new dallas on TNT, new cast of Dallas on TNT, Bobby sue ellen JR anne on Dallas, older generation on DallasDid you watch the new Dallas show last night on TNT? Did you love it or hate it?

I have to say I wasn’t expecting too much from the show. I figured Bobby, Sue Ellen and JR were going to be small characters, there only to introduce the younger generation to the current viewers.

And that may be what happens but last night was like going back in time. From the theme song opening to the mini cliffhanger it was classic night time soap opera.

For a few minutes I wondered if the Republicans hadn’t put the show together to remind everyone of the Reagan years when the original show ruled the airways.

original cast of dallas on CBSIt’s been over 20 years since Dallas left the air and even longer since I stopped watching it, I had no idea that the show ended with a cliffhanger like “Who shot JR”. Apparently the series ended with a questionable bullet aimed at JR once again. I won’t spoil it for those who also haven’t seen it but the cliffhanger was resolved five years later when they all came back for a reunion show (I didn’t watch that either).

Watching last night’s two episodes (bonus, I had no idea they had two shows in the queue last night) was like simply watching a show I had missed for the last few episodes. As if the show had remained on all these years but I just missed it. It was familiar and comforting to watch it.

For the most part the actors looked great. Lucy was the only one who didn’t seem to fare as well as the rest. Seems to me her character was a teen during the original show and last night she could have played Miss Ellie.

Which just says more about the plastic surgery by the other stars than anything else.

Now for the new cast I was all set to not like John Ross (Josh Henderson). He looked too thin and too metrosexual. It was hard to believe he would be the hound dog that his daddy was in the original show. I thought he looked too young and just too feminine even with his attempt at facial hair. However, by the end of the show it was his eyebrows that convinced me he is indeed JR’s son.

christopher and john ross, new kids on dallas, new dallas on TNT, christopher and John ross on new dallasChristopher (Jesse Metcalfe) looked more like Bobby than John Ross looked like JR and he’s adopted. Or is he. I can’t remember how that storyline played out but seems to me Christopher could have been JR’s kid or something like that. I’ll have to Google it but for now, and because this is a soap, that might be on purpose.

The show was campy, soapy, outrageous and just plain illogical and stupid in many places. And just what made the original show great.

I will continue watching the rest of the 10 episodes this summer because I don’t have anything better to do on Wednesday nights and there isn’t anything else on that I want to watch.

Best line from the night:

J.R., to John Ross: “Son, never pass up a good chance to shut up.”

Will you be watching? If you saw it last night what did you think? Was it as good as the original?

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