This week’s 9-1-1: Lone Star was more serious than what we’re used to. Usually there’s some humor thrown in to lighten the mood, but not in this episode. “This is Not a Drill” reminded us that this is a show about first responders who have dangerous jobs. And sometimes there just aren’t happy endings.
Not All Fun and Games
At the beginning of “This is Not a Drill” we see the 126 at a safety drill. Some members of the 126 didn’t take the drills seriously, and Owen has to set them straight after they try to send a selfie to Marjan. In this case, we think Owen was right (and we hardly ever think that). The drills are supposed to mimic real life. Owen knows all too well about those real life events, and he wants everyone to be prepared for what’s to come.
We do wish his conversation with Judd was a little longer. Judd is really the only one who understands what Owen’s been through with losing multiple friends and co-workers. Maybe the show will revisit this soon.
Owen leaves the firehouse to talk to the Honor Dogs. He doesn’t think they’re behind the terrosit attack, and he was right. Unfortunately, he wasn’t fast enough. Casey didn’t make it. And while she was maybe the worst FBI agent ever, she didn’t deservce to die.
It turns out that Sergeant O’Brien’s nephew did play a part in the terrorist attack. While he was blackmailed by someone else and wasn’t the mastermind, we still don’t have a lot of sympathy for him. He went along with a plan that killed people and would have killed or injured so many more if they hadn’t been stopped.
126 Saves The Day
Owen, with the help of Grace (of course), gets the ambulance to the boat dock and jumps out. After an assist from the firetruck, the ambulance sinks before it blows up the entire city.
We loved the teamwork between Owen and the rest of the 126 to save their city. We wish we could see more of this Owen. Captain Strand. In this episode he took charge and his team respected him. Hopefully, the writers will realize we like him so much better when he’s interacting with the other main characters and will stop, or at least reduce, giving him stories that don’t relate to anything else.
We think we can all agree that we’re so happy the Honor Dog story is over. Please, writers, we’re begging you: no more stories with FBI agents. At least not anytime soon.
9-1-1: Lone Star airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Fox.