WASHINGTON, March 23, 2013 — While the “relaunched” Dallas is properly focused on Who killed J.R. Ewing, a new plot twist shows a major deviation from the original character of Cliff Barnes.
Barnes was always the hapless loser who wanted revenge on J.R., yet he got along with the rest of the Ewing family. Bobby could reason with him, and he and Sue Ellen were romantically involved at one point. Barnes had a conscience. He was never evil.
Now all of that has changed.
Executive producer Cynthia Cidre has stayed very true to the original characters, so this turn of events with Barnes is a big change. Ken Kercheval still plays the role well, so time will tell if audiences accept Cliff’s descent into madness.
Cliff is so obsessed with destroying the Ewings that he ordered a bomb be placed on a ship where everybody was celebrating Christopher Ewing’s success in alternative energy advancements. The bomb was meant to do only minor damage and sabotage Christopher’s investments.
Just before the bomb went off, Cliff was told that his daughter Pamela was on the ship. She is pregnant with Cliff’s twin grandchildren-to-be. Armed with this information, Cliff shockingly went ahead and ordered the bomb to go off as scheduled.
There is no turning back. Hatred has turned Cliff insane. A couple decades ago, Cliff had a chance to bury the Ewings by simply lying about a routine matter. Yet Cliff told the truth and had the Ewings exonerated. J.R.’s death has not softened Cliff. It has hardened him.
As for other plotlines: Drew Ramos was blackmailed into planting the bomb. He was told that his sister Elena would be killed if he refused to comply. Emma Ryland chose her mother over her father, going from uptight young girl to sleeping with John Ross and riding with Drew on his motorcycle.
Harris Ryland got into an argument with his mother and she threatened to cut him off financially. She then fell down the stairs. Sue Ellen is back off the wagon while grieving over J.R.’s death, while recovering alcoholic Gary Ewing saw his offer to help her rebuffed.
A woman who threatened to block Christopher’s new technology had the tables turned on her. John Ross seduced her and sexually blackmailed her. John Ross then sent Christopher a note that read: “Welcome to the dark side.” Elena let Chris know she was not happy about seeing him act “like John Ross.”
This coming week we find out if Harris’s mother survived the fall and who got injured or worse in the bomb blast. This is all leading up to the answer to who killed J.R.
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 10 of Dallas.
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