Dynasty The First Season DVD Review
The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; Fallon, pampered and spoiled; Steven, openly gay; and Amanda, hidden from him by his ex-wife, the conniving Alexis. Most of the show features the conflict between 2 large corporations, Blake’s Denver Carrington and Alexis’ Colby Co. Passion, glamour, catfights, and the biggest shoulder pads in Denver. Dynasty, was the primetime soap fueled by an all-star cast and “sexsational” storylines. Relive the wrestling matches between Alexis and Krystle, Steven’s scandalous romances, Fallon’s affairs with practically everybody, and of course, the power struggles at Denver-Carrington, led by the magnetic Blake Carrington.
Studio: Spelling Entertainment
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Run time: 718 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Spec: 4 DVD
Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) is an oil tycoon. He’s preparing to marry his former secretary, Krystle Jennings (Linda Evans). She’s still in love with Matthew Blaisdale (Bo Hopkins), whom she had an affair with while his wife, Claudia (Bellwood) was in a mental institution. The wedding brings together the family and exposes it’s many flaws. Blake’s daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) is jelous, wanting her father all to herself. She gets involved with Cecil Colby, who’ll help her father out if she marries his nephew, Jeff (John James). Then there’s the Carrington rebel son Steven (Al Corley), who’s struggling with his sexuality and his place in the world.
Everyone can find something to relate to in “Dynasty.” Whether it’s a dysfunctional family, issues of sexuality, or class struggles, there’s a lot said in this series that simply caught me by surprise. The actors are all high class. The first season is different from all the other seasons. Yes, it’s shorter, with only 13 episodes which clock in at 15 hours worth, but it’s high quality story-telling and acting. Forsythe makes you hate Blake for how hard he is on Krystle and how demanding he is of Steven. Steven puts a new face on a bisexual male, one that today’s t.v. really wouldn’t handle.
The first episode was rather epic and was originally shown on ABC as a 3-hour event. The story lines and acting are nothing like the rest of the series. Linda Evans plays a Krystle who isn’t comfortable with wealth and she isn’t comfortable with being Blake’s lap-dog. Forsythe’s Blake is hard-nosed and aged, hateful and angry and unable to manage his family while his business ventures take-off. Another breakout star is Bellwood, who plays a fragile Claudia Blaisdale. Her scenes with her on-screen daughter and others really help you to relate the all the wealth and glamour. Another great actor, Pamela Sue Martin, who plays the jealous daughter. She’s witty, independent, and knows how to get to people.
Movie Content: 10/10
The Final Word
This was such a great season and show that I’d recommend it to all. It’s relevant to today because here we are, nearly two decades after the show first aired, still dealing with sexuality, oil, wealth, greed, just as the characters in the show are. Birth control, drugs, sex … that’s all a part of this season as well and highly interesting. “Dynasty” is a timeless show that perhaps was derailed after Joan Collins stepped in and spiced things up, but definately should be included in your DVD collection.
Overall Rating: 10/10