It was mentioned in another thread how Sue Ellen shooting JR was basically turned into a joke. Someone mentioned that the popularity of night time soaps was waning, and the sitcom was taking over; therefore, Dallas was trying to be a little funnier. I’m currently watching , and I don’t believe I have seen Dallas from this season on since the original airing, and it seems really strange. The range war and J.R. being imprisoned in small town was certainly different. In one way, it’s as if they were returning to the first couple of seasons when things were a little more outdoorsy and had a little more physical action, but at this point, it seemed strange. Aside from comedy, was there another trend at the time they were trying to copy for ratings, or did they feel they were returning to the earlier years? To be honest, I do find it rather interesting in an odd way. I wondered when J.R. was finally going to have a successful escape, for example, but it’s just not Dallas. It’s like I’m watching Larry Hagman playing another role.