After the American Vandal, this is the most genius show out of stupid shows. CW’s remake of Dynasty is the best worst thing to ever happen on screen. Almost a perfect totem for pop culture. Don’t be mad, hear me out.
Due to me growing up and becoming an adult, my lack of interest for teen drama is just too big right now. This explains why I didn’t join the train of Riverdale and Shadowhunters. Also the reason why I never finished 90210 or Pretty Little Liars. However, Dynasty, that I started out of boredom on Netflix, came through for me. Not because it’s particularly good.. quite the opposite: it is the absolute worst show I’ve ever watched and that makes it so good. Well, it’s more complicated than this, but you get the point.
For those who don’t know it, Dynasty is a remake of an old soap opera. The context is pretty classic: we follow the lives of the Carrington family, a stereotypically rich white family from Atlanta with a multi-million worth company, CA. The show begins with the wedding of Blake Carrington, the patriarch of the family and CEO of CA with one of his employee, Crystal (who he also promoted as COO). And, obviously, his daughter, Fallon, who fancied Crystal’s job, is against the marriage. And you get the whole step-mom/daughter hate and drama, daddy issues and all kind of other stuff.
For this particular reboot, they chose a more diverse cast and characters:
- Krystle Carrington ( former Jennings) became Crystal Carrington (former Flores). From a white blond female, she became a beautiful hispanic woman coming straight up from Venezuela. But after Nathalie Kelley’s exit on the show, Crystal Jennings came right back. (You have to see it to understand it. You might be confused still but that’s why it’s so good).
- Her niece, Sammy Jo (Samantha Josephine Dean) is now her nephew Sammy Jo (Samuel Jones). Just like the original character, he’s the love interest of Steven Carrington, the son of Blake.
- Last but not least, the all time enemies of Blake Carrington, the Colby’s, are afro-american’s with clearly Nigerian relatives (Jeff Colby speaking Yoruba was pretty hot.)
I was asking myself the other day, how come I tolerate Dynasty and not Riverdale ? And I came up with two answers that are kind of intertwined: the Drama (not drama, but Drama) and the acting.
The number one rule of soap opera’s are that the Drama in this show has to be at least on level 11, on a scale of 1 to 10. (I understand, for comparison, that telenovelas have to be at least at 20 on a scale of 1 to 10). Anything under is unacceptable and a waste of time. In Dynasty, the drama level is reaching infinity. You have the whole thing: the scamming, the betrayal, the arguments, the wigs are snatched, the champagne is thrown, and people dressed in designer clothes are pushed in the pool. It might sound easy but matching the ridicule and the timing as perfectly as they do asks for knowledge in the art of soap opera which it clearly is.
None of this would be credible and as funny if the actors portraying those roles weren’t doing their job perfectly. Based on their previous work, Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious) and Nicolette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives) were born to play respectfully play Fallon and Alexis Carrington. And the rest of the cast is just as perfect in their role.
Anyway, if you have time to kill, no shows to watch and need a good laugh, watch Dynasty and thank me later.