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Sixth Season -- Magic's Over
on December 2, 2007
It's been great watching Dallas again after all these years, but just like back in the 70s/80s, the quality of the writing took a nosedive after Jim Davis' death altered the existing dynamic of the series.
With Jock Ewing gone and Bobby and J.R. fighting for control of Ewing Oil most scenes are as boring as sitting in an actual board meeting (read that as BORED meeting), though, of course, the business in the series is incredibly dumbed down for non-business viewers from anything that goes on in real life.
Even worse, Audrey Landers never could sing, and apparently it was in her contract that she could sing every few episodes she appeared in. More dead air.
I believe in later seasons Dallas gets back on track somewhat, but never again will it match the quality of seasons 1-5.
The sets are also INCREDIBLY cheap looking (and were even back then), and the women's costumes and hairstyles haven't held up as well as they have on rival series Dynasty and Falcon Crest. (The Mercedes and Porsche cars used on the series, however, are just as nice looking today as they were then, and better looking than a lot of the "aerodynamic" design cars manufactured today.)
Overall this is a season only the Dallas completist need bother with. It's a chore to watch much of the time rather than a pleasure, and breaking up Bobby and Pam was a huge mistake that went on for years to follow. It's also hard to watch Susan Howard as Donna Krebs knowing today she's affiliated with the NRA and the Republican party. Lois Chiles as Holly Harwood, on the other hand, is a real treat -- especially in the scene where she pulls the gun on J.R. in bed.