The problem with the new Dallas is that it was only given 10 episodes so the inevitable occured; it tried to fit too much in and sometimes you feel a little lost.
Saying that, 'Season 15' largely succeeded. Old faces return; JR, Bobby, Sue Ellen, Cliff, Lucy and Ray while new faces were introduced; John Ross, Christopher, Anne, Elena and Rebecca.
The story centres around the control of Southfork and the age-old battle of whether oil should be pumped there. It has double-dealing and twists galore! Larry Hagman steals the show. He still has it. His performance deserves an Emmy and far outstrips his co-stars and his own performances on the original. I am very proud to have guessed the FINAL twist. It is a moment that the screen-writers should be proud of and sets up the next season.
However, as I've mentioned it tries to fit too much in and you can't pause for breath! You feel a natural attraction to the old stars and internally cheer when they appear while at the same time you feel the opposite towards the new. I remember being instantly attracted to the women of Southfork from Season 1 but I didn't get the same feeling from Anne, Elena or Rebecca. They are all pretty bland. I don't know why they used Lucy or Ray. They both appear at Southfork parties far too briefly and Lucy does get a role in another episode but they are unforgivably under-used; perhaps a victim of the short run. I also noticed that half-way through this season you suddenly get more recognisable shots of Southfork; the wooden clad study, the driveway, the pool and the yellow and white striped awnings. The other rooms in the house seem far too weird and you can't get your bearings. Perhaps a decision was made half-way through to shoot more recognisable surroundings, I don't know.
For Dallas to continue after the next season it needs to change. It needs to have more storylines, less doom and gloom, Cliff to come out of the shadows, and Ray and Lucy to be given a proper role, if they are used at all!
The DVD itself includes some great extras, showing respect for the old show and featuring the new!