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Walker Review – Cautionary Tale (1×03)

Walker -- “Bobble Head” -- Image Number: WLK103a_0529r -- Pictured (L-R): Odette Annable as Geri Broussard, Lindsey Morgan as Micki Ramirez, Matthew Barr as Hoyt and Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker -- Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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On Walker Season 1 Episode 3, the case-of-the-week had a personal tie in. 

Cordell Walker’s childhood best friend, Hoyt Rollins, rolled into town and made sure that everyone was aware of his arrival. 

It’s been a minute since I’ve seen Matt Barr on my screen, but that man will never stop being psycho Derek from One Tree Hill

Almost immediately, Hoyt began stirring up trouble in town while working with a gun smuggler, Torrento, which made things a bit messy for Cordell. 

His relationship with Hoyt made it difficult for him to arrest him. And while he was “gathering intel,” he was being blindsided with memories from the past, especially after Hoyt gave him Emily’s Mustang. 

It was a bit strange that Cordell recognized Hoyt from the CCTV footage at the strip club but didn’t inform his partner that he went way back with the guy. 

Wouldn’t it just have been better to inform Micki that he and the suspect had a past before he was going to try to gather intel. Why keep her in the dark? Micki would’ve understand that they needed more evidence against him to charged him.

It’s almost as if Cordell didn’t want Hoyt to get caught. 

Micki had to figure it out for herself by tracking down her stolen truck, which, by the way, was definitely embarrassing for two “elite” rangers. They should’ve known better than to get played like that. 

And if I were Micki and found out my partner was lying to me by stumbling upon the family having dinner, I’d be pissed. Captain James also knew Hoyt’s identity and didn’t say anything. What gives?

Typically, having a conflict of interest is a bad thing, but in this case, Cordell’s deep knowledge of how Hoyt operates allowed him to predict his next steps. 

When Hoyt misled them about where the drop would be, Cordell figured it out instead. 

I know the show technically isn’t focused solely on the case-of-the-week, so these could be minor inconstancies and I could just be picky, but why didn’t they put a tracker on Hoyt after releasing him? Why didn’t an officer follow him?

Walker Bobble Head Review Season 1 Episode 3

Walker — “Bobble Head” — Image Number: WLK103b_0723r — Pictured (L-R): Matthew Barr as Hoyt and Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Why did they just trust him at his word? Cordell of all people should’ve known that Hoyt would play them. 

Micki was right about one thing — Cordell has a blindspot and wants to be likable, which means he ignores when people mess up or do the wrong thing. That was the case with Stella because he so desperately wanted to make amends and make up for lost time. 

But, at the end of the day, Stella still needed a father. And a little tough loving does the soul good. If Hoyt got that tough lovin’, maybe he wouldn’t be so self-destructive. 

Auggie came out of his shell a bit when he attended the bonfire and got wasted. It’s surprising that a freshman didn’t get into more trouble for drinking alcohol, but I guess the hangover was punishment enough. 

Overall, the episode didn’t contribute much of anything to the season. And as someone who remains on the fence about Walker, it didn’t convince me that this is a must-watch series. 

Sure, there were lighthearted moments, some cheesy fight scenes, and Cordell finding his footing as a single parent, but there was nothing that made this a stand-out episode. 

The supporting characters still feel one-dimensional. Geri hasn’t stepped foot outside of the bar, and though she seems to be close to Cordell and Emily, we don’t really know much about her. Was she in love with Hoyt? Was Hoyt’s Emily’s brother? See, it’s all so vague and unclear. 

Liam is the go-to uncle whenever the kids can’t reach Cordell, and apparently, he’s getting married, which is great for him, but that’s the extent of what we know about his character. His husband is also just there and doesn’t contribute anything at all. 

The series seemed to be finding its footing on Walker Season 1 Episode 2, but this week felt like a regression. It was an entertaining episode, sure, but in a passive way that almost doesn’t require you to get too invested in the storyline. 

It’s a bit of a disservice to the stellar cast, who we know have the acting chops to sell us the most outrageous and supernatural plots, and yet, the show fails to deliver on the material.

You know it’s concerning went the best scene from the episode was Micki and Bonham Walker bonding over Wagyu and bourbon. Also, that made me hungry! 

What did you think of the episode? Am I being too harsh? Am I not seeing the magic everyone else is?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What did you think of the episode?

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