‘9-1-1: Lone Star’: Key Season 3 Episode Was Supposed to Air in Season 1, But Was Delayed for Two Reasons

by Michael Freeman

With “9-1-1: Lone Star” wrapping up Season 2 earlier this year, fans have a lot to look forward to in Season 3. Along those lines, Rob Lowe discussed an upcoming key Season 3 episode that should have debuted in the first season.

In an interview with TheWrap, Lowe reports he is most excited about Owen Strand’s origin story in Season 3. According to him, it will show the morning of 9/11, the day that’s haunted Strand since his character’s debut.

“We do our ‘Begins’ episodes in the [‘9-1-1’] franchise, and we’re going to do Owen next year, and it’s going to take place on the morning of 9/11,” Lowe said. “We actually wrote the script in Season 1, and it was just too big for us to bite off and chew. And then in Season 2, we did the crossover instead. But in Season 3, we’re going to do ‘Owen Begins’ and his story, which is all based on real events of 9/11 and is going to be just beyond belief. And I think it’s important to do because it’s going to coincide with the 20th anniversary of 9/11.”

Adding to that, Rob Lowe says, “The stories that come out of that time, each one is more incredible and gut-wrenching than the next. The famous footage of the planes hitting the building from street level are from a documentary that was being made about a firehouse. So I think we’ll probably use that as our point of entry. Just a crew happens to be out there doing a documentary on firefighters. They hear this noise and they pan up and it goes into the building and that firehouse lost everybody but one man. It’s not going to be hard to write this, it’s going to write itself.”

In short, producers wanted Strand’s origin story in the first season, but there was already too much going on. Season 2 had a crossover, so that was the big event for that season. Since Season 3 would coincide with the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it seemed appropriate to wait.

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ Actor Ronen Rubinstein Identifies With His Character’s Battle With Drugs

Ronen Rubinstein may play T.K. Strand in “9-1-1: Lone Star,” but his character’s life aligns closely to his own in quite a few areas. In an interview with DigitalSpy, he revealed one is his character’s drug use.

T.K.’s drug use resonates with him and Rubinstein wants further exploration of the issue with his character.

“So, you know, I have a really close connection to that, and I have a very sort of brutal history with that as well. The fact that I get this incredible character, the biggest moment of my career, and we share that – it was very surreal. It was definitely just a little mind-blowing as to how sometimes life can imitate art. It forced me to face, I guess, some demons that maybe I didn’t face before, especially through my work.”

“Well, personally, I hope we could explore this more, and I think we will – his drug use, specifically with opioids.”

T.K.’s addiction issues are front and center with the character. It will be interesting watching how he, and Rubinstein, handle it.