When I saw the nuDynasty pilot in October the show instantly exceed my (albeit low) expectations and I happily realized I was going to truly enjoy whatever short run I expected it was going to have. Having now seen this incredibly entertaining and competently executed season finale, I think they have achieved the quality that can blow the original series out of the water. If they can maintain that. Look at it purely from a technical point - did the original Dynasty ever come up with such an effective yet entertaining climax, gradually, seamlessly and naturally boiling over into such a spectacular final scene? And what a brilliant way to reboot that season 3 cabin fire which now pales in comparison. Things didn't just happen for the sake of having a dramatic cliffhanger, there was logical progression to it. First off, despite my initial "I'm not sure I'm on board with this" vibe about Cristal's war-of-the-roses opening montage, were the original Blake & Krystle ever this interesting as a couple? Though I still think Grant Show can't play a rich asshole as well as a frightening John Forsythe in season 1, I'd really hate it if they killed off Cristal (how can you have Dynasty without a Krystle?), because I really want to see where they go with that kooky relationship next. I must be stupid, but I again didn't see the Matthew twist coming. There were certainly sings they were headed that way, like him and Claudia just waltzing into the mansion with the other wedding staff without anyone noticing, which at first I thought was silly. Not to mention his reason for being there. But when it turned out it was all in her insane mind, it suddenly made perfect sense. Seconds before that, they made me feel sad for Claudia when even her dreamed-up Matthew jumped to take a bullet for Cristal. The bottom line? The Dynasty reboot continues to be exactly what a reboot should be - they know their source material and they're being playful by constantly incorporating elements of it into the new series, while keeping the new narrative fresh and different. Some additional thoughts: * If Matthew Cullhane is gone, he was given a much superior and dignified exit than the original (in both S1 and S7). * Steven's horny cougar-lady (beautifully played by Kelly Rutherford) as well as Liam were among the best of the recurring cast this season, how great the producers recognized that and brought them back to further help elevate the excitement factor of the finale. * Kirby's entrance was indeed very S1 Alexis (or Patrick on Revenge) and very 1980s, giving the producers extra time to cast the (hopefully right) actress over the summer break. The original Kirby was a botched character, never living up to the mystique of her limited but puzzling backstory. The reboot again did the right thing by boldly turning her into a bit of a nutcase. I can't believe I'm saying this - but I'm looking forward to Kirby. * The little CW reboot with its miniscule ratings and limited budget, continues to outdo the original series in terms of outdoor / location filming, camera angles, establishing shots, and other production details, which grounds the series and helps sell the more outlandish stories. * It never occurred to me, till I read it here, but they do have a perfect opportunity to pay homage to the original by recasting Steven. I wasn't initially sure about this Steven, but he has grown on me immensely, so for that reason I hope they don't (unless the actor wants out).