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RAMPANT BACKSTABBING ENTERTAININGLY REVIVED
on 1 March 2015
Twenty years on, here is glossy hokum in abundance as the iconic series returns - stalwarts joined by glamorous young newcomers.
At first come the shocks. Can a rare cancer mean Bobby is just days from death? Surely JR cannot be senile in a home? Never fear. As ever, we are being teased - brothers soon again at loggerheads over proposed oil drilling at Southfork, Larry Hagman's JR on form with every dirty trick in the book. Sons Christopher and John Ross will also be locked in combat (scriptwriters ensuring both will be without shirts as often as possible).
Yes, it is full-bloodedly back to doubledealing, secret agendas, inevitable treachery from the latest beautiful hair-swishing lovers, even a killing or two. Meanwhile Sue Ellen (now teetotal) runs for governor and old Ewing enemy Cliff Barnes determines to cause maximum mayhem.
10 episodes full of twists and turns. Interesting bonuses tell how the series was updated, skilfully incorporating the old and the new.
Perhaps best appreciated by fans of the original, they still experiencing a tingle on hearing that signature tune. The DVD box set is the best way to view - episodes not separated by a week, then divided by adverts into segments, but with far greater impact when seen in quick succession.
Sit back and enjoy. Never was "Dallas" meant to be taken seriously. It is glorious escapism and remains great fun.