After re-watching season 3 on CBS Drama, I must say it is a lot better than I thought. There are about 3-4 episodes that are just piles of stupidity, but the rest (and that accounts for over 80%) are good. The major flaw we have all talked about on this forum is Alexis’ transformation into an oil business savvy CEO when by her own admission after Cecil’s will she knew nothing about the field. But that is not actually the only one—the second one (though perhaps not unintended) is her moving into the penthouse apartment rather than the talked-about but never seen Cecil Colby mansion—the one she would steal Tony for as a bribe in season two. Thus while in business Alexis is, unbelievably, a titan to rival and eventually overwhelm Blake in the season, in her personal life she is now even less relevant to the family than she was in season two. While Blake has a mansion and the family estate, one that even divorced Jeff and new wife Kirby bizarrely live in, Alexis and Adam live away from the rest of the family on the outside looking in. Alexis’ apartment never becomes a home, and nowhere is that more obvious than when Steven decides to move to La Mirage while looking for a place—even Alexis does not mention the possibility of him taking quarters there. Now on to the rest: The best element of the season: how the writers anticipated what the audience would think given the history and context of the show and included it on screen. When Alexis is saying she would never want to harm Jeff, Adam laughs at how much her conscience must have toiled over Krystle’s child. When Blake is acting like a bigoted tyrant again against Steven, Krystle reminds him that he had promised that he would make things different if given another chance. Adam also calls Alexis on her mutually exclusive desires regarding him and Steven: treat him like a brother, but help me in a plan to deceive him away from Blake. Speaking of Adam, this is his season. He is presented as a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde kinda persona, though the Dr. one is seen too rarely. After presenting him as a sociopath, the show does make an effort to explain his murderous streak on psychotropic drugs (in Billings, Montana, no less). His obsession with Kirby is also presented as his belief that they had the same outsider upbringing. His reaction to his and Fallon’s mutual attraction is actually believable: since he never had siblings, he can’t be horrified that he unwittingly almost had sex with one. Her reaction is also coming from a deeper issue than the almost incest: the newcomer is coming to claim Blake at a time when Steven is gone. Adam’s pain when Steven rejects his efforts to come close to him is really touching. The new Steven, in retrospect, has gotten quite a free pass from DYNASTY fandom. Not only is Jack Coleman a subpar actor, but the writers have also changed his persona to that of a jerk. He treats both Adam and Blake with suspicion and hostility, while both actually make an effort to come close to him. Amazingly, he does not do the same with the person who did manipulate his life, Alexis—instead he goes to work for her and he too is a shoe-in for an exec position same as Adam, even though the former has a law degree and he studied literature. Maybe that is why she constantly favors Steven over Adam. And in a moment of karma, he gets treated lousy by Claudia even though he has good intentions—I loved that scene. What is great about his story is how his disappearance and re-emergence affect others, and how well they timed each for maximum effect. Blake explains that he cannot accept Steven is dead like others did, because he is the one who drove him away and has to carry the guilt. All the unspoken but present hurt in the father-son relationship from season 1 surfaces here with Blake in a wild rage like King Lear realizing how terribly he treated his son. The side effect of Fallon and Krystle finally burying the hatchet is also satisfactory, but years of suspicion are then magically swept under the carpet—quite the missed opportunity especially with the potential of Mark around. Krystle also gets a great story with becoming a mother to little Danny and then losing him when Steven comes around—a mixed joy of Steven back and sorrow of losing the chance to be a mother. Krystle has two weird situations in the season handled badly by the show: one is Mark---the show wants to show she has feelings for him but then refuses to go there. Then when Krystle leaves Blake and moves to La Mirage, she does it on a spur of the moment tantrum. The next day she gives Blake a more believable explanation—he will talk with Alexis about his children but not her, he will talk with Alexis about business, so what is her function in her life—but the timing is screwy--leave first, decide on a reason later. Linda Evans also starts exaggerating Krystle’s mother earth moments, and she is now more grounded in scenes that involve Alexis or characters other than Blake and Mark: Adam, Jeff, Kirby. We also get a gem of a scene, a rare instance of Alexis and Krystle being nice to one another when Alexis hears Steven is alive. Fallon is seen as a businesswoman early in the season, and she has an interesting relationship with Mark, which Alexis promptly ruins. But overall, both Fallon and Jeff are not front line characters this season: this belongs to Alexis, Blake, and Adam and to a degree Steven. Speaking of characters, Mark is, as I have often mentioned, someone the show does not know what to do with. He is clueless early on, then a pest, then naïve enough to believe Alexis will have a relationship with him, then really decent to Fallon, then an aimless tennis pro again. That he hooks up with all three Carrington women and still ends up a loose thread at the end of the show is one of the season’s weakest points. Moving on to Kirby: I think the actress was a poor choice. The character is also given a past we never really find out, any more than we truly find out her personality except that she was obsessed with Jeff and understood she was reliving Sabrina. Why she accepted to go on a trip with Adam after he had raped her is another one of the Kirby mysteries—I think the were going for a complex character but ended up with a mess instead. Finally, if we accept Alexis’ instant transformation (a tall order) then we have a slow build up showing us that she is becoming more and more of a target to people with her inconsiderate actions. By the time the cabin fire happens, the show has slowly built on the McVane arc and also on how she has treated Mark like dirt. Joseph is a bit of a last minute throw-in, not that that there was ever any love lost there. What I found interesting was Alexis’ early seductive hints toward Jeff, coupled with her later strong aversion to harming him—I wonder if the writers simply wanted to leave this as an undercurrent or they were planning to maybe exploit it in the future. So, I think it is overall a strong season built on a weak foundation, that of Alexis suddenly becoming Mrs. Colbyco. Given how so many other elements are well planned, I wonder why that one and the Mark storyline are so shabbily constructed. Also, as others have written in more detail, the show starts being more inconsistent in terms of direction and sets--on the latter I need to only mention two words: La Mirage.