It was with some trepidation and much prejudice having not enjoyed a frame of it first time round , that I put on episode 1 of The Colby's last week.
I love it . It is bizarre in the extreme but it also has an incredible performance by Stephanie Beacham that makes the rest sort of - almost - make sense.
Watching The Colby's is like watching a 1950's B movie at 1 am that for some reason you are really glad you are watching .
Maxwell Cauldfield brings a B movie James Dean sensibilty into the mix and Heston & Stanywick bring old Hollywood into it with interesting results.
Heston's Jason Colby is awkward and lumbering and slightly off key , almost weak , which makes him far more interesting than Blake Carrington at this point in Dynasty's evolution. We find Heston carving out a big performance which drives Jason Colby but the script is often at odds with Heston which in retrospect makes it quite interesting.
Barbara Stanwyck is just giving giving giving til it hurts .. and it obvioulsy gets quite painful for her at times . So The Colby's is a srange mix of auton like robots - Emma Samms Fallon brings the show firmly into Sci Fi territory. I can just imagine Samms in an episode of The Fantastic Journey or season 2 of Space 1999 being not very good but blending into the colourful sets - and earnest big energetic performances . It makes it quite compelling ....
I must point out that The Colby's is dreadful but it's got some really interesting parts to it that make it worthwhile. Namely Stephanie Beacham ... so far I find her scenes and her performance riveting and nothing short of a technical exercise in how to be good on a TV 80's soap.
I shall post more as I continue into the foray of The Colbys. Now pls remember peeps that s2 ends with a space ship coming down does it knot ? NOSPOILERSNOSPOILERS
I know this happens. Therefore I must judge the show as a sci fi show. I am watching it as sci fi... It all works. Blake Carrington keeps arriving and shaking. That works. And it's almost as if most of the women are Robots or Cylons ... It's sort of Stepford Wives in Malibu.
I'm up to around ep 10 , Not so bonkers Old Auntie Connie's been run over by Sable! That scene alone has been worth the ride so far ....