Authors Note: Apologies for the lateness of this recap/review. My television service went down during part of the episode during the premiere and I missed the first 12 minutes of the episode. I wanted to give you a review that is up to my usual standard so I had to wait until I had time to view the episode on the CW site.
This week’s episode of Walker, “Cry Uncle”, didn’t involve nearly as much crying as I thought it would. But after the rollercoaster that was “Just Desserts” and the nail-biting nerves over whether the Walkerverse will be renewed or not, I think we deserved a small break from the angst.
This week’s plotlines were mostly isolated so I’m going to cover each plot individually.
Let’s start with Cassie and Trey and the Mystery of the Missing Detective.
You can’t fall in love with someone’s music unless you know about it. On Sunday, January 8th, I attended a StageIt performance by Steve Carlson. These are fairly regularly scheduled events lasting about 30 minutes and at a cost of “pay-what-you-can.” Steve, as you might recall from my last review, is Jensen Ackles’ musical partner in Radio Company. While Radio Company is the most recent collaboration, Steve has been around the Supernatural fandom for years. I think more folks need to know about him so here’s a recap of Sunday’s Session. Hopefully it will inspire you to see the next one.
When Philemon Chambers first mentioned that Augustus was once a Buffalo Soldier in an interview, I was intrigued. When we learned in “Random Acts” (1.06) of Walker: Independence that Augustus’ time in the Buffalo Soldiers was what led to him and Calian meeting and becoming friends, I was hooked and needed to learn more.
The Buffalo Soldiers were a sector of the US peacetime military following the Civil War made up entirely of black soldiers. Though slavery had officially ended during the war, equality and peace were still a long way off and many newly freed men saw joining the military as a way to make economic and social gains. These men, like many before them and even more in the generations to come, would put their lives on the line for their country in the hopes of being granted true equality and acceptance among the American people, a promise that would be made (and broken) time and time again.
I want to spend a little time talking about these men and the impact African American soldiers have had on US history. I’m going to do an overview of black soldiers in the military, which historians have traced back to the days of the American Revolution. I’m also going to do a more in-depth look at the origins of the Buffalo Soldiers and their time defending the American frontier. Then, I want to spend some time discussing how all of this could fit into the story Walker: Independence.
Previously on Big Sky: Avery tells the mob boss over the phone that he wants a larger finder's fee for getting access to the fifteen million dollars. The dark-suited man says he doesn't renegotiate. "A deal's a deal," says one of the boss's enforcers. "Track him down," says the boss. Avery purchases a gun from a pawn shop. Carla is on the phone saying she's worried about Avery and thinks something terrible might have happened. Beau tells Jenny that he thinks Avery is making a play for the money that Luke and Paige stole. Sunny and Paige confer secretly at the campsite. Paige asks Sunny to help her get her bag back; in return, she'll help get Walter out of jail. Later, however, Donno and Tanya show up at the campsite and are deeply displeased with Sunny when they all discover that Paige is gone. If they don't find her, they are all in trouble, Tanya reminds them. Paige hasn't run away, though. Instead, she's been captured and tied up by Buck. Cassie rings the doorbell at the Barnes' house. Inside the house, Buck lurks with knife in hand. Jenny enters her own house and is surprised to find bloody bandages on the floor. "Mom!" she breathes.
Big Sky 3.11 "Super Foxes" Jenny's mom Gigi walks into Jenny's living room, her face swollen and beaten. "I need help," she says. "Where's the thirty grand?" Jenny responds. Her mom insists that they have to get out of there now. The money's gone. She grifted the wrong guy. Jenny zip ties her mom's wrists: "You'll be safe in jail." When a vehicle pulls up outside, the mom starts to panic, but Jenny isn't buying it. Hearing a knock at the door, she goes to answer it, but the door is smashed inward, hitting Jenny who goes down hard. Disoriented, she can only blink up confusedly from the floor as two farm-booted men in jeans clomp by her and then back out again carrying her mom against her will.
After a seven week holiday break, The Winchesters returns to us Tuesday, January 24 at a new time of 9E/8C (U.S.). Having aired seven episodes, the Supernatural prequel is half way through its 13 episode first season. In that time, we met the younger versions of John Winchester and Mary Campbell, and Mary's hunting buddies: Latika the pacifist researcher, Carlos the weapons and wardrobe specialist, and Ada the hoodoo herbalist wiccan. We also met John's mom Millie and dad Henry (contacted from beyond the grave), and the enemy that threatens to invade their world, the Akrida. We learned a few salient details of each of these characters' backstories - not as much as we would have wanted but enough to tease that there's more to come - and seen John and Mary's first kiss.
The cliffhanger mid-season finale revealed that the Akrida queen bee is still off world but her drone minions are one step closer to arranging her arrival with their collection of rare monster essences. To balance out the enemy's surreptitious advancement, our young monster club hunters succeeded in finding Mary's dad, Samuel Campbell, who they hope will have some brilliant plan that leads them to victory. They are reunited as a family, but will all their combined skills and knowledge be enough to save the world?
How have fans reacted to what's happened so far in the long awaited Supernatural spinoff? At this mid-season point, let's pause to discuss what we like and dislike in the show we hope gets renewed for many seasons to come. One gauge of the show's performance might be the varied opinions of The Winchester Family Business writers who have been closely following this show.
Exceptional music comes to those who wait and wait and wait
By Christine T. Carmichael, unapologetic Radio Company evangelist and academic librarian 😊
Music is well said to be the speech of angels. — Thomas Carlyle
Fans of Radio Company have been waiting years for the group to perform live. Tonight, December 19, 2022, approximately 300 of them will experience Steve Carlson and Jensen Ackles showcasing their musical prowess in person.
The rest of us are making do with a live stream via StageIt.com. (Many are praying to the IT gods that servers don’t crash and home internet connections remain stable.) Obtaining permission to quote chat participants is challenging due to the speed at which folks are logging on, hitchhiking, or merely squee-ing about the upcoming concert.
Louden Swain takes the stage first, and they are dynamic. They released a new album in October, Feelings and Such, and are fresh off of an eventful weekend at #SPNNash, Creation Entertainment’s Salute to Supernatural Convention — Nashville. It’s tough to tell who is more excited: Rob, Billy, Stephen, and Michael, or the crowd. Then the camera pulls back a bit, and we can see the Analog.
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