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Dallas (PREVIEW)
Who Shot J.R.?

The "Who Shot J.R.?" story line was so popular; a session of the Turkish parliament was suspended to allow legislators a chance to get home in time to view the Dallas episode with the answer!

In these modern times what's old is new again. Television shows and movies from my childhood (and my elder sister's childhood) are making comebacks through sequels and reboots. These reboots, sequels, & series continuances a deal for studios. They're cheaper to write and produce, sets can be reused, and at least half of the audiience is already built in.

Building the magic that only nostaligia can produce, staying true the original product, all while capturing a new audience can be a daunting task. Potential fans can be become resentful if their cherished memories are not loving treated. In my circle of friends these reboots and sequels are met with equal parts curiosity and side-eye.

I was too young to miss the first run of Dallas, but I am well aware of legend of "Who Shot JR?" story line. It remains of the most hotly anticipated and highly viewed story arcs in telelvision history. My mom still owns a pair of "Who Shot JR?" jeans! So, when I received the first seven episodes Dallas for review, I was excited. The packaging of the dvds is so beautiful and elaborate it almost necessitates its own unboxing video (it sings).

The return of Dallas features several senior cast members; Patricky Duffy as Bobby Ewing, Larry Hagman as JR Ewing, and Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing are known as "the big three". The story picks up with the children of the Ewings; Chritopher Ewing as portrayed by Jesse Metcalf is Bobby's adopted son and John Ross as portrayed by Josh Henderson is the son of JR Ewing & Sue Ellen.

Christopher and John are rivals for power, land, money, oil, and family pride. Eager and ambitious John Ross finds oil on Southfork that has mult-billion dollars worth of value. But Bobby refuses to let him drill, citing his mother's last wishes to perserve the land and keep the family peace. Bobby wants to sell the land so the money can provide for his family after he's gone. His drives intesifies as finds out he has a rare stomach cancer. 

John Ross, much like his father (JR), feels Southfork is birthright and will stop at nothing until the land the oil under it are his. This includes, but is not limited to colluding with his father while also double crossing him! But can you really ever have a leg up on the legendary JR?

Christopher Ewing is more like (and is clearly the favorite of) Bobby. He is working on a project to create sustainable energy from methane. He believes this project can bring the Ewing name back into the energy game again. With this success he'll be able to prove himself a "real" Ewing; a fact John Ross never lets him forget.

Did I mention they're both in love with cook's smart and beautiful daughter Elena (Jordana Brewster)?

Despite late grandma Ewing's wishes (but lucky for us!), the drama, dysfunction, and rivalery played out by the first Dallas generation hasn't skipped the next. The show is just as juicy as its night time drama contemporaries. With the dynamic characters, twisting storylines, and soapy cliff hangers, I can easilysee lots of twitter buzz, tumblr memes, and #Teams being formed around Dallas.

Maria Jackson
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