Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo
Writer: Bruce Rasmussen
Director: Michael M. Robin
Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights
Original Telecast: Aug 1st, 2012
As we reach the end of Season 1 DALLAS, I can’t help but feel sad, TV depressed that is. After all, a show finally comes around that can not only peak my interest but also keep it throughout the entire season. Now, granted the season is only ten episodes – note to producers: that’s not enough – but still after one episode of ANGER MANAGEMENT and two of TWO AND A HALF MEN – the Ashton Kutcher version – I was done. As far as I am concerned — that’s enough.
But with J.R. (Larry Hagman), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) back along with very worthy and well cast co-stars, TV reinvigorates me again. Not for long though, with just one episode left, I can’t fathom waiting an entire year to find out what happens next on Southfork. Please, TNT don’t let that happen.
For now at least this week and next we have the drama of DALLAS. No one knows drama better than John Ross (Josh Henderson) who softens his connection with dear old dad J. R., which in turn strengthens his connection with Bobby and Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe). John Ross is no J.R., but he is no Bobby Ewing either. He is a combination of the two. He tries desperately to please his father while not crossing a moral line set up by his uncle. Sometimes it works, other times it fails miserably. As the saying goes you can’t please everyone all the time. And in this case, it seems, he will either be pleasing his dad or his uncle but never both.
Henderson is so good at displaying a young man torn within his familial conflicts that he is never able to truly show anyone his true self, everyone gets a piece, but never the whole thing. Henderson’s angst is obvious, yet not overdramatic. He plays his emotional tempo just right. When John Ross gets word that Bobby has cancer he immediately goes into protective mode for his uncle demanding that J.R.’s henchman notify J.R. of his brother’s sickness. Henderson knows when to amp up the dialogue and when to play it cool and collect.
Meanwhile, Christopher decides to give it a go with Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo), his wife and the mother of his unborn twins. However, the only way Rebecca can get Christopher to trust her is to get rid of Tommy, who blackmails her almost on a daily basis. Gonzalo, too, knows how to convey an emotional tug o war deep within. Showcasing a person truly agonizing a life she has created and wants nothing more than to leave beyond.
Although Bobby has successfully left behind his cancer and is now in remission, he does has a seizure, perhaps because of the cancer weakening his immunities, and needs surgery soon. This brings a once irrevocably torn family back together again. Even J.R. softens, shockingly giving the deed to Southfork back to Bobby. What? Hagman, at 80, yes 80 years old is a master at portraying not an evil man but a determined man who doesn’t let a silly thing like feelings get in the way of business.
Speaking of business, John Ross and Christopher decide to work together, in a deal that no doubt will blow up in someone’s face. Can they not see what we see? Still, with Bobby sick everyone is willing to play nice for now but how this will leave us in the season finale, who‘s to say. By the way, someone is shot and no it isn’t J.R.
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