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I'm officially through with watching Season 2 of Knots Landing. And I must say I honestly enjoyed Season 1 more as a whole. It felt like the writers wanted to capitalize off the sky rocket popularity of Dallas at the time. 

By not only insisting of cameos with varying degrees of success. (More on those later)  In addition, it seemed  like they wanted this season to be serialized instead of episodic like its first season. Nonetheless, to me it felt like they gave up in the middle of the season. Going back to giving certain characters A&B stories. Instead of giving all of the couples and Abby plots of their own. 

 

Abby Cunningham - I didn't expect her to appear in the two-part season premiere. I thought she would show up after Sid was proven innocent of the "attempted rape." I was surprised at how well she got along with Valene early on. So knowing what eventually happens makes it even more complicated. But I'm like girl, Why go after Richard of all the men in LA? I think she easily gathered he was a weak man whose ego she could easily stroke.  Perhaps it had to with finally being the one in command of a relationship. Since we learn Jeff was the head of the household when they were married. Then she became drawn to Gary when she got a part-time job at Knots Landing Motors as a bookkeeper. I think it had to do with him wanting power and also her finding out he came from wealth. Though I appreciate how multifaceted she is when it came to her children. That scene of her breaking down when she gets the tape of Jeff informing her he did take Olivia and Brian.  Made me realize she is just more than a blonde bombshell vixen. Tonya Crowe was such a precocious child actress who didn't come off as annoyingly cutesy. 

 

Kenny & Ginger Ward : I was also surprised at how long Ginger let Kenny move back in. It's obvious TPTB didn't really have much interest in these two. Frankly, I still prefer Ginger more than Kenny. Although James Houghton charisma gives the character a personality. They still feel underdeveloped as characters. The double standard of Kenny not only sleeping with Sylvie (his mistress) and Kristin (Why was she was on this show?) But him getting upset over Ginger seeing her with her potential love interest Carl (the pediatrician made me shake my head. What I don't get is why we didn't get any scenes with her and her mother in The Man Of The Hour? I wonder did they film any and were cut for time? Last season it was hinted her mother and she had a contentious relationship. What if we saw her mom blaming her for letting her sister to go the party? Or Ginger telling her she still is upset about the abortion she made her had and isn't going to be overprotective with her children like she is? 

 

Next I will be discussing the ups and downs of the Fairgate unit. And how even Jane Elliot couldn't save that ridiculous Gary/Judy affair. And Laura Avery gained independence in spite of her jealous husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 2/11/2020 at 12:00 PM, Forever8 said:

I'm officially through with watching Season 2 of Knots Landing. And I must say I honestly enjoyed Season 1 more as a whole. It felt like the writers wanted to capitalize off the sky rocket popularity of Dallas at the time. 

By not only insisting of cameos with varying degrees of success. (More on those later)  In addition, it seemed  like they wanted this season to be serialized instead of episodic like its first season. Nonetheless, to me it felt like they gave up in the middle of the season. Going back to giving certain characters A&B stories. Instead of giving all of the couples and Abby plots of their own in each episode. 

 

Abby Cunningham - I didn't expect her to appear in the two-part season premiere. I thought she would show up after Sid was proven innocent of the "attempted rape." I was surprised at how well she got along with Valene early on. So knowing what eventually happens makes it even more complicated. But I'm like girl, Why go after Richard of all the men in LA? I think she easily gathered he was a weak man whose ego she could easily stroke.  Perhaps it had to with finally being the one in command of a relationship. Since we learn Jeff was the head of the household when they were married. Then she became drawn to Gary when she got a part-time job at Knots Landing Motors as a bookkeeper. I think it had to do with him wanting power and also her finding out he came from wealth. Though I appreciate how multifaceted she is when it came to her children. That scene of her breaking down when she gets the tape of Jeff informing her he did take Olivia and Brian.  Made me realize she is just more than a blonde bombshell vixen. Tonya Crowe was such a precocious child actress who didn't come off as annoyingly cutesy. 

 

Kenny & Ginger Ward : I was also surprised at how long Ginger let Kenny move back in. It's obvious TPTB didn't really have much interest in these two. Frankly, I still prefer Ginger more than Kenny. Although James Houghton charisma gives the character a personality. They still feel underdeveloped as characters. The double standard of Kenny not only sleeping with Sylvie (his mistress) and Kristin (Why was she was on this show?) But him getting upset over Ginger seeing her with her potential love interest Carl (the pediatrician made me shake my head. What I don't get is why we didn't get any scenes with her and her mother in The Man Of The Hour? I wonder did they film any and were cut for time? Last season it was hinted her mother and she had a contentious relationship. What if we saw her mom blaming her for letting her sister to go the party? Or Ginger telling her she still is upset about the abortion she made her had and isn't going to be overprotective with her children like she does? Such a missed opportunity in my opinion.

 

 

Next I will be discussing the ups and downs of the Fairgate unit. And how even Jane Elliot couldn't save that ridiculous Gary/Judy affair. And Laura Avery gained independence in spite of her jealous husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary and Valene Ewing : Their second chance at love is beginning to unravel. By Gary's quest for success and by introducing us to Judy and Earl Trent.  I don't understand why he would have an affair with Dull as Dishwasher Judy (No offense Jane Elliot) Not to mention her equally dull husband Earl. Who pops back up as Val's substitute professor who ultimately wants to sleep with her as revenge for his wife's affair with Gary. I do like Val's interest in pursuing higher education and her budding talent in creative writing. My favorite cameo had to be Bobby in the episode about Val's colon cancer.  He made an impact without taking over an episode. You can automatically tell things won't be as good as they were when they moved to California. 

 

Sid and Karen Fairgate : For a man being charged with attempted rape. Sid was more laid-back in the two-part season premiere. Although at times Karen can come off as shrill. I think it was warranted in this case when it came to firing Richard as his lawyer. I did like she and Abby teaming up to get that license plate to clear Sid. Then let's not forget when they had Sid's female mechanic employee Linda come onto him. Why writers have all if not most of the husbands cheat on their wives?  (Kale Browne made a cameo as Sid and Abby's nephew) I'm assuming Michael's hyperactive condition isn't going to be mentioned again. 

 

Richard and Laura Avery : Richard is such a butthole. This man is basically flaunting his affair with Abby in front of everyone at a party held for his wife. I was like all of this time you're rubbing sunscreen on Abby.  You can be looking for another job. Laura remains one of my favorite characters on this show. We see her gain her independence by becoming a successful realtor. Becoming the only person working in the Avery household for a time.  I like her admitting to her boss that she is attracted to him.  But knows Richard needs her and that can be contributed to her taking care of her father when her mother died when she was younger. I kind of wish it was more said between Abby and Laura about the fling.  Instead of that quick exchange at the siege at Ginger's baby shower. (Bonus: I did like Karen calling Richard an "Ass" at the party.)

 

Now I'm starting Season 3!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TBH, I don't believe Jane Elliot cared much for her KL role either, lol.

 

I think Gary and Val's problem was that they were attempting to recapture what they had had when they were teenagers, without accepting the fact that a lot of time and a lot of life had passed.  Even at their relatively younger ages, Val and Gary weren't as innocent as they had been at 15 and 16 years old.  (Plus, Gary was out to prove he was as good at business as Bobby and J.R.  It would take some time for Gary to accept he didn't have the same instinct for that stuff as his father and brothers did.)

 

7 hours ago, Forever8 said:

I'm assuming Michael's hyperactive condition isn't going to be mentioned again. 

 

No, it won't be mentioned again, lol.

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5 hours ago, Khan said:

I think Gary and Val's problem was that they were attempting to recapture what they had had when they were teenagers, without accepting the fact that a lot of time and a lot of life had passed. 

Val herself said it just before slapping Abby: "I see him the same way I've seen him since I was 15 years old."

 

I'm a little surprised the show never tried to get more mileage out of Gary and Val's missing years. There was nearly two decades to play with.

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47 minutes ago, Franko said:

I'm a little surprised the show never tried to get more mileage out of Gary and Val's missing years. There was nearly two decades to play with.

 

Yeah, it's strange how no one showed up in Knots Landing claiming to be the result of a drunken ONS Gary had with somebody back in his late teens or twenties.  I think Gary learning he had a grown-up son might have been a great story, especially if that son had become in a love triangle between Paige and Olivia.

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7 hours ago, Khan said:

 I think Gary learning he had a grown-up son might have been a great story, especially if that son had become in a love triangle between Paige and Olivia.

And suppose he just happened to like Jill better than Val? (Not knowing what Jill's capable of, of course.)

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The show did seem to mention Val's missing years with the ex flame and his daughter Cricket, plus the weird story of her being in an ice storm, etc... but I do agree Gary not having another child out there was misfire.

 

I do wonder if Latham and Co hadn't taken over the show.. if Gary/Val would have been endgame or not... since in season 6 when she still thought she was married to Gary.. how he had to tell her that they weren't married any longer.. that the two tried to make it work, but it just didn't work.  And that her remembering her relationship/love for Ben was a major plot point, etc.

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14 hours ago, Franko said:

And suppose he just happened to like Jill better than Val? (Not knowing what Jill's capable of, of course.)

 

Better yet, suppose Jill had begun a relationship with him in order to stay in Gary's life?

 

(I don't like the idea of him not liking Val, though.  I'd like to think he and Val would have developed a sort of surrogate mother and child bond over time.  Especially if his mom -- Gary's long-ago ONS -- turned out to be a Mother from Hell.)

 

1 hour ago, Soaplovers said:

I do wonder if Latham and Co hadn't taken over the show.. if Gary/Val would have been endgame or not... 

 

I think Gary and Val were always meant to be endgame, no matter who was in charge.  David Jacobs (and others) kept them apart for so long, though, because their NOT being together generated more story (which it did).

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2 hours ago, Soaplovers said:

The show did seem to mention Val's missing years with the ex flame and his daughter Cricket, plus the weird story of her being in an ice storm, etc... but I do agree Gary not having another child out there was misfire.

Oh, I know. I just would have liked a little more. On the other hand, there is something poignant about Val not having any big adventures during her time alone. It makes her time in California all the more special.

 

43 minutes ago, Khan said:

(I don't like the idea of him not liking Val, though.  I'd like to think he and Val would have developed a sort of surrogate mother and child bond over time.  Especially if his mom -- Gary's long-ago ONS -- turned out to be a Mother from Hell.)

I'd definitely have Val and Gary's long-lost son getting along in the end. Leading up to it, though, I'd have moments where he's confused and more than a little defensive about their budding friendship. Mommie Dearest, of course, is hella-jealous and unashamedly pouring on the guilt.

 

It seems like the best place to introduce Aaron* and Eve** would be in 1987-88. Granted, they'd be coming off the long "Who is Paige, really?" storyline, so this time around, it'd be best not to drag things out. The ninth season also works because we'd be getting Jill just as she goes off the deep end and the show did have some money for new actors (sorry Constance and Julie).

*After Aaron Southworth 

**After Russ Tamblyn's repressive mother in Peyton Place

 

The first (and not at all best) casting ideas that just popped into my head were Peter Reckell (hey, he's joining the show anyway ...) and Miss "Welcome to My Home" herself, Brenda Dickson. 

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13 hours ago, Khan said:

 

Better yet, suppose Jill had begun a relationship with him in order to stay in Gary's life?

 

(I don't like the idea of him not liking Val, though.  I'd like to think he and Val would have developed a sort of surrogate mother and child bond over time.  Especially if his mom -- Gary's long-ago ONS -- turned out to be a Mother from Hell.)

 

 

I think Gary and Val were always meant to be endgame, no matter who was in charge.  David Jacobs (and others) kept them apart for so long, though, because their NOT being together generated more story (which it did).

 

The problem for me was that I liked Gary with Abby.... and Val with Ben.  In the real world, Ben and Val would have been endgame because the two had more in common (jogging, writing, more equal where neither had to baby the other one, and he had that cool beach house by the ocean)..  Gary/Val only had the past as their link... when the two were married, they were as different as night and day.. plus they brought out the dysfunction in one another.

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