Discussion in 'CW Dynasty Episode Threads' started by tommie, Dec 18, 2018.
Watching this brief trailer offers nothing of value and only reinforces my low opinion of Dynasty 2.0. Why are they continuing with the comedy routine? The only thing I'm looking forward to is what the writers have install for Steven.
Hey, I thought it was funny. X)
The type of promos they run are what you run for a sitcom or procedural show without a continuing element. The way soaps get viewers invested is the continuing story. They’ve completely lost that this season. I still think it’s fun to watch but it doesn’t stay with you and nothing seems to be going anywhere.
According to IMDb James MacKay appears in 40 out of 44 episodes of Dynasty’s first two seasons.
Is it just wrong or was Mackay’s ‘firing’ a stunt to create publicity?
If this was the case where is the publicity? The departure of James didn't make the evening NEWS here in Australia. I don't think it even made the gossip segments we sometimes see on those morning shows but I'm at work so may have missed it.
This reboot doesn't have me hankering for more after an episode has finished. At least in the day with Dallas and those first few seasons of Dynasty we couldn't wait for the following week to roll around. If this version of Dynasty is cancelled right now I don't see any Australian networks announcing it in the nightly NEWS.
I did feel season one did a good job of building the stories and giving you pay off. Particularly with Claudia and Alexis. It’s just this season they seem to be going to this more self contained sitcom feel. All my friends I got hooked on season one are similarly disappointed. Unfortunately this is one of the only shows where the writers never do interviews with previews or insight into their vision so we don’t even know if they’re happy or plan on retooling after it returns midseason.
Description from my cable guide:
"The Carringtons track down a dangerous enemy on Christmas Eve; Fallon and Blake clash on how to handle the situation; Cristal suspects Alexis may not be telling the whole truth; Kirby is cast out by Anders for having an immature reaction."
This one made me giggle. Anders is only now kicking Kirby to the curb? Should have happened the moment she opened her mouth.
It's what I've noticed this season. For what is suppose to be a serial each episode is given a theme. There are some elements of a continuing story but each scene looks like slapstick comedy so in the end we forget to ask, "Where is the story-arc?"
I don't think it's wrong. I believe he was dropped from a contract to a recurring player.
Technically we don’t know if he’s “fired fired.” The characters keep saying he’s back for Christmas and the writers said Steven comes back so it’s possible we’ll see him for more episodes. Hard to predict with episode promos that are five seconds long and usually focus on showcasing a quip.
Maybe he´ll be back in that episode, and then something will blow up and his face will burn, and he will be seen only in bandages a la Pam. Then he´ll decide he has to go back to Guatemala or Paraguay or whatever, and will make phone calls with his face hidden to the camera. But it will still be the actor´s voice...Maybe, or maybe not...
"They cancelled "The Muppets" and not this...?"
Wow...seems Dynasty remembers it is supposed to be a soap opera, after all. This episode had a LOT going on, and people who seemed to be at loose ends finally demonstrated their purpose. There were even two..count 'em, two engaging cliffhangers that left me thinking we're finally getting reasons to look forward to the next episode. It's some of the best stuff I've seen from them in some time.
The saga of Baby Blake/Matthew had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, though I'm proud to say I guessed one aspect of the story during the discussion of the previous episode. Even better, this whole caper allowed some plot points to be ironed out, such as assigning blame for what happened to Celia, and putting together some of the linkages between Claudia and Hank. Cristal is still trying to piece together Alexis's role in the mess, but thankfully their banter (like the bit in the promo) was minimal. They had actual PLOT to focus on, so the snappy bon mots did not dominate the hour*.
B Plot was once again Michael and his Secret Life. But even as it seemed he'd turned over a new leaf in the previous episode, things turned once again tonight. Jeff's involvement seemed superfluous at first, but after the final scene, I can see why they slowly worked him into the story. Michael's latest "shipment" also can (might) lead to some movement on the Van Kirks' involvement in the Carringtons' lives.
In addition to plot plot plot, there were some nice character interactions, most notably a fiery confrontation between Fallon and Blake, followed by a reconciliation scene later on when the dust settled. They actually talked about things that mattered for once. They also gave us some good stuff between Anders and Kirby.
They even managed to do a product placement of sorts by having a scene on the rooftop of the Hotel Clermont, a real Atlanta landmark. The show had gotten so "mansion-bound" that having them out and about was a nice change of pace. James MacKay was not listed in the "guest stars" so I was kind of spoiled that we would not see him back, even as they kept saying that Steven was coming home "that evening" to be with the family. I found it hard to believe all this stuff happened in one day.
* The lines of the hour, however, came from
Cristal 2.0 to Alexis: "Send a card signed Ho Ho Ho. I'll know it's you."
Fallon to Michael: "Can you believe that in two weeks we'll be Mr. and Mrs. Fallon Carrington?"
Okay, so they're going to instantly sacrifice the cutest potential male-male couple in TV, Manuel and Sam Joe, on the altar of some dumb, nonsensical baby-napping??
Nannies are always nuts on soaps. It's some kind of law, I think, and the law does not exclude 'mannies'. Because that would be sexist, right...?
Makes me question why the producers release 10 second nonsense instead of a proper trailer which intrigues viewers to potentially give the series a look at. Someone at The CW is not very good at publicity.
Manny better have a twin or something. They were such a good looking couple and the whole kidnapping thing wasn't even good enough for us to be losing Manny
Good-looking but also cuddly. But looks like Manny's already gone,
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