Skip to comments.TNT’s ‘Dallas’ is a solid update of the original
Posted on 06/13/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT by JennysCool
When you aim to remake Dallas, partner, youre putting on a big hat.
But TNT and the producers of Dallas 2.0, which launches with back-to-back episodes Wednesday night, have the cattle to do it.
They start with the smart move of bringing back the original Ewing brothers, Larry Hagmans J.R. and Patrick Duffy's Bobby.
Then they make the smarter move of not pretending this old guard would still be dominating the world of Southfork Ranch, as if no descendant of this screwed-up family had ambitions of his or her own, good or evil.
Instead, the producers simply let the gene pool do the work.
J.R.s son John Ross (Josh Henderson) shares J.R.s obsession with money, power and domination. Bobbys adopted son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) envisions a future where clean energy will replace fossil fuel and make the world a better place.
Fossil fuel, of course, by which we mean oil, has been the Ewing family ticket to vast, unapologetic wealth.
So there are those in the family who see this alternative energy foolishness as a direct personal insult.
So weve got love and money both in play here, and soon they swirl together into a tale thats got more kick than Texas chili made with live rattlesnakes.
Its also soapy, of course, not to mention campy. Hagman in particular hasnt lost an ounce of his villainous sleaze.
No one expects Dallas to have the kind of reach now that it had three decades ago. But between old fans who will enjoy a revisit and young folks who never even heard of Miss Ellie, TNT is placing a sound bet.
Can’t be JR with all the women he had. Plus, it’s not PC to have homosexuals as villains in Hollyweird now.
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Here’s something the producers never tried to explain. In the very first episode Ray Krebbs, the ranch hand, was in the hay loft with teenage niece Charlene Tilton. Down the road Ray Krebbs found out he was Jock’s son. That means he was doing the dirty deed with his niece.
Sorry to thread bump, but I’m too lazy to post a new one.
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One of the best films of all time, IMO.
One of the best films of all time, IMO.
For sure. Bad azz movie.
Indeed. I thought of that when they came up with Ray being Jock’s son. They just ignored it as if it never happened(was it all a dream, too?)
It appears that Ray Krebbs and Lucy Ewing showed up at Christopher’s wedding together. Maybe Ray ain’t Jock’s son after all.
Richard Dillard, the guy playing the double crossing attorney, is a friend of mine. Haven’t talked to him in a few years.
Susan Howard, who played ‘Donna Krebs’ is a big time conservative and 2nd Amendment gal.
They also introduced a character during the season of Pam’s dream who was still there when she woke up.
You ain't kidding.
G r e a t !!! Yet another movie I won’t waste money on to watch.
I’ve seen just about every episode of Dallas and Dynasty, they used to be on soapnet. Love them. I’m glad they never made the planned Dallas movie which eventually became a COMEDY.
So I watched this, I found it neither great nor terrible, I’ll keep watching it.
The plot is pretty convoluted, everyone is triple crossing everyone else. The fight is over Southfork which as I remember has a ton of oil on it but Miss Ellie had forbabe drilling.
JR is an upscale nursing home cause of depression, he seems fine though. Why would he be depressed, maybe cause Cliff Barnes (who did not appear) is running Ewing oil for some reason. Last I heard in a tv movie a long time ago Bobby was running Ewing Oil and JR had Weststar.
Charlene Tilton (if that was her and not Snooki in a blond wig) looked like crap, I’m glad it was only a cameo.
I wonder if they’ll ever reboot or remake Dynasty. Joan Collins is probably available.
I’d like to see the original stars of Dallas play the original stars of Dynasty in an Old Country Buffet eat-off. Teeth are optional.
The winning team gets a lifetime supply of tapioca pudding.
LOL. That’s a good one.
On the plus side, Hagman played JR as evil as possible, as expected. He did not disappoint.
I will try to watch next week just to see if it picks up for me.
You should have kept watching, the second hour picked up considerably after the wedding.
There are plots and subplots and plots within plots under subplots. It seems everyone has some kind of secret or scheme going on except for Bobby - just as in the original he is the one ‘good/honorable’ guy in the show. even his son Christopher seems tohave some bad to him.
Plus, it now looks like J.R. will actually have a fairly major part in the show. By the end of the second hour he back in full J.R. mode. :-)
Wife and I loved the premiere and can’t wait for more episodes. Wasn’t sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised to be presented with a seemingly solid soap that honors the original.