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review by Carrie
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“Dallas” Review – June 14, 2012
When “Dallas” premiered last night, I
wasn’t sure how it would stand up to the original. I’m glad
I watched it with an open mind because I was surprised how
good it was.
The season begins with J.R. Ewing’s son
John Ross (Josh Henderson) striking oil on the Southfork
Ranch premises, while his girlfriend Elena Ramos (Jordana
Brewster) exclaims that the site holds billions of oil
barrels. In the meantime, Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) is
hearing the terrible news from his doctor that he has
gastro-intestinal cancer. Bobby refuses to tell his family
right now – he wants to get his affairs in order. At the
country club, Bobby’s son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) is
promoting his idea of an alternative energy source to a
group of businessmen when a young woman walks up to the
table and starts speaking French to Christopher.
Unsuccessful in his meeting, Christopher joins the woman in
the ladies’ locker room, where they begin to make out. When
Christopher is caught red-handed, it’s revealed the young
woman is his fiance Rebecca.
The intro stays true to the original,
showing clips of the ranch and locales in Dallas.
As the show progresses, Bobby continues
to come to terms about his cancer diagnosis. During a
family dinner, the tension is thick between John Ross and
Christopher. Elena feels awkward when John Ross suggests
she step in as Rebecca’s bridesmaid. (Elena and Christopher
used to be an item.) Because of Bobby’s situation, he pays
a visit to his brother J.R. (Larry Hagman), who is socially
withdrawn due to clinical depression. Bobby pours his heart
out to J.R., but he has no idea he’s hearing him until the
end of the show.
The season premiere of “Dallas” has one
twist after another. We learn Christopher and Elena used to
be engaged, and that Elena has believed this whole time
Christopher sent an e-mail claiming he didn’t want to marry
her. Elena confronts Christopher right before his wedding
to Rebecca. Christopher denies sending the e-mail. Elena
believes him, but it’s clear Christopher has moved on.
Elena is heartbroken as Christopher and Rebecca marry right
in front of her. As for John Ross, Elena believes he is the
one who sent the e-mail. John Ross says he didn’t do it,
but Elena isn’t sure she can trust him.
When Bobby’s wife Annie (Brenda Strong)
comes across her husband’s prescription bottle, she learns
the pills are for treating gastro-intestinal tumors. Annie
confronts Bobby in the woods, a place special for the entire
Ewing family, because there are so many names written in
tree bark. Bobby says he will fight the cancer with all he
has, but Annie wonders if he’s given up. Bobby wants to
wait until the right time to tell their son Christopher.
Which brings us to the part where Bobby
decides to sell the Southfork Ranch. John Ross hates the
idea because he wants to drill for oil. John issues an
injunction to stop the sale to the Del Sol Conservatory, a
family-owned business that would leave the ranch intact.
Bobby meets Marta Del Sol at the wedding and it appears the
sale will be happening soon. John Ross visits his father to
talk business and finds J.R. is not only lucid, but acting
like his old self. John Ross discovers Christopher’s
alternative energy project has caused earthquakes in China.
John Ross tries to blackmail Christopher in getting Bobby to
stop the sale, but Christopher won’t comply with John Ross’s
demands. Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) promises her son John Ross
that he can always count on her. The twists keep coming as
it’s revealed J.R. is secretly working with Marta to gain
control of Southfork. But J.R. has no idea John Ross has
his own secret plan – he’s working with Marta, too. And
Marta Del Sol isn’t who she appears to be, either. When
J.R. travels to Mexico to speak to Marta’s father, he has no
idea about the ranch sale. The episode ends with J.R.
meeting the real Marta.
I’m definitely looking forward to what
happens next in the Ewing saga. After all these years, the
drama still remains. It looks to be an interesting summer.
(“Dallas” airs Wednesdays on TNT.)
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