Dallas Season 2 Review “Battle Lines”; “Venomous Creatures” – Back to Texas

The double-episode premiere of the second season of Dallas was definitely marred by the knowledgethat we won’t have America’s Favorite Villain, JR Ewing, around for much longer, but “Battle Lines” and “Venomous Creatures” proved to me that the show could be strong enough to survive his sad passing.

Much of the show’s success will depend on the feud between Christopher and John Ross, whose relationship perfectly mirrors the twisted, often toxic bond of fraternal competition and jealousy that has run (mostly one-sided) between their fathers, Bobby and JR, for the past thirty-five years. Fortunately, the writers realize this, and have invested much time and energy into creating a very believable story for the rival cousins that is equal parts business and personal.

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