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There were plenty of times on the original DALLAS when Sue Ellen & JR also hated each other with the fires of a thousand suns. There weren't married for several consecutive seasons. But, just because they weren't together romantically didn't mean they were lacking in stories. It's the way the characters are written *independently* that matter in the long run. Sue Ellen would not even be in this version of DALLAS now if it weren't for the fact that the old DALLAS writers made her a formidable, powerful businesswoman on her own. Pamela & John Ross are just replaying their old tune. IMO, it's fun to see history replay itself. And, frankly, the thought of J.R. & Sue Ellen being cute & cuddly makes me gag. That isn't what made people tune in back then. DALLAS got high ratings because fans loved to watch them *fight*; not make up. It was Bobby & Pamela that fans wanted to see together. Not J.R. & Sue Ellen. Fans LOVED IT when Sue Ellen handed J.R. his *ss. Emma has become a really interesting character. I'm impressed with how they managed to turn her from the 2-dimensional bad seed mistress into someone who could be a real power player for her generation. Pamela IMO is teetering on a fence. If she goes too far one way, she'll become that caricature of the "crazy Barnes," a la Cliff or Katherine Wentworth. It's ironic that she started off as the character with some depth & is now backtracking while Emma was pretty shallow & has become more fascinating to watch. The Barnes offspring do have a heavier addition to revenge than they ever did to alcohol though. So, she may just take her father's place on the show.

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Better than the finale of REVOLUTION. But, other than Big Jim's descent into lunacy, the rest of it was pretty lukewarm. I've watched this series since the beginning. Last night's finale felt like they are just throwing stuff at a wall to see what sticks in case of renewal. There is no clear plan to any of it. By that, I mean butterflies. They gave us BUTTERFLIES at the peak moment of a finale episode. And a dripping wet Melanie. I didn't know whether to laugh at her moist face, or cry in frustration. The reason Big Jim's arc plays the best out of every character is because it's straight out of the book. Not only does the actor know what is going on w/the character, but it feels like the writers have some kind of handle on where he is going. That isn't the case w/everyone else. Julia is EXACTLY the same as she has been since day one. It's good that she's a decent sort. But, there's no *journey* with her. She just IS. They've never told us WHY she is so special. Barbie was given a bit more of a story. And, Junior. But, the writers are dropping major plot points when they are no longer convenient. The egg was SO important for 1.75 seasons. But, since they have no more ideas on what to do w/it - let's literally drop it off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again. Ditto Lyle, Angie & Pauline. I think the only way they can save this series is if they turn it into "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Go full-tilt crazy, and have the Chester's Mill citizens make their way to a world at the center of the Earth that is trying to get out, via an egg-shaped dome. Have them basically say, "Hey, we're sorry. It was just an experiment to see if we could live on the surface. We had no idea anyone else was out there. Our bad!"

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A 20+ episode season is old-fashioned. This isn't network tv. It's cable, meaning budgets are smaller. Cable series today have 10-15 episodes. TNT's DALLAS has had 15 episodes each of the past 2 seasons. All indications are that it will be the same in season 4.

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GREAT season finale! DALLAS just leaves me breathless at times. They really push the envelope. But....grrrr....really hated Nicolas Trevino with a passion and I'm SO mad Elena didn't have better aim. How could he survive & get rid of Luis & El Pozolero after being such a whiny weasel? Furthermore, where did he get the money for that private jet? All of the cartel's assets were frozen & the Ewing's assets were bought back by Ewing Global. My wish for Season 4 - that Nicolas gets his *ss handed to him by his ex-wife. LOVE the new double-JR team - John Ross & Judith Ryland. They are a hoot. More, please! And, I never knew how much I counted on Southfork having at least one happy couple living there until Ann & Bobby had a rocky time. They need to be back in honeymoon phase next season & make their bid as this iteration's Ellie & Jock. Southfork needs a strong, stable couple to serve up barbeque & do daily horseback rides. There's great interview w/Cynthia Cidre @ the Entertainment Weekly website for those who want semi-spoilery info about next season.

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Under the Dome Review: Thank You, Jim

I agree about Pauline's painting ability! For an art teacher, her stuff is very underwhelming. They don't do a lot of special effects in this show on a weekly basis. So, you'd think they could have splurged on the art budget for this season. I find Big Jim to be the more interesting character, probably because the actor (Dean Norris) is able to convey that he has a heart under all that bluster. More than any other character, his love for his family is consistent. He takes all manner of insults from Junior & Pauline, & it's clear he would do anything for either of them. So, he isn't a stock villain IMO. The teens have gotten short shrift this year. All they do is run back & forth, between houses, the cafe & the tunnel, conveying messages. Their characters haven't really grown from Season 1. And, I could really do without Nori's perpetual scowl. There were some surprises in this episode. Looking forward to next week's finale!

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Dallas Review: A Legacy of Revenge

What a fantastic episode! Clearly, Cynthia Cidre & Company delight in putting the screws to everyone in this series. My guess for who is taking pictures is that it's a private detective hired by Nicolas' wife, Lucia, so she can get the upper hand in a divorce. I don't think the correct term to describe Pamela's action is "revenge." Her leaving Cliff in jail is IMO a matter of JUSTICE. It wasn't a mistake on Cliff's part that she was caught in the bombing. He knew she was there & ordered it anyway. She could have very well died & he was willing to kill his own daughter & grandchildren just to get back at the Ewings. This was when he was still free & the head of a multinational. So, yeah - justice; not revenge. Question: Who was the head of the cartel, the guy shown working on his tomatoes? Was that Carlos del Sol? The current cast list on IMDb is not complete. They don't even have Melinda Clarke listed. I hope it isn't him pulling the strings behind this entire puppet show.

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Under the Dome Review: Through the Red Door

If you've been paying attention to the timeline of the series, it hasn't even been 3 weeks since the dome encased Chester's Mill. That's why answers to major questions weren't answered until season 2. When Barbie is walking around Zenith for the first time, I think a radio broadcast announces it's been 18 days since the dome came down. The town had to get beyond survival mode to start concentrating on mysteries. I still can't believe the arc Junior has taken. As for Big Jim, there's a heart in there. Maybe he just needs Pauline for him to find it. It was uncharacteristic for him to cave so easily to the unnamed soldier about not rescuing the whole town. Jim would have told the outside to shove it, and that he'd give them the egg only if everyone inside got out. He's that confident and ballsy.

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Under the Dome Review: Out of the Dome

Barbie's father said that only one part outside the dome is a nuclear wasteland; not all of it. Barbie was already inside the dome & protected from the nuclear fallout when the military tried to destroy it.

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I thought the people that were being killed were already sick. Remembering those who were asking for Olympia in previous episodes, it was the people who were already infected. This part actually confused me - why are civilians in masks mingling with those who are sick? Those who were well (like the "war lords) should have been avoiding Olympia at all costs.

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Greatly enjoyed this season finale, even with the cheese. In last week's poll, my guess was that Grandpa Chandler would be able to save some of the family; not all. I also guessed right that a character actor like Bill Smitrovich wouldn't be cast unless they intended to use him for several episodes. He's too good for a one-off. Ditto Titus Welliver, who may finally get a more heroic role instead of a villainous one. My one beef with the finale is that the timeline is rather ridiculous. At one point, Granderson tells Rachel, "You've been gone so long." Er, no. The Nathan James was only gone for 4 months. Even if the time to return to the U.S. was stretched out, we're talking no more than 6-7 months to include all these latest adventures. Are you telling me it only took 6 months for the U.S. to devolve into Revolution? And, burning bodies for fuel? COME ON! If 3 billion people are dead, there has to be PLENTY of power available for those remaining. I understand cremating bodies because of the health risks of letting them decay in the streets. But, if the human body could actually provide energy, why aren't mortuaries joining up with power companies today & encouraging people to be cremated? Please ditch the weirdo science & stick closer to the human drama of trying to maintain a society without going all "Lord of the Flies." Summer 2015 seems too far away. I was hoping S2 might be here in January 2015. I HOPE "The Last Ship" does NOT go all "Revolution" on us, with the crew separated & roaming all over the Northwest. No, we need our gang back together. I would understand it taking a few episodes to reunite everyone. But, if they lose the Nathan James, that would really suck. I hope to see the following in S2: redemption for the scientist who got shot; an awesome lab for Rachel so she can manufacture the virus (maybe on a hospital ship?); more travelling to help survivors; meeting other remnants of surviving militaries so they can form a ragtag fleet of vessels; a baby...yeah, I basically want to see Battlestar Galactica Lite, on the ocean, with Tom & Rachel growing closer (but no triangle).