‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ 1×09/1×10 Review: “Awakening; Austin, We Have a Problem”

This week viewers were treated to a double episode season finale of 9-1-1: Lone Star. There was not a dull moment in these episodes. TK makes a decision about his future; Michelle finds her sister; and the entire city deals with a solar storm.  Let’s discuss!


9-1-1: LONE STAR: L-R: Jim Parrack and Sierra McClain in the ÒAwakening/Austin, We Have A ProblemÓ two-hour season finale of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Monday, Match 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC. CR: Kevin Estrada/FOX.

The first hour of the finale, “Awakening” focuses on TK.  As he wakes up from his coma he wonders if being a firefighter is really what he wants to do.  I understand why he questions his choices as he did get shot!  I love that TK was worried about the boy who shot him.  Later in the episode TK visits the boy and checks on how he’s doing.   TK was more worried about the kid than himself.  This shows what kind of guy TK is, and why he’s one of my favorites. 

We also met Judd’s dad in “Awakening”.  It was so nice to see Barry Corbin again, and he was the perfect choice to play Judd’s dad.  Judd worries about his dad’s safety after he falls.  Grace and Judd try to talk him into moving to a different house closer to them, but he refuses.  Later, he falls again and has to call 9-1-1.  Grace is able to help him stop the bleeding until the paramedics show up.  I think I say this every week, but Grace is absolutely amazing.  And I loved that Judd’s dad asked about a grand baby.  Yes, writers, this should be revisited next season.  Grace and Judd would be great parents.

At the end of the episode weird things start happening.  Lights start exploding; the traffic lights are all green; and a creepy amount of birds fly over Michelle’s car.  While she’s preoccupied with the birds, a homeless man comes and knocks her out.  This leads us two the second part of the season finale.

Austin, We Have a Problem

9-1-1: LONE STAR: Liv Tyler in the ÒAwakening/Austin, We Have A ProblemÓ two-hour season finale of 9-1-1: LONE STAR airing Monday, Match 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2020 Fox Media LLC. CR: Kevin Estrada/FOX.

At the beginning of “Austin, We Have a Problem”, everything at the firehouse starts to go haywire.  The 126 is confused until they learn they’re in the middle of a huge solar storm.  9-1-1 gets bombarded by calls, and some of them are pretty ridiculous.  I loved how annoyed Grace was, and she was just done with these people.

The solar storm causes some pretty strange events including a plane to get stuck on power lines.  It was pretty scary watching Owen go up there and try to rescue the man who needed a liver transplant.  He jumped out of the plane just before it caught on fire.  Judd was so concerned about Owen even to the point where he didn’t want Owen to go up there.  These two men have come so far in just 10 episodes, and I really appreciate how much Judd cares about his captain.

The most emotional part of this finale was from space.  Tom is suffering from acute radiation syndrome, and Grace knows it’s just a matter of time.  She’s able to get Tom’s wife and daughter on the line so he can talk to them one last time.  I lost it during this scene and so did Grace.  Sierra McClain was absolutely brilliant here.  I mean, she’s wonderful every week but especially here.  I could feel Grace’s pain. 

Continuing with the emotional theme of the episode, we’ll talk about Michelle now.  Michelle’s sister finds her, and Michelle is able to get Iris to the hospital.  Unfortunately, Iris leaves to go back to the homeless community.  It’s sad that Michelle and her mom couldn’t convince Iris to get treatment, but Michelle isn’t giving up.  She even goes back visit Iris in her tent.  I hope next season Michelle convinces Iris to get treatment.  Mental health is such an important topic, and I’m glad that 9-1-1: Lone Star decided to write about it. 

At the end of the episode, TK realizes that he belongs at the 126.  I knew he did especially after he rescued the bus driver. He is a firefighter.  He chooses to be a firefighter, and he chooses this family.  I got chills when he was giving this speech to his team.  These guys are definitely a family.

Other Thoughts:

  • I laughed at the gender reveal when the parents thought they were finally having a girl.  And then they found out it was actually a boy.  4 boys.  Wow.
  • I can’t believe the dad stuck the toy car up his nose!  Just because your kid did something doesn’t mean you have to do it, too.
  • I didn’t think the dad was going to make it in the cave. He only survived because his son pleaded for him to fight. This show is so good at delivering touching moments.

Favorite Quotes:

 “I’m his date.”  “You brought a date?”

“Is Cowboy Judd really going to force me to talk about my feelings?” “I’m as surprised as you are.”

I can’t believe that the first season is already over.  Luckily, it’s been renewed for season two, and I can’t wait.  Hopefully, we’ll get more than 10 episodes next year.  I’ve grown to love these characters, and I’ll miss them.

Agree? Disagree? What did you think of “Awakening” and “Austin, We Have a Problem”? Share with us in the comments below!

9-1-1: Lone Star aired Mondays on Fox.

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