Walker, Texas Ranger: Season 1
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There are three crucial elements for a great Walker episode: A particularly vile villain (drug dealers, rapists, baby-stealing politicians), coolly delivered Chuck-isms ("When I want your opinion, I'll beat it out of you," reprised from the great Code of Silence), and, to quote Jimmy Trivette (Clarence Gilyard), Walker's new, more by-the-book partner, the "squinty-eyed make-my-day stuff" that Walker punishingly dispenses near the 40-minute mark of nearly every episode. When you've got Chuck Norris, you don't need A-list guest stars, but Walker's first season does feature some familiar faces, including the future Spider-Man Tobey Maguire ("The Prodigal Son"), Stuart Whitman ("The Reunion"), and a post-Wonder Years Danica "Winnie" McKellar ("Stolen Lullaby"). Norris may not be Oscar or Emmy material, but watching Walker unfailingly lay out the bad guys and making the guilty pay is the essence of comfort television. As Trivette says, "I hate to admit; the man is good." In short: don't mess with Texas! --Donald Liebenson
- 26 digitally remastered episodes from the 1993-94 season on 7 discs
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Season 1 (April-May '93)
1.) One Riot, One Ranger 4/21/93
When his partner is killed during a bank robbery, Walker comes to the realization that the robbers may be planning to rob four banks in a row.
2.) Borderline 4/24/93
Walker must help Alex when she is stalked by an ex-convict whom she convicted back in the day.
3.) A Shadow in the Night 5/1/93
When a powerful Japanese Yazuka is killed by Congressman Cabe's assistant, the Yazuka come to America, seeking revenge, and Walker and Trivette are assigned to protect the congressman.
Season 2 (1993-94)
4.) Bounty 9/25/93
Bank robber Roy Buchanan is accidentally arrested, but when he is let go, he not only has Walker and Trivette on his heels, but a deadly bounty hunter by the name of Mawell as well.
5.) Storm Warning 10/2/93
When Trivette goes undercover into jail to destroy a drug ring, the transport crashes, and all the prisoners escape, and Trivette is trapped with them.
6.) In The Name Of God 10/30/93
A desperate man named Hank Berigan asks Alex for help in persuading his daughter, Amy, to leave the cult that she has joined. When Alex goes to the cult, she is imprisoned within, realizing that once someone enters the cult, they are never allowed to leave.
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I suppose that following the exploits of Paris Hilton or Britney Spears is far more "hip".
But Walker - Texas Ranger had a very successful 9 year run, despite the fact that the critics universally panned it for its one dimensional characters (the "good guys" really were good guys and they always triumphed in the end), the network buried it in a Saturday night slot (traditionally the dead zone for a televsion show)and did nothing to promote it.
But the viewing public watched and enjoyed it for a very long time because each week, you were the recipient of a good story with a very likeable cast of characters led, of couse, by the title character Cordell Walker Texas Ranger.
Each week, Walker,a Texas Ranger cut in the mold of John Wayne, successfully used his investigative and martial arts skills to bring down the bad guys, who were engaged in everything from drugs to good old fashioned cattle rustling in modern-day Texas.
OK - so the guy isn't Lawrence Olivier in terms of his acting ability and the diversity / range of emotions he was required to convey each episode. But he was very, very believable as a resolute and unstoppable force of justice and fair play.
Walker was ably assisted by a supporting cast including Jimmy Trivette, an ex-Dallas Cowboys football player, who turned in his helmet for a badge, Alex Cahill, an assistant district attorney, who provided the love interest for Walker in the latter seasons and CD Parker, an retired Texas Ranger, whose watering hole was the favorite haunt of Walker, Trivette and Cahill in their off-hours.Read more ›
The idea of Norris in the mold of a martal arts /John wayne style lawman works. Norris, as Steve McQueen taught him, does not say much, let the action do the talking is showcased here in first season of Walker.
so is the box set worth it? YES-great TV without the commerials. However there are NO extras-SOMEONE should interviews, audio commentary and the behind the scene stuff these DVD are known for would be nice. I woulds have like even a tribute to Noble Willingham) who died of cancer after the last walker episode aired
When is season two coming?
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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