Wednesday, April 17
It's a Cliff Hangar!
Hooked as in, I refuse to watch, tune in to social media or read spoiler-y magazines because I like to indulge my soap opera obsession with long, indulging bouts of watching.
Last night, this season's final bout finished and...I'm just floored. Say what you want about the melodrama of soap operas (I won't discourage you, most are melodramatic) but nuDallas is...different. I think it's because the writers have really invested in what made soaps so popular in the 80s: over the top, character rich and dramatic.
For me, the characters make the show - these characters are familiar, and not just the Bobby/SueEllen/JR characters. All of them - the feuding, conniving characters have changed names (and actors) but the characterizations are there. Spot on. Every time.
Last season it was John Ross who got me. This season it was Pamela, Cliff's daughter. The character went through the wringer, and the actress did a great job, but the writers didn't forget to give her those moments. You know the ones: the moment when she finds a little humor, the moment everything turns upside down again, the moment she decides to take control. The moment she loses it. They showed us those moments and as I watched I just soaked it in.
So as I started up the last hour of the show and I had a feeling I knew what was going to happen, I was sad. Because I didn't want the season to end. But I was also excited because I couldn't wait for the writers to surprise me. And they did! There is a definite cliff-hanger (because Cliff still has a few moves left, it seems)...
As in my favorite books, characters make the drama, enjoyment and obsession of a really great story. So, I said farewell (for a few months) to my new favorite Dallas residents...and already I can't wait for another new season, a few more twists and turns and some really great characters.