While the forum was away, I missed my DYNASTY obsession, so I decided to utilize my amazon prime subscription and re-watch the show's pilot (3 hour) episode, "Oil." Amazon for some bizarre reason has it split in two: a 90 minute first part and a 45 minute second part. But first, I will explain why I will not go in very long reviewing of the episode. Reason 1: there is the superb review of @JamesfromLondon And also this review of the whole season But as I was watching it again after quite some years, I was wondering if it would be as good as I had built it in my mind to be. In some aspects, it was a little less. In most aspects, it was so much more. The pilot has an amazing sense of location. When Matthew drives down the mountain in his red cherokee with Lindsay to go see Claudia, (54:09 to 54:49--yes that is 40 seconds!) we get a continuous shot of the mountains as he goes down the highway, with a version of the theme that is beautiful lyrical and melancholy, and I wish they had used it again (I certainly did not remember it). Not the only scene this happens of course. The pilot uses so many shots to create film atmosphere, from Krystle looking out from the balcony to Steven himself looking out from the study to many, many more. Quite amazing to think that this show went to become a claustrophobic studio mess a few short years later. There is a sense of visual unity and transition between scenes that either is in the script (brilliant if so) or the director was allowed a lot of freedom. Little details like going from the kitchen staff rolling pastries to the hairdresser rolling Krystle's hair are the kinds of things that I didn't remember (or notice) before. Speaking of things I did not remember: we find out so early how awful Frankie is. Jeff talks about being at her wedding and bout his step-father (and getting along with him) so we know she exists, and just doesn't care. I do wonder though if that dialogue was a mistake on the Shapiros' part--just a scene for Jeff and Steven to start talking and Steven to tell Jeff to stay away from Fallon for his own sake. Later, they wanted to strengthen the Cecil-Jeff connection and we get no other reference to Jeff's mother, to the point that I am sure hardly any viewers remembered she existed. Also, I always remembered Blake being harsher, but he was actually romantic in a wittier way in the pilot than the subsequent seasons' mushy mess. In the flower shop buyout mentioned in @JamesfromLondon's review, Blake does not actually just buy all the flowers in the shop. He shows up with a pitiful bouquet he gives Krystle and tells her this is all they had after some crazy rich man bought the shop out. When she asks they go somewhere cheap for dinner and suggests Chinese, he takes her on his jet to San Francisco's Chinatown. At Krystle's question of what he would do if she had asked for French, he matter-of-factly says that then "we would have to stop to refuel in New Jersey." And by the way, when they are in Chinatown and San Francisco, the show has chosen such good stock footage and trusts its audience enough, the later-ubiquitous yellow letters announcing the location are nowhere to be seen. Other things that surprised me: we are always focused on homosexuality and how the show was a pioneer in its depiction (it was), but the show does a lousy job with mental illness. Claudia says she understands why Lindsay is angry about her nervous breakdown. And she understands why Matthew may be angry too. Except, I don't understand how anyone can be angry about someone's mental health deteriorating. Many, many feelings can revolve around it, but anger is so bizarre and frankly, more reactionary than I remembered the show to be. And way before Steven and Claudia were bonding over Dickinson, Claudia was reciting another poem "Hogamous, Higamous," which she claimed she remembered from high school but which is no ordinary poem, as it has been connected to anyone from William James to Dorothy Parker (whom Claudia attributes it to) as they were looking for conceptions of gender. By the way, speaking of the Blaisdels, somehow there is not enough drama in their household. Yes, the situation with Claudia is tense (and either Belwood shows tension through her nipples, or the woman did not believe in bras) but Lindsay dropping plates is not drama. And we can't care about the couple because we have seen Matthew pine over Krystle. The family becomes interesting through Steven--first Matthew with Steven--and after the pilot Claudia and Steven. Some things are exactly as I remember them: funny lines abound (Cecil: "Jeff does not have the sense to be insulted. If he had any less imagination, I'd have to promote him to my board of directors"), Evans as Krystle is ethereal, Corley's Steven is tormented and mesmerizing, and Martin's Fallon is a revelation. But I had forgotten what a commanding presence Forsythe is as Blake. So I really enjoyed re-watching it, and I highly recommend it.