TV Show Review-Dallas: Complete Second Season


Review-Let’s start this off by saying; this is not the Dallas we all remember growing up. When the rumors first hit that they were making a Dallas film, people moaned but thru those rumors came a television show. This show is Dallas for a modern era, while I admit my parents loved the original, I never seen it. I know for 13 years people really cheered this show on, and it even spawned porn parodies and Saturday Night Live ones as well. The Who Shot JR episode was the biggest cliffhanger in television history. It’s been two decades since we last saw the Ewing clan and, right from the start we are faced with tragedy. Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) is dying of intestinal cancer. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) is clinically depressed and near-comatose in a retirement home. Thru this we have the offspring to work with if they do not make it. Chris Ewing is the adopted son of Bobby, and then we got John Ross Ewing who is the scum bag scheming offspring of the devious J.R. As in the previous generation, Christopher Ewing is the good son—trying to bring alternative fuel solutions to America through the mining of frozen methane. John Ross, on the other hand, is the bad son—plotting to steal Southfork Ranch out from under his relatives so he can tap the land for its fat oil reserves. Throw in a couple of sexy girlfriends (John Ross gets Jordana Brewster from The Fast & The Furious movies. Christopher gets Julie Gonzalo from “Veronica Mars”) and you’ve got plenty of juicy love triangle material to add to the mix of backstabbing business. Unlike the prime-time soapers The CW has been building its rep on, this “Dallas” isn’t really aimed at the tween crowd. Yes, there are a few good-looking young faces, but the pace is slow, the style is old-fashioned and there isn’t a sexy vampire in sight. Longtime fans of “Dallas” will feel right at home. By the end of the first episode, Bobby and J.R. have picked up where they left off. The show’s continuing storyline includes plenty of room for nostalgic cameos. (Hello, Charlene Tilton! Hey, Ken Kerchival!) And shooting the entire thing in and around Dallas proper allows Southfork Ranch to become a character all its own. With the second season, the show doesn’t try to be humorous or eye rolling. What this show gives you is a solid drama that works on all levels. While nowhere near the punch of the original or the impact of the characters and storyline, this is still a solid little show. I feel these actors are just getting comfortable on this show and the best is yet to come.