'Dallas: Complete Second Season'
(Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo, Brenda Strong, et al / 4-DVD / NR / 2014 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), one of the most iconic television villains of all time, takes his last breath under very suspicious circumstances but not before stirring up a season's worth of Texas-size trouble. J.R. deviously guides his son, John Ross (Josh Henderson), in stealing the family business from Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy), while the ladies take their own sides.
DVD Verdict: Still reeling from the double shockers in the Season One finale? Well, good, because the second season kicks things into even higher gear with a vengeance! J.R. still plots with John Ross and, to some extent, Sue Ellen in tow, while Bobby, Christopher and Elena try to out play them. If you think that's all there is, trust me I've barely scratched the surface. Oh, yeah and there is so much more in store for the faithful fans of the Ewing clan at South Fork this season!
A shocking real-life tragedy caused the famous storyline "Who Shot J.R.?" to pop up again, and just like the original series, the writers handled it with grace; giving J.R. (and Larry Hagman) a perfect send-off. Is it better than the way it was done on the original show? That's a matter of opinion, but I personally think they're both good.
I mean, Linda Gray deserves an Emmy for the funeral scene even though her words were not acting, they were real. And there no words to really describe what JR, Bobby, Jock and the rest meant to television in the US. They were as good as it got. And where else in television history has a series gotten a chance to say goodbye to its most memorable character twenty years after going off the air?
Moving on, and being that the Ewings are very powerful people - and if you get in their way they will destroy you piece by piece - throughout the season they are uncovering so much information. Most on how to destroy Ryland and Cliff Barnes! I absolutely love how Cliff Barnes' daughter Pamela, is now part of the Ewing team (sorry I know that's a spoiler)! Mess with the Ewings and you will wish you were never born!
All 15 episodes are exciting, sexy, suspenseful and involving. Of importance to note too is the virtuoso performance of former "One Life to Live" star Judith Light (a two-time Tony and Emmy winner) to the cast. So sit back, slip the discs in and enjoy season two of 'Dallas.' These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.