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Final Gravity

'Dallas: The Complete Twelfth Season'
(Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Ken Kercheval, Linda Gray, Barbara Bel Geddes, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: A dalliance with an Arkansas cutie leads J.R. to the wrong end of a shotgun, 10 years of hard labor, a prison break and the altar. And that’s just the start of 26 episodes of commotion and emotion that also include a tell-all movie that threatens to unveil every low-down trick J.R. ever pulled and a rival oil man scheming to destroy the Ewing empire, taking the clan from Southfork all the way to Austria and Russia!

DVD Verdict: This season sets out to entertain and to elicit laughter at times as you are drawn into all the action and drama. Co-Executive producer Larry Hagman ordered an action-packed season 12 and that "every episode contain a healthy dose of action, that is, someone getting shot at, a fight, anything the viewers can get a charge out of."

One of my favorite story-lines of the entire series is the fabulous Range War in this season with all the firepower and fireworks at Southfork with George Kennedy playing Carter Mckay as the Ewings' new nemesis and neighbor from Hell. It's about time we had some strong action and high drama focused at Southfork when the ranch is threatened and with the Ewings being in danger, instead of Ewing Oil being much of the focus up until this season.

'Lovejoy' and 'Deadwood' actor Ian McShane stars as Sue Ellen's new beau who is also her screenwriter for her movie (this plot provides flashbacks of some great DALLAS scenes of earlier seasons). One thing that doesn't make much sense is Sue Ellen going through all the trouble to buy a studio and make her movie but not do what she intended with the movie...unless she has too much money to burn at this point.

There's a good and unique end-of-episode freezeframe of JR, Bobby and Cliff standing united together against their foe Carter Mckay after he pushes Bobby and threatens him for beating up his son Tommy who had beaten up April.

Audrey Landers makes a welcome return as Afton Cooper and it's nice to see her and Cliff together again, and Cliff meets Afton's daughter but Afton is reticent over whether or not Cliff is her daughter Pamela Rebecca's father.

For a TV show entering its twelfth year the new characters this season are not bad - in fact to me they're good (except for Cally's annoying brothers) and George Kennedy and Ian McShane are both TV and movie veterans. Cathy Podewell as Cally is also good, and the country accent she puts on is convincing. Although the final three seasons of the series may not be outstanding like the early seasons for some, I find they are worth watching as they have many good and entertaining story-lines which are better than some of the junk on TV nowadays.

Fact: Over its 14 seasons, Dallas garnered 17 Emmy® nominations and four wins, 14 Golden Globe® nominations and one win, and was the #1 or #2 rated network series for five consecutive seasons. [CT] This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs

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