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Walker Review – Off the Books (1×04)

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Now this, this version of Walker I can get behind.

Walker Season 1 Episode 4 hit all of the right notes — it featured a compelling case-of-the-week, Cordell and Micki (or should I say Beau and Flor) found a groove and established trust, things with Cordell’s kids finally settled down, the immigration-aspect of the series began to find its footing, and new mysteries were introduced that served as some solid cliffhangers. 

All in an hour’s work! Impressive. 

They always say it takes about four episodes to determine if a show will make it or break it, and with this episode, that theory seems to hold true. 

Even those emotional beats that felt all-too forced in the first few episodes seemed to flow naturally as Walker established that while his life is getting back on track and moving forward, there’s still an Emily-sized void that he can’t seem to shake. 

This time, Cordell’s grief was believable because it hit him in waves, just as grief does in real life. 

As Cordell attempted to bond and form a relationship with his partner, the duo got a call that oil field boss, Bob Harlan, was murdered. According to Sheriff Shaw, a Hispanic male was the allegedly shooter, so naturally, our Texas Rangers pursued him and ran him off the road. 

The city of Austin heralded Shaw, who was just days away from retirement, as a hero for nabbing a member of the Olvidado gang. Even Micki got some recognition, but being paraded on the stage as the only female Latino to capture a Mexican bad guy left a bad taste in her mouth, especially after Enzo’s daughter, Delia, called her out for betraying her own people. 

Micki has proven time and time again that she has impeccable gut instincts, and it didn’t sit right with her that Enzo, who allegedly left the gang life behind him when his daughter was born nearly 30 years ago, would return to a life of crime. 

She asked Cordell to help her go “off-book,” which made him way too excited. The one thing we know for sure about Cordell is that he likes to go a little rogue. 

Micki’s hunch was right because the Harlan family revealed that Enzo and Bob remained close all these years. And yet, no one seemed to like him all that much. Another hunch led Micki figure out that Enzo was Bob’s son. But if that was the case, why would Enzo murder his dad and ensure that he would never get any of his assets from the recently-amended will?

Desperate to get to the bottom of it, she asked to see the footage from the Botanical Gardens, which revealed that Mrs. Harlan and Shaw, the beloved Sheriff, were having an affair. Once Bob found out, he signed over his assets to his son, but Shaw tried to frame him so that they would get the money instead.

You’d think a tenured Sheriff would check the cameras before canoodling the woman of a man he was about to kill, but I guess he thought his reputation made him untouchable,

Without concrete evidence, it wasn’t in their best interest to accuse Shaw of murder, but Micki played it out by simply jumping into his car and running her theory by him, which riled him up and proved that he was guilty! 

Walker Review Don't Fence Me In Season 1 Episode 4

Walker — “Don’t Fence Me In” — Image Number: WLK104b_0321r — Pictured (L-R): Lindsey Morgan as Micki Ramirez — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It’s a good thing she followed her gut and had a partner like Cordell who trusted her enough to play along because it exposed Shaw for the murderer he really was. It’s one thing to selfishly commit an act of murder for the woman you love, but it takes a ruthless man to point a gun at a fellow officer’s head and actually pull the trigger. 

Micki may have been overcome by guilt for contributing to Enzo’s death, but she saw the case to the end and cleared up Enzo’s name, which meant that his daughter got all of Harlan’s money. 

She is the hero just like Lady Libertad!

In my review of Walker Season 1 Episode 1, I mentioned that it almost seemed like Micki should’ve been the lead ranger instead of Jared Padalecki’s Cordell, and this episode proved it. She’s the glue that holds the show together. She’s a stronger lead because she has more to risk and fights that much harder to make a name for herself in a male-dominated industry and predominantly white industry.

She’s blazing a trail, she’s setting an example, and she’s becoming an inspiration to other young girls. There’s so much meaning and depth wrapped up in her role versus Cordell just being one of 170 white men who are good at the job. In this episode, Cordell was simply the side-kick that helped her get from point A to point B, but his support helped solidify their partnership, and it’s good to know that they can trust each other in the most tense of moments. Something tells me, there will be a lot of “life or death” moments throughout their partnership! 

Trey getting a job means that he’s here to stay, which is a good thing because I actually like him and Micki together. I want to see him become more involved in her world, but for now, I’ll take all the ab moments I can get! 

The immigration storyline was touched upon with Liam attempting to counsel Isabel’s parents, who are now on ICE’s radar after their daughter’s arrest. 

The show underscores the stark difference in the way a young white girl and a Mexican-American family are treated for the same crime. Stella got community service, while Isabel’s whole existence is being threatened by her parents’ possible deportation. It’s a reality many children of immigrants know all too well.

Liam also learned that Captain James has been looking into surveillance from Emily’s death despite telling Cordell to drop it, which re-ignites the mystery of her death. 

Does he think something shady happened? Did they not get the right guy? Is Emily somehow still alive? Is this his way of going off the books to get it on the books? It all remains unclear, but I’m more interested in Liam digging into the case than Cordell. 

There’s also a possibility that Emily was killed because of Cordell’s previous undercover case… or was she undercover also? We don’t know much about Emily at this point so the writers could really pull off whatever they want here and the audience wouldn’t question it! 

And that’s not the only mystery of the night as August accidentally opened up a box from his father’s past, which he may come to regret. 

Texting Twyla Jean before even talking to his dad and finding out more about her was pretty stupid of him. And while it’s unclear what Cordell’s connection to Twyla truly is or why she called him “Duke Culpepper,” the fact that she asked if he’s out of jail paired with the previews for next week seem to indicate that she’s bad, bad news and will likely suck him back into some life of “crime” so that he doesn’t blow his cover.

I can’t wait for Padalecki to have show off those acting chops! 

As he goes “off book” next week, will his team and partner be informed ahead of time? I hope his days of leaving Micki in the dark are over.

Will Twyla become a love interest? There seemed to be plenty of chemistry there in the photo and in the brief teaser! 

Other Thoughts

  • Stella and Trevor, sitting in a tree. Hey, even the kids need love interests these days!
  • The Benjamin Moore ad was so not subtle. 
  • Abby had a brief affair with Gary. I’m not sure how that plays into the overall story, but what a spicy little jalapeno pepper our Abeline is!
  • Beth Broderick will never be anyone but Aunt Zelda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below! 


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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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Walker Review – A Matter of Miles (2×19)

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Walker Review A Matter of Miles Season 2 Episode 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. 

Walker Review A Matter of Miles Season 2 Episode 19

Walker — “A Matter of Miles” — Image Number: WLK219b_0546r — Pictured (L-R): Keegan Allen as Liam Walker, Odette Annable as Geri Broussard and Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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?


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Walker Review – Torn (2×17)

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Walker Review Torn Season 2 Episode 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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