Film and TV

Dallas: "I'm Taking Back What Should've Been Mine in the First Place."

I can think of few things more patriotic than watching Dallas. At least, that's what I told myself when I withdrew from Independence Day-related festivities to watch the latest episode, inexplicably airing just as the pyrotechnic-related festivities were getting underway.

But it's cool, really. Because isn't the story of the Ewing family really the story of America itself? Can't we see the parallels between the rise of Ewing Oil and the ascendancy of American culture? Doesn't the resurgence of J.R. bode well for our own renaissance as a world power?

Whatever. Not like I'm pissed off about the fireworks or anything.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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