It feels weird, posting a Dallas thread on a Dynasty forum, though I suppose its alright, since I will be comparing it to Dynasty a lot. So far, my initial reaction is... "What a BORING pilot." Ugh, it took sooo long to get from Point A to Point B, it really felt like a chore getting through the whole episode. Granted, there were some worthwhile things, but I'll save those for later. For now, I just wanna rant about what I didn't like. First off, the look of the show. MAN, you can tell it was the '70s. Everything was brown and drab and so gosh darn ugly. Even all the stuff that was supposed to be "rich" and "opulent" was bland as could be. The exterior of the Ewing mansion did look impressive, I will admit (all nice and white), but it also felt staid in a general kind of way. Like it had no character, unlike the Carrington's mansion, which was beautiful to behold, both the interior and exterior. Filoli looked like it could be the setting for a fairy tale castle. And like I complained about above, the pacing was just slooooow. It felt like it took forever for the newlyweds to drive up to Southfork. Once they did, it felt like the show was finally getting started... and then it slowed down again. Blah. At least when Dynasty started out, I remember everything feeling intense, like all what we were watching held some importance. Like the scene when Matthew convinced Claudia to come back home with him and Lindsay. That's one of the most powerful scenes I remember from the pilot. Of course, Dallas did have some good things to offer: JR. I can see why this character quickly became the most popular, since he feels like a good driving force. Only thing is, he seems to lack motivation at this point. So his brother married the sister of his rival. So what? I didn't feel like a relationship was properly set up so I couldn't get invested in the dynamics, so JR just came off as being immature as he tried to break up Pam and Bobby. Dynasty did this much better with Fallon resenting her father marrying his secretary. Course then again, that dynamic is much simpler (Daddy's Little Princess believes Daddy has married a Gold-Digger) so they probably had an easier time. I was deeply disappointed by Lucy Ewing. When her character is first introduced, I liked the way how they revealed that she was having an affair with Ray - what's his job on the ranch, again? I didn't catch that part - but the actress they got for her is *dreadful*. I'm uncomfortably reminded of Claire Yarlett (Bliss from The Colbys). Of course, maybe the actress is just starting out and hasn't come into her own yet, but right now, she comes off as a pale imitation of Fallon - which is ironic, since Fallon didn't even exist at this point! And the way how she got Ray to call her "Pam"... makes me wish we still had that one barfing emoji. Another complaint: Sue Ellen hardly has a role in this episode. I didn't realize this at first, but she was the one character I was looking forward to seeing the most. As the wife of the famed JR, I was curious to see how her story would start out, how her relationship with her husband would be established in the first episode... and I get nothing. Jock Ewing was kinda fun, though. I liked how he called JR out about trying to pay off Pam ("You've got to learn subtlety!"), although its kinda hard to understand what he's saying a few times, thanks to the actor's accent. One notable bright spot: Digger's reaction to Pam marrying Bobby Ewing. At first he has no clue... till Pam's brother (what's his name again?) clues him in. And that face... Also, I just gotta say, the actress for Pam (Victoria Principal, right?) is *very* beautiful. She comes across as a brunette version of Linda Evans, though she also reminded me of Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) when she had that pony tail. X) I gotta give them props for the end, how JR tried to set Pam up, but she turned the tables when its revealed to the audience that she knows about Ray's affair with Lucy - who again comes across as quite the little idiot (for just coming out and telling Pam), and she wasn't even in this scene! Oh yes, and its so weird seeing Patrick Duffy so *young*. I grew up watching him in the '90s show "Step by Step", so I'm used to him being a "Dad" figure. Here he's baby-faced with an afro... a hideous afro. So... yeah. I watched the pilot for Dallas, and... okay, I'll just say it: I'm reluctant to continue. Do I *have* to watch the rest, guys? I know people rave about this show, but how long do I have to wait before it starts to get good? Will it really be worth it?