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Walker Series Premiere Review – Cordell Walker is a Stale Texas Ranger (1×01)

Walker -- “Pilot” -- Image Number: WLK101g_0178r2 -- Pictured: Jared Padalecki as Cordell Walker -- Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Jared Padalecki has held many impressive roles in his career. Some may think of him as Dean from Gilmore Girls, while others only see him as Sam Winchester on Supernatural. 

But now, he’s stepping into the shoes of the legendary Cordell Walker on The CW’s Walker adaptation, a role previously held by the Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger, a beloved action drama with a premise that’s occasionally viewed as problematic for its portrayal of good guys versus bad guys.

In the 1993 series, the idea of justice was always painted with a black and white brushstroke, but in 2021, we know that’s not the case. 

That’s why The CW’s version aims to stay true to the original with a dedicated cop who takes down the bad guys with roundhouse kicks, while also infusing the modern-day version with more progressive viewpoints. The pilot alone touches on the topic of undocumented immigration and introduces Walker’s partner, a Mexican-American female ranger, along with his gay brother. 

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from The CW series going in, but even without fully knowing, it seems I set my expectations just a bit too high… like those famous roundhouse kicks.

Nothing about Walker’s pilot episode drew me in (or made me want to keep watching) despite it being the network’s most highly-anticipated show of 2020, and there’s nothing legendary or iconic about Padalecki’s performance… not yet, at least. 

Padalecki’s Walker is angstier and less carefree than Norris’. He comes with a lot of personal baggage inflicted by the mysterious death of his wife, Emily, which spirals into his struggle to raise his two children, Stella and Augie, without her.

One major flaw off-the-bat is that the writers and creators assumed audiences would care about a lead character when much of the action — his wife’s death and his undercover mission following her death — happens off-screen or in “flashbacks.” Instead, we’re provided context upon Walker’s return 10-months after his mission through a series of “heartfelt” talks with his family that often miss the mark. 

It’s an action series with minimal action that relies more on telling, not showing. It’s a surefire way to alienate a fan-base coming to see a character famously known for being an ass-kicking badass. Especially since we barely see that side of Walker.

Instead, we’re given a protagonist that ran away from his problems by throwing himself into his work while the rest of his family — his parents and his brother, Liam (Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen), who works as a DA in the liberal city of Texas — stepped up to the plate to raise the children. 

Sadly, both Walker and the series struggling to juggle the work-life balance.

In short, it’s unclear what the main focus of the show is supposed to be. Is Walker a man who wants to repair his relationship with his kids? Is he a man who wants to protect his reputation as ranger and focus on justice and equality? Or does he want to solve his wife’s murder, which is strung along as an overarching plot to unravel over the course of the season? 

If he’s all three, the show needs to find better ways of communicating it because right now, it feels stiff and falls flat. 

Padalecki doesn’t seem to have a full grasp on who his character is or where his priorities lie either, which means that while his shortcomings as a father and a ranger are brought up, he shows no emotional depth. It’s a tough pill to swallow for an actor who has nailed the whole “brooding” persona far too many times. 

It’s also hard to figure out what narrative the show wants to push forward. At one point he’s patted on the back and given promotions for being “the best of the best,” but scolded and called out for his “problematic” and “rule-bending” behavior in the same breath.

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Walker — “Pilot” — Image Number: WLK101a_0140r — Pictured: Lindsey Morgan as Micki Ramirez — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

One thing that’s hammered home is that he hasn’t been a very present father and his daughter, Stella, faults him for it. She may be rebellious, but so far, Stella’s brush-in with the law only serves a potential storyline in which Walker and Liam help her best friend’s parents, who are facing deportation because the crime she committed is now on their record.

It’s also hard to get invested in the mystery of his wife’s death considering we only saw their relationship briefly in the first few minutes of the episode. And it was expected the moment he told her to “be careful.” Other than that, we have no idea what her job entailed or what led to her death, but if we never find out, I’m not going to lose any sleep about it. In fact, I found myself more intrigued by Jerry, the woman that was with Emily the night she was murdered. Walker doesn’t seem to hold any resentment about her involvement and there even seemed to be some sparks flying between the two of them.

The personal aspects of Walker’s life completely overshadowed the case-of-the-week, which was haste and lacking. It was an afterthought when it should have been the selling point for a series pulling inspiration from police procedurals and a crime-fighting icon. 

The case served up a few fight scenes, which yes, included a roundhouse kick, but it mostly allowed Walker and his new partner, Micki, to get to know each other and connect, a little too quickly, if I might add. Instead of giving their partnership time to evolve, it seemed expedited and by the end of the hour, Micki attempts to be the “buddy cop” next to Walker’s brooding one. They even banter as though they’ve been partners for years, which feels off considering she scolded him for his behavior, which also seems misplaced considering he outranks her. 

That’s more of a casualty of the writing than anything else because for the most part, Micki sells is more intriguing as a character even with limited screen time. She has more riding on the line than Walker, and one could make the case that she should’ve been the lead of the series rather than being reduced to a conflicted, emotionless man’s sidekick. Not only is she more secure and confident, but she’s also complex. She worked hard to climb the ranks as a woman in a male-dominated career, and she won’t let Walker screw that up for her. In addition to validating her career choices to her family, she also wants to prove herself to a system that would love to see her fail.

The case resulted in a mind-numbingly generic storyline about a drug cartel, which may or may not serve as a future plotline. And that right there is the biggest issue. A pilot episode is supposed to sell you the idea of better episodes in the future. It’s supposed to entice you into coming back again, but the identity of the series was so vague, we don’t actually know what we should expect from it (and Walker) moving forward. It’s equal parts something we’ve already seen before and equal parts forgettable. 

iZombie, for example, adopted a case-of-the-week format that fed into the overarching plot more and more with each passing episode.

Walker can succeed if it finds the right balance of action scenes, intriguing cases, personal development, and a stellar supporting cast. But so far, it hasn’t sold us any of that. 

And Padalecki can’t rely on his fans from shows prior to make this a hit. 

What did you think of the pilot episode?


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Walker Review – It’s Not What You Think (2×04)

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Walker Review It's Not What You Think Season 2 Episode 4

The mystery of who bugged the Walker household is officially over. 

But I don’t think that the case is closed just yet. 

On Walker Season 2 Episode 4, Cordell informed his family that they were being watched before launching a whole secret mission to prove and trap Serano as the culprit. 

However, Liam wasn’t convinced it was Serano at all and had his heart set on the Davidson’s being behind it. 

And neither of them were wrong!

Serano’s men did bug the house, but David, Denice’s husband, paid them for access to spy on the Walker family as part of some long-running feud between the families that dates back to the barn fire years ago. 

Denice and Walker decided to lay a trap by getting a little too cozy at the Walker household, which definitely fired up David who assumed he was watching his wife cheat on him in real-time. 

The fact that these two are having marital problems didn’t make the situation any better. 

And Denice and Walker really laid it on thick. There’s obviously chemistry and history between them, but it was hilarious to see them getting into “character.”

Things were only made more awkward by Geri’s arrival. 

Talk about poor timing. 

Walker tried to get her out of there so quickly, but when she refused to leave, Denice stepped in and cut Geri off from likely addressing her feelings for Walker. 

I honestly felt so bad for her at that moment. She clearly thought she walked in on some private affair, and there was no time for Walker to explain that it was all part of an undercover op. 

I’m sure Geri will understand eventually, but will she be able to move past it?

Walker didn’t have time to dwell on it because of the case. If his house was bugged then Serano’s people likely bugged the DA’s house. 

Before they could even investigate, however, the culprit made his way to Walker’s house. 

Liam was almost caught in the crossfire, but it was actually David who stopped the shooter dead in his tracks and saved his life. 

While Liam should’ve been grateful, he couldn’t shake the fact that David was there because he was spying on them. 

Listen, Liam’s gut has been right thus far, so I would suggest they listen to him. 

It’s hard to be mad at the man who saves your life, but it’s also pretty terrible when he’s part of the reason you’re in that situation in the first place. 

Walker and Liam got into a heated argument over it, and I hate to say that Walker will feel pretty salty once the truth comes to light and reveals David’s involvement. 

Because the truth always comes to light. 

It’ll also be pretty awkward for Denice who basically scolded Walker for considering the possibility that her family could be behind the bugging. 

Could you blame him?

There’s definitely potential for a Denise and Walker romance — two lovers, two forbidden families — but that’s down the road once she finds out the truth about what David did. 

And before that could ever happen, we also need to know the truth about that barn fire. 

Stella and Colton are getting closer than ever. A man who will pull the fire alarm to help you get out of finishing the SAT’s is a man who had some feelings for you. 

While I can’t condone the behavior, Stella wasn’t in the right frame of mind to take that test after finding out she was being watched for weeks. 

This relationship may be thriving, but Trey and Micki’s is hanging on by a thread, mostly because of her guilt over what happened with Garrison. 

Trey deserves to know the truth, but it also needs to happen when Micki is ready. 

She’s been living in denial, which isn’t ideal for her relationship or career. Instead of taking the time to come to terms with what happened and to grieve, she lunged right back into her work which made her careless. 

Micki ignored direct orders from Captain James and went rogue. Her heart was in the right place wanting to protect her team, but the recklessness could’ve cost them a life. 

Taking time off from the force is the best thing she could do for herself. 

And if her heart isn’t in the relationship with Trey anymore, I really do hope she tells him sooner rather than later. 

What did you think of the episode? Should the Walker’s trust the Davidson’s?

Will David’s secret come to light? What happened at the barn?

And what will that map that was found in the home help them prove? That the barn was on their land when it burned down?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 


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Walker Review – The One Who Got Away (2×02)

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Garrison is definitely the one who got away, that’s for sure. 

Walker Season 2 Episode 2 was one of the most intense episodes to date. Things always get crazy during undercover missions since so much is at stake. 

It was nice to see Micki steal the spotlight for a change with Walker coming in with an assist. 

Micki’s undercover gig took a dark turn when she came face-t0-face with Garrison, her ex-boyfriend. 

There were obviously a lot of unresolved feelings between them, not to mention a lot of chemistry to boot. 

It was clear that Micki and Garrison were on two different paths, but they worked well together. 

He didn’t give up her cover to Serrano and immediately informed her that he could be her CI and give her the evidence to take the gang leader down because he wanted an “out.”

Since Serrano killed Spider and was cleaning up all of his messes, it was only a matter of time before he also turned on Garrison. 

It’s a kill or be killed kind of world, so he was trying to get ahead of the “be killed” part. 

And it almost worked. They had some solid leads on Serrano, but eventually, Garrison had to walk into the lion’s den in order to ensure that they finally got the guy. 

By then, Serrano was onto Garrison, and he tasked him with shooting Cordell Walker — without missing this time. 

Micki was so blinded by her past with Garrison that she didn’t even realize he was the Austin shooter she was looking for.

And in order to save Cordell this time, Mici had to take down Garrison. 

It’s an impossible position to be in considering that there were still very real feelings for Garrison. 

Through their final adventure together, we found out that they were in a very serious relationship together and that Micki pretty much left him at the altar. 

The whole gig was a trip down memory lane, so it definitely got Micki in her feels slightly. 

It wasn’t easy to push Garrison out of the way, and though she saved Cordell’s life, you could see she immediately regretted it as Garrison slipped through her fingers. 

He fell to his death because of her and right in front of her. 

In his final moments, he uttered “it’s not your fault,” which at least absolved her from a bit of the guilt. 

This is the life Garrison carved for himself, and no matter what she did or didn’t do, Serrano would’ve gotten him one way or the other. 

At least in his death, he was able to help the love of his life one last time. He helped bring down Serrano and spared Walker’s life. 

He went down a hero. 

Micki mourned his death with some bourbon and the mixtape he made thinking of her, but that’s not going to be enough. 

She’s tough, but that’s a hard thing to bounce back from no matter the headspace. 

Throughout all of this, she pushed Trey away. He kept reaching out and inquiring about her, but she wasn’t the least bit interested in responding or assuring him that she was okay. 

Earlier this week, the shocking and heartbreaking news that Lindsey Morgan is exiting the series, and I think this is the catalyst for her to hang up the ranger hat. 

Micki is likely going to need to take time to figure things out without Trey. 

It’s a huge loss for Walker, but at least the exit won’t be abrupt in terms of storytelling.

We’ll just have to see Trey deal with that heartbreak. 

While it’s going to be difficult for him, I hope that he sticks around because he’s a good addition to the small town and a great coach. 

He found a way to turn detention into a learning moment by pairing up the foursome and throwing them into a sort of escape room that relied heavily on trust and communication. 

The result? A romance brewing between Colton and Stella. 

Colton was smitten when he saw Stella handling the horse. 

Of course, that’s yet another Romeo and Juliet kind of love considering the beef between the Davidson family and the Walker family. 

It’s unclear what exactly happened the night of the fire that killed Denice’s father, but I don’t think it was solely Walker’s fault. 

Can they hash things out so that we’re all on the same page?

Stella always has the worst luck with men and their families. 

It definitely seems like there are sparks flying between Denice and Walker, which I’m not thrilled about because I’m rooting for him and Jerri. 

When are they going to have their moment in the sun?

What will happen when the family’s come together for a good old fashioned cook-off? Will feelings get hurt over some chili?

I can’t wait to find out! 

Let us know what you thought about the episode! Are you bummed about Morgan’s upcoming departure?


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Walker Season Premiere Review – They Started It (2×01)

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Walker Season Premiere Review They Started It Season 2 Episode 1

Walker season 2 is off to a promising start!

The new season jumped 3 months into the future and focused heavily on Micki’s time undercover. 

For those who need a bit of a refresher — Micki took a job to investigate the man responsible for Stan Morrison. 

But the job was particularly important because Stan wasn’t the shooter’s intended target — Cordell Walker, her partner was. 

Micki is tough, so there’s no reason why she wouldn’t have a handle on the situation, but three months and some radio silence and everyone is pretty worried about her, especially Trey, who hasn’t heard from her in over a month. 

Walker also knows what being undercover can do to a person when you become too accustomed to the lifestyle or when you grow too close to the people you’re lying to, so his concern is slightly more understandable. 

When we first see Micki, she has embraced the persona of Yvette, who is helping a man named Spider steal a car. 

He’s not nearly as skilled as she is as Yvette proves that she knows exactly what she’s doing. 

And she’s doing it all so that she can get an “in” with the boss, a man named Serano. 

Things take a deadly turn, however, when Spider is thrown off a building and killed.

Micki is definitely shaken, but Trey, who was also on the scene, is even more upset by the ordeal because he’s convinced that she’s in over her head.

Not only does he loop Walker in, but he also tells him about the fact that she’s doing all of this to protect him. 

Walker’s friendship with Micki means the world to him, so while he understands why she’s risking it all for him, he also wants to protect her. 

While it’s totally like Walker to butt in with the case and drive to Del Rio to find her (don’t you love how the Captain saw this coming), I love that he also trusts Micki enough to let her call the shots and let the situation play out. 

As much as I love Walker as the knight in shining armor, it’s even better when he acknowledges that women are capable of taking care of themselves.

Sticking through with the plan paid off because Micki finally snagged a meeting with Serano. 

However, things are about to get really messy because it seems as though she goes way back with Serano’s right-hand man. 

As she told Walker, he was the “one that got away.”

And from experience, we know that love and undercover work do not mix.

If this is an ex — and one that taught her everything she knows — then he knows too much about her already; He’ll be able to make her. 

Walker Season Premiere Review They Started It Season 2 Episode 1

Walker — “They Started It” — Image Number: WLK201a_0426r — Pictured (L- R): Lindsey Morgan as Micki Ramirez and Bryan Craig as Spider — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Micki’s in a lot of danger, which means she’s putting her loved ones in danger too. 

Though I’m intrigued by this storyline, there’s nothing that I hate more than something coming between Micki and Trey. Their relationship is so sweet and they worked a lot to get to this point. 

Back in Austin, the new neighbors moving next door to the Walker’s weren’t so new after all. 

At first, it was a little unclear as to why Cordell was having flashbacks to a fire at the barn, but when it was revealed that the Davidson’s were moving back in, it all began to make sense.

A young Cordell and a young Denise were responsible for the fire at the barn, an act that the family still holds it against the Walkers because the story is that Denise’s father died trying to save Cordi. 

However, it’s clear that no one is actually telling the truth about what really happened that night. 

What’s everyone hiding… and why?

While Denise and Cordell are the most cordial members of the two families since everyone else is butting heads. 

Both matriarchs were at each other’s throats, the kids got into it at school, and Liam and Dan came to blows about Denise the boar. 

Plenty of punches were thrown, and surprisingly, Cordell wasn’t the one throwing any of them. 

Liam’s anger was understandable as the DA position was taken from him and simply handed to Denise. I know the first election ended in murder, but doesn’t he deserve a chance to run again?

Plus, Denise is still treating him like the kid brother. 

Dan (played by Odette Annable’s — Geri’s — real-life husband Dave Annable) was also totally out of line. 

If you dish out hate, don’t be surprised when it’s given in return. 

There’s no need to keep fueling the fire here over something that happened so long ago. 

Auggie punching Denise’s son, Colton, was unexpected, but honestly, good for him for finding his inner warrior. Stella didn’t deserve to be called an entitled princess, even if she did wrongly accuse the kid of keying her car. 

It was an honest mistake. Though you know that these two lost, troublemaking souls are going to fall in love, which will put the two feuding family’s in a tailspin. 

Cordell and Geri seemed to be the only two with their heads on right, though, their feelings for each other weren’t addressed at all. 

It does seem like Denise and Cordell are supposed to have some kind of chemistry, but for everyone’s sake, I hope the writers don’t go down that route. 

And if I didn’t make it clear, I’m totally rooting for Geri, who said herself that she’s a Walker through and through. 

On one final note — who has the Walker house under surveillance. 

I’m not even going to get into how creepy that is, but it’s concerning that Walker and his family continue to be a target for really bad people. 

 

 


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