The Big Valley - Family dynamics

If you like the westerns we’re currently discussing, you may have liked other western TV shows. So why don’t we discuss them here! Post about western conventions (non Bonanza), the shows, the actors and anything you want to discuss.

Moderator: Tracy

User avatar
RedShirt
Drover
Drover
Posts: 1643
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:41 pm
Badges: 29
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Adam Cartwright
Location: West Texas

Feedback Corral Summer 2018 Pernell Birthday 2018 FFW 2018 Title Search
FFW 2018 Matchups FFW 2018 Fabulous Fan Fiction Cinco de mayo 2018 Pie Recipe for Pi Day 2018
Stuffed In Chat 2018 Meet & Greet Chat 2018 1,000 Posts FanFic Writer Badge
Olympics Silver 2018 Anniversary Don't Blink Anniversary Word Puzzle Anniversary Pick 1,2,3,4,5

View all badges

Re: The Big Valley - Family dynamics

Post by RedShirt » Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:51 pm

The Barkleys' family dynamics didn't exactly mirror the Cartwrights', but the overall feel of the show, if you happened to be a Bonanza fan,
had a kind of comfortable familiarity about it. Heath didn't get into the kind of trouble Joe did; the youngest of the Barkleys was Audra, and
except for winding up in jail, she frequently fell into the kind of traps we'd seen Joe grow up getting out of a season or two before.

By themselves, the Barkley boys could find their share of trouble plus some, but they really got into mischief as a pair, or a threesome.
*That* sure felt familiar!
A gun is only a tool, like your jackknife; no better 'n no worse than the man who handles it. Any man can pull a trigger. It's not hard. But it takes a big man not to pull one. -- Adam Cartwright

barbp
Tenderfoot
Tenderfoot
Posts: 483
Joined: Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:39 pm
Badges: 8
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: adam

FFW 2018 Matchups Christmas 2017 100 Posts Oktoberfest 2013
September Song 2012 Little Joe's Treasure Hunt Summer 2011 Christmas 2013

View all badges

Re: The Big Valley - Family dynamics

Post by barbp » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:13 am

wondered where they would have gone with the eugene character if Briles had not been drafted- as mentioned earlier, he was "cerebral", i think going to college to be a doctor? I had the impression Nick sometimes looked down on him (some episode about Gene's birthday and a calf and a saloon?) for not tending to the physical side of ranching. But since the show already had Jarrod the bookish one I wonder what Gene's role would have become? And were he and audra originally going to be sort of a pair getting into problems?

User avatar
RedShirt
Drover
Drover
Posts: 1643
Joined: Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:41 pm
Badges: 29
Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Adam Cartwright
Location: West Texas

Feedback Corral Summer 2018 Pernell Birthday 2018 FFW 2018 Title Search
FFW 2018 Matchups FFW 2018 Fabulous Fan Fiction Cinco de mayo 2018 Pie Recipe for Pi Day 2018
Stuffed In Chat 2018 Meet & Greet Chat 2018 1,000 Posts FanFic Writer Badge
Olympics Silver 2018 Anniversary Don't Blink Anniversary Word Puzzle Anniversary Pick 1,2,3,4,5

View all badges

Re: The Big Valley - Family dynamics

Post by RedShirt » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:30 pm

The youngest vanishing vs. the oldest leaving.

I do wish something had been said about the character's disappearance; he's in the credits, then he's not. (Sound familiar?) He's around the
ranch and dinner table, then he's gone.

Don't know what the original plans for Eugene & Audra were -- never saw the show's "bible" referenced anywhere. Jarrod's bookishness didn't
keep Nick from respecting him (and while he wasn't the brawler Nick was, he did have a respectable ability to handle firearms).
A gun is only a tool, like your jackknife; no better 'n no worse than the man who handles it. Any man can pull a trigger. It's not hard. But it takes a big man not to pull one. -- Adam Cartwright

Post Reply

Return to “There Were Other Westerns?”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests