Two days after watching the opening episode season, I am unsure of my opinion.
It was a beautiful written episode and not a cop out by Leonard Katzman. J.R. is a key element in the show and so has to alive for the reminder of the show's lifespan. The producers decided correctly to get J.R. out of hospital quickly and continue with other plots.
Let us see Sue Ellen grieving for Pearce's death in forthcoming episodes.
I wonder how Pam's storyline will develop. I suspect we haven't seen the last of her.
It's amazing the changes that can occur from one season to another. Ray Kerbs is out, April Stevens is in. Small changes to Southfolk for example the chairs are new.
A good start, but lets hope it gets better.