Dynasty Season 9 Thoughts/Reviews

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  1. Michael Torrance

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    I don't disagree. Sable on THE COLBYS would look really mean toward Frankie (who didn't deserve it because any emotion toward an empty bucket is wasted) and toward Connie (who just needed a few more days to become as senile as Sable tried to portray her). Unlike Alexis, who had this "I will savor crushing you" look toward her targets, with Sable there was a level of personal passion, tension, and commitment which I found fascinating.Maybe what some of you are referring to as the 50s sensibility of the show's dynamics--or maybe not.
     
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  2. Michael Torrance

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    It was abrupt and it was also negating all of seasons 7 and 8. After he and Steven bonded that much, I don't buy that he would burn his letter away. Maybe Adam in S4 would react that way because of the loss of his wife and son, but not this one. I think Paulsen cared more about Alexis having a sounding board (and someone to be her proxy while Collins was away) than realistic character development.
    But Adam had become a secondary character during S8. While I agree with Thomson that the character took huge leaps back, he also became front and center again.
     
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  3. Alexis

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    Adam's change I could deal with as he was really a bit of nutcase anyway. So his mood/personality swings sort of made sense. At least with having the same face all through the series run. It's harder to buy the severe personality changes in the other siblings as their heads would change.
     
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    That's how I feel: it just didn't seem terribly jarring, even if Thomson thought so.
     
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    Good!
     
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  6. JROG

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    I'm up to "Every Picture Tells A Story", the episode that ends with Alexis vowing to make Blake pay for Roger Grimes' murder. Of course, I already knew who the body turned out to be, but the reveal is nicely and slowly built up to that explosive cliffhanger. The first 3 or 4 episodes were a little slow, but the show has quickly transformed itself. The wit is fantastic. The pace has settled comfortably. Things are building.

    Too bad it seems Alexis is off again for 2 episodes. I have yet to make up my mind about this on again/off again situation with her. I suppose I'll wait until I finish the season first to see how I feel about it. That's hardly criticism - Collins was pretty much the only energetic part of even the worst DYNASTY seasons. Here, written with such wit and pathos, she shines brighter than ever, and her scenes standout even more than usual. I loved when she went apeshit on Dex, accusing him of betraying her, even though he's clearly always had her best interests at heart. That's so Alexis.

    I am REALLY liking Zorelli and his possible relationship with Fallon. Virginia feels like an empty slate, so far, and then she started talking about crystals. That's so Aunt Ginny. We'll see.

    Fallon and Sammy Jo catfighting and then becoming friends was great.

    The situation with Krystle is really sad. Maybe it "helps" that I know this facilitates Krystle's exit, but generally I think it's a superbly written story. I think the Evans from Season 1/2 would have played it better, but I'm not complaining.

    Jeff: He's extremely hot. My God. I'd climb him like a tree. I can say that now because the writing finally recognizes what an ass he is, and JJ is playing it for all it's worth. Some of his comedic stuff is fun.

    And, most importantly of all: THE PIPELINE IS FINALLY FINISHED!!! It only took what? Four seasons?!
     
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    Yes, Linda also apparently loved her exit story.

    I agree she would have played it better if only Paulsen or somebody had told her to "relax" as she was still a bit into SAD-PTSD automation. I always think of the scene in which Sable inadvertently spills the beans about the identity of the body in the lake and how much better Linda would have done in back in S1 & 2. But oh, well.

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  8. Michael Torrance

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    Alexis showing up like a vampire always sends chills down my spine.

    @Willie Oleson and I have discussed the use of Alexis on the show, and on a rare instance where we two agreed, we concurred that such a powerful character works better when they are not always around, but you know their appearance spells trouble.
    Paulsen did it for the money, but it ended up working wonderfully. Heck, had I been in charge of DYNASTY, I would have paid Collins double the salary so she wouldn't complain, but I would have used her as he did throughout the series.
     
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    And during her absence you'd think, what is she up to now? what's cooking in the background?
     
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    THE WEDDING/GINGER SNAPS/DELTA WOE

    The last three episodes have been quite the experience. The wedding episode is perfect -- a wonderful tribute, visually stunning (one of the most beautiful soap weddings I've ever seen) and you can't argue with that super nostalgic, heartbreaking freeze frame of Krystle waving goodbye to not only her family and friends, but the show.

    Still, when in the next episode we hear Krystle's operation has failed and she's in a coma, there's a sinking feeling. I knew it was coming, but it still felt horrible, because you know she isn't meant to come back. DYNASTY without Krystle will be rough, regardless of quality.

    The Zorelli/Fallon relationship has been fascinating. Zorelli feels like the sort of character you'd never see on this show were it not for Paulsen, which must be a good thing, considering the mess the previous teams left. Their scenes are written wittily and the actors have enough chemistry to pull it off. I loved how Zorelli was the one to have a post-sex freak out, a trope usually reserved for the women.

    Meanwhile, Ginger sees Dex and pretty much short-circuits. I'm still not convinced by the actress, but the storyline is intriguing enough.

    Alexis has been gone for three episodes now, but Sable fills that spot quite marvelously. I loved how she and Jeff finally had a confrontation (complete with slap) and are back in each other's orbits. Also, there's a terrific scene in the casino where Sable turns Dex on and then leaves him cold. Beacham is once again giving a tour-de-force performance. And the twist with Sable and the lake and whatever's going on there is great.

    Interestingly, Aaron Spelling and the like are back to being credited as Executive Producers at the end of the episode during the freeze frame (Paulsen's credit gone). It's also the first episode that ends with a double shooting that leads to a fire somehow, so I don't know what it all means but should be interesting to see....
     
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    That's actually a goof -- one that's never been corrected in 30 years. At the end of "Delta Woe," Aaron, Cramer and the Shapiros get a repeated EP credit, while Paulsen is denied one.

    But it's just an accident; Paulsen is still running the show.
     
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    Ah, I see. And, here I was, thinking I somehow missed some juicy, behind the scenes drama!
     
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    At least that mistake is now in HD. :D
     
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