Loved the homage to Star Wars at the very end. JR reminded me so much of the Emperor after he convinced Anikin Skywalker to go to the dark side of the force! Dark, shadow over his face (from the hat) and grinning like the Cheshire Cat!
Of course it will be interesting to see who young Rebecca's mother is!
The one issue I had with Christopher was how quickly he turned on John Ross after John Ross admitted guilt. Seemed way overacted. Christopher had already forgiven John Ross and knew he was guilty, so why the sudden turn? I guess they needed motivation for Christopeher and Elena to get together and cause the final slide of John Ross to the Dark Side of the Ewing Farce.
On the other hand, with today's electronic editing and all those seasons of the original show, it would be somewhat easy to "make" JR say anything you wanted him to and always have the character offscreen or on the phone. But, to me, that's cheese. I really would rather see a cliffhanger and a whole 3rd season to resolve it.
1) Die by conspiracy
2) A mistake made by a family member
3) A simple old age problem like a heart attack.
4) Embrace the reality and say it was cancer.
I would go with 4 and class. The soap operate can come with the will and Sue Ellen taking over.
RIP Larry. You'll be missed.
I hope the writers handle this with class and don't prolong it with some manufactured storyline or cliffhanger. The writers on the old Dallas kind of did that when Jim Davis died -- they didn't address it right away, just kept him off-screen, and then had him lost in a helicopter crash. Then they had this search storyline that fell flat because, of course, we all knew Jim Davis had died and wouldn't be found.
If they did a "Who killed JR?" storyline, the only likely suspect at this point would be Cliff. JR had been out of the game for so long that his previous enemies are either long gone or let go whatever animosity they had toward him. And he wasn't back in the game long enough to make any new enemies.
If you missed it the replay is Friday. If you have Verizon FiOS it's whenever you're ready via VOD in the TNT folder.
I'll say more later as I'm not into the whole spoiler thing.
Catch the replay on Friday or when it's available on VOD. Really!
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Never seen John Ross flustered like that, given the situation.
Of course, what happened after, oy!
It's a shame Pamela needed drugs to get there, that would have been a nice storyline.
I kind of wonder if the Pamela moment had more to it than what we saw. IE was the whole ecstasy(???) simply a device to get him to realize the stupidity of his ways.
EDIT: The link doesn't want to work for me, so here's the text of it from the HOTP thread.
‘Dallas’ Reboot Canceled by TNT
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - Oct. 3, 2014
Southfork is closed for business.
TNT has canceled its reboot of the classic series “Dallas” after three seasons, a TNT spokesperson told TheWrap on Friday.
“TNT has decided not to renew ‘Dallas.’ We are extremely proud of the series, which defied expectations by standing as a worthy continuation of the Ewing saga,” the spokesperson said. “We want to thank everyone involved with the show, from the extraordinary cast to the impeccable production team, led by the show's creative forces, Cynthia Cidre and Mike Robin. We especially want to thank the people of Dallas for their warm and generous hospitality during the production of the series.”
The series wrapped its third season with a finale that saw the death of Christopher Ewing (played by Jesse Metcalfe) last week. Despite the shocker of a finale, the episode landed disappointing ratings, drawing just 1.7 million total viewers — down from the 2 million it had been averaging during the season.
Such was not always the case. The reboot — which paired newcomers such as Metcalfe and Jordana Brewster with original series cast members including Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray (as well as Larry Hagman, who died in 2012) racked up 6.9 million total viewers with its 2012 premiere.
The writing, however, had been on the wall in recent weeks. Prior to the Sept. 22 finale, cast members engaged in a Twitter rally urging fans to watch, with Duffy in particular indicating that the show's fate hung in the balance.
“Thinking about tonight! Big EP for us tonight. May decide a season 4 Thank you all for being there!” Duffy wrote.
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They could have focused more on the Ryland's, I really got into Judith Light's evil mama routine. Would have like to see John Ross team up with her and learn how to be even more underhanded and wicked. That would have been worth another season. Really don't care about killing off Christopher, he morphed into a one note character, not sure if it was the writing or the actor. In the end I think it was the writing that did the show in, but I would have liked even an abbreviated season to wrap stuff up. I think TNT also had a hand in killing the show with the scheduling, it worked much better as a winter show and putting the final up against such strong competition was a death move.
I don’t read the “twitterverse” and all the attendant crap….
But right before the season – now series – finale, TNT announced – like it was an f’n WWE event –
“TNT next, this season finale is bigger in Texas…. And it’s coming up next….
ONE… EWING… WILL… DIE!!!!!”
And in case you tuned in late and missed that promo, there was the recurrent superimposed chyron that said “<TNT-logo> #WhichEwingDies ”…
Good bleeping grief!!!!!
If that’s how you promote your season finale, you deserve low ratings…
Even if there had been a fourth season, I would have waited for it to show up on Netflix…
From “Who Shot JR?” to “#WhichEwingDies ”…
Not an improvement…
No social media or Internet to spoil it. People talked about it for months. And a writers strike and protracted salary negotiations with Larry Hagman cast a pall over when the reveal episode would air.
When it did air, it was TV's highest rated program ever (for that time, since then exceeded). FYI, it was Kristin Shepard who shot him.
Even David Brinkley, then with NBC, got into it. He had a program opposite Dallas (and clearly got clobbered in the ratings). At the very end of his program, he gave the ending away.
There's even a Wikipedia page dedicated to it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_shot_J.R.%3F
TV hasn't been the same since.