This show reminds me of Dallas, both the old and new
versions, but it's not quite as good as either. For about
3/4 through the show, I felt it was kind of boring and
predictable. After that, it did get better, and I found
myself suddenly caring about the characters, and then there
was a shocking ending. They need to pick up the pace if they
want to keep viewers.
Don Johnson plays oil tycoon Hap, who's oil company is
drilling in North Dakota, which is where they have a lot of
oil rigs now. That area is called The Bakken. He's
married to a much-younger woman, who's really smart and
helps him in the business. They seem to care about each
other. They're both a bit corrupt and willing to buy off
politicians or whatever it takes to succeed. Other
than that, though, Hap doesn't seem too much like JR.
We didn't see too much of Hap in the premiere. Most of
the show revolves around the young, newly-married couple,
Billy and Cody. They had intended to open a laundry
business, but on the way to The Bakken, they get into an
accident and lose all of their washing machines and dryers.
They're forced to start over and end up getting involved
with Hap. We also meet Hap's son, Wick, who's a
ne'erdowell. He reminds me a lot of John Ross in the newer
"Dallas" show, but he might be even worse than him. He keeps
letting his dad down, so his dad kicks him out.
There's also a nice young African-American couple that
Billy and Cody meet when they first get to town, named Kess
and Ada. There are some really good actors in the
smaller parts, most notably Barry Corbin (who owns some
pivotal land) and Delroy Lindo (as the town sherrif).
It's a nice soapy drama with pretty people in it. If the
rest of the show is like the last part of the first episode,
it should be pretty good. I didn't plan to watch this one
regularly, but I might have to tune in to the next episode
to see what happens next!
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