I've heard the suggestion thrown around a few times but couldn't find a specific thread discussing the idea. I'm in the middle of a rewatch and skipped from Swan Song to Return to Camelot (and through the season) just to see how it flows as in previous rewatches I've found the transition from dream to reality quite jarring and difficult to remember where everyone was at in their lives after an entire season of development (off the top of my head Jamie and Cliff's relationship status as well as JR and Sue Ellen's dislike after being happy at the end of the dream). I was pleasantly surprised by how it did flow with the writers having to scrap a whole season and carry on with year old plots, but watching on DVD the transition was still a bit jarring, mostly visually but also in story development. Firstly, season 8 is reasonable picture quality on the DVD, it's not amazingly noticeable when you're watching it but it is when you flip to season 10 immediately afterwards and the picture has that fuzzy tape quality rather than film it takes some time to adjust your eyes. Secondly, the fashion seems to have moved a bit further forward into the strange over the missing year, which skipping that year is also noticeable. Thirdly, where there had rarely been any mention of foreign oil issues in season 8, season 10 opens up talking as if it's not a brand new thing they're discussing which is interesting. Honourable mention goes to the fact that when someone talks to Miss Ellie, they're talking to BBG, not DR. On the down side, the plots they decided to ignore are still on your mind, namely the Mark Graison story and the Bobby/Pam/Jenna/Katherine(?) story. In season 8 the search for Mark Graison is left on a cliffhanger with the man in the Hong Kong clinic on the phone to someone (not JR? Mark?). The cliffhanger is resolved in the dream but as it is a dream and they don't return to that story in season 10, we never get any resolution about what happened to Mark. The Jenna framed for murder and woman throwing her drink at the TV thing which is revealed to be Katherine's doing at the end of season 8, but since the dream starts with Bobby and Pam waking up the morning Katherine hits Bobby with her car and is never returned to in season 10, the plot is left unresolved. We are to assume it was Katherine seeing as Katherine shot Bobby, Katherine was plotting against Jenna with Naldo, Katherine drunkenly confessed her feelings to Bobby and was rejected by him etc. but there is no definitive end to that plot. I know Katherine returns briefly in season 11 but even that isn't a resolution for the tangled web of season 8 storylines. Dusty reappears at the Ewing Oil party at the end of season 8 and Sue Ellen asks Clayton to arrange a meeting for her, which he does and this occurs on the morning Bobby dies, which is all a dream. Pam wakes up in season 10 and Dusty is nowhere to be found again despite the fact that the foundation for a short return was laid. Sue Ellen also stops drinking much faster in season 10 than she does in the dream, so it feels much less significant but it's also sort of nice because I'm really not fond of the drunk storyline in the dream. Finally, some of the set changes from the dream remain, which isn't awful but does remind you there isn't a seamless transition from season 8 to season 10. Oh, and the Mandy/JR affair feels less eventful when you skip the dream season even though they're together before and after the dream. That could just be how I perceived things this time though. I intend to go back and rewatch the dream season at some point in this rewatch but I might keep it for the end, after the really lacklustre seasons come to a close.