The Dynasty Continues

The classic primetime soap opera “Dynasty” is once again appearing on television screens this fall. The 2017 show is a reboot of the original that aired on ABC from 1981 until its cancellation in 1989 and has an all new cast portraying the original characters.

Since the first trailer debuted in spring of this year, fans of the original series have had mixed reviews for the future of this show. The trailer showcased the over-the-top drama that the original was known for along with giving viewers a first look at one of the original characters, Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) and her manipulative and aggressive attitude.

At the surface, this series looked like a generic drama made for network television that displays the main character’s excessive wealth, along with the typical drama that goes along with it. The series premier was surprising as it went beyond rubbing how wealthy they were in the viewer’s faces. It provided substance with heartfelt moments that humanized the main characters along with scandalous moments to keep things interesting.

The show begins with the main character, Fallon Carrington returning home to visit her father, Blake Carrington (Grant Show) upon his request. Fallon believes that she is in line for the COO position in her father’s oil company. Fallon arrives home surprised to find that her brother, Steve Carrington (James Mackay) has also been summoned by their father despite not being on good terms with him. Fallon and Steve soon discover that their father has a new fiancée, his former secretary Cristal Flores (Nathalie Kelley). Despite this being the first episode of the series, the series has potential as it has all the things needed to be successful including a strong lead.

As the episode progressed, Fallon made it clear that she is not a fan of his father’s new fiancée as she believes that she is just in it for the money. Tensions between the two reach a boiling point after Blake offers the COO position to Cristal instead of his daughter. Fallon than announces she is teaming up with family rivals the Colbys and create her own company out of spite. Secrets and family rivalry seem like the main storylines for this season and viewers will enjoy all the drama and scandals that go along with it.

The reboot stays true to the original storyline, the first episode of the original mirrored the first episode of the reboot. It will be interesting to see if they continue this as the series may become predictable to those who have seen the original. The series made a few subtle changes to make the show relevant in 2017 these changes included adding more diversity into the cast and making the characters more outspoken than their original counterparts.

Although it was a reboot and is generally seen as knock-offs of the original series, “Dynasty” kept much of its original charm. Despite having the original's charm, there seemed to be a sex scene every few minutes and at time it was difficult to keep up with the storylines, even becoming overwhelming at times.

Grade: B

Dynasty airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 9/8 CT.