It's that time of week again!  So what's in store for Walker this week?  Lots of drama it looks like.  Things aren't looking so well for Captain James. 

Here's the synopsis of this week's episode, called "Two Points for Honesty":

CAPTAIN JAMES IS SHOT – While setting up protective detail on Trey (Jeff Pierre), Captain James (Coby Bell) is shot and left in critical condition. Walker (Jared Padalecki) takes on the role of interim Captain and turns to an unlikely source for help. Bosede Williams directed the episode written by Blythe Ann Johnson (#208).  Original airdate 1/20/2022. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. 

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I liked a lot about this episode—except for the central, important thing that still baffles me, and a story trope that I disliked when they used it in Supernatural (and don’t like it any better on Walker).

I’m going to break the show up by character groupings rather than chronologically to get a better idea of the key points.

“What’s Next?” Walker strives to be timeless while also being timely, and worrying about the future is both. Whether wondering what one should do or what is going to happen, all people have moments of … “what’s next?” One character who is facing both sides of that question is …

That was sweet. I know that’s an odd thing to say about an episode that showed us Liam getting “blitzed” drunk to forget his humiliation and despair; the Serano case falling apart, putting Trey and the Walkers in danger again; and Captain James getting shot – twice – in a gang ambush, but those events seems secondary to the introspection and relationship building that was at the core of “Where Do We Go From Here?” From the opening affirmation between “Mawline” and her grandson:

Abeline: You do crack me up. I don't know if you crack anyone else up, but you crack me up.
Auggie: Hey, that's what matters. the ending broment reconciliation, the lasting impression from this episode was made by the many sensitive conversations that happened between friends, family and even former enemies. Each supportive interaction helped individuals understand their own and others’ actions more compassionately while advancing the storyline.

So, did everyone have a good holiday?  All rested and ready for more Walker episodes?  Well good, because Thursday kicks off the second part of the season.  Drama!

Here is the synopsis for episode 2.07, "Where Do We Go From Here?" courtesy of The CW:

WALKER ADJUSTS TO LIFE WITHOUT HIS PARTNER – Things are still tense between Walker (Jared Padalecki) and Liam (Keegan Allen) after Liam called in a false warrant on Dan Miller (guest star Dave Annable). However, things take a turn for the worse when Captain James (Coby Bell) informs the brothers that Serano’s (guest star Henderson Wade) lawyers are using Liam’s mistake as a way to set the criminal free, putting the entire Walker family in danger. Amyn Kaderali directed the episode written by Anna Fricke & Katherine Alyse (#207).  Original airdate 1/13/2022. Every episode of WALKER will be available to stream on The CW App and the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required. 

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The mid-season finale left us with a lot of questions and a sad farewell. I’m going to split it by character(s) again rather than take things in chronological order to focus on the different storylines.

One of the hardest things to ever do is be honest. Walker explored the bravery it takes to be honest and accepting of the fallout when you are. Decked in the season that is filled with harmless falsehoods, this episode espoused the need to be honest with even the hardest of truths. At the center of this storm of truth telling is …. 

Oh, “Red Sky at Morning.”  This episode has not gone down in history too kindly.  It’s often referenced when someone needs an example of how bad filler is done or just when someone needs a good laugh.  Even Chuck made a joke about it in season four.  It’s…hideous.  Although, compared to some of the really bad episodes of later seasons, it’s actually acceptable.  That’s pretty scary. 

There were a couple of issues right off the bat with this one.  First, the character of Bela Talbot.  She was a product of a meddling female executive at the top of The CW at the time, Dawn Ostroff, that wanted to turn her network into a girl power niche catering mostly to females 18-24.  It was kind of a strange plan since The CW’s two biggest shows were Smallville and Supernatural, which had a high male demographic, not to mention females in the 25-52 age range.  But Gossip Girl became her pet project and suddenly Supernatural had two new female co-stars. 

The second issue was the writer of this episode was Laurence Andries, a guy that turned in one script for Eric Kripke and that was it for him.  I remember Kripke calling this a spec script and it really showed.  Had this writer never seen this show before?  Sure, the MOTW premise wasn’t horrible.  There are plenty of mysterious urban legends involving the sea.  A ghost ship legend is actually in the ball park of what Sam and Dean do.  But the dialogue, the setup, the smug ass Bela, the really off characterization, ugh.  So much of it was cringeworthy.  Still, it wasn't a total loss, which is something, but it's bad enough.    

New Year’s Eve at the Bunker is fairly quiet—a rarity for the Winchesters. They pick up burgers and wings—and beer. Maybe Cas or Eileen or AU Bobby will drop by, maybe not. They watch Die Hard—because it’s a Christmas movie, after all—but now, they both flinch because the fight with AU Michael and wolfed-out Garth makes Nakatomi Plaza a little too real.

Dean realizes Sam is feeling too many memories—and Dean doesn’t need to remember that time, either—so he changes channels. “Seen that a thousand times,” he mutters, not that it fools Sam, who gives him a grateful half-smile, knowing what he did there, and why.

It’s easy between them now. It wasn’t always. But like Dean told Sam, and Sam told John, they’ve learned to let go and leave the past behind. They grew up—and learned to talk it out, stop keeping secrets. (If Dean ever gets another chance to time travel, that’s what he’d tell both their younger selves, not that they’d have listened.) All that matters is that they’re alive, and together. They’re good with themselves, with each other, with their lives, with hunting. It’s been a long time coming, but now that they’re here, it feels....solid.