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Walker Review – Undercover Ranger (1×05)

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Hats off to Cordell and Micki because Walker Season 1 Episode 5 was a home run!

While The CW series initially got off to a slow start, with each passing week, it’s proving that is has what it takes to be a mainstay. 

“Duke” embraced a completely different vibe than any of previous episodes as it found Cordell returning to his undercover identity to tie up some loose ends. 

When August first texted Twyla Jean on Walker Season 1 Episode 4, I was skeptical about how the series would pull this off. We were just getting better acquainted with Cordell and Micki, so having them embrace new characters could have easily missed the mark. 

But Jared Padalecki and Lindsay Morgan proved they have the necessary acting chops necessary to pull it off.

Padalecki made a great rogue cowboy named Duke, while Morgan was stellar as Adriana. This is the third episode (out of five) where she’s stolen the show! I’m beginning to think the show should be called Micki, Texas Ranger instead. 

She didn’t think twice before crashing Cordell’s undercover party, and while he seemed annoyed at first, it was good that she had his back. That’s what partners are for!  

It’s a bit frustrating that Cordell didn’t tell her he was going to meet up Twyla Jean. His sole purpose for resurrecting Duke and meeting up with Twyla was to get her out of town because it threatened him and his family, but why wouldn’t he get backup since there was so much unfinished business? Did he know her phone was tapped and that they would eventually find out what he was up to?

Did he think he could just do this on his own? Of course the FBI would want to close this case! 

Obviously, it looked pretty shady when he went rogue, especially with $300k from the previous Rodeo Kings robbery missing. 

Graves wasn’t convinced that Cordell didn’t take it as he had a romantic relationship with Twyla, and well, flashbacks to what happened at the robbery didn’t work in his favor as he helped Crystal get away with the money. 

However, Cordell genuinely didn’t know where it was until he recalled her final words to Clint being “we’ll always have one last dance.” At that moment, he realized it was hidden in the juke box at the bar. 

Of course, blurting it out amongst a crew of robbers wasn’t his finest moment, but it didn’t really matter since Micki, as Adriana, was wired and the FBI heard everything. 

Finding the money worked in their favor as they didn’t have to plan another bank robbery, which likely would have ended with more dead bodies just like the first one.  

The only dead body ended up being Duke’s. It was a brilliant twist that allowed Cordell to finally say goodbye to his undercover identity, an identity that caused his children so much pain. 

While Cordell had every right to be furious with August for texting Twyla in the first place and then showing up to the scene and almost blowing his cover, he also realized that he never would have been able to put all this behind him if it wasn’t for his son. 

Though, I think they all have to have a serious talk about boundaries as they pertain to Cordell’s job. 

August is in high school, so he’s old enough to understand that his father’s job sometimes requires undercover work. How did he not catch on that his dad wasn’t acting like himself? And why wouldn’t he realize the only reason his dad was with Twyla was because he texted her?

Come on, August. Everything about his behavior was so aggravating, but, at the same time, it was hard to be  upset with him because he was just manifesting his insecurities of being abandoned by his father again..

Cordell is on the right path of righting his wrongs, but he still has a way’s to go. 

For starters, he can stop promising that he’ll attend Stella’s soccer games when he knows there’s a chance he’ll get caught up at work. 

Much like Auggie, Stella is still trying to gain her father’s love and approval. 

She told Coach Barnett that it’s the reason why she began playing soccer in the first place as she hoped it would bring her dad back home and that he would attend all of her games the way he did her mother’s. 

It was truly heartbreaking to see her become that vulnerable because it shows that she’s still hurt. 

Hopefully, Cordell will begin to make a bigger effort when it comes to the kiddos now. 

It was also nice to see Micki’s boyfriend get in on all the action rather than be siloed at home. In the beginning of the season, it wasn’t clear how he was going to be integrated into the storyline, but having him as a direct line to Cordell’s kids seems promising. He’s in their orbit, which puts him in Micki’s orbit even more. 

Micki confronted her own mommy issues when she eventually agreed to meet Trey’s parents. We know that she and her mother don’t get along because Adriana (yes, she used her mom’s name while going undercover) doesn’t approve of her career, which will eventually make for a compelling episode. They’ve brought it up several times, and it really hits a nerve with Micki, so you know it’s coming! 

Amidst all the action, Liam still managed to circle back to the Emily Walker mystery. He confronted Captain James about pulling the drone footage and admitted that there’s something shady about her murder. 

As the teaser (we’ll have to wait till March for a new episode) reveals, Hoyt Rawlins, Cordell’s childhood bestie, is about to become cellmates with Emily’s alleged murderer. I doubt this would ever happen by chance since the risk is too big, so my guess is that Liam and James made it happen so that they could find out the truth. 

Hopefully, once Cordell gets wind of the fact that something was off about his wife’s death, which his gut told him this whole time, he won’t spiral again. In that moment, his kids will need him to stay strong. 

Other Musings

  • Liam and Cordell always had a bit of a rocky relationship, and it’s likely due to Liam’s guilt over not listening to Cordell about the bank robbery. Dealing with that, however, seems to have been the breakthrough they needed.
  • I’m really digging the One Tree Hill reunions on this series! First Matt Barr as Hoyt and now Austin Nichols as Clint! I just wish Nichols’ had a longer arc!
  • When the robber asked “are we dense” while talking to an undercover ranger, I couldn’t help but snicker. Uh, ya think?!

What did you think of the episode?

Are you hooked on Walker yet?


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Walker Review – Encore (1×10)

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Walker Review Encore Season 1 Episode 10

Walker and Micki’s past came back to haunt them on Walker Season 1 Episode 10. 

Micki’s past included a case that she wasn’t able to solve back in the day due to a jerk of a boss. 

She was so focused on finally nabbing Minnie Jayne that she ignored all the facts that the legendary local singer was not the culprit behind the stolen instruments… this time. 

The case was a little weak if I’m being honest. There was no reason to care about Minnie (even though she was fairly cool and agreed to hit the stage for the reopening of the Side Step), nor did we know enough about Micki’s past life to understand her desire to prove herself in this particular situation.

Though, I’ll admit that I enjoyed seeing Cordell completely fangirl over Minnie. 

Walker didn’t even know his past was going to be impacting his future since Stella didn’t clue him in on the fact that Trevor is Clint West’s son. 

In case you forgot, Walker went undercover as Duke and arrested Clint. Clint blamed him for breaking up his family and killing his wife. 

Since Trevor went missing after the dance, Stella attempted to find him by connecting with his dad.

As you imagine, that didn’t go over very well.

Clint blames Duke for the way his life turned out, but the honest truth is that he’s solely responsible for his own situation. He’s the one who broke the law time and time again, which landed him behind bars. 

And he continues to lead this lifestyle as he set up Stella, and she fell right into his little trap. 

When she sought out Trevor’s hiding spot, Clint’s men followed her. 

The fact that Clint would send men to rough up his son is exactly why Trevor needed to distance himself. 

His father is a bad man, and he realized that which is why he decided not to put Stella in any more danger. 

Obviously, the smart thing would be to tell Walker all about it, but instead, they ran away. It always seems like a good plan when you’re young and in love, but it’s definitely dangerous considering how powerful Clint is.

Stella may think she’s tough, but she has no idea who she’s messing with. 

How will Walker remedy the situation? He obviously doesn’t want his daughter to pay the price for his mistakes. 

Should she have told him the truth about Trevor sooner?

Will Stella and Trevor find a way to be together despite the drama between their dads?

In addition to reopening the Side Step and helping Micki with the case, Cordell couldn’t forget about the kiss he shared with Geri. 

I’m shipping this relationship because well, it happens. 

They suffered a loss, grieved it, and found comfort in each other. 

However, the fact that Hoyt is being released from prison and coming home doesn’t bode well for their relationship. 

It definitely seems like the Geri and Hoyt ship has sailed. But since Geri was Emily’s best friend, will the family object to a relationship between her and Walker?

Other Thoughts

  • Liam decided to run for DA. Good for him! The town needs a progressive voice, and that guy Stan was far from it. 
  • Trey’s traumatic brain injury is still getting the best of him, but at least he was honest with Micki about his recovery.

What did you think of the episode? 

It wasn’t the strongest installment, but not all of them can be winners. 

Still, I’m interested to see how things will pan out between Walker and Clint, who doesn’t seem to have a forgiving bone in his body!


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Walker Review – A Tornado and the Truth (1×08)

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A tornado blew onto Walker and forced many truth’s to bubble up to the surface. 

I guess natural disasters have a way of making everyone confront situation head-on. 

And sadly, not all relationships survived the hour. 

Liam’s relationship with Bret hasn’t been featured too much in the series, but it was still heartbreaking to see him purposefully sabotage things between them in an effort to keep him safe. 

Instead of telling Bret the truth, Liam decided to lie and say that he cheated on him during his trip to Mexico. 

In reality, Liam has been hiding out in his office terrified that the Northside Nation gang is coming after him. What else could he possible think after they blew up his and James’ car for investigating Emily’s death.

By cutting Bret off, Liam ensured that he wouldn’t be used as leverage as he delved further into the case. 

However, he couldn’t keep the truth from Walker any longer. 

Walker’s reaction was much calmer than I expected. He didn’t flip out on Liam or get mad that he and James kept this from him. Instead, he acknowledged how difficult it had to be for Liam to tell the truth. 

But it’s unclear how he’ll handle things moving forward. Cordell is hotheaded, so he’ll likely want to pursue the lead himself and get revenge, especially once he finds out that Geri may be involved!

The news hit him right as Cordell was considering going on his first date since his wife’s death. Maybe it’s for the best that he isn’t quite ready because watching him flirt with Julie was all sorts of uncomfortable. 

Walker, Micki, and Trey ventured out into the dangerous weather to help the locals including Ruby’s grandfather. 

The rescue mission hit a bit of a snag when Micki suffered a panic attack brought on by the intel that Adrianna isn’t her birth mother.

She’s had a bit of trouble processing the truth likely because she bottled it all up inside. Aside from Cordell, she didn’t tell anyone the truth. 

Eventually, she had to face the music and came clean to Trey, who wasn’t pleased with her continuing to keep things from him.

Initially, it didn’t make sense why her first call was to Walker, but once she broke it down, it made sense. 

By telling Trey, Micki had to acknowledge that it was the truth. It made it real, and she wasn’t ready for that. 

Walker Review Fine Is a Four Letter Word Season 1 Episode 8

Walker — “Fine is a Four Letter Word” — Image Number: WLK108b_0600r — Pictured (L-R): Keegan Allen as Liam Walker and Alex Landi as Bret — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Micki always holds things close to heart, but this is the first step into letting Trey fully in. 

Also, the three of them make such a great team! 

While Trey and Micki figured it out, Stella and Trevor’s perfect high school romance hit a snag when she realized that his father was Clint West. I guess Cordell told her all about Duke’s escapades with Clint, so she immediately connected the dots and realized that Trevor was using her. 

Truthfully, I didn’t expect Stella to find out so soon or in this way, but I’m glad the truth is out there. 

She’s too sweet to get caught up in some vengeful scheme.

And the deeper she got into it with Trevor, the more it would hurt both of them as the feelings between them seem to be real. 

Like Romeo and Juliet, they’re caught up in a love story that’s doomed due to their families.

Trevor was definitely conflicted about the whole situation because even though he wants to do right by his family, he can’t deny that the Walker’s are good people.

Does this mean things are over for good?

Will Stella inform her father about Trevor’s motivations? 

Will Cordell and Clint meet face-to-face? 

Other Musings

  • Bonham and Abeline are finally putting the infidelity behind them and moving forward! At least one couple was salvaged during the storm!
  • Liam told Micki the truth about Emily’s death before he told his brother. Did anyone else find that strange? 
  • Why isn’t James around to help Liam deal with the fallout?
  • Keegan Allen sold me on the role of Toby on Pretty Little Liars (even with all the crazy twists), but I’m just not buying what he’s selling with Liam. I can’t put my finger on why that is, but it just doesn’t work for me!

What did you think of the episode?

Were you hoping for more action or are you enjoying the character development?

What do you think happened to Emily?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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Walker Review – Tracks (1×07)

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For the second time in a row, Walker delivers those gut-punches in the final moments of the episode. 

They’ve already proven that they’re all too skilled at those OMG-moments, so why did the rest episode lack that same kind of energy. 

It was necessary to set the scene, but the pacing couldn’t have been more snooze-worthy. 

Technically, Cordell and Micki weren’t working a “case,” per se, but they were digging into Adriana’s arrest, which wasn’t sitting right with Micki.

Micki swore up and down the Texas line that she knew her mother and she knew she would never drink and drive. That part turned out to be true. 

And Micki’s hunch that her mother was taking the blame for someone else was also true, but it wasn’t some law enforcement officials her mother double-crossed that was now getting revenge. 

The most rational and obvious guess was that Micki’s mother was covering for Mike, who Micki found out her mother was involved in a romantic relationship with.

For someone who despises law enforcement and resents her daughter for becoming a ranger, it’s a peculiar choice for a life partner. But the heart wants what it wants, right?

This proved to Micki that maybe she didn’t know her mother as well as she thought after all. But at no point was she ready for the bombshell that she didn’t know her real mother, period. 

There’s an emphasis on the real because, as it turns out, Adriana isn’t Micki’s biological mom — she’s her aunt. 

When Micki confronted her about a woman who once came to watch the trains with then, Adriana confessed that her sister, Mercedes, was her birth mother. 

Finding out that your whole life is a lie is one thing, but the realization that your birth mother was an addict who sold you to her sister because she couldn’t take care of you is a huge blow. 

Micki, who also found out her real name is Nina, didn’t take too kindly to the news simply because of her messed up relationship with Adriana, however, you can’t help but feel for both of them. 

The truth is painful, but Adriana did what she thought was best. And by covering up for her sister’s DWI, it seems like her heart has always been in the right place even if she didn’t exactly know how to show her daughter that she was proud of her.  

There’s always a chance that Mercedes has turned a corner and will turn out to be someone that Micki can have a functioning relationship with now that she’s an adult. 

I found it quite interesting that Micki’s first call after finding out the truth bomb wasn’t to Trey. Maybe it was easier to tell Cordell because he wouldn’t judge her? Not that I think Trey would either, but you often don’t want to seem weak or broken in front of a significant other. 

Or maybe she just thought Cordell would be more understanding in this situation since he did spend most of the day with her. 

There’s also a slight possibility that there’s something bubbling beneath the surface between Micki and Cordell. Maybe she’s not as committed to Trey as we thought?

It’ll be interesting to see how this changes Micki’s perspective. Maybe she’ll finally stop trying to prove her worth to her mother.

Captain James and Liam traveled to Mexico to find out more about Emily’s death. 

They thought they were being slick with Carlos Mendoza’s niece, but she immediately recognized James as the man who put her uncle in prison. 

And she didn’t hesitate to put a hit out on them. You can bet that the exploding car sent quite the message. 

I enjoyed James and Liam spending time together, but to be quite honest, they didn’t accomplish much of anything and aren’t any closer to solving Emily’s murder mystery. 

Walker Review Tracks Season 1 Episode 7

Walker — “Tracks” — Image Number: WLK107a_0593r — Pictured: Gavin Casalegno as Trevor Strand — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

All they did was attract attention to themselves. 

Liam is right that they need to tell Cordell the truth because they never should’ve let him stop digging. He knew in his gut that something felt off.

And you can bet that when he hears that these two went behind his back to investigate, he’s not going to be pleased. 

Whatever did happen to Emily, Gerri’s (who is MIA) bank statements seem to reveal that it had something to do with the Northside Nation Gang. 

Interestingly enough, it’s the same gang, or faction of the gang, that messed with the soccer team during their trip to Laredo. 

Honestly, how pathetic of these grown men to try to start something with high school students. They’ve clearly never heard of the term “pick on someone your own age.”

Trevor stepped up as a hero, but when Cordell arrived on the scene to take out the bad guys in a pretty enjoyable butt-kicking scene, he picked up a gun and considered shooting him for a second. If I heard correctly, he even called him Duke! And for a moment, I thought Cordell heard it. Wouldn’t that be something.

Yet, Trevor quickly reconsidered, which led to Cordell commending him on his bravery and not stooping to the level of the bad guy’s. 

Trevor seems really torn about everything. He seems to genuinely like Stella (who wouldn’t? She’s a gem), he’s established a bond with Auggie, and he’s seeing that Cordell is actually a pretty solid guy unlike his old man. 

But he does have the devil on his shoulder sitting there and leading him astray. For Trevor’s sake, and for the sake of his relationship, I hope he doesn’t do anything he’s going to regret. 

Auggie started off the episode trying to impress the wrong girl, but he ended the hour impressing the right one. 

The fireworks evening he planned for Bella so she could feel connected to her parents, who went to Mexico because they were scared they might be deported, was uber adorable and romantic. 

How did he manage to pull that off? The gesture ended up scoring him a date to the dance as Rubes, his former crush, looked on longingly knowing she made the wrong choice. Let’s hope she doesn’t try to to steal Auggie after taking too long to realize he’s a catch!

Also, who is Bella staying with if her parents left the country?!

What if that Oswald guy from the Northside Nation Gang who threatened Stella and tried to stick it to Cordell (and who showed incredible restraint and used his head not his fists to put him in place) is somehow behind Emily’s murder?

The gang connection is already there, and I doubt the serious would put so much emphasis on the moment if it wasn’t important in the long run! 

What did you think of the episode?

Is the car explosion just a sign of what’s to come? What are your thoughts on Micki’s mom? Let us know in the comments below!


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