I’ve been a bit behind on my TV watching lately because of the regular job that I still have to go to every day. Over the weekend I got a chance to catch up and one of the shows I just caught on my DVR was the episode of Dallas that dealt with the death of J.R. Ewing. Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing, died back in November from throat cancer. Dallas, which airs on TNT Mondays at 8:00, was in production on season 2 when Hagman passed suddenly leaving producers having to find a way to deal with the death of J.R. Ewing.
The story line created by the writers is that J.R. was working on his greatest masterpiece when he was murdered by a robber in Mexico. You know that it could never be that simple so again we are left to wonder who shot J.R. The mystery will unfold over the rest of this season but for now, the show was left with having to send off one of the greatest characters in the history of TV.
I’ve said before that I am a fan of the new Dallas. The writers have done a great job with the show and it’s one that I watch every week. I highly recommend this show to anyone who was a fan of the original Dallas and to anyone who is a fan of soapy-type dramas. How the show handled the memorial of J.R. Ewing reinforced my feelings for this show. The writers did a fantastic job sending J.R. off. It was a tribute fitting of a character like J.R. You can’t ignore the scoundrel that he was but you can’t help but have loved him too. Thank-you to the writers and producers of Dallas for handling this very tough situation so well. As a fan of Dallas since the beginning, I can say that I really appreciate it and judging from the ratings for this episode, I’m not alone.
So long J.R. Ewing. You will be missed.
While some people are upset about the death of J.R. Ewing, Cliff Barnes is not one of them:
The beginning of J.R’s masterpiece and a hint at a possible shocking surprise: