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Was s8 a cheap, semi knockoff version of s6?

Discussion in 'Dynasty' started by StrangerDynastyTreeNat89, May 13, 2017.

  1. StrangerDynastyTreeNat89

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    When you watch seasons 6 & 8 back to back, missing out season 7 entirely it does feel that season 8 is nothing more than season 6 but from the bargain bin at the £ shop,

    Both seasons started off in the aftermath of a wedding that had been hijacked by terrorists, which both had failed outcomes.

    Season 8 either repeated old storylines from s6 or reused some of the season 6 pre retooled bible.

    Alexis aspiring to become governor of Colorado was similar to Alexis becoming queen of Moldavia, pre retooled season 6.

    Sean Rowan was basically given Ben Carrington's original storyline involving him marrying Alexis and trying to kill her, the whole contrived revenge for Kirby and Joseph thing was just TPTB's own take on it.

    Sammy Jo and Jeff hooking up, just smacks of Sammy Jo and Prince Michael as far as I'm concerned.

    Leslie sleeping with Sean, again was just a knocked off version of Amanda and Dex's affair, Leslie seemed to be reading scripts that seemed to have been really written for Amanda.

    Other storylines in season 8 also seemed to try and recapture missed opportunities from season 6, like the Fallon/Jeff/Leslie love triangle, should've been the Fallon/Jeff/Amanda triangle,
    Steven becoming the darker brother while Adam and Fallon are both at odds with him.

    So was season 8 nothing more than a self wishful thinking version of season 6?
     
  2. Snarky's Ghost

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    Could be. It was certainly obvious that late Season 6 and Season 7 was a lame attempt to revisit plots from S1 & 2 --- but it's funny that they'd jump ahead to Season 6 when they did the Season 8 do-overs you describe.

    Especially since half of Season 6 was already a do-over in itself.

    It's like a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma slathered in second-rate salmon roe. A plotless vortex where everything spirals into a blackened pit of echoes and layers of repetition and stilted dialogue until the pink slips arrives or Pam Ewing finally emerges from her nap.

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    Yes, season 8 was basically a slackly warmed-up pastiche of rehashed and ditched storylines with a tired cast and no stories to get excited about. As if they had completely given up and just wanted to burn through their episode order.

    In preceding seasons, they had more exciting ideas. They poorly executed them, but they had a great cast, so they managed to at least make it entertaining. Season 8 (and I'll add 7B) commits the ultimate DYNASTY sin - it's not even silly fun anymore.
     
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    That's the thing, season 6, by the middle of the season at least, just didn't take itself seriously at that point and at that stage it was okay, almost acceptable.

    Season 8 on the other hand was a complete do over of season 6, but trying to make itself into a serious show, really??? At this stage in shows history??? It was laughable yet so terribly boring, the only storyline Tha was good was the Josh Harris drug story, another storyline that had potential was Krystal investigating Cecil's death, but TPTB shut that down faster than one could shout murder.

    And you both raise very good points
    @ Snarky's Ghost and @ Gabriel Maxwell
    Dynasty looked very tired and by the end of season the cast didn't really want to be there anymore, spinning into the realm of repeating storylines without the panache.
     
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    Perhaps ironically, though, it's the very fact that the brass had obviously given up by Season 8 which is why I find it easier to watch than, say, late-Season 7. They allow the static acting directive to lessen and those wall-to-wall scores drop off, too. So Season 8 is just as stupid and immature, but it relaxes.

    And relaxation can only help with this show.
     
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    If you look at the fashion in season 8 it was a continuation of the trends from season 6. Alexis was wearing typical 80's outfits, having the same short haircut. It's like they put aside her clothes for one year and went back to them.
     
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    Season 6 was a million and one things! They had thrown out whole stories and created new ones. No more Moldavia. No more evil twin. Season 8 was season long gubernatorial race! It was a far less successful season 9 but very clearly planned out and they stuck with the plan even if it was totally disappointing. Why didn't Alexis campaign on Blake being a murderer!
     
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    Or vice versa. Or both!
     
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    I wanted campaign ads with Ted dinards family! Any Mark Jennings relatives saying Mcvane wasn't killer Alexis was! Then it's about two billionaires calling each other murderders. A divorced couple using gubernatorial race strictly for grudges!
     
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    Because by this point in the series TPTB had forgotten important storylines from the shows then very, very recent history, The Mark Jennings case was only three years before the governors race.

    And also they forgot that Alexis was technically a British citizen living in America and to my knowledge i think that means that she couldn't have ran in the first place
     
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    It's true. They didn't want to use the past stories and maybe didn't know them. They were hiring a new producer every season. They would have interviews and hire the person who they felt had the best idea regardless of history.

    But only presidents have to be born in US. I don't believe any state mandates governors be born in the state.
     
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    I thought S8 was the make or break point for Dynasty, and it broke it. The idea of allowing the next generation to take the reins was very good, and some of the interactions (like Fallon siding with Adam against Steven) were refreshingly new. Krystle revisiting Alexis's past and Cecil's death was also clever. It was also a year of season-long arcs, something not seen for some years at that point. But other things were terribly ill-thought. For starters, everything about Sean (both the character and the actor) had the insane Moldavian element of shock factor. Leslie continued being Leslie, and why voters in the state would ever make likely candidates out of two people who have been through murder trials (to say nothing of all sorts of other past elements) is ludicrous. Having Blake go through a health crisis or some other reason would have made more sense for DC. And for Colbyco, Jeff could have come back, look at all the bad deals Alexis had made through the years, and take over the CEO position. But as head writers have sadly explained through the years, they wanted things to be unpredictable--read: make no sense. Still there was fun to be had for many of the episodes, which is not something I can say for the comatose latter half of S7.
     
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    I recall an old thread that suggested it be *Krystle* who runs for governor while Blake is her campaign manager, and Sean Rowan is her opponent with Alexis as *his* campaign manager. That would have made a lot more sense, and provided a fresh new take on the rivalry between the Big Three.
     
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    Season 8 was most definitely the make or break season.

    I liked the fact that it focused primarily on the Carrington clan whole heartedly again, after several years of Moldavians, clones, other families that never lived up to their potential etc.
    Also Fallon and Jeff were back, (I would've liked to have had Sable, Monica and Miles cross over too, even for just one episode)
    But in truth it was too little two late sadly and the show just got more tired and worn out.
     
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    I remember listening to a radio interview bit in Summer 1987 when Thomson conceded that the upcoming season would be "a watershed year for DYNASTY."

    Even then, thirty years ago, I snickered knowingly. If you had any sense, you knew it wouldn't, couldn't improve.

    So imagine my shock just one year later when they hired Paulsen... even though he was essentially assigned pallbearers' duties.
     
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