‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ EP Explains Why ‘Big Event Episodes’ Are Important

by Suzanne Halliburton

The 9-1-1: Lone Star premiere is going to kick off season three in a big, mostly frigid way. Think a mass snow, sleet and ice event freaking out a city and state.

But the show’s executive producer Tim Minear says the reasons for using catastrophic events is twofold. They make for incredible storylines. And the plotlines are more cohesive, no matter which characters are on camera.

Writers called the season three premiere of 9-1-1: Lone Star “The Big Chill.” And, there was other foreshadowing, like when Rob Lowe’s Owen Strand talks about when “hell freezes over.”

“Because there is this unifying idea of this ice storm, everybody is in the same story,” the 9-1-1: Lone Star EP told Entertainment Tonight in an interview published Wednesday.

“That’s what’s always great about these big event episodes, whether it’s the tsunami or the earthquake or the ice storm,” Minear said. The “characters don’t have to be in the same scenes with each other in order to all be in the same story.”

The 9-1-1: Lone Star premiere is on Jan. 3, so it’s in a matter of days. It takes the spot in the Fox lineup normally reserved for 9-1-1. The OG is in hiatus until late March. Viewers haven’t seen 9-1-1: Lone Star since late May.

And the season two finale left us with so many questions, mainly about what’s going to happen to station 126, which is captained by Owen Strand. At the end of season two, the team was doing some demolition work on the station, which had been torched by an arsonist. The point was to come together, help rebuild the station, then move on as a team. Strand reimagined the 126 in the series premiere after most of the crew died trying to put out a massive fire.

Flash forward to current times. It doesn’t look good for the 126. Strand is serving a suspension. (This has Billy Tyson’s fingerprints all over it). The rest of the crew is on “permanent” assignment for the 126. Meanwhile, Judd and Grace are preparing for the arrival of their baby, so there is at least some good news.

In a preview clip, Lowe as Strand offers a pep talk for the 126. Fans of 9-1-1: Lone Star, no doubt, appreciate his passion. Will it do any good?

“You kidding me, this isn’t the end,” Strand tells the team. “This isn’t even the beginning of the end.”

He continued: “They knock us down seven times, we get back up eight. 126 is our home. We built it together. We’re gonna fight for it together like a family. These people have zero idea who they’re up against. So we fight. We’re going to keep fighting and we never give up… until hell freezes over.”

Although Texas isn’t hell, except in August, the state rarely sees massive winter storms. But in February, a series of storms dropped Austin and most of Texas to its frozen knees. So 9-1-1: Lone Star truly was based on real events.