I had a vague memory of the old Dallas' fame but the image of a villain J.R. (like the iconic hats of Dynasty's brunette she-devil) somehow stayed with me over time, so when this new series arrived I was curious to give it a try (also knowing some of the new actors), even if I can't clearly have a deep opinion about the continuity-factor & how faithfully the old plot developed into the new 1, but I can say that the core legacy of the big picture survived...& overall I've liked it, both the old & new group.
As the writers told in the dvds' interview you won't find anything groundbreaking here, but a good classic storytelling, & it's also played well by the cast, not as a bad soap-opera (Larry Hagman in great form in primis, also thanks to his funny naughty lines!): every episode closes with a cliffhanger & even if there are just 10 of them there's evolution for those characters (nobody is just black & white). Anyway they've left something bombastic for the finale, preparing for more to come next. Besides, nice touch using songs of Johnny Cash to set the mood for the key-moments!
The (authentic this time arund) landscape & setting is beautifully shot with a modern set of cameras (again, not only close-ups like soaps used to do), plus there is some guest star from the old show too as a gift for the fans, & probably we'll see more than that in the next season, due to the success of this experiment (in short not a reboot but a continuity with a new generation from the previous Dallas). Even if you didn't know the original 1, if you like something "Gossip Girl's style", you could enjoy this as well.
"Blood is thicker than water. And oil is thicker than blood": the motto gives you an idea about what you should expect from the series...PS_It's so sad to hear that Larry Hagman has just passed away. Dallas won't be the same without this icon, RIP.