I'm more intrigued by what I saw in the first two episodes premiered this evening. SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE SECOND SEASON: First off, the lighting is a bit better, so it's not as harsh, particularly on the older cast members. Linda Gray in particular benefits from the greater attention going into this area. Secondly, the storylines they are running are happily continuing where they left off in the first season. There is some very interesting material coming to light about Ann (Brenda Strong) and her past. The fact that they've added Mitch Pileggi on as a regular as well as Emma Bell means that they intend to spend some time dealing with exactly who Ann was when she had her daughter and why the daughter was taken away. If you ask me, I believe they are setting up Ann as a parallel to Sue Ellen - as a woman with substance abuse problems and an abusive husband. The scene we saw with Judith Light (who will recur many more times) stopped just short of saying that these people rescued the daughter from Ann because she was either an alcoholic or a junkie. We will definitely see more of this matter in the coming shows. It's nice to see that they were able to spotlight J.R. in a good way before Hagman passed. His scenes with the state attorney and with young Pamela were classic moments. In both of those cases, he made clear where he stood with a minimum of fuss. For the record, the original Pam was mentioned at two key moments - once when Pamela revealed herself to Bobby and Christopher and established herself as Afton's daughter. (And I understand that Audrey Landers will also appear this year, as would be appropriate.) The more interesting moment came when J.R. stopped short of threatening her - specifically noting that she was the second Pamela to "fox her way into the henhouse", that he'd already taken care of one and was planning to be two for two in the score. I don't believe this means he had anything to do with her demise - that would be too far for J.R. particularly where it involved his brother's wife. But it does mean he's proud he flushed her out and that from his point of view, he drove her away. There's another interesting side note when J.R. and John Ross are talking in the office, and J.R. asks to confirm that he's still getting his share of the company when the shenanigans are done. John Ross' answer indicates that had Hagman not passed, a storyline would have concerned the fact that John Ross has no intention of sharing anything with his father. Josh Henderson is starting to fill into his role, particularly as he gets better at manipulating everyone around him. The one major aspect he's missing is the grin after doing bad. Give him time, and I bet he picks that up too. Still not thinking we will ever see the original Pam on this series, but I agree that the fate of her character will likely be discussed. This is the kind of thing that would be known by Cliff and his daughter, even if Bobby is unaware of the final part of it. I expect that the likely result will be to discuss that she had passed away twenty years ago, but we'll have to see what happens when it's finally brought up.
"Dallas" was and still is almost always intriguing
in each episode...that's why it's always been and still is so popular--you're never bored.
Obvioiusly they would continue with the same storylines from the first season...otherwise it wouldn't make sense. It will be very interesting to see what they do with Ann's past concerning this new mysterious "lost" daughter that's turned up. As for Judith Light...anyone who's read up and/or kept up with what was going to happen in 2nd season knew she was coming. She's a very good actress...however, I'm having a little trouble accepting that she's Harris Ryland's mother
?? :eek: She looks the same age as Harris...and in reality there's only a couple years difference in ages of the actors themselves. Don't know if she's supposed to be the "evil step-mother"...or his bio-mom? But, despite the fact that Judith can play a superb villianess...the age thing with the mother-n-son scenario is a little odd.
I think the lighting is perfectly fine with both seasons so far...and don't really notice any difference between first season and last night's premiere episodes. I've never found that the "original's" looked bad in any of the episodes...and with that being said I think for 72 years old Linda Gray (Sue Ellen) looks superb!
I actually think that Linda Gray looks better now
than she did the last few seasons of the original "Dallas"! I too liked how they have spotlighted J.R. so far in season 2. Cynthia Cidre stated in an interview that they knew Hagman was not well at all and they didn't know how long they'd "have" him...so they took it as easy with him as possible--but also wanted to optimize his character while they did still have him--to let him shine as much as possible. I look forward to the rest of his episodes and hope we get as much J.R. as we can before we say farewell! :tu: Obviously John Ross will begin to fill his father's shoes...even more so after J.R.'s death. That only makes sense and is the "right" thing to do. The J.R. smile would be nice...but in a way I hope John Ross developes his own...the same idea but not trying to copy J.R. exactly. For the record
...I didn't say that last night's episode would reveal anything about the original Pam. The article I read and posted before above, stated that sometime this 2nd season
it would be revealed what happened to Pam, and that J.R. has known it all along. I never said that I think J.R. killed her or had anything to do with her demise (if she's dead
...and in my opinion that would be somewhat ridiculous if supposedly J.R. had killed her)....but if they do have her supposedly dead from years ago, maybe they'll have it that J.R. knew it but kept it from Bobby. The article had a humorous end-note stating that maybe we'll see Pam suddenly make an appearance and she's holding the smoking gun...in other words she showed up to kill J.R. I don't think that will happen (and I think the article was kidding to be funny)...however, that would
be a superb shocker that no one would really see coming if they actually did do that.
The original Pam was mentioned at appropriate places in last night's episodes, considering who Pamela Rebecca really is. I have no idea how they wll explain what really happened to Pam...but most likely they will have her supposedly dead. That will "suck" and most true or die-hard "Dallas" fans will not like that (including myself)...but at least there will be closure and she won't be "out there" somewhere open-ended. MORE SPOILERS: I had read that Afton may or may not make an appearance in season 2...after last night's episodes I would gather that she probably will. Maybe at J.R.'s funeral?? However, other "originals" that will make surprise appearances (besides Gary and Val) are Cally Harper (J.R.'s 2nd wife) and Mandy Winger...his mistress for many seasons in the original show. They are supposed to show at the funeral and cause Sue Ellen grief...I can't wait!!
For whatever reason Sly will not be making an appearance...although originally they did have her coming on this new show, but that was changed?? :confused: That's one thing I'm not liking...even over Mandy Winger, Sly should be there...but oh well. You can't have everyone I guess.
I'm loving what I see in store for season 2 and can't wait for each episode to unfold!! As J.R. said...it's gonna be a masterpiece!