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Season 1 Episode 1

Changing of the Guard

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jun 13, 2012 on TNT
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    The New Dallas: Ten Gallons of (Welcome) Straight-Up Soap

    No matter whether you were a fan of the original series or you're a newcomer to South Fork, I think you will find a lot to like in this “continuation.” It is a saga, in my opinion, worth continuing...

  • Episode Summary

    The Ewings gather at Southfork Ranch for the upcoming wedding of Bobby's adopted son, Christopher, to Rebecca Sutter. Also in attendance is John Ross, the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen, who returns to Dallas with Christopher's ex-girlfriend Elena Ramos, and discovers a major oil gusher on Southfork. When Bobby announces he intends to sell the ranch, John Ross fills him in on the discovery but Bobby refuses to allow drilling on Southfork as it goes against his mother's wishes. John Ross enlists the help of none other than his estranged father J.R. to help him gain ownership of Southfork, but J.R. has an agenda of his own.


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    • Fast Moving Introduction

      It's been quite some time since I saw that first episode of the original show, but immediately Changing of the Guard makes it clear this show isn't hedging it's bets on nostalgia. Viewers are introduced to the next generation, and plenty of baggage, at a fairly fast clip. I get the feeling that we're in for a wild ride as John Ross is more explosive and out of control than J.R. ever was. He is like a ton bull in a china shop in spite of his relatively small stature. Christopher, on the other hand, is right out of the gate seemingly more idealistic than his dad, Bobby. Plus he is fully invested in the belief that new technology is the key to supplant the old guards beiief of the much lower tech mantra of "drill, baby drill". Does anyone agree on anything? There's no Miss Ellie of Jock to balance any of this, "oh, boy"!

      Throw in the important undercurrent of Bobby's illness, and, therefore urgency to preserve South Fork. Now, for good measure there's a bit of the mysterious as J.R.'s feinging comatose state while actually he is silently taking it all in. You just know, before it is even revealed, while he plays possum he is about to begin a war. Only this time it appears more complicated within the immediate family. Herein lies a kind of brilliance as things promise to get more volatile, likely uglier than we've ever seen. Everyone has an angle and there are practically so many possibilities for double-deals it is hard to keep count.

      So, Dallas may have the same name and bad blood, but with the addition of the next generation, and their relationships, there's a palpable difference that seems right in step with the much more threatening world we live in. If I'm digesting this right the new Dallas will be a faster paced show with a unique mix of more dark dealing among the family than witnessed in the past. The show takes on the persona of a sleeping giant that has awoke and is "loaded-for-bear" as the saying goes. I think the writer is proving she is fearless and has a real vision that just may succeed. Very good start.moreless
    • Dallas Pilot

      The show that a generation loved has returned and is ready to sweep over another generation of viewers. Granted, the pilot had some flaws, but it did a lot to get us to know these characters, and develop an interest in what is happening. JR and Bobby battling has not grown old and TNT surely has another fun show on their hands. Good start for the reboot.
    • Surprisingly enjoyable.

      As a child from the 80s I grew up watching all the famous soaps, including Dallas. I have all the dvds and I'm just a huge fan. So when they announced they were going to continue the story, I was a little bit nervous that it wouldn't live up to the awesomeness of the original. I entirely expected them of pulling a 90210 move and using the old cast members as bait. To my surprise the new Dallas ended up being quite enjoyable. Granted it has your typical soap opera story lines but it manages to get pass that and being fun. While it certainly isn't classic Dallas it manages to live as a show on its own.moreless
    • Well done!

      The new show did not seem outdated. The developing plots are similar to the ones from the original show, although it will be challenging to make the new characters as interesting as the original ones.
    Steve Kanaly

    Steve Kanaly

    Ray Krebbs

    Guest Star

    Kelvin Yu

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    Guest Star

    Richard Dillard

    Richard Dillard

    Mitch Lobell

    Guest Star

    Leonor Varela

    Leonor Varela

    Marta Del Sol

    Recurring Role

    Marlene Forte

    Marlene Forte

    Carmen Ramos

    Recurring Role

    Charlene Tilton

    Charlene Tilton

    Lucy Ewing

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Josh Henderson (John Ross Ewing) is a native of Dallas, TX.

      • Brenda Strong (Ann Ewing) previously made an appearance in Season 10, Episode 18 of the original "Dallas" series as Cliff's one-night stand, whom Cliff asked to move in with him in his drunken state. After making her believe he was still in love with Pam, whom Cliff talked about the night before, she departs with the words "Pam is lucky to have a man like you." No name was given for the character.

      • Brenda Strong, Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher Ewing) and Josh Henderson all previously had starring roles on "Desperate Housewives", while Larry Hagman made guest appearances. Despite this, the four actors never shared a scene on the show.

      • Christopher Ewing marries his girlfriend Rebecca Sutter whose first name is the same as his adoptive grandmother's.

      • This episode shares its title with Season 6, Episode 1 of the original "Dallas" series.

    • QUOTES (2)

    • NOTES (3)

      • Featured Music:
        "Turning Tables" - Adele

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: June 13, 2012 on Bravo Canada
        Latin America: June 18, 2012 on Warner Channel
        Norway: July 2, 2012 on TV2
        Turkey: September 23, 2012 on CNBC-e
        Slovakia: January 2, 2013 on Markiza
        Czech Republic: January 3, 2013 on TV Nova

      • This episode marks the first appearances of Josh Henderson (John Ross Ewing) and Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher Ewing) in their respective roles. Both of their characters were featured in the original "Dallas" and were portrayed by several different actors throughout the series.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)