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Walker: Independence is set during the 1870s. This puts the events of the show right around the midway point of the Reconstruction Era following the U.S. Civil War. Hearing this inspired me to brush up on my Texas history for this era as I knew little about it, even with my mandatory Texas History class in school. I learned a few new things on my research journey, and I wanted to share those things here to help us all better understand the historical context of Walker: Independence!

I finally sat down to watch Metamorphosis, which stars our beloved Gil McKinney.

This movie opens with near-silent shots of nature. You hear the world outside and nothing else. This slowly changes when two people steer upriver on a small boat. We are still in a stilted land of no conversation as two people dressed in black come ashore to a cabin in the woods -  Hugh, who is played by Gil, and Alyssa, who is played by Natasha Krishnan.

Walker: Independence is a historical drama that takes place in the late 1800s. It tells the story of Abigail Walker, the first Walker in Texas, and details the beginnings of the Walker-Davidson feud. The events of this show will take place in and around the bustling town of Independence, Texas. Though Independence is a real town that still exists in Texas to this day, the Independence in Walker is a fictional composite of Independence and the original Waterloo, which Jared Padalecki mentioned during the Walker: Independence panel at ATX TV Festival in June. I wanted to spend a little time doing some background on the real history of both of these cities and speculate on what elements of these histories may be incorporated into the show. 

Romeo and Juliet is a classic tragic love story penned by the playwright William Shakespeare. The plot revolves around two teenagers in love, Romeo and Juliet, who come from rival families. Though they know their parents would never approve of their union, they decide their love is stronger than any rivalry and hatch a plan to run away together. Unfortunately, their families’ unwillingness to get along spells tragedy for them until they both commit suicide and leave their families to weep. 

Given that the Davidson/Walker rivalry was such a major plot point in Walker's second season, it’s not surprising that the romance plotline between Stella and Colton has been dubbed a “Romeo and Juliet” story. However, I feel that this is merely a surface level reading that completely ignores the fundamental dynamic that exists between these two teens. Honestly, the only thing Stella and Colton share with the tragic couple is that their families don’t get along. Instead, I liken Stella and Colton to a rather different classical couple: Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? 

Hoyt and Geri’s relationship is an interesting element of Walker's first season. From Hoyt’s introduction in “Bobble Head” (1.03), we learn that the two have a long-term on-and-off relationship that’s been going strong since their younger years. Through many trials and tribulations, conjugal visits and absences, Hoyt and Geri have come back together over and over again. 

But was that the right choice for them? The implications for Geri carried over into Walker's second season, and definitely affected her relationship with Cordell. Let’s have a look at the facts. 

Dan Miller had quite the character journey in season 2 of Walker. From being Gale’s sidekick, to Denise’s scapegoat, to finally ending up as an unlikely ally to the Walker family, Dan's both frustrated us and given us some heartwarming moments. Though sometimes his character flipflops in ways that give me whiplash, I want to spend a little time discussing an aspect of his character that has remained consistent throughout the season: his commitment to his son, Colton. 

Hoyt Rawlins was introduced in the first season of Walker, in the third episode, “Bobble Head”, and it was a memorable introduction indeed. Hoyt was shown to be a charming, fun-loving outlaw with a soft spot for two very special women: Geri Broussard and Abeline Walker. He’s also Cordell’s best friend going back to their school days and he shares a close bond with Cordell's family, having been dubbed “Uncle” Hoyt by Stella and August. Despite everything he has in Austin, he’s often away for months at a time to work or serve time. Hoyt Rawlins is a man who leaves us asking questions about his past, present, and future. Sadly, he was ripped out of the series after only a few episodes during the tragic almost-finale, “Defend the Ranch” where he lost his life doing just that.  

Though Hoyt may have left the script, he left a mark behind on the show that won’t be easily forgotten. Personally, I believe he was taken from us too soon and that there was more of his story to tell. While I understand Matt Barr had other projects to work on and that we’ll technically be getting Hoyt back in Walker: Independence, it’s just not the same. So, in honor of our favorite outlaw, I’d like to lay out what little we do know about his character and lament the loss of what might have been. 

Ah, Kripke, you magnificent bastard.  Okay, it’s a group effort, so the credit falls on just about everyone involved with this show, but the top guy usually gets all the criticism, so I’ll show him some credit here too.   

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from “The Boys” season two.  After all, season one ended so badly for our heroes.  They were so screwed.  How were they going to get out of this without things getting worse?  Turns out, they weren’t. 

Season two pretty much followed the formula of season one.  Still plenty of shocking moments, still a very jaded view of the world of corrupt superheroes that parallels a little too closely to the horrors of our own world, except now with more exploding heads!  I mean a lot more exploding heads.  Heck, my head was exploding after all that!  It carried on the journeys of our familiar characters in some quite dramatic ways while introducing some new ones, namely Stormfront.  Her behavior and backstory made Homelander look like a boy scout.  Well, that is until they hooked up, then things got really…strange.  Like we expected anything less. 

Many of the scenes were again brilliantly dominated by Homelander (Antony Starr) on one side and Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) on the other, two sides of the same coin both spiraling downward.  They delivered some of the most chilling and dysfunctional moments of season two, as well as some of the most badass.  We learned a lot more about what made these guys tick and it was kind of like watching a train wreck.  It's a mess, but you can’t look away. 

The superhero genre is definitely overcrowded.  With all the Marvel steaming spinoffs and movies, the CW superhero shows, the DC Universe and just about every streaming platform now featuring a superhero drama in some way, both hero and anti-hero, it’s hard to get settled into yet another concept involving people with super human abilities and their every day struggles.  At least that’s what I thought when Doom Patrol premiered back in 2019.  Great writing and production team, an intriguing mix of actors, but another hero show?  How good can it be?

Now that I’ve taken the plunge and binge watched on my HBO Max subscription, it’s insanely good.  So here I am again, 15 years after I found a little show called Supernatural by accident in it’s third season, wondering why haven’t I heard much about this show before now!  It’s a must see. 

I do have a bias though, but that was only enough to get me started watching.  This show is produced by a favorite writer/producer of mine, Jeremy Carver.  Even though it’s created by someone I deeply respect and have gotten to know a little over the years, I still had unfinished business with that other show preventing me from jumping into something new.  Now I just feel dumb that I waited this long.