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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly My Favorite Season of the Entire Show, April 21, 2009
This review is from: Dallas: Season 13 (DVD)
This to me was actually one of my favorite, if not my favorite seasons. I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through. I know ratings dipped after Linda Gray's departure, but for me she was not the show and I loved what was there. This season had an exciting hip new main title, which now included George Kennedy and Cathy Podewell, as well as newcomers Kimberly Foster, Sasha Mitchell, and Lesley Anne Down. I neglected to mention in my last review that Charlene Tilton also returned to the main title last season and continued here as well. This season was powered by a timely storyline about a Ewing Oil Tanker crash, Bobby's marriage to April, JR's tumultuous marriage with his second wife, and the arrival of the grown son he never knew he had, James. Jessica Montfort also returns to cause trouble, and Clayton and Ellie end up involved in a scheme which will bring Dusty Farlow back later. What is exciting about this year is the setup-you have some classic members of the Ewing family alongside some new ones and new enemies, thus making the year fresh and interesting today for those who neglected it when it first aired. It is the final year for Charlene Tilton, reduced to basically just a recurring character, as well as Barbara Bel Geddes, who left somewhat unexpectedly at the end of the season. The last year is sort of a tragic one about the downfall of the family, thus this year is very interesting dramatically-it is the last time that a full Ewing house and family is present and has some hope for a good future. Perhaps written down in this review one can't see the magic of the season, but for whatever reason, for me in particular, perhaps because for me 89-90 I was 4 and 5,the nostalgia of the era sort of creeps through. I think it was very well done, and I think basically the people in charge gave it their all and did a great job for CBS when they needed them-others may disparage it, but I personally feel that in terms of the whole story and how it was pulled off, it was very satisfying and well-balanced, and for me one of the most re-watchable. Also Starring Audrey Landers as Afton Cooper, Beth Toussaint as Tracey Lawton, Karen Kopins as Kay Loyd, Denver Pyle as Blackie Callahan, and Alexis Smith as Jessica Montfort.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2009 10:07:01 AM PST
I appreciate and respect your review, and with that said I encourage everyone to buy this and the other seasons of this great series. However, here's my opinion of the 13th season. Anyone who watched "Dallas" as an adult, particularly the earlier seasons during its original broadcast will find that later seasons may compare favorably to today's TV fare, but they do not begin to match up to the earlier seasons of the show. Unfortunately, all great things come to an end (and I was a huge Dallas fan until the very end), the last seasons illustrate that original, intelligent and plausible ideas were running low in the writing department. For instance, the Ewing Oil Tanker Crash in this season was also a storyline in the 1980-81 season. JR's tumultuous marriage was trodding again over territory covered many times over. The arrival of a grown son harkens back again to the 1980-81 season when Jock discovered that Ray was his son. Furthermore long-time, major characters were relagated to bit performers. The shoddy use of film and stage veteran actors like Barbra Bel Geddes and Howard Keel was truly a disgrace; instead Sasha Mitchell and Kimberly Foster were given center stage. Loyal viewers simply did not have much interest in these new characters not because the viewers were beholden to the past, new characters had been introduced in the past and were big hits with the audience such as Donna and April, for example. However, new characters like James, Cally and Michelle never caught on with long-time viewers because they were not developed in a way which intelligently and meaningfully integrated them into the essence of the show. It didn't take a genius to understand why viewers tuned about by the droves, and the show's ratings dropped dramatically during this season, ultimately leading to cancellation at the end of the next season. It's really too bad, because at its best "Dallas" was the greatest TV show of all time (in my opinion). Unfortunately, the 12th, 13th, and 14th seasons of "Dallas" were like watching the all-time boxing champ in the ring well past his prime, being blogeoned to death.

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Posted on Apr 19, 2010 11:41:54 AM PDT
Like the other commenter, I watched all seasons as an adult and felt the last 3 seasons didn't live up to the quality of the earlier ones. I won't be purchasing them. Yet, I respect this reviewer's opinion as no less valid than my own, and appreciate the time the reviewer put into writing it. People thinking about buying this set should hear (or read) different opinions so they can make an informed purchase decision.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2010 4:45:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2011 4:08:31 AM PDT
Your words are "dead on." Sasha Mitchell's acting was just too amateurish. Actually, the show started losing its some of its 'magic" when Victoria Principal departed years earlier. And it, most definitely, could have rode off into the Texas oil fields when it was announced that Linda Gray was leaving. The two ladies, along with Bel Geddes and Hagman, made the show.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2011 10:07:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2011 10:11:24 AM PDT
Sharklady says:
As an avid Dallas fan, I can totally relate to what you've said. In fact, I went back to season 3 as on the B side of the last disc there is a reunion of sorts of major cast members (Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Ken Kercheval, Victoria Principal, Charlene Tilton, Steve Kanaly and Mary Crosby). They paid tribute to Barbara Bel Geddes and Jim Davis by series of flashbacks, which reiterated how great those early episodes really were --plus the fact that Father Time has NOT been kind to any of them, especially Victoria Principal who was so beautiful in the earlier episodes and ruined her face with plastic surgery. She looked nothing like "Pam" in her prime. The later plot lines became awful as the seasons went on -- J.R. marrying a hillbilly was ridiculous, never mind that one minute he's doing 10 years in prison for rape, he escapes from prison, the sheriff pays him a visit in Dallas and proceeds to tell J.R. that as long as he stays out of the sheriff's town, he's a free man!! Way too far fetched. I had never seen the seasons beyond Kristin being found dead in the Southfork pool, so I started buying the later boxed sets. They brought in too many lame characters (see Jamie Ewing, Jack Ewing, Angelica Nero, etc., etc.) to keep the series interesting, and once Victoria Principal left, so did the magic. Thank goodness they got rid of Priscilla Presley (who couldn't act her way out of a paper bag), Shalane McCall (who played her bratty daughter), as well as Susan Howard who did nothing but complain through every episode.
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