No wonder we loved this show! If the purpose of drama is to provoke terror and pity in order to relieve those emotions in the audience, then Walker provided the ultimate catharsis for our band of fragile male egos. No matter how inept and uncomfortable we felt, we could never be as bad-off as this. For us, the lesson of Walker, Texas Ranger was not that justice always prevails, or that the world needs heroes, or that the discipline and self-control of the martial arts promote clean living, but something much more basic and comforting: You could be doing a lot worse.
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