YMMV / Walker, Texas Ranger

  • Angst? What Angst?: Whatever trauma Alex is put through, she's always over it by the end of the episode. You would think someone who's been kidnapped, almost raped, and almost killed as many times as she has would have a therapist on speed dial.
  • Anvilicious: We get it. Criminals are scum. That's no excuse for thinking we won't know it unless they are utter bastards or at least Kick the Dog in every other scene.
  • Ass Pull: "Blood Diamonds" to a T. Not only is the plot wildly over the top (in an ultra-campy series, no less!), but in the opening minutes of the episode, we see Trivette has been hung and Walker is desperately running away from crooks critically wounded. Then, in the ending minutes, Walker is gunned down by automatic weapons all around and tumbles off a storehouse roof. And then the episode smash cuts to Alex waking up in bed. Fortunately, the episode gives us an ominous twist by revealing Walker is about to undertake the investigation that leads to the events of her dream... Alex freaks.
  • Awesome Music: The theme song. And yes, Chuck Norris himself is the one singing.
    • Not the first Theme Song the show had; the original was a rather forgettable steel guitar solo, which was replaced by a more rockish tune, which was replaced by "Eyes of the Ranger". This list might not be conclusive.
  • California Doubling: One of the most notable aversions, filmed on location in Texas.
    • Specifically the DFW Metroplex. Many locals were used as extras or even had a line or two.
  • Complete Monster: Even in a show that did not believe in giving villains subtlety, a few managed to stand out:
    • Victor LaRue, who first appears in season 3's "Cowboy," is a lunatic and dishonorable discharge who kidnaps and kills others seemingly at random (including a helicopter pilot taken captive, plus a few miscellaneous excessive force military kills) When LaRue captured Alexander Cahill amongst other hostages, he attempted to rape her. In his second appearance, season 4's "The Return of LaRue," he is released from prison and begins stalking Alex to drive her insane and knocks out two people guarding him and leaves them to burn to death. He attempts to rape Alex again before he is arrested. In his third and final episode, season 5's "Trial of LaRue," he feigns insanity while bragging that he's actually killed twelve people when eleven are on record and implies it may have been his mom ("God, I loved Mommy.") Then, he dives under the defendant's table and tricks his bailiff to follow him underneat. Using his military training, he gets a gun at his trial and murders two guards, a third one that tries to barge in unannounced, his own lawyer, the judge and the bailiff, taking the courtroom hostage. While waiting for Walker to arrive, he presides over the court as a "judge." In his insane whims, he orders a divorced couple to get back together for their child, but when the child contradicts LaRue, he decides to "reopen" the hearing, planning to murder the kid. LaRue kills his other ally when the man is disgusted by this. Finally, he attempts to rape Alex for the third time before Walker busts in and guns him down. And even then Alex is so traumatized that she hallucinates one more time that the bastard is still after him in death.
    • Cliff Eagleton, from the Martial Law episode "Honor Among Strangers", is a white supremacist encountered by Sammo Law and Cordell Walker Having murdered a Texas Ranger, Eagleton sets up shop in Los Angeles where he proceeds to attempt to hijack a set of stinger missiles to bomb LA in order to remove "foreign" businesses. After being thwarted, he returns to Texas in part 2 of this crossover, Walker's season 8 episode "The Day of Cleansing" to initiate "The Cleansing", taking a group of trucks loaded with enough explosives to make the Oklahoma City bombing look tame, before driving them to foreign business centers and black churches, before detonating them all over the city in order to subjugate minorities and show them their "proper" place.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Doesn't seem like not one episode can go by without Alex screaming "WALKER!" while being kidnapped?
    • One would expect that with all the time Alex spent with Walker she would take some self defense lessons or take a few levels of badass.
    • She almost got Seasonal Rot with this one— a first-season episode has her successfully fighting off a rapist, while in later seasons she never even makes an attempt to fight back.
      • One could say that it's just a case of Flanderization on Alex's part. In the earlier seasons she was presented as a strong and competent D.A yet in later seasons she has to constantly depend on Walker to get her out of a jam.
    • Alex did get her one Crowning Moment of Awesome when she and a group of women from a womens support group helped a woman from her violent husband by beating the crap out of them. And for once Walker didn't help her in that!!!
  • Deader Than Disco: While quite popular throughout much of the '90s, largely for being one of the few places Americans could see genuine martial arts action at the time, the show is now mostly seen as a constant stream of Narm (heavily aided by Conan O'Brien's "Walker Texas Ranger Lever" bits). Chuck Norris' extreme right wing politics, including his condemnation of homosexuality, haven't helped either.
  • Designated Hero: In Real Life, about half the things that Walker and company do would get them in serious trouble. The cops have beaten the crap out of various villains at the slightest provocation, and Alex has repeatedly flat out lied to criminals—"If you talk to a lawyer, all chances of a deal are off." This is always portrayed as the absolutely right thing to do and the team made out to be saints.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans reaction to the "Trial By Fire" movie, given the rampant differences from the series, and the Bolivian Army Ending in which Alex is shot and possibly killed.
  • God-Mode Sue: Walker and company beat the living hell out of any small-time crooks or veteran criminals alike, usually without the offending perps getting so much as a single clean shot on them, especially Walker. However, there are a few times when foes have got the drop on the Rangers, and other enemies who were on equal fighting ground without cheating. Sometimes, it can be downright humiliating to watch a stupid mook flash fisticuffs in front of Ranger when they don't know a lick of martial arts and are just begging to get their asses kicked. A few episodes result in them getting shot or badly wounded just to show they're still human.
    • Walker mounts an enormous kill streak throughout the series and more or less creams every thug he encounters 80% of the time. The only times Walker really took serious beatings were a handful- against Yoshi, a pupil of the same master Walker studied under and actually got away (this was way back in episode 3 when the show was being produced in a gritty and believable manner), Phillipe Brouchard, an international master assassin; the Viper, more or less the equivalent of Brouchard; Caleb Hooks, a Vietnam veteran; Victor La Rue, who went as far as to poison Walker through scorpions to dull his reflexes; Floyd Burbage, bank-robber-turned-mountain-cannibal; Emile Lavocat, CD's murderer; Boris, the only foe to ever genuinely bruise up Walker... because he had the loaded advantage of superhuman strength.; Randy Shrader, who served alongside Walker in the Marine Special Forces during Vietnam before betraying him; and the Chairman, the Big Bad of a few episodes from the last season.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • An episode featured an Arab terrorist purchasing a sonic laser ... intending to destroy the Capitol building with it, and, he says, "maybe the White House too". The episode aired in the spring of 2000, a year and a half before the events of September 11 and one of those buildings (to this day, reports vary on which) was almost certainly the target of the fourth plane.
    • The season five episode "Plague" has a group of Corrupt Corporate Executives distributing a vitamin supplement for the cows to eat on an Native American reserve. This is despite previous attempts at testing profit boosting drugs on live communities ended horribly in Uganda. The local shaman comes off as the Only Sane Man when he widely disapproves of the supplement being introduced into the reserve's farms until the milk got poisoned. Fast forward a decade later and many Americans are complaining about similar methods of vitamin and steroid boosted animals affecting our food supply to negative effect (though thankfully, not nearly as lethal as this episode).
    • "The Soul of Winter" has some eerie similarities to the Donald Trump campaign of the 2016 election. Especially the bit about where a Neo Nazi leader tells his followers that political correctness is supposedly stifling their free speech and how minorities are ruining the country. During this, footage of Hitler and the Holocaust are flashed on the screen; Trump has been compared to Hitler on more than one occasion.
    • The most notable instance of this, however, is with the episode "Trial of LaRue", where LaRue, on trial for rape, steals the gun of a courtroom bailiff and murders several people in court. Fast forward to 2005, where in real life accused rapist Brian Nichols steals the gun of the officer assigned to escort him, and kills several people in the courtroom before making an escape attempt.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the episode with Haley Joel Osmont, when Walker talks to him about spirits, Haley replies "You mean like ghosts and stuff?" This episode aired two years before Haley saw dead people.
    • Trial by Fire features a criminal whose last name is Gibbs. By this time, NCIS, which features one Leroy Jethro Gibbs, who pursues criminals, was beginning its third season.
  • Memetic Badass: See Chuck Norris Facts.
  • Memetic Mutation: Many clips popularized by Conan, but most of all... "Walker told me I have AIDS."
  • Narm: In the "Lucas" two-parter: The villain growls at his wife: "You and your son will DIE." Meant to be scary, but comes across as hilarious due to the overacting.
    • The numerous "Alex In Danger" plots started to get this by the tenth (that's not an exaggeration) or so time it happened. As a commentator on another board snarked, "When they brought on Nia Peeples character, I thought, "This is great! Now at least Alex will have some company the next time she's kidnapped!"" And sure enough, that's exactly what happened.
    • Any episode featuring Irish people are so full of stereotypes that any seriousness is quickly eliminated—just try not snickering when a leukemia-stricken girl tells her blood marrow donor, "Thank you for saving me life."
      • In that same episode, the little girl is kidnapped. As the kidnappers are taking her from one hideout to another, Walker and company leap into the scene from out of nowhere and kick them down, while she just walks off like nothing happened.
  • Narm Charm: Let's face it, the show is campy and ridiculous, but it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining if it wasn't.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The surreal lightning strikes in the episode where Walker is sent back in time to the Old West are very crude and blocky.
    • The close-up of the warplane's gun turrets opening fire on Walker and Alex's plane at the cliffhanger of "In Harm's Way, Part 1". It is painfully obvious that they are using either an enlarged photo or a still frame of the turrets and airbrushing some cheap gunfire muzzle flashpoint effects onto the turrets- without wasting any money on anything resembling ammo. JAG fell victim to similar treatment throughout its run with plane action sequences, as it was also airing at the time on CBS with the occasional ill effects of a slashed budget.
    • All the Bullet Time scenes in "The Final Showdown" (a missile hitting a Huntsville Prison watchtower, a bullet felling a Texas Ranger, Walker's bullet hitting Lavocat's gun scope) because they were made with crude CGI effects from the time, which may have looked good back then, but stick out like a sore thumb now. Plus, the finale aired around the time The Matrix had just debuted in theaters and people were trying to play copycat all over.


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