The Case For Season 10 Being The Most Destructive Season To The Dallas Series Ever

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  1. Maryann

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    The 4 most destructive of Season 10 to me was:

    The explanation of Bobby's "death" being Pam's dream.

    Pam's exit.

    Ray and Donna's divorce.

    Jenna being pregnant with Bobby's child.
     
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    Sometimes a character is so important that their absence changes the entire point of the show. I think the problem often is that they go for the stunt casting rather than someone who can continue the character in a consistent way.
     
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  3. Kenny Coyote

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    They had the right idea in the early years regarding their not recasting Jock. Sure, it was a massive loss for Dallas to lose Jim Davis but the way they handled it was very classy. Recasting Jock would have been disrespectful to Jim Davis and the fans wouldn't have accepted anyone else as Jock anyway - just as they didn't accept Donna Reed's Miss Ellie. Instead of recasting Jock they had Miss Ellie remarry and I believe that Howard Keel did as well as anybody could have possibly hoped as Miss Ellie's new husband.
     
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    Casting Howard Keel as Clayton was a stroke of genius. This man was a giant in his early career and thanks to Dallas it resurrected it. That aside unlike comments on another website (youtube) I never had issues with the character of Clayton marrying Miss Ellie. The pairing was never rushed and gave Barbara Bel and Howard some great stories involving her mastectomy. Clayton was also a thorn in JR's side, all the better for entertainment viewing.
     
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    Its true though, but I could've handled her departure had TPTB with more care and precision.
     
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    I think the writers/producers figured fans would accept Bobby’s return any way they saw fit because the fans were just so happy he was coming back, they didn’t care how.

    So Bobby’s back. That meant undoing everything that happened in season 9. I was enjoying the reigniting of JR and Sue Ellen’s relationship. They were the closest they’d ever been, more in love than they’d ever been. Then all of a sudden season 10 opens with JR back with Mandy and he and Sue Ellen hating each other again.

    Ray and Donna were so happy to adopt Tony in season 9. I was enjoying their happiness. Then in season 10, Tony was erased from existence, and Ray and Donna divorce.

    That whole Ray/Jenna thing was a joke, as if the writers didn’t know who else to throw them together with. Lack of options. Those two had zero chemistry. I would have loved it if Jenna packed up and left town. I couldn’t stand her anyway.

    The Ray/Donna breakup was heartbreaking. Throughout Donna’s tenure, her character was all about fighting for Ray. She loved him so much. Then in the end, she suddenly threw him away and she was pregnant with his child too! Didn’t make sense.

    I was pissed at Miss Ellie when she took down Jock’s portrait and then gave Southfork to Clayton. I didn’t blame JR and Bobby for being upset about that. She used to be upset about Ray Krebbs, who didn’t have s drop of Southworth blood, running the ranch instead of Gary. Now this? Didn’t make sense.

    Not only did they leave Pam in limbo, they wrapped her up like a mummy, and we were supposed to believe she wrote a note to Bobby (did she hold the pen between her teeth?) and then abandoned Christopher, something she swore she would never do after her own mother abandoned her! Ugh.
     
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    I agree with your opinion about the post-dream season. It actually was a trainwreck but everybody seemed to be in such an awe for seeing the Duffster again that they swallowed everything.

    About Mummy Pam, can you imagine the reaction if, instead of that "I Love You Both", the mummy had written the text below...?
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    :omg:

     
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    Oh, no. The appeal of the post-dream season didn't have much to do with Duffy returning -- although I was alright with it had they not used such a silly explanation for why he was back.

    The post-dream season, including the Wes Parmalee plotline, was essentially the essence of what DALLAS was about and its ephemeral mythology. And it was the one year which did the best job of balancing self-satirization and legit character drama.

    And that's not easy to do: haunting melodrama on flickering, blurry, cheapy semi-videotape. @garry says Warners still has the 35mm film pieces, and I agree it's the one season from the show's final years I'd like to see re-struck using those old film elements.
     
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    Rather than go back one year season 10 should have gone forward 3 years or so. Then slowly use flashbacks to explain Bobby being alive. After Pam found Bobby in the shower, they could show her waking up again, finding Bobby alive having been the dream. And reveal that Pam has had many such dreams, and continues to, despite her relationship with Mark. Then bring Bobby back somehow whereupon Pam would have to choose between Bobby and Mark, with Mark realising he can't compete and walk away. Ray and Donna and Tony could have had 3 happy years, before breaking apart more naturally. With JR and Sue Ellen I can't think of anything.

    But the 80's didn't do things like that.
     
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