Discussion in 'Dynasty' started by Michael Torrance, Jun 14, 2018.
Feel free to bring up anyone you think is missing
My vote is Mark Jennings. At least with DeVilbis and Tracy, it could have worked if they'd done it differently. But with Mark, as Krystle's ex, the casting just wasn't right.
Kirby... Always Kirby. I mean she was at least 46 characters wasn't she?
Yeah the casting was bad, but it was consistent in one thing: Krystle has always had terrible taste in men. Mark, Matthew, Nick, Daniel (Nick was a wild card in not being old testament also). I really wanted her and Dex to have had an affair.
She was in Jeff's Colbyco office a lot, inhaling right along with him.
I voted for McVane, cuz there was so little point and potential to him (the only redeeming qualities I can apply to him are that he was the reason for the "Get out of my sight, you miserable has-been!" scene, and the hilarious "drag queen murder" stuff ); for Jeff, because he was such a Designated Hero; and for Straight Steven because of how much disrespect it gave to Al Corley's portrayal. At least with the other characters, there was potential for all them to be a ton of fun. Yes, even Lindsay. She could have been interesting, or at least cute/tragic, had she not been such a crybaby.
I don't dislike any of these characters, but I assume this thread is about worst-written-characters.
Mark and Tracy had the weakest storylines, Kirby the most confusing but Steven 2 was a real downgrade although I kinda liked him in season 3.
All the other characters from that list are good (Jeff was a bit hit-or-miss)
Sometimes it's a combination (like Straight Steven) of storyline and actor, sometimes it is more the writing (Tracy) and sometimes the actor (Lindsay). In terms of who they were as characters, Steven, Mark, Kirby, and Jeff had potential as characters being tied to core players or being core players themselves, but a combination of bad writing and acting killed it. I don't care for characters like Tracy, Nick, or De Vilbis because I don't like one season (or 1/3 of a season in De Vilbis' case) characters as a rule unless they serve a purpose--Tom Carrington served a purpose, for instance, as did McVane during the merger storyline.
There was a story waiting for all these characters, they served a purpose. It's just that the writers decided not to use all of it. I don't know why, was it lazy writing or was it because they didn't want to change the status quo too much? Well I guess many soap stories are "what if" stories.
And yet two of their best players left the show, talk about impact! It's almost ironic.
So boring, and so un-gothic. I could ignore this character's inconsistent history, but then at least he should have been something special.
An old monster in a huge bed in a huge castle. Never show his face, only his hands. Pictures of Blake's mother...stuff that would connect it to the Dynasty history.
And Blake (Matthew wasn't a bad guy).
Frankly, Krystle's history of bad taste in men doesn't tend to ring true somehow. It always feels like misandric laziness on the part of the writers.
Or misogystic. Or both.
I've been re-watching Season 4 on CBS Drama, and I think the most unlikeable character is Tracy.
At least with De Vilbis you knew he was supposed to be a villain, and Kirby a victim.
Mark's a waste of space in season 4, but I think James from London said in one of his rewatching threads, it would have been more interesting if Tracy fell off the balcony and both Krystle and Alexis were implicated, and Mark just went back to New York.
I want Alexis on the stand testifying that she saw Krystle slap Tracey thru the doorway of Krystle's Denver-Carrington office. While Blake reluctantly testifies in Alexis' defense of killing Jennings.
Is it au courant to have a mêlée on the floor of the courtroom --- Krystle, Alexis and the entire gallery, the judge's gavel blazing ??
I think my favorite scene of season 4, and maybe all of DYNASTY, happens in "New Lady in Town" when Steven is in New York and an old college classmate recognizes and hits on him--despite him having a whole new face.
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