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Dynasty - The Eighth Season

by Ken Tasho
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Tuesday Apr 29, 2014
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How amazingly awful is "Dynasty: The Eighth Season"? Let’s count the ways.

When we last left the disgustingly rich Carringtons and Colbys of Denver, Colorado, Alexis (Joan Collins) flipped her car over a bridge and (Spoiler Alert) gets pulled out from her mishap by a handsome stranger with nary a scratch on her. Thank God her frilly ball gown and makeup were still intact.

All others left behind at Adam’s wedding were taken hostage by, gulp, Matthew Blaisdale (Bo Hopkins). In a desperate attempt to revive ratings, the show’s writers brought back what the audience thought was a previously dead character from the first season. This 2-episode arc gets thankfully gets resolved quickly in season 8, leaving gay Stephen (Jack Coleman) to stop brooding about his sexuality and turn his attentions to his depression over the Blaisdale events.

Leaving Denver for good are Dominique Devereaux, Blake’s brother Ben, and Sammy Jo’s pretty ex-husband Clay Falmont. Inexplicably returning are Jeff Colby (John James) and Fallon (Emma Samms). Oh, that’ right..."The Colby’s" got cancelled and the 2 characters suddenly return to "Dynasty". In yet another attempt to enliven ratings, Fallon was kidnapped by aliens in a spaceship in the desert. Or is it all a dream?

I’m speaking of "Dynasty: The Eighth Season" as though it should be avoided at all costs. Quite the contrary. If you’re a complete-ist like me, add this 2-volume DVD collection to your 80’s nighttime soap opera set. Just don’t expect to be dazzled by fabulous script writing, acting, or plotting. What you will get is a show that had become a caricature of itself by its eighth season.

Like with previous "Dynasty" DVD releases from Paramount, no special features are included.

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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