The CW’s Walker is making a huge mistake, as his mishandling of the week’s case plan shows he doesn’t care about the bigger mystery.
WARNING: The following contains important spoilers for Walker Episode 3, “Bobble Head,” aired Thursday on The CW.
In CW’s WalkerIt’s pretty clear that the series is all about helping Walker (Jared Padalecki) get back on his feet and get back to being a Texas Ranger through the “case of the week” trope. He is more or less showing his new partner Micki (Linsey Morgan) the ropes as he adjusts to life with his former partner, Captain James, as his new boss.
Yet at the heart of it all, the shadow looming over Walker is the death of his wife Emily in Episode 1. Now you’d think these weekly cases would be part of that overall mystery, but the way they seem tied It’s pretty clear that the show doesn’t really care about them or think they’re that important.
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In the first episode, Walker and Micki discover a heroin ring run by a family business that smuggles drugs into Christian statues. It’s pretty clear that they are linked to the Mexican cartel, but they are only given a few minutes with a quick raid. The second episode, “Back in the Saddle”, then centers on Walker and Micki uncovering an insurance scandal with Manchester burning down their farm and faking the death of their prized horse, Texas Nightshade. Lastly, in “Bobble Head,” the Rangers take down an arms dealer, Torreto, who is smuggling weapons in and out of Texas.
Now, given what happened to Emily, these cases could have helped solve the mystery behind her death. She was killed near the border, where she delivered food and drinks to help immigrants, staying away from cameras and using the routes Walker drew. This could have easily been reconciled to a murder by the cartel or its American associates, perhaps even linked to Emily discovering an illegal trade route. That would connect Walker to these cases and make them that much more important. He would give Geri, who owns Walker’s favorite drinking place, Side Step, a roll of keys. Also, Hoyt (Walker’s former best friend who worked with Torreto) may have had information about Emily’s death. Manchester also has suspicious connections, so Walker could have gotten information from him too.
But the current method of the show goes against the old series directed by Chuck Norris, Walker, Texas Ranger, where the cases of the week are related to the general history. Instead, these new cases feel irrelevant, like an afterthought to remind us that Walker has a job outside of the family confusion. Since it is a reinvention of the original series, we assume that these cases would be more of the plot of the story, but the whole title of Walker what it does is recognize the name of the program.
Sadly, this limits the story because, as Walker said, there is more to Emily’s death. So even if it’s an issue, exploring the idea of the cartel moving more goods, weapons, or personnel to Texas would fuel something much bigger and better than random cases that turn out to be frivolous. Making them forgettable and trivial, Walker It doesn’t work and it feels like a cheap remake as the show doesn’t know whether to focus on her career, her children, or the truth behind Emily’s death in the desert.
Walker stars Jared Padalecki, Lindsey Morgan, Keegan Allen, Mitch Pileggi, Molly Hagan, and Coby Bell. New episodes air Thursdays at 8 pm ET / PT on The CW.
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