The Carrington lake couldn’t keep any secrets buried during the Season 3 premiere of Dynasty. Many of the cards were placed on the table to force the characters on their toes and stab each other in the backs. The season premiere focused more on who would strike first before being taken down themselves. This more cutthroat version of Dynasty is one that we’ve sorely missed during the summer hiatus, but the tone was lacking its usual glitz and soapy glamour that we’ve come to love.
The main mystery about Trixie took up a huge portion of the season premiere. After the cliffhanger of finding the body in the lake, the Carringtons trying to cover up the crime seemed like the natural progression. But, Fallon’s guilty reaction was an interesting direction for Dynasty to take in the matter. Fallon is a no-nonsense entrepreneur who doesn’t let concerns get to her … but Trixie’s dead body struck a nerve. We’ve seen Fallon experience and do a lot worse in the two seasons that had happened; the fact she’s being haunted now by the ghost of a girl she barely remembers killing (if she did it at all) was a strange sharp turn for her. Deep down, she’s truly a complex and sensitive person.
Getting Blake arrested for the crime was a 100% tactical move. She tried to play some of it off that it was about clearing her guilty conscious and giving Trixie peace but telling the truth only destroyed Blake. It would be his word against her’s. The Blake vs. Fallon war is a trope that Dynasty has done to death. I thought we were past this storyline, but it seems this is the conflict they want to approach now that Alexis is gone and they don’t have a lightning rod. Dynasty is rehashing ground here since we know that they’re going to bury the hatchet at some point and find peace – it’s all very filler.
Speaking of loose plots, Dynasty needs to drop a few to introduce new ones and focus on the bigger stories. One of those plots is Culhane. Dynasty could’ve written him off after Blake and Cristal framed him, but now he’s completely separated from the rest of the narrative. And with him turning down Kirby’s offer to bail him out of jail, he’s boxed himself into a corner. This move could’ve been the perfect way to exit the character. At least Jeff needs to come back to blow up Dominique’s plot and Kirby has revenge set for Fallon. What are you bringing, Culhane?
Anders moving on from the Carringtons was the best thing to happen to him. The family continues to drag him down and pull him into their toxic world. Hopefully, his new working relationship with Sam will go for the better. They have great chemistry together and it would be amazing if their business became a success. With all the evil happening at the Carrington home, it would be nice for something good to happen to a few of the characters.
Dominique is a breath of fresh air. Now that Alexis is gone, we needed another glamorous villain who is all about status, wealth, and seizing the Carrington glory. Dominique won’t let anything get in her way, including her own children. The way she strolled into the benefit with the music and flashing lights will forever be her signature arrival GIF. She felt right at home walking into these people’s lives ready to ruin their day. On the other hand, her goal to get the news piece is a weak plan – she should’ve strived for something bigger than just a short news segment that only a few people would’ve watched. If Dominique wants to get her status, she has to start thinking like a Carrington: go big or go home.
Side-note: Why hasn’t Monica become a series regular yet? The character has been with Dynasty since the beginning and she’s put in the work. Her character is fabulous, she can be cutthroat like her family, and there’s more story to tell about her. As much as I love Dynasty, the show lets me down in some regards. I’m still sad about losing Steven. Why does this keep happening?
Adam is going to get taken down one day and it’s going to be a glorious event. His character has embraced the full soap opera villainy; all he needs to ironic dramatic music behind him. For someone who went to medical school, he made a lot of careless errors in his devious plots. Firstly, did he really think it was smart to try to kill Liam during broad daylight? Anyone could’ve walked in, especially Fallon (which she did). Secondly, why leave behind the scrubs after switching the dead bodies? There could be DNA on it. Also, maybe have a silent conversation or two?! He speaks too loudly when discussing his nefarious schemes. It’s surprising he hasn’t been arrested yet for conspiracy to commit. The only justice was Fallon knocking him on his behind – it was a long time coming.
Also, on the soapy front: Liam’s cliché coma/memory loss. Of course, someone had to get amnesia on Dynasty; someone’s soap opera bingo game just turned victorious. While this plot provides dramatic flair, the outcome never justifies the means. Sure, Ashley (and I would expect Liam’s mom too) will use this to their advantage to get Liam away from Fallon, but eventually, he’s going to get his memory back. He won’t stick with Ashley after the lie she kept going, and his relationship with his mother will be completely destroyed. It will be more shocking if they succeed, but the reality is Fallon + Liam = ship it!
The season premiere of Dynasty returned with its trademark glamorous and soapy flair, albeit to varying degrees. The main family thrived with their duplicitous plots while the side-characters stumbled to share the screen. It’s the not best episode of Dynasty we’ve had in a while, but there’s potential and I’m hoping for the future. Also, I’m giving the new Cristal a chance because they’re coming into this bumpy situation; so far, she seems like a nice addition. We’ll have to wait and see how Season 3 turns out, but there needs to be fixed to streamline the drama and quick.