Parents' Guide to

Walker: Independence

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Woman-led, diverse Western spin-off is violent, compelling.

TV CW Action 2022
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Those who don't expect much from a CW series will be pleasantly surprised with the channel's spin-off Western. Walker: Independence is technically a prequel, but viewers will find very few similarities with the campy Chuck Norris vehicle Walker, Texas Ranger. That's because Walker: Independence is actually a prequel to the CW's reboot of that original, called Walker and starring Jared Padalecki. Still with me? All you really need to know is that instead of comical martial arts battles and paper-thin plots, the series focuses on good ol'-fashioned gun-slinging and the harsh realities of settling out West.

There's also an impressively diverse cast with a woman at the helm this time around. Some of the characters of color are notably less robust at the series' beginning, but there's a lot of potential for their storylines to grow. The music is fun, the costumes and sets are impressive, and the writing is better than in most CW shows. Even more notably: So is the acting. Big kudos to the casting director who did an excellent job finding performers able to toe the line of believability in a show that is arguably meant for teen and young adult audiences. Many will call this 1883 for teens, but both older kids and adults will find themselves getting sucked into the drama.

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