Dallas Series Premiere Review: One Hell of a Ride

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I grew up on the original Dallas, but I was a little hesitant when I heard it was coming back. So many of these series remakes haven't lived up to my expectations and I didn't want to be disappointed by an old favorite. Even some of the cast voiced concerns in this recent Dallas interview

Thankfully, none of us needed to worry.

Wow! Just... wow! That's the thought I walked away with after watching the new Dallas. "Changing of the Guard" is good and, more importantly, it's fun.  They haven't forgotten their history.  They're reveling in it and mining it for oil and so much more.

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Where's J.R.?  Oh my. It was so sad to see J.R. practically catatonic and in the throes of a deep depression. The scene with Bobby coming to visit him broke my heart. Despite all of the bitterness, back stabbing and bad blood between these two brothers, deep down they've always loved one another. They just had a funny way of showing it sometimes. Okay, most times.

Bobby's dying! Damn. I didn't see expect this, but it's a perfect catalyst for what was to come. That's certainly something that would push Bobby to try and protect South Fork for the long term, even if it meant selling it to someone who isn't a Ewing.

I loved that despite over a two decade absence from my television screen, Bobby and J.R. were still the same characters I remembered. Perhaps a little older but not necessarily any wiser. The lines are as clearly drawn between these brothers as they were in the 1980s. In a strange way, it's sort of comforting.

Their father's sons. All grown up, John Ross and Christopher are absolutely their father's sons. Not only is John Ross secretly drilling for oil on South Fork, he'll use anyone he has to to get it. His girlfriend, his momma or his newly awakened daddy are all fair game.

He'll also play dirty. It certainly didn't take long for John Ross to call Christopher out for not being a true Ewing, reminding him that his biological father sold him when he was a baby. Oh, how I love a show that doesn't forget its past.

Christopher was on top of the world, until an earthquake shook his foundations. I loved that his quest for alternative energy wasn't easy. It's the future but getting there will take guts, determination, and money. Will success make him feel like a real Ewing?

Despite Sue Ellen having kept John Ross in boarding schools for his formative years and away from J.R., the boy obviously still learned a thing or two from his Daddy. Even how to go behind the old man's back.

The lovely ladies. And I loved them all. Annie, the new Mrs. Bobby Ewing, won me over during the break in. Did she call the cops or cry out for help? Hell no. In true Dallas fashion she headed straight for the gun cabinet. Looks like Annie's got more than a little of Miss Ellie's spunk in her. I can see why Bobby married her.

Rebecca's got that sweet, innocent girl next door look but she's obviously no push over. She knew how to roll with the punches when John Ross called out Elena to be her brides maid. I couldn't help but smile when Rebecca told Elena she was just like Christopher's sister. Nicely done.

But I felt the most for Elena. She grew up on the outside looking in to the Ewing family wealth and drama and now she's right in the thick of it. 

Do you think it was actually John Ross who sent the e-mail that split up Christopher and Elena? It could have been him or someone else. This show is full of surprises.

I was a bit shocked to see Christopher go through with the wedding after such a shocking revelation. He must really love Rebecca and they seem like a great couple but there's no way this won't come back to haunt them. 

And poor Elena had to stand up there as a bridesmaid and watch the man she loved marry someone else and smile while it happened. Ouch!

There were so many great little moments that I doubt I can recap them all but I'll try:

  • Sue Ellen's running for governor!  Thinking about the mousy, drunken housewife we met in 1978, that's a hell of a thing.
  • Mrs. Stanfield catching Christopher and Rebecca having a tryst in the locker room and saying "His Daddy would crow with pride." So funny.
  • That John Ross was trying to have Miss Ellie declared mentally incompetent.  Damn, that boy plays dirty.
  • I was only a little disappointed that no one ended up in the pool during a Ewing wedding. Ah, the good old days.

Dallas is back. The new blood mixing with the old for a fun, dramatic romp back into prime time soapdom.  Hold on tight because I think this is going to be one Hell of a ride.

* Read this Dallas review for my take on the second episode of the season!


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I loved both episodes. I will look forward to watching every Wed. night. I never missed an episode of the original Dallas. I have one question: "Where was the picture of Jock at Southfork?"

@ Mike

On the wall on the south side of the master bedroom.....


what was the rest of this quote from June 12th. JR said: (someting like this) My daddy always said prepare for the worst and settle for can you please finish this quote....


To B Newman, I don't know which episode he starts on but yes, Cliff Barnes will be on the new Dallas.


I worked at CH: (5) CBS Syracuse and we aired Dallas. The New Dallas is good, but I think the original characters JR and Bobby still rule! Maybe its my age association with the series. I will watch this series welcome back Dallas!


CANNOT BE DALLAS WITHOUT CLIFF BARNES. Where is Ken Kercheal and will he be back in the series???


The scoop on Pam: Pam was severely burned in a car accident and during her recovery chose to cut all ties with the Ewings, including divorcing Bobby and leaving son Christopher. A few years later she returned briefly (as a different actress), supposedly having had plastic surgery to repair her burns. She told Bobby she was happy and going to marry her doctor. Once Bobby left, her brother Cliff asked why she hadn't told Bobby the truth...that she had a terminal illness. It was was never confirmed that Pam died so theoretically she could pop up again at anytime. Now that could be fun.


Loved the premier...so did my 22 year old son! The beginning with the music and the scenes of Dallas sent a flashback. I'm with Terrie...refresh my memory...whatever happened to Pamela Ewing?


Just loved it...Just as many twists and turns as back in the day. Lets make it to season two.


I read somewhere that Pam is dead. Maybe that will be brought up in further episodes but not sure. I enjoyed the premier. Let the back-stabbing begin. JR steps back into his evil role brilliantly, I love this character. I just hope they can get us to love the kids as much as we already do the original cast to keep the show going. My only nit-pick is the kids should be in their late 30's to early 40's not the late 20's they are portrayed as. For goodness sake Jordana Brewster needs to gain some weight. She looked so much better in her early career when she didn't look like a skeleton. Cliff Barnes is back next week so get ready for some fun!!


I think Rebecca sent the email to Elena. She and her brother, if he is her brother, are out to get the Ewing's money. Great show! Hope the rest of the series is as good as the premier.

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Dallas Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

I ain't a virgin but i ain't a whore either.


I've got family business to attend to before anybody knows I'm dying.