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...
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...How ironic would it be if Bobby opposed a JRoss-Pamela relationship, just as Jock did to him & Pam all those years ago?
Compared with the Rylands, however, the Ewings' troubles look fairly tame. The Rylands are a twisted morass of emotional & psychological terror with a dollop of substance abuse to keep everyone in line. I'm still not sure who is playing who in that family, and have come to believe that Emma's kidnapping was a blessing in disguise for Ann. It released her from this crazy family. No one does crazy like Judith Light though, and I hope she comes back to bring her boy DOWN. At first, I thought Emma was this series' version of Lucy. But, the girl has serious issues and I hope Ann finds out about them soon. Kind of scared for both Drew *and* JRoss.
Bottom line: Bobby needs to release his inner Jock, start growling more, and release some of those Ewing/Southworth genes that got them the ranch in the first place.
DALLAS just winds the screws tighter & tighter with each episode and is Not. Letting. Up! Great stuff! J.R.'s death was tough. But, in terms of character development for Sue Ellen and Bobby, it's a gold mine. LOVE Angry Sue Ellen! Girl, I've missed you. You tear it up, honey, just like you used to when fighting J.R. And, Bobby...he has me thinking about Jock lately with that full head of graying hair. I like how the series is circling back to the original, with a Ewing patriarch battling for both his land and his oil with two bickering sons at his side. JRoss & Christopher are the closest thing each has to a brother even via blood (through Sue Ellen). I didn't mind Pamela #2 suffer from a miscarriage, because it mirrored the events in the first series with Bobby & Pam's miscarriage. If they're going to try for a clean slate so JRoss & Pamela can become the new series' more jaded versions of Romeo & Juliet, go for it! How ironic would it be if Bobby opposed a JRoss-Pamela relationship, just as Jock did to him & Pam all those years ago?
See I liked the MOTW (Mystery of the Week). Thought it was a clever spin on the Rumplestiltskin tale, how people hide their identities/motivations/true natures and the foreshadowing of what happens when you can't hide in the shadows anymore (like basically the entire cast did during season 1). Names are important in GRIMM. They denote origin, identity, power, & purpose. Renard's discovery of the list of names parallels how the main characters are becoming more aware of each other's purpose and abilities in this chess game. They're having more scenes together, bantering, & relationships are gelling - while they may not trust each other completely, it's not making them weaker. Excellent episode IMO.
Good episode wrt Nick & the entire team interacting. But, as far as the WOTW (Wesen of the Week), it's clear the writers just wanted to do something disgusting and didn't really think it out very well. How many South Africans emigrate within a week to Portland and don't end up leaving a trail of parasites along the way? SERIOUSLY? Were his headaches ever addressed? And, surely there would have been high media coverage of such a sickening trail of attacks in South Africa leaving victims *without eyes.* IMO, there would have been an int'l hunt for such an attacker long before he showed up on U.S. soil & Grimms in Africa should have taken care of him long ago.
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