Dallas: Season 11
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When it’s J.R. Ewing versus the world, it’s wisest to put your money on J.R.! Although the scheming tycoon may be down, he's never out. After Ewing Oil collapsed in disgrace at the end of last season, it’s expected that this new season might feature a J.R. who's learned his lesson. But Dallas fans know better - they know the only lesson J.R. ever learned was: do unto others before they do unto you. So hang on to your Stetsons for another irresistible season of lying, cheating and stealing as J.R. claws his way back to the top. As for the rest of the clan: Bobby loses Pam but finds new romance. Cliff meets a broken-down wildcatter with dreams of gusher glory. Sue Ellen discovers that revenge is sweet. Two murder cases grab headlines. And a new crop of drop-dead gorgeous vamps with big schemes and bigger hair make life even more interesting for the Southfork stars!]]>
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Of course, the star of the show was Larry Hagman as the devious J.R. Ewing. He was always given the best lines and the most memorable confrontations. However, season eleven, with the departure of a fan favorite, seemed to allow some of the older cast members, regular and recurrent, an opportunity to share some of Hagman's "spotlight".
Barbara Bel Geddes and her on-camera husband Howard Keel really came to the forefront with a storyline about a presumed "affair" between Clayton and a much-younger woman, portrayed by English actress Annabel Schofield . The plot allowed Bel Geddes to really show her acting mettle, especially in the episode entitled "Farlow's Follies" wherein Miss Ellie falls into Sue Ellen (played as always by the flawless Linda Gray) territory by resorting to the bottle to "drown her sorrows".
Not only does the season showcase Bel Geddes and Keel, it also lets recurring player Alice Hirson have a memorable "farewell" as Miss Ellie's best friend, Mavis Anderson, wife of popular "Punk" Anderson, played by veteran character actor Morgan Woodward.
Also, John Anderson has a memorable run as Dr. Styles, a major stockholder in WestStar and the father of Kimberly Cryder (a stunning Leigh Taylor-Young), a woman who will stop at nothing to get the man of her dreams: J.R.
Though the season is not as powerful as previous ones, it's still very entertaining, even with the lackluster Ray (Steve Kanaly) and Jenna (Priscilla Presley) problems with spoiled-rotten daughter Charlie (Shalene McCall), an ill-conceived attempt by a heretofore unknown aunt (played well by young Lisa Alden) of Christopher (Joshua Harris) to take him from Bobby (Patrick Duffy), and the rushed exit of Pam, played by an actress heavily wrapped to hide any resemblance to Victoria Principal who departed at the end of the previous season.
Also, one surprise is the discovery of a future superstar in the role of "Randy", Charlie's boyfriend. The character's name is a not-so-subtle reference to his personality, by the way.
As far as the quality of the DVD is concerned, this is probably the worst quality in the series. There are shifts in color, "dirty" and unclear images, and the sound isn't the best.
Also, there are NO extras, a shame considering so many cast members are still alive and could offer commentary.
It's worth noting that April really comes into her own this season, and the "new cast of the season" - Jack Scalia as a hot headed investment banker with a secret, Leigh Taylor Young as the conniving Kimberly Cryder and Andrew Stevens as a cheeky hustler - are much more successful than the supporting cast members were introduced in previous seasons, such as the lacklustre Jack and Jamie Ewing. Plus we get Sue Ellen in a meaty story that does not involve drinking, JR at his conniving best, a surprisingly promiscuous Bobby getting over Pam, and quite a nice story for Ray and Jenna.
One thing I did find jolting was the sudden AIDS awareness that manifests in this season: JR's long-time call girl Serena frets about AIDS, JR tells his protogee Casey to stop by the drugstore before seducing Marilee Stone, who in any event tells him to relax because she has taken "all precautions", and the ripped-off 'Fatal Attraction' storyline with Ray and inexplicably obsessive Connie. It's all a bit of a surprise to hear this safe sex talk on 'Dallas' of all shows, but I guess that was the sign of the times.
Until then enjoy the 11nth season which is still great full of scemes and a nasty as always JR...
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