Saturday, June 16, 2012
Pop Culture Saturday: The Ultimate Reboot - DALLAS returns
We have a winner from last week's blogs - Estella!
On our way home from Waikiki, my kids rolled their eyes when the radio played an "eighties" song. My oldest replied, "Nothing good came from the eighties." Ah, the Eighties - big hair, big money, and big hats ala DALLAS - the iconic prime time soap opera from 1978-1991. As a teenager, I was a huge fan until I left for college in 1983. So I was curious to watch its contemporary reboot ... what a reboot it was!
It opens with John Ross waking up to find his drill on Southfork about to blow - he discovered oil on his grandmother's precious ranch. Bobby learns he has cancer on his birthday ... and two days before his son's wedding. Christopher is marrying Rebecca on the rebound after Elena broke his heart. Elena is the daughter of the Ewing's long time housekeeper. Elena is now sleeping (and scheming) with John Ross. Sue Ellen is well respected in Dallas and considering a run for Governor JR suffers from clinical depression and lives in a sanatorium. He is unresponsive to Bobby's visits ... but when John Ross tells him that he found oil on Southfork, JR perks up,
"Blood may be thicker than water, but oil is thicker than both."
The next hour gives in to soap opera troupes - blackmail, double crossing, and unrequited love.
Were you a fan of the groundbreaking night time soaps such as DALLAS, KNOTS LANDING, and DYNASTY? Are you a fan of the current night time soapss, such as DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, ARMY WIVES, or even the reality series REAL HOUSEWIVES?
One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Friday, June 22, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Saturday, June 23.
Kim in Hawaii