I agree. “I feel as if I were standing at the edge of my life, looking back at all the wonderful things that aren’t there anymore." It's a very poignant scene, all the more so for being so unexpected.
The music's nice in 'Family Ewing', but distractingly Spanish.
I don't think it's just Ellie. I think it's the whole of that season opening episode. Only an hour or two have passed since the events of 'Swan Song', yet it feels more like days or even longer. There's a lack of raw emotion, of anguish and amazement at what has just happened. Sue Ellen doesn't even ask how Bobby died. This is TV movie grief: it doesn't transcend the soap genre the way key moments in 'Swan Song' did or the way KNOTS LANDING habitually did when portraying extreme emotions. Pam's hysteria comes closest to cutting through the gloss, but there's still something muted about it. There's nothing wrong with Victoria Principal's performance exactly, but somehow the immediacy of the pain she conveyed in 'Swan Song' isn't there. It's hard not to notice, too, given all that Pam has been through that day, that her makeup is too perfect and her outfit too immaculately white.
Miss Ellie has that scene with Clayton by Bobby's tree house where she fondly, smilingly reminisces about her sons growing up. It's a lovely scene, but you don't get the sense this is a mother whose son was murdered less than twenty-four hours earlier. I understand that grief takes many forms, but where's the rage, the shock, the sheer disbelief? When Gary finally breaks down over Bobby's death on KNOTS a few weeks later, he seems truly devastated in a way that none of the Dallas Ewings quite do.
Yes totally, you are so right, it wasn't just Ellie. I agree with you about all of them, even Pam. She was hysterical but somehow they way they did it, it wasn't her moment. I think it was because she was on the bed, she wasn't the focus. It felt like Pam is sad, next.
I always find it weird as well that Miss Ellie calmly asked Pam the day before the funeral why Bobby was at her house.
I was thinking I would have asked on the night of his death at the hospital. That Miss Ellie and all of them would have questions.
There was more emotion when some barrels fell on Jamie.
I get it's soap opera and they want to move on quickly, but within all of this it wasn't quick.
Some kind of shock like with Karen when Sid died would have been good. Just something.