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Dallas: Season 5, Episodes 1 – 10

Posted by therebelprince on October 2, 2010

Well, the news has broken that Dallas‘ final season is to be released on DVD in January so in honour of that, I thought I’d step back and pick up where I left off, examining the first 10 episodes of Dallas‘ fifth season.

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Dallas: Season 4, Episodes 17 – 23

Posted by therebelprince on August 13, 2009

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In the fourth season, Dallas was nominated for four Golden Globes, six Emmys and a People’s Choice Award (which it won). Alongside this, it came in at #1 in the Nielsens and was the subject of every magazine headline and watercooler discussion. It was the era of the soap opera, and while its peak would only last for half a decade, the era helped define television as a serialised narrative form, where character dimensions and consequences could actually take on meaning. In the meantime, watercoolers across America were getting their biggest workout as the exploits of the Ewing family took the airwaves by storm. But enough of hyperbole, let’s talk about the end of the season. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Dallas”: Season 4, Episodes 9 – 16

Posted by therebelprince on August 12, 2009


This time around in Dallas, there’s a lot of set-up and little pay-off, although we meet several long-time players in the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas: Season 4, Episodes 1 – 8

Posted by therebelprince on August 4, 2009


This time around on Dallas, the “Who Shot…?” aftermath, and where do we go from here? Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas: Season 3, Episodes 18 – 25

Posted by therebelprince on July 31, 2009


Welcome back as we join the Dallas retrospective reviews, tracing the rise to the show’s most popular moment.

By the end of the show’s third season, it was apparent that J.R. Ewing was the centre of this tightknit but quarrelsome Texan dynasty and in the season’s final episodes, the odious oil man manages to make enemies of everyone in Dallas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas: Season 3, Episodes 9 – 17

Posted by therebelprince on July 30, 2009


Welcome back to this week’s installment of the Dallas retrospective reviews.

When “Mastectomy” aired at No. 5 in the ratings (for the show’s second time), it kicked off a spree of Top 10 episodes which would only be failed once for the remainder of the season (in “The Heiress”). Dallas was now the show on everyone’s lips, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. The show is sharp, soapy and unanimously well acted this season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas: Season 3, Episodes 1 – 8

Posted by therebelprince on July 26, 2009


Welcome back to the Dallas retrospective reviews. This time, we look at the show’s evolution into a bona fide hit, and how smoothly it took that success. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas: Season 2, Episodes 17 – 24

Posted by therebelprince on July 19, 2009

Welcome back to the Dallas retrospective reviews. This time around, all the pieces are placed on the board as Cliff Barnes gets a career, Lucy gets a fiancee, and Sue Ellen gets drunk. Dallas jumped a good 40 places up the ratings ladder here, so let’s dig right in:


 

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Dallas: Season 2, Episodes 9 – 16

Posted by therebelprince on July 15, 2009

Welcome back to the Dallas retrospective reviews.


This week, the show takes steps towards becoming a full-blown story-arc based drama. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas review: Season 2, Episodes 1 – 8

Posted by therebelprince on July 14, 2009

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Welcome back to the second of my Dallas retrospective reviews. This week, Dallas moves to the real Southfork, and all sorts of shadows appear from the mist of the past.


Plot in a nutshell

Bobby finds the third Ewing brother, Gary (David Ackroyd), in Las Vegas. Gary – Ellie’s favourite son – never bonded with his father, and never wanted the power and status of his family name. He married a waitress, Valene Clements (Joan Van Ark), who was rejected by the family. After Lucy’s birth, Gary and Valene drifted apart, but Gary left Southfork in shame. When Bobby drags him back, the family rush to judgement – even more so when Lucy convinces her mother to return in the hope of a reunion. J.R., of course, plots both their downfalls. Gary cracks first and leaves; Valene takes longer to go but J.R. pays her off as he did once before.

Pam and Bobby face threats to their young marriage. First, Pam’s recent miscarriage has her on edge, and she desperately tries to get pregnant again. Second, Bobby’s former lover Jenna Wade (Morgan Fairchild) arrives in town, with a daughter, Charlie, who he thinks is his. J.R. tries to help promote this idea, but Bobby manages to convince Pam otherwise. Then, Pam gets a job at the Nieman-Marcus-esque “The Store” while Bobby starts to work full time at Ewing Oil; with each job choice casing doubt in the other. Finally, Pam’s first husband shows up to cause further struggles, and Digger refuses to accept his daughter’s marriage – instead telling her that she is no longer a Barnes.

For the rest of the family, things are no better. Jock has a heart attack, stressing Miss Ellie to breaking point but finally allowing her to pry him from work. Sue Ellen sees Pam’s fertility as a battle and tries desperately to get a baby – even by buying one! Lucy runs away and is subsequently kidnapped. And Bobby ultimately chooses the ranch over Ewing Oil, which J.R. now has to himself.

On the Barnes side of things, Cliff meets Sue Ellen and is enchanted by her. He has bigger things on his plate though, when he enters the race for Texas state senator and J.R. (of course) spearheads a movement to bring him down. When he finds out a key secret about Cliff, J.R. succeeds, and successfully ignites a second-generation Ewing/Barnes feud.

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