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!
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!
- 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!
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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