With that said, they did a great job at remaining true to the basic storyline, and the homages to the original series were numerous and subtle ("Digger's Granddaughter" marrying a Ewing in the first episode).
I can't believe a whole season went by with no one ending up in the pool. Don't care what the weather was when they shot it; they could have heated the water or something.
Where the show truly excelled was in knowing its place in television in 2012. The production was big enough to do justice to the series, yet not so overproduced that it was trying to recapture its glory days (impossible in this era). What this season proved is that the Dallas story is timeless, and can always be told. That legacy was pretty much hanging in the balance, and the actors have all but cemented it.
The best feedback should come from those who did not watch the original series, and I think if I were one of those, I would still have found the show intriguing.