Wee Review No 8
A Touch of Froth
The 1980s prime time soap that aimed to make Dallas look like Sesame Street.
Dynasty – Season 5 – Episode 2 – Opening Titles, Dynasty Moments, http://www.youtube.com and photographs © CBS Television Distribution
Dynasty (1981-89), was one of the two main prime time soaps of the 1980s along with the other Big D, namely Dallas (1978-91). It starred John Forsythe as Blake Carrington, as patriarch of the Carrington clan and married to the angelic (and annoying) Krystle, his 2nd wife (Linda Evans). At the start of the series, he had two kids Steven and Fallon and by the end of the series he had five including the child he had with Krystle. Additions to the family included the one he didn’t know about until she turned up, Amanda and the one who was kidnapped at birth, Adam. Their mummy, Blake’s first wife, Alexis was played wonderfully by Joan Collins and was then described as a female J.R. Ewing. She also had a string of marriages mainly with toyboys. And seeing them, who can blame her.
However by the end of the series all four of the actors and actresses playing Carrington children had been replaced with other actors and actresses. Poor Blake. Dynasty, like Dallas was known for giving characters plastic surgery after grisly accidents, affairs, amnesia, dealings, poisonings, revenge, weddings, remarriages, long-lost relatives, balls, accidents, kidnappings, evil twins, fires and catfights. The catfights were usually held between Blake’s two wives, and the most notable one both women ended up in a lily pond.
It also had a spin-off, The Colbys (1985-87) which ended with an out of this world ending whih will be revealed in a later post concentrating on this show. Notable famous guest stars included Kate O’Mara (as Alexis’s sister of course), Christopher Cazanove, Ali McGraw and George Hamilton. The most ridiculous storyline involved the Royal Moldavian wedding “massacre” series where, the whole cast were gunned down Rambo style, only for them to dust themselves off in the next series with merely a scratch with shockingly no plastic surgery needed for anyone.
Also like Dallas, a reunion movie was made to tie up loose ends and provide the fans with the ending they wanted. At the time of writing there’s no remake in sight, so you can make your own endings up for the characters as they die nastily in your preferred manner – remember they are more not only invincible than your average superhero, but replaceable too….but that really would be a case of Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure (2005)…
Weeper Rating: 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 😦 /10
Handsqueeze Rating: 🙂 /10
Bonus Trailer: Yes, Parody