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I completed a rewatch a year or so ago. I enjoyed the later seasons more than I remembered. I thought things were taken more light heartedly that earlier seasons, like the second time JR was shot was treated as a joke.

I tried to imagine some of the storylines in earlier seasons, such as the range war. I think with a little tweaking, it would have worked well in earlier seasons, even though everyone seemed to think it was ridiculous when it first aired.
 

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I tried to imagine some of the storylines in earlier seasons, such as the range war. I think with a little tweaking, it would have worked well in earlier seasons, even though everyone seemed to think it was ridiculous when it first aired.
The range war is one storyline that shows the few GOOD parts of the later seasons. In the early seasons, we were able to look over J.R.'s shoulder and we were part of the scheme. It was great fun. In the last few seasons, the writers decided to keep us in the dark, so we were scammed along with the other characters. This made the reveal a lot of fun, and the best example was in the range wars storyline.

*** If you don't remember the reveal at the end of range wars, then don't read this because I want to keep it a surprise for you***

In the range wars, we watch as Jeremy Wendell uses Carter Mckay to get section 40 from the Ewings. We watch the build up over several episodes as the Ewings lose section 40. It was sad for us as an audience to watch Miss Ellie sign over the land to Mckay, with J.R. and Bobby looking on, seeming very defeated. Even Harv Smithfield is there, showing us how serious it is to lose section 40 to Wendell.

And then the payoff! Jeremy Wendell looks over the papers showing his purchase of Section 40. "What is this? You didn't buy Section 40. You bought a section of worthless range land."

And we see a smile move across Mckay's face as he lets us in on the reveal.
 

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And the open hostility towards Jack, suddenly. It's like "Okay 'new' Bobby, now the real Bobby is back, so you can piss off!".
They clearly pulled a Donna Reed on poor Dack Rambo (known by a certain fan as "Ramboski")... He wasn´t Bobby, so he had to leave. I´m sure he would have had good dynamics with Ray and Clayton in ranch affaires, and even with Bobby and JR at Ewing Oil (much better than with Cliff when he became a partner!).

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Voilà Reed & Rambo toasting to their (dark)
future in/on "Dallas". Though Donna probably
knew (or felt) already she was being axed!​
 

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I really didn’t care for the range war. It just didn’t hold my interest. It felt like I was watching an entirely show. Didn’t feel like Dallas to me.
I understand. I think I’ve even made a similar comment before. I think, however, if it had been used in earlier seasons with the earlier style of writing, I think it could have worked.
 

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I was thinking maybe as a self contained episode? I can see that working in the first season, or maybe over the course of a couple of shows. The way they did it later on just made it seem like it was dragging on forever to me.
 

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I really didn’t care for the range war. It just didn’t hold my interest. It felt like I was watching an entirely show. Didn’t feel like Dallas to me.
I understand. I think I’ve even made a similar comment before. I think, however, if it had been used in earlier seasons with the earlier style of writing, I think it could have worked.
I was thinking maybe as a self contained episode? I can see that working in the first season, or maybe over the course of a couple of shows. The way they did it later on just made it seem like it was dragging on forever to me.

That was a popular thing back in the 1970's and 1980's. They would have a self-contained movie of the week, which was usually two hours long. For example, it could be:
"Tune in on Friday night for Dallas: The Range War." As they show the more exciting scenes for the upcoming special.

It was a fun way for the writers to explore new storylines and try new things. Could have worked well for the Range Wars storyline.
 
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I'm close to 'that damn Barnes woman' remarrying Bobby and I can't believe how dull and convoluted this season is. They had BBG back, Patrick and still, the show is listless, meandering.
Shame on every last one of their filthy TV souls for not accepting and dealing with Pams exit proper like. As stated many times before, a recast after being burned would have been the best route. Victoria was dead set on leaving and she meant it. The show was buggered good by bringing Patrick back in such a stupid manner. At that point, a simple recast would have worked out fine and given Patrick something to do. Just think of all the 'Pam is like toast ' remarks from JR?
They had ample time to prepare and did nothing but write that damn stupid mummy storyline.
 
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