I was thinking recently, with the discussion of how under-utilized Diahann Carroll was, the crippling problem DYNASTY had plot-wise, that of no serious antagonists to the characters. The Blake-Alexis vendetta soon was caricaturish, or perhaps even started that way from the very first scene back when she was moving in. The Alexis-Krystle antagonism started explosive, but soon Krystle was defused and even Alexis did not really see her as a threat anymore, domesticated and wrapped up in her FiLoLi-syndrome compound. And of course Cecil Colby, who had great potential, was turned into a poor man's Blofeld by season two, and then promptly killed. Yet Sable in season 9 showed it was possible for Alexis to have a serious antagonist. Why couldn't that have been Dominique earlier on? Or later Caress? Cecil being killed off was a narrative tragedy for the show, turning the show's universe all about Blake's legacy and semi-incestuous. What if Daniel Reece was not some Rock Hudson stunt casting but Sammy Joe's father, who also fell in love with Dominique? Imagine Sammy Joe with Dominique as her stepmom. Or Sammy Joe plotting with Alexis against Dominique. Similarly, Blake needed someone to challenge him other than Alexis, or Alexis needed to not have full control of her empire. What if her dirty tricks with the south china sea oil leases led to investors' lack of confidence? What if Colbyco needed an infusion of cash, to be provided by a California Colby, or Dex, or even Brady Lloyd? Yet characters were introduced as a single arc element rather than enriching the canvas. Mark came in just to drive a wedge between Krystle and Blake. Even though the show showed that he had chemistry with Alexis and Fallon, both relationships were soon dropped and by season four the character was useless plot-wise. Same plot rigidity happened with Tracy, Lady Ashley, Daniel Reece, the works. And of course the show would introduce core characters such as Amanda, Dominique, Caress, and Ben only to soon be bored with them and ship them off--the same thing the Pollocks, in an interview, stated they were horrified that Shapiro had planned to do so with Blake's ex wife Madeline and her six episode arc. Looking back, it is preposterous that characters were introduced to the show's chess board without any forethought or what the next moves would be, so that in the end the writers ended up playing mere checkers with knights, bishops, castles, and queens.