PART III...2) Elena - The girl has the attention span of a GNAT when it comes to love, and makes the WORST choices when it comes to showing how trustworthy she can be. Her mother tells her to hang in there & be patient with Christopher. Yet in LESS THAN 24 HOURS, she's exploring her options regarding her family's land with some MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL instead of taking the information to Christopher. Oh, yeah, that will earn Elena BIG brownie points.
3) Perhaps someone with a legal background can correct me. But, since Elena's dad & JR are both dead, wouldn't this be a case were that phrase fits - "possession is 9/10's of the law." Fraud or not, it was on Elena's dad to do his due diligence and check that what he bought fit whatever deed/records were filed. Isn't that what we have title insurance for?...
CONTINUED FROM BELOW....he might as well go down for another crime by proxy. Here's what I had problem with in last night's finale:
1) Really, Cynthia Cidre? You don't think we can do math or remember basic show history? It was JOCK who had the rivalry w/Digger, not JR. Yes, Elena's father would probably have been cheated by JR. That math fits because of Elena's age & what Drew has said about his family history. But, when Cliff was talking about how his father was cheated, that wasn't JR. JR would have been a kid, if he was born at all, when Jock made the ruthless business decisions that he did. If I have this wrong, someone correct me. But, Cliff seems to be going off the deep end blaming JR for stuff we KNOW went down before Jock's & Digger's kids were even born...
A-/B+.....LOVED the Ewings come together to confront Cliff in Mexico, and for a second (a *tiny* second) I did have some sympathy for Cliff when he said, "What the HELL is going on?" Ah, just like the old days - poor guy was over his head when he didn't even know he was supposed to be swimming! I agree with the reviewer about 99%, down to the portrait. Just because this a modern update of the show doesn't mean we can't appreciate traditional oil techniques. Meh - I want to see JR's face in a less impressionistic style; something that looks gorgeous up close *and* at a distance. Can ANY painter do that these days because I don't see it very often.
Did I feel the Ewings went to far in framing Cliff? No. When Cliff put the hit on Roy & killed that last link to himself, that put the nail in the coffin for me. He was indeed the architect of his own destruction. It was karma baby. Cliff was never going to be linked to the energy rig explosion without Roy. So, he might as well go down for some other stuff by proxy. Also, the gravesite denouement was amazing. Finally, Bobby allows himself to show some emotion about his brother's death. Although I did snicker a little because I was right there when John Ross said, "Uncle Bobby, I'm confused." Hey, you weren't the only one!
"God...it's like biting into a rubber tire...Would you relax?!" - ROTFLOL! I don't see how you could just gloss over one of the best, and most puzzling, parts of the episode. If Aidan made that wolf-vamp hybrid, wouldn't his blood have some effect on Sally, too?
Also, why did Aidan lie to Kenny about who had "made" recently? Remember the very first episode of this series? He made a daughter by accident. Can't remember her name. But, he had dusted her by the finale. If anything, telling Kenny the truth might have given Kenny second, third, & 4th thoughts about being turned.
Well, that was a fun episode. No, I'm not being sarcastic. It was a change of pace. Guess I'm the only who is interested in Alicia as an individual and doesn't care about her romantic life. Has the partnership made Alicia more bold? She's certainly not mincing words anymore with Kresteva, which is refreshing. Season 1 Alicia would never have said anything like that. TOTALLY CONFUSED about the case, and agree with whoever said that John Noble was underused. Seriously, *this* is why you asked him to fly all the way from Australia? The dog owner did it? WTH? Why were the police making Alicia jump through all those hoops? Evidently, they didn't even care about the murder and just wanted her away from her condo? Why? How callous & cold is that to make you fear for your children's lives, & make them leave their home on St. Patrick's Day after 8pm, when it can be crazy & dangerous on the streets.
@jr - That's why we know Cliff probably blackmailed her with something to get those shares. Katherine was a fugitive with no way to support herself or Pam (who she whisked away to some clinic in the final season). Beggars can't be choosers when you're a fugitive avoiding jail, and want continued use of the Wentworth private jet.
LOVED this episode! The reviewer is much too kind to Elena. With Cliff Barnes closing in to take everything Chris has worked for, Elena decides to help her brother escape, the ONE GUY who can corroborate the scheme to blow up the rig & link it to Harris Ryland. Drew running away helps Ryland. What a bone-headed, disloyal move on both their parts. The let Barnes takeover Ewing Energies without helping the Ewings one bit. Really, did they say or do anything to help the Ewings? NO! Hope it comes back to bite both of them.
JRoss & Pamela marrying for business, then falling in love in spite of all the complications - that would be awesome to see. A Ewing/Barnes marriage that actually works for all the wrong reasons. Plus, we know she's going to move to the ranch, & Chris & Elena will go NUTS!
JRoss/Pamela needs to be endgame material IMO. Have them do everything in their power to avoid their feelings, while still being drawn to each other like magnets. Business can get in the way. Family can be against them. They can even admit out loud that they should never be together whatsoever. But, it will be more fulfilling for the audience if they eventually do what JRoss suggested in front of the courthouse - forget who their parents are and just do what they want.
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...Also, Cynthia Cidre can't be criticized for not doing research. The entire writing staff KNOWS the DALLAS history backwards, forwards & sideways. In a soap opera, however, it isn't logic or reason that drives character development. It's emotional punch. Seeing Cliff become what he hated in order to win against the Ewings would be something worth exploring. Maybe we will in time. Unfortunately, I think Ken Kercheval's health issues limit his on-screen appearances to do that in depth.
Point is, Cliff is Digger's son. Digger's raging hatred toward the Ewings left him an alcoholic who abandoned his family. Cliff basically became the image of his dad minus the booze - a megalomaniac who abandoned his family in pursuit of power & revenge. It makes sense to me because he's just repeating the history of DALLAS. Once Cliff got a taste of power & success, he became addicted to it and left what really mattered behind, namely Christopher & daughter Pamela.
IIRC, the end of the original DALLAS had Bobby & Cliff reaching a truce of sorts. Cliff even visited the ranch to visit Christopher on a regular basis. It's true that the show might benefit from a more balanced depiction of the two families. But, there aren't very many members of the Barnes clan left compared to the Ewings. I agree w/Kelly that it was Pam who was able to mellow Cliff's more selfish tendencies. Without her influence, and so close to taking all the Ewing material wealth, it's realistic IMO that he would become the shriveled amoral Gollum-like troll depicted onscreen...
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