The Morning After

I love surprise twists at the end of an episode! Walker’s “Search and Rescue” took the long, winding trail to tell the story of how the Davidsons and Walkers looked past their differences and worked together to save their lost teens, but it was the side trails that led to the most interesting story destinations. 

After the whirlwind that was this episode, my sanity could use a “Search and Rescue” mission.  

Similar to “Champagne Problems”, this episode had a central plot that brought together a lot of smaller ones for a big finish. In the spirit of that, I’m going to format my review the same way and give a play-by-play overview of the episode instead of going through each plot individually. And boy do we have a doozy of a plot to look at today! 

Before we get started, I want to make sure we all know that the reason we got very little Cordell in this episode was because they filmed it while he was recovering from a car crash and they didn’t want him to overdo it. While this does leave the plot that he was a part of a little underdeveloped, there’s still enough time to set it up for the next episode. 

And now, on with the show! 

It’s been a year, and man have things changed. 

I finally got a chance after a busy weekend to watch the season three premiere of The Boys, titled “Payback,” and it wasn’t what I expected.  That’s actually good.  There were some real fascinating character stories underneath a couple of shocking scenes of intense gore.  Over the top gore is par for the course on this show and always has been, but I learned back in season one to look past all that “window dressing” and get engaged in the heart of the story.  After two seasons, I’ve learned to care for a lot of these characters, despite the grotesque world that they live in.  Season three got off to a good start in strengthening their dilemmas and presenting another aspect that I’d never thought we’d ever see. 

Only a few episodes left until the season finale.  What's going to happen this week?  Let's see if this preview provides any clues. 

This week's episode, 2.18, is titled "Search and Rescue."  Here is the official CW synopsis:

AUSTIN NICHOLS DIRECTS – Cordell (Jared Padalecki) and James (Coby Bell) make a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Stella (Violet Brinson) and August (Kale Culley) have a traumatic afternoon and Liam (Keegan Allan) takes a concern to the Davidson’s door. Austin Nichols directed the episode with story by Seamus Kevin Fahey and Bret VandenBos & Brandon Willer and Teleplay by Bret VandenBos & Brandon Willer (#218).  Original airdate 6/9/2022. 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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They covered a lot of ground in this episode, with the emphasis on interpersonal issues (although we did get one very enjoyable fight scene). The title ‘Torn’ is certainly apt! I think of this kind of episode as a ‘repositioning’ segment, where the writers move the characters around like pieces on a game board to set up the last three episodes of the season for the big explosive cliffhanger finale.

I’ll leave the recap to Esther and give you my take - what I liked and what made me scratch my head. 

“Torn” was all about the triangles in life and how they tear at people. As the promo said “Love Triangles Break Hearts.” But as it often does, “Walker” subverts the classic love triangle trope, while also using a common example as a foil. Aaron Carew crafted a brilliant episode that dives deep into the motivations of the characters. Perhaps most impressive was the love triangle involving…

I think it’s safe to say I feel a little “Torn” over this episode. 

This episode was full of triangles, some that I didn’t fully expect. I did like most of the episode and I thought all the relationships displayed were handled pretty well, though there were some moments that tugged at my heartstrings in the wrong way. I’m going to be tackling each of these plots one at a time, starting with the biggest one: Cordell and Twyla. 

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. 

So this dropped.

So let's talk about it.