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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

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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 Series Finale Review – See You Sometime (413)

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Walker Series Finale Review See You Sometime Season 4 Episode 13

Walker concluded its four-season run on Wednesday, June 26, on The CW—but while many elements lent themselves to a series finale, overall, it was evident that the creative forces weren’t anticipating that this would be their final season (despite all the upheaval and uncertainty at the network as of late). 

For one thing, the final scene of the episode sparked widespread confusion amongst audiences, as it was a rather strange ending to introduce a brand-new character without any additional information, though, according to Jared Padalecki (Cordell) via TVLine, James Van Der Beek (a legend and OG The WB star) is a good personal friend who was going to “stir up” trouble as a cult-leader neighbor renting out the next door Davidson property. And, quite frankly, I’m kind of bummed that we won’t ever get to see that. 

There was so much more story left to tell when it came to the Walker’s—and for once, they were all finding their footing and the pieces were beginning to fall into place, leaving much to be desired from another season. Heck, I’d even settle for a few more episodes to wrap it all up. 

What about a time jump that allowed us to see Cassie in her new role as Lieutenant while also seeing her move on and finally find that happiness with Trey? The chemistry between them has been evident for awhile, even if the series took a bit of a detour to give her a romance with Detective Luna (Justin Johnson Cortez), who, quite frankly, was killed off the show too early. 

We know Cassie will be all right—she’s a resilient badass who can handle anything life throws her way, but it’s unfortunate we won’t be able to see the come-up after suffering such a major loss. 

During the battle for the promotion, it was Cassie versus Trey, which could’ve lent to some really great moments between the two finally coming to terms with their feelings for each other. It made sense that the role went to Cassie, as she showed that even in the darkest of days, she’s still a leader and a good ranger, but Trey absolutely deserves his moment down the line as he’s proven himself since joining the team. 

I assumed Cordell took all of his recent experiences and folded them into the decision to resign, especially considering how much being a ranger took from him, but I guess a leave of absence makes more sense if they thought the series would continue on. If it were up to me, he’d turn over his badge (or become a consultant) while going all-in with Geri on the Side Step 2.0. 

His most recent near-death experience was eye-opening, however, in the sense that he needed to be a more present father. His kids may be grown, with both of them flying the coop and heading off to college, but it’s never too late, and this may be one of their last opportunities for a solid family vacation. 

Again, it’s unfortunate that we won’t get to see the second phase of their life, with Cordell finally accepting his relationship with Geri and taking the next step by letting go of Emily and choosing to propose. Heck, we didn’t even get to see the proposal, which is upsetting in and of itself. There’s so much we got cheated out of—it would’ve made more sense for this to be a 2-hour finale so we could get all these last-minute touches. 

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Geri was always more invested in the relationship than Cordell, simply because he was still trying to figure out how to move on without disrespecting his late wife, but I’m glad he’s finally arrived at a place where there’s no more guilt. 

We didn’t even get any context as to what Liam’s role with the governor would be, or why the secret agents just arrived at his home mere moments after that mysterious phone call. Liam started the series as a go-getter lawyer before losing his way, and his ambition, for the next few seasons, but it’s nice to see him finding his place again. I just wish we could stick around to see it unfold. 

The only storyline that really seemed to get the closure it deserved was Bonham and Abeline’s. They know that their son is going to be alright, she has her business, and they are finally on the same page about making the most of their retirement—with the wind in their sails… and hair. Seeing them embrace this time together—so well deserved, might I add, after sacrificing so much for their family over the years—was worth it. 

What did you think of the finale? Did you feel cheated in the same way I did? Why didn’t we get more from Larry and his wife?

Do you agree with Padalecki when he says The new CW is just looking for the easy way out with “really easy, cheap content that they could fill up time with“? Because it sure seems like he’s right on the money when it comes to canceling all of our favorite shows without a second thought. 

I guess all good things must come to an end, and as we grieve Walker, we must also underscore that it might be one of the last remaining shows on The CW to ever represent what The CW meant to so many people, right along with the faces, like Padalecki’s, who have made the network a household name for so many years. 

Share your thoughts about the Walker series finale, titled “See You Sometime,” below!

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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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