JRoss/Pamela needs to be endgame material IMO. Have them do everything in their power to avoid their feelings, while still being drawn to each other like magnets. Business can get in the way. Family can be against them. They can even admit out loud that they should never be together whatsoever. But, it will be more fulfilling for the audience if they eventually do what JRoss suggested in front of the courthouse - forget who their parents are and just do what they want.
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...Also, Cynthia Cidre can't be criticized for not doing research. The entire writing staff KNOWS the DALLAS history backwards, forwards & sideways. In a soap opera, however, it isn't logic or reason that drives character development. It's emotional punch. Seeing Cliff become what he hated in order to win against the Ewings would be something worth exploring. Maybe we will in time. Unfortunately, I think Ken Kercheval's health issues limit his on-screen appearances to do that in depth. Point is, Cliff is Digger's son. Digger's raging hatred toward the Ewings left him an alcoholic who abandoned his family. Cliff basically became the image of his dad minus the booze - a megalomaniac who abandoned his family in pursuit of power & revenge. It makes sense to me because he's just repeating the history of DALLAS. Once Cliff got a taste of power & success, he became addicted to it and left what really mattered behind, namely Christopher & daughter Pamela.
IIRC, the end of the original DALLAS had Bobby & Cliff reaching a truce of sorts. Cliff even visited the ranch to visit Christopher on a regular basis. It's true that the show might benefit from a more balanced depiction of the two families. But, there aren't very many members of the Barnes clan left compared to the Ewings. I agree w/Kelly that it was Pam who was able to mellow Cliff's more selfish tendencies. Without her influence, and so close to taking all the Ewing material wealth, it's realistic IMO that he would become the shriveled amoral Gollum-like troll depicted onscreen...
CONTINUED FROM BELOW...How ironic would it be if Bobby opposed a JRoss-Pamela relationship, just as Jock did to him & Pam all those years ago? Compared with the Rylands, however, the Ewings' troubles look fairly tame. The Rylands are a twisted morass of emotional & psychological terror with a dollop of substance abuse to keep everyone in line. I'm still not sure who is playing who in that family, and have come to believe that Emma's kidnapping was a blessing in disguise for Ann. It released her from this crazy family. No one does crazy like Judith Light though, and I hope she comes back to bring her boy DOWN. At first, I thought Emma was this series' version of Lucy. But, the girl has serious issues and I hope Ann finds out about them soon. Kind of scared for both Drew *and* JRoss. Bottom line: Bobby needs to release his inner Jock, start growling more, and release some of those Ewing/Southworth genes that got them the ranch in the first place.
DALLAS just winds the screws tighter & tighter with each episode and is Not. Letting. Up! Great stuff! J.R.'s death was tough. But, in terms of character development for Sue Ellen and Bobby, it's a gold mine. LOVE Angry Sue Ellen! Girl, I've missed you. You tear it up, honey, just like you used to when fighting J.R. And, Bobby...he has me thinking about Jock lately with that full head of graying hair. I like how the series is circling back to the original, with a Ewing patriarch battling for both his land and his oil with two bickering sons at his side. JRoss & Christopher are the closest thing each has to a brother even via blood (through Sue Ellen). I didn't mind Pamela #2 suffer from a miscarriage, because it mirrored the events in the first series with Bobby & Pam's miscarriage. If they're going to try for a clean slate so JRoss & Pamela can become the new series' more jaded versions of Romeo & Juliet, go for it! How ironic would it be if Bobby opposed a JRoss-Pamela relationship, just as Jock did to him & Pam all those years ago?
See I liked the MOTW (Mystery of the Week). Thought it was a clever spin on the Rumplestiltskin tale, how people hide their identities/motivations/true natures and the foreshadowing of what happens when you can't hide in the shadows anymore (like basically the entire cast did during season 1). Names are important in GRIMM. They denote origin, identity, power, & purpose. Renard's discovery of the list of names parallels how the main characters are becoming more aware of each other's purpose and abilities in this chess game. They're having more scenes together, bantering, & relationships are gelling - while they may not trust each other completely, it's not making them weaker. Excellent episode IMO.
Good episode wrt Nick & the entire team interacting. But, as far as the WOTW (Wesen of the Week), it's clear the writers just wanted to do something disgusting and didn't really think it out very well. How many South Africans emigrate within a week to Portland and don't end up leaving a trail of parasites along the way? SERIOUSLY? Were his headaches ever addressed? And, surely there would have been high media coverage of such a sickening trail of attacks in South Africa leaving victims *without eyes.* IMO, there would have been an int'l hunt for such an attacker long before he showed up on U.S. soil & Grimms in Africa should have taken care of him long ago.
I would have been more impressed with this episode if the case had actually been solved. Yet, the audience was left with the very same question that we had at the beginning - WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WIFE? We know what happened to the subway victim and the motive for the crime - she was a red herring. Still, as far as I could see - no body for the wife, no physical evidence linking the husband to anything other than his wife's email account. And, you know what...some spouses may actually do a lot with each other's accounts. So, it's not really a slam dunk there. Yes, the Watson character stuff was good; and Sherlock is a really good mentor. But, the crime of the week was not solved well IMO.
@tjharrison - How much life experience do you have, tj? There are plenty of women who can afford an escort for hire, especially in NYC. If Brody isn't gay, what makes you think he would want to make money on the side servicing men? He would do what he's best at - dancing with the ladies, and charming the pants/dresses off them.
@Roseanne - Once characters receive their Happy Ending, they are shelved for storytelling purposes. Witness Hansel & Gretel (found dad), Cinderella (married her prince), Jefferson/Mad Hatter (reunited with his daughter), Pinocchio & Geppetto, etc. In Storybrooke, Kathryn's last scene was meeting the gym teacher/Frederick in the school hallway while looking for Mary Margaret. I took that to mean that they were on their way to their Happy Ending. Hook was much better incorporated into the series that Aurora & Mulan, IMO. Those two are still wandering around the Enchanted Forest looking for Philip. Their actions don't impact Storybrooke at all. Once Snow & Emma left that place, we didn't really care about what happened to them. I hope it's a lesson to the writers that you just can't throw anyone into the series because the fans want them. There needs to a good reason & motivation for every character to be present. The whole Owen/Tamara/Neal mystery better be worth it.
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