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.
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.
So what happens when you take a dark graphic novel with a jaded social commentary from the mid 2000’s and mix it with the very modern day wild imagination of Eric Kripke? How about if it’s on an online streaming network where there are no standards and filters in the content? Introducing, the original Amazon Prime series, The Boys.
This is no typical superhero story for sure. It’s hard edged, contains some very dark humor, does not hold back on the gore, and the subject matter is controversial at best. It’s not comfort food, unless you fall on the sadistic side of the spectrum. It’s definitely not “Supernatural” and that says a lot considering that series was a horror show. This is Eric Kripke doing what he f**king wants. If there’s a graphic scene involving some twisted oral sex, resulting in brains splattering everywhere, he’s got it covered. Laser eyed babies cutting people in two? Exploding a naked invisible man to tiny bits in full graphic detail? Squashing dolphins with a tractor trailer? Check, check, check. There are no limits anymore.
If you’ve been keeping up with Jared’s new passion project, Walker, by now you’ve seen the first two episodes of the Walker, Texas Ranger reboot. Walker’s premiere episode “Pilot” debuted Thursday, January 21, with the follow up story, “Back in the Saddle” airing last night. What do you think of it so far?
Overall, I’m loving the new series, but I have to confess that’s largely because I’m elated to have Jared Padalecki front and center on my television screen for a full hour each week. At the risk of seeming to objectify the guy, honestly, he’s jaw dropping handsome in every scene! The haircut draws you into his cowboy persona, topped off by the expected Stetson ranger hat. Then his two belts/ holster, cowboy boots and casual confidence deliver the fatal blow. His hazel eyes are piercing in a way that has me wondering if the network is enhancing photos simply to intensify his blue steel stares. Am I the only one whose heart pounds a little bit faster watching this man?
At the behest of my editors at The Winchester Family Business, and because I admitted that it held some interest for me as a movie I might enjoy, I threw myself on this grenade and rented the film Driven from Amazon.
Director: Glenn Payne. Writer: Casey Dillard. Starring: Richard Speight, Jr. & Casey Dillard.
Above all else about this review, I want to stress first and foremost that this is a very competent film. I do not intend that as a passive-aggressive insult or damning the film with faint-praise. Sad to say, but some of the previous movies I had seen in theaters (in the before time of the long-long ago) and those of some major studios couldn’t even claim to be competent. Let me stress very much how thrilled I am that this movie actually told a story and did it very, very well. That by itself makes this worth the rental price.
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