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Could I actually care if they shoot JR Ewing again?  
13th-Jun-2012 08:03 pm
This has nothing not to do with Brothers & Sisters or Matthew Rhys or Luke Macfarlane, but it has been on my mind for a few days now: 

So, okay, back on tv in America. Tonight. Dallas.... Of all things they could bring back... Dallas!

Should I watch? Can it still be any good?  I mean, I used to LOVE Dallas, loved it more than Dynasty and just forget about Falcon Crest. That show had JR Ewing and Sue Ellen and Miss Ellie and a few others.... And .... JR... And... Well, It had JR.... What more did that show frakking need?!?!?!?!

I  remember the girls in my class going ga-ga over Patrick Duffy and the likes, but, to me, Bobby was such a soft-boiled egg. Truly no backbone, what-so-ever. And the girls in class all thought that Pamela and Lucy were sooooooo pretty... I thought Sue Ellen was just the most amazing woman on the show. Damn! She was the one who I would cry with and whose hate and anger (and love) of JR I shared.... (I admit, I always had to have a different opionion on things.... didn't make me popular :( .... )

But that was 25 years ago! (Yes! I'm THAT old! And it aired later in Holland than it did in the US)  

I was still young. In high-school. Glueing pictures, cut from magazines, in my school-diary - amongst which pictures of Dallas and Dynasty..... It was a time when I still believed in everlasting love (Ha! Hopeful foolish me!) and a better world (alright, I still believe in that).... Can this show still get me?

I remember at one point I quit watching. Like so many others, the infamous 'oh-look-Bobby-in-the-shower' cliff-hanger was indeed a deal-breaker. I never completely recovered from it, because, in all honesty, I never saw the NEED to bring Bobby back.I never missed him in the first place.

(Though, honestly, I would have forgiven Brothers & Sisters if they would done the same by making season 5 someone's worst nightmare! It sure was mine and many others feel the same.)

In all, it was one of my favorite shows from the 80's, but should we really bring back those kind of shows? Is the age of those kind of shows not over? I am inclined to give it a try. But on the other hand, the show is so iconic in my mind, it's such a part of my youth, those days long, lo-o-o-o-ong gone.I forgot the bad and remember the good... (JR!)

Can it be anything else but disappointing? Could I really bother to get invested in the Ewing-troubles again? How many more paternity-issues can I still handle? (Hello! 5 seasons of B&S and you end up wondering about EVERYBODY's paternity!) Wouldn't it perhaps be better to let the Ewings RIP and leave it as beautiful memory of the 80s and NOT watch the new show? Or should I let curiosity win and have a peek? I mean... It still has JR. And Sue Ellen.....

Sigh! So confused.....

13th-Jun-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
I feel for you Sylviane...I have never seen Dallas so don't know the characters..But I get what you are saying.Give it a try,may be you will be pleasantly surprised .The least it will bring back happy memories.
I am not all surprised that even then you went against the popular norm.lol
13th-Jun-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
I have to think it over. :) Yes, going against the norm seems to be my thing. :)
13th-Jun-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Two names for you my Friend - > Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, Am not contemplating at all i will watch and Droll ! I loved Josh in Over there so i will give it a crack..
To be honest i am missing the Paternity and Predictable Drama :)
Only Programme i watch relgiously these days are Big Bang Theory and Mad Men which are off Air now! So i am giving Dallas a Go as i need some Soapy Fun!!!!!!!!!!
13th-Jun-2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
I had to check out who he was again in Over There, but I didn't like Bo as a character. It was well-played! and definately not Henderson's fault, that I didn't like him, but Bo just didn't do anything for me. :)

We'll see. I will first read the comments and then think it over. ;)
13th-Jun-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Okaaayyyy! I guess we're talking a re-make here? In my opinion re-makes based on series, whether it be a new series or a film, are never as good as the first time around...Dukes of Hazard, Starskey and Hutch, Charlie's Angels etc...they just don't have the same effect. Loved them then but we are no longer in the 80's; we now have a morbid fascination for death, destruction and corruption...some things just don't sit well together I'm afraid. Leave the past in the past and keep your happy memories of it...better than being disappointed and forgetting the originals altogether!

Edited at 2012-06-13 09:04 pm (UTC)
13th-Jun-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
Apparently, it's not a remake, but a continuation of the story, set 20-25 years later. And it's now the sons of JR and Bobby who will make each other's lives difficult, with their dads still at each other's throats also.

I agree that remakes/re-inventions like Starsky and Hutch and the Dukes of Hazard are not my thing. And if it would have been a Dallas-remake I wouldn't even have bothered to CONSIDER to watch it.

But it would seem that Dallas has brought back the original JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen (Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray) and added new actors to the family-clan, playing the younger generation, which COULD potentially be interesting.... Or not...

I'm awaiting the reviews, I suppose, and see if I should or shouldn't do it. Sigh.
14th-Jun-2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
I watched the first episode, and decided to skip the second. There were good parts, of course, but mainly is was just SO very full of cliches, and the characters were SO black-and-white. It's like the show is screaming "Here's the bad guy, got it? And this is a person you should root for, okay?" Too soapy even for me - and I usually don't mind soapiness so much.

Of course, my opinion may be slightly influenced by the fact that they managed to hit not just one, but two very painful buttons with me. (Without giving away any spoilers: the second scene, and the JR stuff.) If they managed to do two things I can't stand in the very first episode, well, it's probably better that I don't watch any more.

But oh, hearing that intro music again... Brings back memories.
18th-Jun-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
Dallas, Falcon Crest and Dynasty were big thing here too. Everyone was watching those. Funny thing about Santa Barbara, another soap opera from the eighties, it started airing year or two before the war on our TV station. There was a joke going on, "the war will be over sooner than Santa Barbara" And so it did. After the war ended we still had SB showing. I wonder if someone will come to the idea of rebooting that one as they are doing it with Dallas, hopefully not. I don't know how well show with new Dallas generation will be accepted, will have to wait and see.
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