Dallas: Season 2 (PREVIEW)

Larry Hagman

When Dallas made its triumphant return to broadcast I simply shrugged at yet another preposterous property being rebooted, in the parlance of our times. Was it even necessary? As the original aired long before my time and ended on the cusp of my rebellious years when TV was a complete waste of time, I never saw episode one. Like then, I had yet to see an episode of the newly revamped show. All that ended with the first two episodes of season 2.

Episode 1 of season 2, titled Battle Lines, is simply soap opera drivel. Christopher (Jesse Metcalf; Desperate Housewives) and Rebecca (Julie Gonzalo; Eli Stone) are divorced and Christopher is trying to stay on top as far as the power structure between the two go, as well as trying to help his family gain control over their financial futures, but a secret is revealed that brings everyone together. Meanwhile blackmail has forced Ann and Bobby to relive a shocking secret from Ann’s past.

As hard as I tried to get into the show I just felt like the acting was too forced, the scenario’s too dramatic, the overall feel of the show simply too...like everything else these days. Bringing the show back and trying to make it viable for the old and young crowds simultaneously seems too taxing for the effort.

In episode 2, Venomous Creatures, all of the characters perform the same kind of phoned in backstabbing and feigning overdramatic as the two families battle over the future of Ewing Energy. Pretty boys shout and act aggressively, pretty girls pout and hide daggers behind their backs. In this episode it at least looks like the veteran players are remembering it’s their show and returning to themselves.

Still, far to overdramatic and read for me. Hardly anything revolutionary, especially considering the show is a revamp of the original show. Try as I might to find place amongst these people, a connection that would tie me in to the show, I couldn’t help but stray thinking about other things I’d rather be doing with my time. Oh well, to each their own.


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