There were new faces, but the original show also introduced new characters who became part of the story. You can't do a show about just 4 or 5 characters. And the Ewing name, what it meant in the past and the present, was a central plotline from start to finish. I honestly don't understand how people could have missed this. Maybe they were too busy looking for things that weren't there, yes that makes it hard to enjoy what actually happens on-screen.