I'm halfway through the last of DYNASTY's bad seasons... I intended to start a thread much sooner, but I've been binging, and here we are! As always, please NO SPOILERS at all. I also don't know what the cliffhanger for this season is, so I'm hoping it's a good one. We start with some really crap new opening credits. Matthew's revenge did not leave the bad taste in my mouth I thought it would. As it happens when the show has a Very Important Story to tell, the siege focused them sharply. I think it's fascinating that the same actor, gone for 6 seasons, came back and the show just expected people to know and recognize. The story wasn't dragged, had some interesting moments (like the first episode ending of Blake entering the mansion and finding no one there... that was quite creepy, in a very good way) and we got some fun action. Oh, it's as stupid as ever: Matthew's diary? Really? The Matthew from season 1 would go home and write in his diary more soppily than Lindsay "I cry for a living" Blaisdel? Not to mention that 'language' Matthew and his friends were talking, or the truly random Jeannette/Gerard love story that was introduced in the second episode and, so far, on episode 12, it's like it never happened.... How awkward for the show to set up the gubernatorial race via... Matthew of all people. "I heard a rumor" Really, Matthew? You heard a rumor? While you were in the jungle, grabbing your forehead and moaning, you heard a rumor? The show acted like this possibility had been introduced already and it's laying it on a little thick. Dex getting shot was a pleasant surprise. The best thing about the siege is Steven stabbing Matthew to death. I swear, it only took 6 years, but Coleman finally gave a gripping reaction and earned his episode-ending freezeframe. Of course, the show then takes exactly one episode to mine this very juicy development for Steven's character and drops it. I have no words to describe how badly they messed up Fallon's abduction story. What promised (on THE COLBYS) to be a great breakdown story was taken, made literal, and then they forced Jeff and Fallon to argue over it for, like, 10 painful episodes. I mean, over two whole months!! True, I am seeing hints of the old, stronger Fallon here, and John James' reaction to Fallon's story was priceless!!1!!, but overall, what a waste. I especially love that the advanced aliens use plastic syringes for their experiments just like us! I just cannot believe they chose to disintegrate Fallon's marriage over her UFO claims. It could have actually been an interesting story, with much better writing, but that's DYNASTY's usual. And, then, they oh-so-subtly made it all about Fallon needing to grow and move on and the UFO has been completely forgotten since. The story has really highlighted what an ass Jeff is, too. Probably more than ever before. "Is that what took so long?" he asks when Fallon shows him her Faire dress. Wow. I wonder if James ever realized what an asshole he was playing, because I see complete confidence in his performances. Not much to say about Adam and Dana's surrogacy storyline. I can see the disaster approaching. I'm glad a lot of it is rooted in Adam's character, and it's cool that we keep seeing Dr. Edwards after all these years. Perhaps the most annoying aspect of the season is Leslie, who went from an OK addition to being a shrew to morphing into an Alexis clone and f.ucking everything in sight. Granted, as a character development, it's very good, but the actress disappoints greatly. She cannot carry any of it, and has no charisma to help her through. Still, I like that she and Jeff had a one-night stand, and that she jumped on Sean's bone(s). Speaking of Sean... well, what is there to say. I find him attractive, but that accent. So confusing. I hate that Alexis turned so blind over him to facilitate their getting married. Although I'm intrigued by his revenge plot and him turning out to be Joseph's son and Kirby's brother (really?), the show once more doesn't know what it's doing. First they hint that his sights are set on Blake, then he switches and wants to hurt Alexis. Dex (who hilariously was shot in the back but then needed a cane after being released from the hospital) briefly gets to sleep with Leslie (that's three men Leslie has bedded in less than half a season!) and then has nothing to do, except a nice friendship with Fallon and going off to Africa to play homoerotic scenes with the butler from THE NANNY. Krystle finally has a little more to do than cry and pray to Blake. Her acting has even improved. In fact, I'd say everyone is a little more relaxed. Perhaps the most surprising thing of all is that Steven's next storyline is... running a football team. How macho! (That's a key word, mind). I don't know how interested I am in that, but ironically, now that he's dealing with such a manly thing, Steven finally comes alive, and the writing allows him more agency. I also really liked the addition of Josh Harris and thought the whole story was as good a story as DYNASTY was capable of telling at this point. His death was extremely unexpected. I was briefly angered at them squandering him, but quickly came to see it as a really great, shocking development. It also allowed for some fantastic performances from Heather Locklear, first on the floor as she held an unconscious Josh, then when she was having that small breakdown with Jeff (which made me tear up!). The sad thing is, that was it for Steven. Sammy Jo is clearly being moved on to Jeff, but the message for Steven is clear. They actually bring back Chris Deegan, not to allow Steven to finally have a real boyfriend story, but to make it very clear that no gay shit is going to occur. Wow, I hope I'm wrong about that. The gubernatorial race is interesting. For the first time in a long time, DYNASTY has a central plot. Instant focus, in other words. There's much more logic and smartness in the plotting than we've seen in a while. It moves at a brisk pace. (Possibly the result of the season having 5-7 less episodes than usual, which turns out in its favor). It's actually decent, if one ignores Blake would never even be a candidate, much less win, or the fact that the show keeps coming up with random things to fill the plot and time (a return to Cora's brothel... welcomed but stupid). I also think it built up very nicely to Alexis' decision to run. You knew it was going to happen, but they didn't make it instant, so it was very exciting when she finally made the announcement.