Dynasty: I hardly recognized you
October 18, 2017 9:36 AM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

An heiress, her father, and his new fiance plot and scheme at work and at home. Everyone has something to hide, but they're ready to flaunt their wealth and oil barony.
posted by Margalo Epps (4 comments total)
I loved the first few years of Vampire Diaries and this feels like it's going to churn through plot in the same way. In most shows the stolen money would have been worried over for a few episodes, if not a whole season, and would have been revealed by someone else at exactly the most challenging to relationship time. Here Sammy is just like, oh, sorry about that money I stole a few hours ago. And even the character which is closest to likeable is like, you stole several hundred dollars? Didn't even notice.

I think one of the things I like about this show so far is that it's not trying to make people likeable-- even the two main women get to be cutthroat in business, say things meanly, and use people in relationships. I like that even as I'm frequently rooting for someone, I can't feel that bad when they're thwarted or get their proper downfall.

I never watched the original show, but this reboot feels modern and highly entertaining.
posted by Margalo Epps at 6:14 PM on October 18, 2017

I loved old school Dynasty. I don't know on this one yet but it wasn't total crap, so we'll see.

Old Blake was generally a jerkoff cranky pants except around Krystle, who turned him into a sweetie. Old Blake was also pretty bigoted about having a gay son most of the time. New Blake is young and hot and so far we haven't seen much of his "conservative" side yet, which is making him more pleasant to be around. WINNER: NEW BLAKE.

I absolutely loved Krystle, who was totally sweet and nice except she would not take crap from anyone and was down for catfights. I am glad Cristal has a different spelling so as to differentiate, because man, I don't know about her. Would mostly seem nice but is it a great idea to be brawling with the stepdaughter already? WINNER: OLD KRYSTLE.

I did not like the shallow brattiness of Fallon 1 and preferred Fallon 2 back in the day, but neither were actually brain trusts. New Fallon actually works and has some brains and has affection for her brother, at least. WINNER: NEW FALLON.

I was never too fond of the bland poutiness of Steven 1. I vastly preferred Steven 2's cheerfulness, except then there's the weirdness of the producers deciding to make him not gay. New Steven is hot and charming and fun and snarky and my favorite character in this. WINNER: NEW STEVEN.

Old Jeff was freaking gorgeous and nice and always deserved better than Fallon. New Jeff--on the one hand, making him a business rival is a good move. On the other hand, he really gives me the gay vibe and Fallon has way more chemistry with her chauffeur. Why didn't they cast the chauffeur guy as New Jeff? Would have worked better. WINNER: OLD JEFF.

Both are hot manipulators looking to screw around and get into shit. I do think "Sam Jones" is coming off more as a scammy hustler in episode 1 with the money stealing, but he does have a hotness with Steven. VERDICT: UNDECIDED.

Thought these characters were bland, bored, and whiny in the original and that tradition continues. Hell, New Matthew is being played by boring Jack on Revenge. Why are these people being brought back? VERDICT: THEY ALL SUCK.

Where is Alexis? I'm surprised she wasn't in the premiere. I guess episode 2? I guess we'll be waiting on the arrival of Adam too, god help us all with that ass.

I am weirded out that Alan Dale is playing the butler instead of a rich millionaire. Very. Weirded. Out.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:59 PM on October 19, 2017

I thought it was pretty clear that Steven is gay-- his dad set him up for that business deal in part because he knew the other business guy was gay and thought the flirting would make the deal work better. We also see him picking up the guy at the bar he likes better. Why do you think he isn't gay?
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:25 PM on October 19, 2017

I was talking about Jeff coming off as being gay (to me anyway) when he's not supposed to be. I'm not disputing that Steven is!
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:36 AM on October 20, 2017

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