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What if JR had not died

Discussion in 'Dallas TNT' started by Elizabeth Ewins, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. lbf522

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    I agree. Look at the numerous times Sue Ellen turned on Bobby and sided with JR and still Bobby was always there for her.
     
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    What was Cidre's fascination with Mexico? Drug cartels, mafia storylines have been done to death on Soaps. Grrrrr! That whole experience was a real turn off for me.
     
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  3. lbf522

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    I agree Rove. Cidre's obsession with Mexico bothered me as well. If she wanted to write a Mexican drama fine then she should have but not destroy Dallas.
     
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    I think they handled J.R.'s death as best they could. And it was the right choice to kill the character, and resolve it by the end of season 2. I don't think trying to drag it out longer would have worked. The problem is what came after that. Season 3 should have been a real fresh start of the series. As even David Jacob said at the time, that's when the younger cast should have stepped up, and been the focus, getting back to the John Ross vs Christopher as business rivals premise that was initially promised. Instead it got off-track with all the drug cartel stuff.
     
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    Given the circumstances they found themselves, the writers did a bravura job of re-plotting the rest of that Season. I recalled at the time in a rather bittersweet way that one of the more outlandish theories during the original ‘Who Shot JR?’ phenomenon was that JR had paid Harry McSween to pump him full of lead so he could frame one of his enemies.
     
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    If JR had not died, he would be with Sue Ellen.

    Linda told the story of how one of the last ever scripts before Larry died had 'JR and Sue Ellen going into the bedroom, and closing the door...' :BL:

    My heart.:kiss:
     
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    I agree. I think, if the writers had failed to acknowledge Larry's death on the show, it would have felt disrespectful and we wouldn't have been blessed with the fabulous 'I'm a bit drunk now' performance from Linda at the funeral.
     
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    What was going to happen behind that door? :think:
     
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    :rolleyes::kiss:
     
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    Well I think the idea was to leave that up to the viewers imagination. But it was implied that JR/SE were about to get back together and since we can't have "older people" kissing on TV :re: it would have been filmed in a way to get around that. Seriously though I think most fans would have welcomed a JR/SE kissing scene. In fact I think cutting out the one that was filmed for the BBQ was a big mistake.
     
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    I agree that they were handed a very tough deck of cards, and they did play them as much as possible. But the next generation was the reason why a Dallas continuation made sense 21 years after the end of the original, because they had set it up with the cousins/sons of the two rival brothers--it was also why a Dynasty continuation could not have happened after all these years, hence the reboot.
     
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    Only for one of those cousins/sons to be blown up in an attempt by Cidre to get her continuation..except it blew up in her face and now after 40 years of investment this is what Dallas fans are left with :mad:
     
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    Somebody could ignore all of season 3 like Cidre ignored the Dallas movies. It is just an issue of whether Warner has any interest to resurrect the Dallas brand.
     
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    Better yet they could ignore seasons 1,2, and 3 of the cider project.
     
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    I don't even remember. It's had to have been over a decade though.
    It's what I do. TNT Dallas was set in an alternate Universe.
     
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    Most "What ifs" are academic but this one is even more so. Surely no-one would have countenanced recasting the role of JR, especially after Larry Hagman's death.

    It would have been a mockery if they had even considered.

    Swami
     
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    I agree with this. They should have taken there time. I think they could have used the shooting to set things up - JR dying of stage 4 cancer (only God can take him out) sets up a plan to push John Ross into being a “man” and taking Ewing Oil, Ewing Energies, Barns Global, West Star, Southfork, Ryland Shipping and all of “Dallas.” Behind the scences he’s dying and Bum and Carlos carry out his wishes while Sue Ellen cares for him in his final days. It could have been touching instead of a crime drama.
     
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    The original writers did it with Jock - legtbus waiting for a very long time after the actor died.
     
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    Good point regarding “de-Ewingizing.”
     

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