“In the eyes of a ranger, an unsuspecting stranger had better know the truth of wrong from right.”
These are the opening words from the theme song of Walker, Texas Ranger, which tells the story of Texas Ranger, Cordell Walker, and his mission to bring justice to the state of Texas and do good for those around him. While its cinematography is definitely dated (the show ran from 1993-2001) and it may not be the best show in history, Walker is still one of my favorite characters because of his kindness, strong morals, and oh yeah, he’s played by the one and only Chuck Norris, who just so happens to be one of my idols.
Walker is the best there is. He is a karate master and world kickboxing champion, which equips him with the skills he needs to take down any perpetrator that dare cross his path. His iconic roundhouse and spinning rear kicks can be seen in almost every single episode, in which Walker beats a man into submission and then seals the deal with a kick that is almost too beautiful to be a kick: it’s an art form. No matter how many times these kicks are featured in the show, I never get tired of seeing them; they are just that good. Of course, Walker’s skills are mirrored off of the real life talent of Chuck Norris, who is a six time karate champion, holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and is a member of the Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame.
In addition to his physical skills, Walker has an incredible sense of intuition. He shares Native American ancestors and strongly embraces his Cherokee roots. As a result, he has a tremendous connection to nature. He often senses mother nature speaking to him through animals, trees, and the wind, and these clues guide him to exactly where he needs to be. It may sound farfetched, but Walker is truly one with the universe and has immense appreciation for the world around him.
Walker’s parents passed away at an early age, and so he has immense compassion and empathy for others. He is a good man who dedicates his life to helping those in need. He goes about his work ethically and never crosses the line, always letting justice prevail. He is a family man and loves those that surround him. He is a devoted husband and father, and his loyalty to his best friend and partner, James Trivette, is unwavering. Cordell Walker is the epitome of what a man should aspire to be.
And so, I leave you with the final words from the Walker, Texas Ranger theme song, sung by none other than Chuck Norris, himself:
“When you’re in Texas, look behind you, for that’s where the ranger’s gonna be.”
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