I'm happy to say, my favorite season of "DYNASTY" came out on top in our recent "What are your favorite DYNASTY seasons" poll.
The second season of "DYNASTY" that begins with the arrival of Joan Collins as Blake Carrington's ex-wife Alexis Morell Carrington got most of the votes (you were allowed to vote for all seasons that you liked).
I personally couldn't agree more, that was the year when Alexis gave "Dynasty" fresh energy (and soapier storylines).
I especially like the first 4 episodes of the season, I can watch them over and over again.
Most of the scenes take place within the confines of the Carrington property (always a plus with me), there's a sense of exotic mystery surrounding Alexis, she has great chemistry with Krystle, new cast additions gel well with the original cast (I loved Sammy Jo), there's fresh and genuine conflict, the season has strong structure... what's not to love?
It's not very easy to find a new direction for a show following a solid season and a great climax and many shows stumble (season 2 of "Desperate Housewives" comes to mind).
And that is especially hard when that season doesn't do well in the ratings ("Dynasty's" initial ratings disappointed ABC) and the producers scramble to find a new formula that works while facing certain cancellation.
But Eileen and Robert Mason Pollock certainly did it with the brilliant second season.
As far as the look of the show alone is concerned, I probably like seasons 3 and 4 the most. That's when they truly ramped up the glitz, the ladies wore some of the most beautiful outfits of the entire series, and the show got all wrapped in the most luxurious of trinkets.
Or as Gordon Thomson once put it: "it was all so squishily rich - a huge, big sundae for the audience."
I won't go into each season here, as they would require a more detailed and separate analysis, but I'll say I believe the scripts did begin to deteriorate after that second year, though the moment it really begins to upset me is the beginning of season 5, following Pamela Sue Martin's departure.
Some people believe "Dynasty" went down after its 2nd season, some note the resolution of the Moldavian massacre as the "jump-the-shark" moment, some may even say it never happened and they love it all.
For me, the show's decline begins with Pamela Sue's departure, then things improve as the season progresses. But the "Royal Wedding" aftermath is another blow; and finally the new "family-friendlier" direction following "A Love Remembered" in season 7 is where I think the show goes completely off track and into utter tedium.
So, I voted for seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4. Here's how those of you who voted on this poll last month felt:
6 & 9 29%
6 & 9 29%