While watching last week's episode it occurred to me to pay attention to the episode structure in terms of the number of scenes and breaks and though I've always known the new series had more frequent breaks and a higher number of faster-paced scenes as opposed to the original series I was quite taken aback at the gap. I've known (for decades now) the original series mostly adhered to the 6+6+6+5 structure, with a 23 scene total. The episode running time was about 46-48 minutes, but you had longer credits and "last week on Dynasty" segments. That still gives you the average scene length of about 2 minutes. Last week's episode of the new series structured the episode like this: 5+6+6+6+6+5, for a total of 34 scenes (actually second-to-last segment could also be counted as 7 scenes, which would gives us a total of 35 scenes). Given the 42-43 minute running time incl. credits, the average scene time is barely over 1 minute. DYNASTY is of course not the only current series to pace their scenes at this breakneck speed, in fact it's the standard today. But it makes me wonder if the writers actually had double the time per each scene, whether they would end up with more compelling character development. They're so scared of people flipping the channel, they don't let the scenes and people in them breathe. And that's sad we've come to this. (By the way, I didn't count her scenes, but I believe Elizabeth Gillies appeared in 90% of them. I don't think the original ever focused on any single character this much, incl. Joan Collins' Alexis, the Almighty New Emperor of Denver. The focus is not surprising given the network, but it's still excessive - and I say that as a fan of Gillies' portrayal of Fallon Carrington).