“Walker: Season One” Review by Suzanne 10/25/21
I wasn’t sure at first whether I would like this series. I love Jared Padalecki’s work on “Supernatural” and “The Gilmore Girls,” so that’s why I tuned in. The cast is great, but at first it seemed pretty mediocre. Then it got better pretty quickly. I can see why it’s a hit for The CW. There is plenty of drama, action and humor. If you’re expecting anything like the old show that starred Chuck Norris, then you’ll be very disappointed. To me, that’s a good thing because I didn’t really like the old show. He was more of a lone wolf than this Walker, who has a whole family as well as friends and co-workers.
This Cordell Walker is tormented and grieving at the beginning of the season. His wife was murdered and he’s been undercover a long time. He’s distant from his family, and they all resent him. There’s a lot of great conflict. I really love the characters in the show. They’re what make it. Even though Cordell is the main character, he’s a bit of a likeable doofus sometimes. He doesn’t have all of the answers. That’s what makes him interesting.
You should check this show out and give it a chance. Season two starts this week on The CW!
There are some good Special Features about the show: a special called “Walker: Tragic Hero,” and another one that is really cool called “The Edge of the Coin,” plus the usual gag reel and deleted scenes. I really enjoyed them.
WALKER: SEASON ONE
Street Date: October 26
Description: WALKER, a reimagining of the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” stars Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin, Texas after being undercover for nearly a year, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son, August (Kale Culley, “Me, Myself and I”) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter, Stella (Violet Brinson, “Sharp Objects”) and navigate changes with the rest of the family. His ADA brother, William “Liam” (Keegan Allen, “Pretty Little Liars”) returned home from New York and stepped in during Walker’s absence, making it all the more difficult for Walker to resume his place in the family. The perceptive matriarch of the Walker clan, Abeline (Molly Hagan, “Herman’s Head”) doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind to keep everyone in line and their traditional rancher father, Bonham (Mitch Pileggi, “The X-Files”) isn’t much for long winded, sentimental prattling, but voices his opinion when it counts most. At work, Walker’s former colleague, Larry James, is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell, “The Game”) and both men need time to adjust to their new dynamic. Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner, Micki Ramirez (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”). She knows there’s a lot at stake for her in this new job and is quick to school Walker on curbing his maverick ways. Walker’s not Micki’s only distraction, as her relationship with an old friend, Trey (played by Jeff Pierre, “Once Upon a Time”) becomes more serious. The series closely follows Walker as he tries to balance all the new details in his old life while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s (Genevieve Padalecki) death.
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