Walker, Texas Ranger: The Complete Series
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Action superstar Chuck Norris battles bad guys, lowlifes, and evil criminal masterminds in all eight thrill-packed, butt-kicking seasons of Walker, Texas Ranger! A modern-day peace officer with a Wild West sense of resolve, Ranger Cordell Walker (Norris) is ably assisted by fellow Ranger James Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson), and retired ex-partner CD Parker (Noble Willingham). This tough-minded team attempts to maintain law and order in a tumultuous world. But when the going gets tough...the tough guys get their lights punched out! From drug lords and rogue assassins to escaped cons and troubled teens, join Walker, Texas Ranger for 198 episodes of pulse-pounding, fist-flying action as Walker settles the score with his own personal brand of frontier justice!
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The packaging of the series is very nicely done. I like the fact that it comes in a small box you can put on the shelf. It also sits with my individual seasons DVDs. So Walker Texas Ranger takes up a lot of shelf space for me.
Walker Texas Ranger is one of the best shows of the 90s. There are many great series from that era and Walker has a special place in all that. I remember watching the show many times after school and now I can enjoy it anytime. Even after all these years, the show is still great to watch.
There are certain predictability about the show. I'd like to point them out since I always thought they are funny or amusing.
1) Noble Willingham plays CD Parker for the vast majority of the series. In the show, CD Parker is a retired Texas Ranger with an awesome career. A career so great that they put him in the hall of fame. CD Parker also owns a restaurant and makes a world champion bowl of chili. He has numerous awards for his chillis and very proud of it.
CD Parker on paper sounds like the greatest person in world, right? Wrong. In the show, not once do we see any of his so-called abilities come out. CD Parker is more of a comic relief and gets frequently beaten to a bloody mess. He ends up in the ER frequently enough. Not once do we see him actually cook anything, too. Several times in the show he's in the main dining area with a stew pot, after hours cooking things. Why is he cooking things after everyone is gone? No idea, but that is when he usually gets pulverized by someone after Walker. Several times in the show, CD Parker goes after criminals only to get pulverized again.
Some of you might notice Noble left the show suddenly. If I remember right, Noble wanted to run for a political office and I don't know if he ever won that or not.
Overall CD Parker is a massive contradiction in the show. He sounds so great, yet they're all in the past. I think CD Parker lands in the ER more than anyone else in the show, and everytime he's there, everyone is just laughing at everything he says.
2) The plot of an episode can be predicted in the first few minutes, if you watch the series long enough. For example, if Walker is exercising with someone, and that someone is a good person who describes some troubles he's facing, then you can predict the entire plot will be that person is killed, Walker goes undercover, and uncovers a massive conspiracy. It seems like after the third season, the writers for Walker Texas Ranger simply gave up and just reused earlier plots to write out more episodes.
3) Along with the predictable plot, the show has many reenactment of movies. If you grew up in the 90s, you watched a lot of great action films. In many episodes of Walker Texas Ranger, you can see reenacted scenes from famous movies of that era. Take for example the Harrison Ford movie, Clear and Present Danger when he went to visit the cartels in South America. His car was ambushed with RPGs and automatic fires and they had to bail out of the car to save themselves. That entire scene was replayed in Walker Texas Ranger as well as many other famous movies of that era.
4) Sometimes I watch the show and think, "You know I seen this somewhere." Along with the reenactment of scenes from movies, the show reuse earlier scenes. One of the shows most popular scenes was when Walker was in a helicopter shooting out the tires from a truck. That same scene is reused multiple times for the remainder of the series.
5) By the last season, we can see a noticeable shift in characters' roles. As some of you know, Gage and Sydney came on the show starting from about the last two seasons. I recall reading that Chuck Norris wanted to retire, but he also wanted to keep his co-stars with a job. The network said they didn't want to continue the show without Walker, so Chuck Norris decided to show the network execs that they show could work without him. You can notice a massive shift with Gage and Sydney because they are the main stars in many of the last seasons episodes. Matter of fact, Gage is the only character in the entire show to actually save Chuck Norris from certain death. Also, Trivette was shifted from a series sidekick to that of the comic relief. With CD Parker out of the show, Trivette acted more like the comic relief. It is sort of sad to me that they decided to make him a comic relief than a serious partner in the show. During the last couple of seasons, Trivette was constantly getting pulverized by silly side stories with very silly plots.
As you know, by the last few episode, the network execs decided to pull the plug on the show. Chuck Norris returned the show to its original form during the last episodes with him taking over the main character, Gage and Sydney as a side story with the main plot, and Trivette as his trusty partner. The show went out with a bang.
6) "Chuck Norris" co-exists in the Walker Texas Ranger universe. I recall a couple of times when Trivette ended up with deep conversation about Chuck Norris with Walker.
7) The show is a massive advertisements for charities of Chuck Norris. Many of you might not know but Chuck Norris is a devout Christian and throughout the show we see various episodes where Walker tries to help school children stay away from gangs. In real life, Chuck Norris started the program "Kick Drugs out of America." I'm not sure if he started with George W Bush, who was a governor at the time of the show, or if it was George HW Bush, but one of the Bush's really liked Chuck Norris's program and endorsed it heavily. In many episodes of the show, Walker is conversing with Governor Bush with his Texas Ranger duties.
In any event, you might not even really notice it, but Chuck Norris heavily invested his charities in this show. I believe the only fictional charity is the one started by Walker's companion Alex Cahill. Every other charity in this show are actual real life charities that Chuck Norris was really involved with.
8) Speaking of Alex Cahill, Walker's girlfriend in this show gets frequently kidnapped and pulverized. It gets funny because Alex is supposed to be a really tough female in this show, yet whenever she gets captured, she's sort of a damsel in distress and only Walker can help her. In many parts of the show Alex helps battered women and there was only a single episode in the entire show where she decided to fight back and win. That episode was where she was helping these battered women and this ex-boyfriend captured one of them. They all joined in on the 2x4 clubbing and Walker just chuckled.
9) Many famous movie stars came on this show as guest characters. Mila Kunis, Hulk Hogen, and many more all had guest appearances in this show. Some were famous, some were going to be famous. Very interested to see that.
10) Criminals in this show are a complete and utter joke. In many episode, Walker is after a really, really tough bad guy with years of history at being a bad guy. These bad guys are also very professional with many of them having eluded international manhunts. For example, this one guy goes from contract killings to contract killings armed with a ice knife. He's so professional that he's able to stab someone surgically and he's able to escape before anyone can be wiser. Yet, Walker got this guy so crazed about him that somehow he decides to break his standards and go nuts trying to kill Walker for whatever reason.
It seems like Walker can trick many criminals in this show with simple things. One of the great interrogation techniques is where Walker tells a bad guy the other guy gave him up and somehow this causes the main guy to spill the beans because he didn't want the other guy to get off. Other times in the show, Walker tricks criminals with a simple, "Betcha can't...." Other times, Walker tricks criminals with simple logic like, "Would you take 100,000 dollars or a penny that doubles everyday?" And everyone without hesitation says they'll take $100,000 dollars.
Bad guys are so bad that they can't actually tell you how bad they are. This one bad guy was so gruesome that he told this captured woman, "You know what I'm going to do to you? Do you!?!? I'll tell you..." and he leans in to whispers into her ear and she's going, "Oh no, not that! Please, not that!" And later in the show Walker pulverize this person.
The criminals in this show are a complete and utter joke. It's almost like a really bad cartoon. Aside from Walker massive brutality cases, these criminals would be more of a joke than taken serious.
Overall I really like Walker, Texas Ranger. It is pure gold in some of the scenes and acting. It's definitely one of my favorite shows of the 90s and I would tell anyone to get it. This complete collection pack is definitely worth it as it comes with Trial by Fire which is very rare and I don't believe you'd find it otherwise. It isn't on the series when you buy the individual seasons.