I know I should have loved Walker’s climactic episode “Dig”. The second half of the episode was non-stop action! The story's climax revealed an answer we’ve been theorizing about and waiting for all season. There was a spectacular car crash that gave Supernatural fans PTSD flashbacks of the Impala getting T-Boned in its season 1 tortuous cliffhanger. August made a responsible choice that was true to who he is as a person. Cordell went all Sam Winchester on the bad guys, freeing himself and taking the villain hostage. Plus, all this great drama was wonderfully woven together by Richard Speight, Jr. in his first directorial partnership with our Texas Ranger.
Another strong episode, this time directed by Richard Speight, Jr. who of course was not only the Archangel Gabriel in Supernatural but also directed several episodes of the show—and who will be coming back to direct again in Walker Season 2.
There was a lot to like about this episode—and one thing I really didn’t like.
I saw a theme of ‘moving on’ in last week’s episode, and that continued in "Dig", although with some unforeseen outcomes. The title made me think of digging for answers, digging for truth, digging deep inside oneself for understanding, digging a hole for oneself, and digging a grave. All those meanings showed up in one way or another—sometimes literally—in the episode.
Featured heavily in "Dig," the 17th episode of Walker’s first season, was “Spirit Week,” a time when people reveal their truths and feelings, and wow, did those come out this episode. At the heart was…
Yes! This is what I’ve been waiting for from Walker. If the show can keep up this level of writing—coherent plot, consistent characterization, and incisive social commentary, it might have a shot at the Emmys for next year. I really hope this means the writers have stepped up their game and that this isn’t just a lucky one-off.
I’m going to comment on the plot threads rather than going in strictly chronological order.
Episode 1.16 of Walker tackles the heavy topics of police corruption and brutality from the human view of a person of color trying to change the system from within. However, thematically, it also explores who the characters are, and how they can’t always be who they are inside. Sometimes this is a bad thing, but other times, it forces them to be better, as is shown in the character of …
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common question asked of children and teens. In my family’s case, the various answers were firefighter, construction worker, police officer or veterinarian – all vocations the children saw personified around them. For me, from what I remember of when I was young, I was always irritated by that query. How was I supposed to know what direction my life should go? Why did I need to know something like that when I was six or ten or fourteen?
By the time sixteen rolled around, though, that harmless conversation starter got serious. Summer jobs were supposed to have meaning and direction. Gaining experience in your future field of study became more important than picking up a few bucks cutting grass or babysitting. Then the real pressure began. College or vocational school? Which college has majors that appeal to you? Money, deadlines and pressure were now associated with answering the simple question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
What I know now that I didn’t know then was that question would, and should, keep arising throughout a person’s lifetime. If you’re lucky, your circumstances will allow you to continue to redefine yourself over and over again. If you’re surrounded by family, friends and peers who support you, personal growth becomes an option, enriching not only your various stages in life, but also the world around you. “Bad Apples” created turning points for several of Walker's characters, allowing us to watch them grow as they struggled to define what they want to do with their lives.
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