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Yes, But, Will It Matter?

And so it happened.  Minus one more it is for the Ewing family, given the sudden demise of a character whom original-show fans have known since birth.  A big surprise to us viewers and a great loss to the cast it is no doubt, but at this point we’re left to ask, will it matter?  This is to say, another season remains to be confirmed.  Meanwhile, at least storyline plans appear well underway, while everything I’ve had to say before now stands.  Nevertheless, should “Dallas” return, and despite the level of unbelievable insanity sure to ensue, I’ll certainly be watching– with even more interest if Patrick Duffy again directs.  We know anything could happen after all.  Christopher could always show up taking a shower one day, like father like son of course.

The two remaining originals, in the spirit of the one-and-only.

The two remaining originals, amid the spirit of the one-and-only.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Dallas, Television

 

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Forgetfulness, or Forgotten?

Well, that was a first.  I forgot to watch “Dallas” this week. (What?!  Me?!  Allow the Ewings to slip my mind?  My oh my, how the decades do change us.)

Seeing as the latest episode was on my DVR, I did see it the following day.  In so doing, I reminded myself just how my initial forgetfulness came about.  Let’s simply say it’s about time for “Dallas” to be forgotten altogether.  Oh but wait, I think I’ve already said this before, more than once even.  I’ll therefore rephrase:  It’s well past time for the Ewings and company to go.  I know, I hate saying this more than you might dislike reading it. Nevertheless, the writing is on the wall, as they say– more and more with each passing episode, I myself regret to say.

The 2014 cast

We’ve had all the nostalgic cameos we’re likely going to get, Larry Hagman is still dead, and the plot convolutions continue to get more confusing, ludicrous and exhausting.  Still, curiosity, coupled with low expectations, will continue to get the best of me for the duration, whether at airtime or via DVR. At least Ken Kercheval, who remains very much alive, will be back next week.  Amid my overall forgetfulness, I’m happy to realize one living classic character is not forgotten.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in And That's My Opinion, Dallas, Television

 

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His Swan Song

season2Who’d have thought two or three decades ago that we’d be watching a brand new episode in January 2013?  Then, who’d have thought such an event would be happening after the death of the show’s iconic star and irreplaceable centerpiece?

Season two of “Dallas” is off and running.  Of course Larry Hagman passed away last November, midway through production of this second round of new episodes.  As such tonight’s premiere is bittersweet.  We get to see a severely aging J.R. a few more final times, knowing there’s no negotiation on his departure.

As the latest storylines rapidly spin beyond the point of even remote belief, and as we dare not blink in keeping up with exactly who’s one-upping who among the entire corrupt lot, the biggest question will certainly keep all true “Dallas” fans tuned in over the course of the next few weeks:  Just how exactly will J.R. exit?

Blink I did not, as in paying close attention to the series of quick frames during the closing credits, my eye caught precisely what was placed there to be found.  Apparently we’ll be seeing some more “old” faces this season.  J.R.’s swan song, which began tonight, looks like it will grow into a well-attended event.  While I could have waited, now under the circumstsances I can’t wait.

His Latest Entrance Before His Pending Exit

His Latest Entrance Before His Final Exit

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Dallas, Famous People, Media

 

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A Way + A Will = One Great Life

There’s a big difference between involvement and commitment, and J.R. Ewing once spelled it out.  “Like ham and eggs.  The chicken who laid the egg is involved, but the pig the ham came from is committed.”

And now, the eldest Ewing brother has died.  I learned this late last night.  Upon awaking this morning, unlike for Pam with Bobby, I realized to my dismay that what has just occurred is not a dream.

How fitting that Larry Hagman passed yesterday not only in the city of Dallas, but during a time of reprising his legendary character so many people know and even more of us love.  In the final year of his life he had the rare yet celebrated privilege of resurrecting his iconic TV role, that which secured his unmatched place in the world while leaving diehard fans yearning for more of their favorite mischievous-yet-endearing schemer.

In 2012 he was back.  Now in the same year he’s left us.  This ironic timing seems the most comforting and appropriate way for him to make his long-in-coming exit.  Hagman died on Friday, November 23, much to our collective sadness, taking with him of course the one and only J.R. Ewing.

When he lived to see his 80th birthday in September 2011, I was delighted.  In fact I breathed a sigh of congratulatory relief, mindful that his serious health challenges over the years rendered this milestone quite a feat.  Then when the new “Dallas” finally premiered last summer, seeing Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing once again after so many years was no less than amazing.  Who’d have predicted that a longtime smoker and hard drinker a few breaths from death upon his 1995 liver transplant would live to reprise his infamous role in 2012?

Of course Larry Hagman had aged, almost sadly so.  While his tongue continued to lash out those fantastic “J.R.-isms” in this year’s “Dallas” episodes, his body clearly was not keeping pace with his revered wit.  Though trying not to admit it, I had a sneaking suspicion he was not long for this world.  Like all his fans, I was thankful he had made it this far and managed not just the involvement, but commitment, to give it another go.

And one more round– the now-certain last round– is yet to come.  Again, Larry Hagman died in Dallas while bringing J.R. back to season two of the new “Dallas” series.  Exactly how prepared for his death the writers and producers of the show were– and just how smoothly and acceptably J.R. will make his final exit— remains to be seen once the series returns in January.  Perhaps an appropriate contingency plan was already in place.  Maybe J.R.– and Larry– thought ahead to this inevitable moment.  After all, while I’m far from the only fan to mourn his death, I certainly can’t be the only one unsurprised.

No doubt he will be missed terribly while remembered wonderfully.  Personally, I will always cherish my good fortune of meeting Mr. Hagman professionally in 2003.  No other individual figure holds a candle to him, decorated bon vivant that he was, realistically and fictitiously speaking.  Likely no one ever will.

More than involved, Hagman remained committed to his work, his role and his unsurpassed persona, leaving us a timeless gift under his mantra, “Vita Celebratio Est.”  For this we celebrate one great life.  After all, like J.R.’s daddy used to say:  “Where there’s a way, there’s a will.”  Larry Hagman found and mastered both.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Dallas, Famous People, Media, News

 

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Watching & Waiting

The focus… is on a younger generation, and the stories of the younger Ewings aren’t as captivating initially as catching up with J.R. and Bobby.”  (Porter, zap2it.com)

It’s like The CW has moved into Southfork, and while they look good, they haven’t quite mastered what it means to be Ewings.”  (Yeoman, screenrant.com)

“The new Dallas isn’t perfect – it certainly takes a little while to find its feet and not everything clicks straight away.”  (Jeffrey, digitalspy.com)

“We could easily have before us any cheesy, unrealistic, poorly acted show made up of yet another generic collection of attractive-yet-dull, scheming-yet-scattered 30-something amateurs.”  (yours truly)

My sentiments seem to fit right in among various others.  As a lifelong follower of all-things-Ewing, I’ve both anticipated and questioned the premiere of this new TNT series for quite some time.  And naturally I have a few things to say about it thus far, now three episodes in with episode four airing tonight.

I’ll of course be watching, and waiting– that is, waiting to see how my initial impressions develop and my overall outlook evolves.  Answers to my questions would be helpful, but then non-answers keep us tuned in, right?

Watch the new “Dallas” for yourself and form your own opinion, either before or after reading my first review.

 
 

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On His Way…

As speculation became anticipation over the course of several months– if not years– the big day is now just weeks away.  Ole J.R. is on his way!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Dallas, Famous People, Media

 

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