Dynasty is ridiculous in the best way possible.
There’s never been an episode dedicated solely to the guys of Dynasty, and it’s a shame because Dynasty Season 3 Episode 19 proved that they can bring just as much drama as the ladies.
Did you ever think you’d see these five trapped in a prison together?
After learning that Blake and Anders were kidnapped and trapped in a Moldavian prison, Adam and Liam lept into action.
They put aside their differences (more like Liam forgot that Adam tried to kill him at one point) and hopped on a jet with absolutely no concrete plans in place.
Who goes to a country run by a dictator without any backup or plan B?
I expected more from Liam, who has always been the smartest of the bunch, and I definitely expected more from Adam, who once came up with a solid plan to convince Steven that he was going crazy.
Sure, they had blueprints of the palace, and Liam contacted a former VKI employee, but they were going into battle without a helmet.
Sammy summed it up best when he said neither one of them is particularly scary because Adam went blind after a gas leak and Liam got amnesia after being hit with a flower.
It’s so great that the series can troll itself.
Anders is the true MVP; that man will go to hell and back for Blake Carrington. He was in an Eastern European prison and didn’t once blame Blake for the inconvenience.
And then there’s Sammy, who got high and came to save them after hallucinating Danny Trejo, his childhood hero.
Sammy’s plan was absolutely bonkers, but because his character is so well-liked, it somehow worked.
Sammy’s mission impossible ended up being possible when he dropped into the dungeon and pulled them all out to safety. All he needed was a little liquid courage.
Kidnapping storylines are never my favorite, but from the onset, Dynasty didn’t take itself seriously with this plot, which is why they got away with something that realistically and logistically would’ve never worked.
The celebratory drinks were cut short when Adam realized that the rescue mission was for naught as Blake could’ve negotiated his freedom this whole time by giving up the CA oil.
Blake’s greediness is coming to bite him. He may have made it back home safely, but Adam is no longer pining for his father’s love.
Instead, he’s made Blake public enemy number one.
I never thought I’d say that the return of crazy Adam is something I’ve missed, but it’s an exciting development because this time his anger is geared towards the one person who was always spared.
Dynasty Review – Happy Birthday, Adam Carrington (4×07)
Finally… an exciting episode of Dynasty!
The season has been lackluster thus far, but I was really digging the rivalry between Kirby and Alexis over Adam of all people.
Who knew Adam would ever be such a hot commodity?
Alexis stooped to petty levels to throw Adam a birthday bash that rivaled Kirby’s, but Kirby outmaneuvered Alexis using sheer wit.
When I saw her arrive at the party drunk, I thought she was surely going to fall into Alexis’s trap and make an idiot out of herself while simultaneously sabotaging Adam’s chances with the Chief of Staff.
Instead, Kirby proved that she was just cunning as Adam.
She did have a little help from Anders, who played Alexis by pretending he was going to sabotage Kirby. Why would Alexis ever think that Anders would turn on his own daughter?
He might not be fond of their relationship, but he’d never intentionally hurt Kirby. It was fun to watch Kirby and Anders team up for a successful takedown.
Kirby not only pulled a fast one on Alexis, but she also made a good impression on the board, exposed Alexis’s true intentions when it came to stealing Kirby’s thunder, and made her look like a fool in front of the socialites she was trying to impress by allowing her to believe the sushi had been poisoned.
And she did it all without barely lifting a finger.
Now, that’s a girl you do not want to mess with and a worthy counterpart for Adam if there ever was one.
Alexis tried to make an impression with her first gala after securing Carrington Manor, but she looked like a madwoman knocking hors d’oeuvres out of people’s hands.
No one likes a clingy mother — just ask Liam — and Kirby made sure to call out her boyfriend for siding and listening to Alexis.
He promised that he wanted to have Kirby by his side as he advanced to the Chief of Staff position. It’s them against the world. I never thought I’d say this but wow, I really like them as a couple.
Of course, Alexis is hellbent on putting a dent in this union and invited Kirby’s ex-boyfriend Oliver to pay her a little visit. Will Oliver come between Kirby and Adam?
Another unexpected alliance was formed between Blake and Dominique. While it seemed like Blake was trying to sabotage Dom and Alexis’s excavation, Dom was actually playing Alexis and working with Blake in order to help him get the Manor back.
Honestly, Dom goes where the wind blows — that woman has no loyalty whatsoever.
But I’ll admit, this is the most excited I’ve been about her character arc in a while. We’ve only ever seen her butt heads with Blake, so it’s interesting to see them on the same side on the down-low.
And really, there’s no one left in Alexis’s corner.
Fallon struggled to maintain a work-life balance when it came to Liam, who was being a little clingy.
She decided to reach out to his college buddy Nash and ask him to occupy Liam for a bit, but that ended up biting her tenfold when Nash tried to make a move on her and then attempted to blackmail her.
You give a person a taste of a wealthy lifestyle and they try to grab a whole bite.
Nash didn’t just underestimate Fallon, he underestimated her whole relationship and naively thought he could blackmail Fallon.
No one blackmails Fallon. He clearly had no idea who he was messing with or that Fallon can hit back twice as hard when backed into a corner.
Fallon definitely tried to get Liam out of her hair, but she did it out of love. And she wasn’t afraid to own up to what she did because she was secure in her relationship.
It was sweet of Liam to defend her honor, but a punch coming from Fallon was even sweeter.
Aside from her little Nash problem, Fallon found herself making use of Blake’s business acumen to secure land in Europe for the European base of Fallon Unlimited. The only problem is that someone pulled their permits just as the deal went through… but who?
Who has an interest in sabotaging Fallon’s company? Could it be Nash? Or does this have Alexis written all over it?
If I had to guess, I would say it’s probably Laura van Kirk!
I even found myself digging Culhane’s storyline. We saw him struggle with coming to terms that he was a billionaire, and this was the extended version of that storyline.
By accident, Culhane was taken for the waitstaff at an event he was attending, which allowed him to bond with Mia.
The two definitely had chemistry, but she didn’t know his true identity.
When he finally went to fess up, she had caught on and figured it would be better if they remained friends.
Of course, this is the same Mia that has a connection with Jeff Colby, so a love triangle is bound to happen.
Personally, I think she and Culhane vibed more than she and Colby ever did. Plus, if she dislikes rich people so much, Colby is in the lifestyle way deeper than Culhane ever was or will be. Culhane even admitted that he fit in more with the volunteers than he did with the rich socialites.
Not to mention Culhane also deserves a solid romantic interest.
And finally, we saw another tease of the funeral that happens four months from the present timeline.
This time, Fallon was joined in the front row by Adam Carrington. Are we going to get snippets that reveal one character at a time until we find out whose funeral they are attending?
At this point, it could be anyone, but my money is still on the writers putting an end to the Steven storyline.
Otherwise, it’s either Blake, Alexis, or Kirby!
Who do you think is in the casket?
Dynasty Review – A Little Father-Daughter Chat (4×06)
A Carrington face-off dominated much of the hour on Dynasty Season 4 Episode 6.
It’s never easy to go into business with your family, especially when that family member is a father who doesn’t take you seriously.
Fallon wanted to prove she was a boss on Blake’s first day at Fallon Unlimited, and Blake wanted to prove that the company needed him.
Naturally, both of them went about it the wrong way, which led to a clashing of the suits.
Blake’s blindspot is that he still thinks that he’s a successful business owner. While it’s true that he built a very lucrative business, plenty of other aspects of his life suffered as a result and eventually, he lost that company and all of his millions.
Why would Fallon ever want to repeat history?
Fallon is forging her own path, which also means she’s forging a new path for the Carrington dynasty.
She’s keeping up with the times by wanting to build a positive workplace culture and providing fun benefits like yoga for group building, so it didn’t really mesh when Blake blew in there like a bulldozer and started firing everyone in order to make her recent purchase of a tech company profitable.
A place that lays off employees wihtout showing any remorse doesn’t exactly boast too much confidence from the public.
Fallon wanted real solutions, while Blake took the easy way out.
And eventually, they came to blows with Fallon uttering the F-word: you’re fired!
Blake has had plenty of setbacks in his life, but this was the one that finally stuck. It definitely helped that Anders put things in perspective for Blake when he asked him if he truly had tunnel vision.
Blake was stuck in how things used to be, but that’s no longer how things are. His choices were to assimiliate or find the door.
The realization hit Blake pretty hard as he realized he didn’t just have tunnel vision at work, he also had it in his relationship.
His “way” cost him too much in life, and thus, he finally began making amends.
Both Fallon and Cristal were ready to give him a second chance, but it’s going to work out much better for him with the former than the latter.
Cristal is pregnant — she knows it, we know it, the Lord knows it. Oh, and Anders knows it too.
His loyalty has always been to Blake, but I wonder if he’ll keep Cristal’s secret until she’s ready to make a decision.
If Blake finds out, it will undo any progress he’s made to become a better person.
And it will be terrible for Father Caleb, who decided that he was going to give up his romance with her and prioritize his parioshioners.
A child is physical proof of the sins that he committed.
It’s so cliche when pregnancy’s are written in to cause drama, but it works on Dynasty because it has the potential to upend everything!
I’m concerned about Fallon and Liam’s relationship. After his writer’s block got the best of him, Fallon’s suggestion that he write something meaningful inspired him to return to his investigative journalism roots.
Liam wants to out the corruption in the world, which is ironic considering he’s married into one of the most corrupt family’s in Atlanta.
Will his career path eventually force him to scoop his own family? After all, he already realized that Fallon was doing something illegal by reading her employee’s emails.
I truly hope this doesn’t cause a rift in their romance, but now that they’re married, it seems like the series doesn’t really know what to do with Liam anymore.
I’m all for seeing him shirtless every episode, but the man deserves a storyline.
I never thought I’d be the one to say that Adam is quite a hoot this season.
The little jig he did when he successfully outed Dr. Bailey from the hospital with an assist from Kirby was hilarious.
The two of them are slowly climbing the ranks of best couple on the series.
Adam has big plans for the Chief of Staff role at the hospital, and it’s far from “common folk.”
Fallon shrugged off choosing which researcher would get the grant money, but Adam knows that there’s so much money to be made in finding cures.
And whatever the hospital is working on could make him a billionaire.
He’s always had his sights set on becoming successful, and while the Carrington name does work to his advantage, Adam is actually a talented doctor.
I’m interested to see this storyline pan out because for once, it doesn’t involve Adam being a complete psycho.
Sure, he had to play a little dirty, but sabotaging a woman’s power point slide so that she would get fired is nothing compared to dunking his mother’s face in the fire. He truly has come a long way.
Sammy is struggling to navigate his relationship with Ryan who, contrary to what Sammy initially believed, doesn’t want his money.
And when money became an obstacle for law school, Sam took it upon himself to create a fake scholarship to get Ryan to stay in Atlanta.
It’s never good to base a relationship on lies, but it’s even worse to keep throwing money at it to “fix” things.
That should’ve been a lesson Sam learned from Blake.
It’s not surprising that Ryan didn’t want Sam to fund his life and pay for law school because then he would be indebted to him.
He wanted to still have his freedom.
If Sam had just been honest with Ryan and told him he wanted him to move to Atlanta, Ryan would’ve considered it from the getgo.
I’m glad that the two of them are having open conversations and navigating the relationship instead of just calling it quits. It’s not only healthy, it’s mature!
The writers truly have no idea what to do with Culhane, but you know what? It doesn’t matter.
Culhane sold Atlantix and is rolling in dough.
And as he navigated being rich, he decided to give Ryan a loan for law school while also buying James Bond’s Aston Martin.
Now, that’s what you call a boss move!
There was no purpose to Culhane’s storyline, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
And you definitely won’t hear me complain about the lack of screentime for Alexis and Dominique. It was so peaceful without them!
What did you think of the episode?
Will Cristal keep the baby? Will Fallon and Blake find their groove once again? Will Liam find himself torn between his career and his marriage?
Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!
Dynasty Review – Fallon’s Empire (4×05)
Running a business takes a lot of work, and that’s a lesson that even savvy businesswoman Fallon Carrington learned the hard way.
After announcing she was the head of the family, Blake handed her the baton, or should I say the leather appointment book, which meant she had to represent the dynasty at several functions that didn’t really vibe with her schedule.
To put it bluntly — Fallon got in way over her head, and she tried her best to stay afloat as the sharks began to swarm.
Dynasty Season 4 Episode 5 tried to convince us that these were the kind of responsibilities that Blake fulfilled while was the face of CA, but it’s hard to believe since we rarely saw him work.
It also wasn’t the best use of time considering CA went bankrupt, which led to Fallon’s intervention in the first place.
Fallon has been going above and beyond to rehabilitate the dynasty’s image after a series of bad deals, investments, and scandals tainted their reputation.
However, she also made some missteps in the process, namely getting into a confrontation with Tommy, who she threatened to sue.
But in true Fallon form, she managed to turn things around by realizing that she had to prioritize her events.
When Jeff and Monica’s grandmother Lo passed away, Fallon made it very clear that she was cutting her company meeting short to prioritize family.
People love when a brand’s core values include family, so she was able to get the deal with Smartverse back on track.
And she even managed to find a place for Blake all in a day’s work.
No matter what the Carringtons are doing, you know they’re always keeping it in the family.
Fallon has proven herself for years, so it’s about time she’s put in charge. No one understands the Carrington brand better than she does.
We haven’t seen the business side of Fallon in a long time, and seeing her rise the ranks to the top and navigate new challenges gave us some great television.
I love that Fallon also refused to share the responsibilities with Adam. They may no longer be at each other’s throats, but she’s still not going to let him represent the family publicly. Given his track record, that’s probably for the best.
With Blake taking a back seat, he finally had time to think of a plan to win back Cristal.
After threatening Father Caleb backfired, Blake realized he needed a new, more subtle strategy.
It wouldn’t be in his best interest to tell the clergy about Caleb’s relationship as they would fire him, which would lead him right into Cristal’s arms.
Instead, he convinced them that Caleb was irreplaceable and donated a large sum of money to allow Caleb to get a raise and a promotion. Blake was once again able to fix his problems by throwing money at them, though, I’m not sure where he has all this money from considering his company is bankrupt and he’s staying at a hotel after losing his mansion.
He also found a way to remind Caleb that helping people was a calling. In the end, Caleb admitted that he would miss being there for his parishioners while Cristal admitted that she couldn’t take that away from him.
When the whole honeymoon aspect of their relationship would wear off, it would quickly be filled with resentment.
I’m glad the whole Caleb and Cristal storyline is over. While it had the potential to be super juicy considering how forbidden it was, it continued to fall flat.
And I can’t say I’m all that excited to see Blake and Cristal chase each other in circles.
Blake has to know he’s second-best at this point, but that’s never stopped him before. All that matters is that he’s won.
Alexis focused on kicking the excavation into high gear. There’s so much buildup around these underground diamonds that I cannot wait to see how it pans out.
The “get rich” plot got in the way of Dominique’s final phone call with her mother. It’s a reminder to always pick up that phone call even when you think you have something more important going on.
Dom missed out on her last chance to connect with her mother.
But while her passing was difficult on Dom, it also helped her realize that she didn’t know her mother at all because she was too preoccupied with her own life and becoming a Carrington.
It also helped her realize that this wasn’t the kind of relationship she wanted to have with her children — she didn’t want them to attend her funeral one day and admit that they knew nothing about her.
Her eulogy was touching because for the first time ever, she put her ego aside and admitted her faults in not getting to know her mother more and not being there for her children.
She then decided to use this painful moment to fuel change. Dom is off to New York with Monica for a bit, which hopefully means we won’t see her around for a while. The series needs to hit refresh on her storyline because it’s duller than dull.
Culhane and Sammy’s storyline was the most exciting this week, and that’s saying a lot.
Culhane attempted to sell Atlantix after Dawkins threatened to pin his gambling ring on him if he tried to talk.
Dawkin wasn’t opposed to the idea, but he had specific buyers in mind which clashed with Culhane’s idea to keep the team Black-owned.
That’s when he concocted a plan to set Dawkin up so that he would confess to his crimes.
Sammy agreed to pose as the buyer, but the once-solid plan took a drastic turn when Dawkin came onto him and promised him the sale as long as they spent the night together in a suit.
Sammy managed to navigate the situation like a pro and dodged every one of his come-ons.
Eventually, they were able to get blackmail on Dawkin that would expose him for bribery. With the ammo in his pocket, Culhane was now able to sell the team to whoever he wanted.
But what will he do now?
There needs to be a reason for him to stay in the Carringtons orbit.
What did you think about the episode? Do you find that Dynasty Season 4 is lacking in the drama we’ve come to expect?
Do you think Fallon Unlimited will be the rebrand the Carrington dynasty and the series need? Will Alexis dig up diamonds or dirt under the Manor?
And where was Liam? I don’t appreciate any episodes without him.
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