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'Walker, Texas Ranger - The Fourth Season'
(Chuck Norris, et al / 7-Disc DVD / NR / 2008 / Paramount)

Overview: Texas Ranger Cordell Walker one of the last old-fashioned heroes in the West is a protective friend but a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to bring a criminal to justice.

DVD Verdict: I have waited soooooooooo ong to be able to watch / review this fourth season of 'Walker: Texas Ranger'! I had a great time watching the first three - and the weirdly quick-released last seasons - and have been ready for this season for quite while now ... and now it's finally here and WHAT a great season!

I find Walker to be a hilarious show, but for all the right reasons, of course! When I was young, I found it to be semi-serious, but now as an adult, I can't help but laugh at some things. On one episode Walker played a con sent to a prison undercover of some hitman and the mob leader said, "Some people eat airplane food and asks for seconds. You don't look like that kind of a man and that's why I trust you." I was drinking some soda at that moment, and I almost sprayed it all over my laptop!

It's even more funny that every single bad guy in Texas knows expert martial arts. When given a choice between a gun or fighting hand-to-hand combat, every criminal chooses hand to hand, regardless of the fact if the criminal is armed to the teeth with automatic rifles and submachine guns.

Oh yeah, one episode a woman's father just gotten blown up by a grenade and probably burnt to pieces. Trivette came in trying to pick her up and they both started flirting right there next to her dad's burning car. And then she stomped off and Trivette was like, "Gosh, women!" Funny as anything!

One thing you can always count on, every episode ends with a slow motion round house kick to the face, and then CD, Walker, Trivette, Alex, and the new new members (in later seasons) kick it off with some joke where everyone laughs and then credit rolls.

So, as you can tell, this fourth season is again full of all of the above and is made all the more great for it. Indeed, this fourth season of Walker continues the grand tradition of adventure, and moralistic adventures. Ranger Cordel Walker, Jimmy Trivette, and Assistant DA Alex Cahill tackle crime in the Dallas area. With Walker and his half Cherokee background, you just never know what kind of case (or evidence) comes up. "Ghost Rider" includes a mystic vision that leads Walker to the murderer in an 8 year old cold case.

Eastern mysticism comes to the forefront in "Higher Power" as Walker protects a chosen one until his return to the monastery. Alex Cahill faces her father in court in "Redemption", and discovers how thick blood really is. Cordel Walker plays "Christmas Carol" to a group of orphans in a touching episode "A Ranger's Christmas". A hit man comes to town in "The Deadliest Man Alive" and Interpol collaborates with Walker to take him out. The supernatural re-enters Dallas in "Heart of the Dragon" as Walker restores a jade idol to it's proper owner.

The outstanding artwork that graces the inside of the disc cases of Walker beside his horse just cement the relationship between Walker and classic westerns. You can't lose with Walker. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs but does not come with any Special Features.