one of my favorite segments on conan o’brien is the walker texas ranger lever. conan pulls it and the most random clips from the show play. it’s amazing. they make you die laughing every time. wikipedia describes the show as an “american television western/police dramatic.” what does that even mean?! and is that a real genre of television shows? i don’t think i’ve ever heard of that category at the emmys. the chuck norris i grew up on was actually the strictly martial arts one… not the crazy, cowboy hat, texan one.
back to walker… did you realize it ran for 8 years!? that means it was on air starting my freshman year of high school and ran all the way through my last year of college! who knew! luckily the hallmark channel plays hours and hours of walker.
the other day we chanced to pause on the classic show and were shocked to find out chuck (aka walker aka hayes cooper?!) plays a pretty big role in our heritage (other than the current roll he is playing in our family.) thanks to walker, an entire wagon train of mormons is saved from bandits! apparently walker travels in time to accomplish that.
the episode featured lots of bonnets, a dance hall girl turned good mormon teacher, a dramatic shoot out, several country singers (john anderson, lee roy parnell, mark collie) playing the mormon hatin’ bandits and many a round house kick by chuck norris.
if that isn’t amusing enough, the wagon “train” consisted of only one wagon and the pioneers kept singing several lines from the battle hymn of the republic as if it were a strictly mormon hymn. but best of all, the show ends with triumphant cooper/walker riding off into the sunset while the bandit country singers sing this little ditty, “the mormons headed west to paradise beyond the trail. hayes cooper went to texas and the charges went to hell. you better ride, hayes cooper, ride. the lord is on your side. you better ride, hayes cooper, ride.”
i am just glad the lord is on chuck norris’ side!
|39||November 21, 1998||Paradise Trail||In another Hayes Cooper adventure, Mormons and their wagon train must be defended from outlaws.|