m more than ready to see the Walker’s return to their rightful place on the ranch.
And you know it’s coming since Stella and Colton acknowledged that things were finally peaceful between their families… but not for long.
I hope they don’t hold anything against Stella and Colton because they are simply being mature and putting the past behind them while acting on their feelings.
And they are so cute. I wasn’t aware that I was a shipper until they finally locked lips and my teen rom-com heart fluttered. Sorry, Todd. The breakup was inevitable, but again, props to him for handling it in a mature way. These teens are better at being adults than the actual adults.
Cass was mostly sidelined this week, but there’s definitely something brewing between her and Trey, especially since the Cap just secured a spot for him on the Rangers.
He has plans for Trey, plans that Trey isn’t even aware of, but I’m all for it. The high school needs a good counselor, but Trey can’t be the only one available. And since Stella and Auggie are graduating, there’s no reason to waste Trey’s efforts in that setting anymore when he can do some real good alongside Walker, Cass, Cap, and the team.
What did you think about the episode? There are three more episodes of the season, so strap on it!
Do you think the Walker’s will get their farm back? Will Walker and Geri reconcile or will the cheating accusations cause a bigger rift between them? Will the series find its groove once again?
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