As that’s the only explanation I can come up with for his complete change in character since the original series, at the end of which he finally triumphed over JR when he took control of Ewing Oil. All his ambitions were realised, or so we viewers were led to believe. Fast forward 20 years and Cliff is back to his vengeful ways against the Ewings-despite having told Miss Ellie in 1988 that: “Digger was wrong and I was wrong and if it’s not too late I’d like to make peace. I’d like to ask you to forgive me”. This was the END of the Barnes/Ewing feud. Not so for Dallas 2.0 which has conveniently erased that part of Dallas history (along with some other stuff which I won’t go into here) so that they can make Cliff into some dark, mafia type figure who will stop at nothing to achieve his aims-which includes being willing to maim and/or kill (or at least seriously endanger) the life of his only child and beloved daughter Pamela Rebecca and her unborn twins-Cliff’s grandchildren. (there was also Frank, but anyone who buys that Cliff took him off the streets of Islamabad in the 1980s when he never even left Dallas didn’t watch the same show that I did).
Cliff has NO motivation for going back to his war with the Ewings. The proof being his recent conversation with new Ewing enemy Harris Ryland (who isn’t nearly as scary as his mother Judith) where Cliff bleats on to him about Digger being mistreated, just like he used to do in the original series BEFORE he made amends and officially ENDED the feud with Miss Ellie. Thus my only thought is that he must be suffering from senile dementia or some other age related illness which makes him believe that he and the Ewings are still fighting and that his conversation with Miss Ellie never happened, he is living in the past. I wanted to believe that the Dallas 2.0 production team had cooked up a good, juicy storyline to explain Cliff’s return to the dark side, but it seems not, they just want to erase history again and ask us loyal fans to keep swallowing things we know aren’t true.
(The one good thing about the new Cliff is that it showcases actor Ken Kercheval’s incredible acting ability. In the original he played a cheap, goofy, but loveable loser extremely convincingly and in the new Dallas he plays a twisted, evil, bitter old man just as convincingly).