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Years: 1985, 1986
Country: United States
Genre: TV series, Soap opera, Drama
Starring: Joan Collins, John Forsythe, Linda Evans, John James, Diahann Carroll, Billy Dee Williams, Heather Locklear, Jack Coleman, Pamela Bellwood, Gordon Thomson, Michael Nader, Catherine Oxenberg
Guest starring: Pamela Sue Martin, Kevin McCarthy, Billy Campbell, John Saxon, Richard Hatch, Rock Hudson, Matthew Lawrence, Emma Samms, Kerry Armstrong, Maxwell Caulfield
Creators: Richard Shapiro, Esther Shapiro
Producer: Aaron Spelling
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
I received volumes one and two of the sixth season of Dynasty last week. Both are coming out July 3rd from Paramount Home Entertainment, and although I’m still irritated at the idea of splitting up TV seasons into volumes for their DVD releases, at least both volumes of the season are coming out at the same time.
Not that I was super-thrilled at the idea of sitting down to watch the entire sixth season of Dynasty over the weekend. Yeah, Heather Locklear’s all hot and vindictive, but lookalike imposters and underhanded plots and Joan Collins being awful don’t really make for a pleasurable marathon viewing experience. Dynasty is okay in small doses.
But then I put in the first disc, and hold on! That’s right! There was that huge massacre at the end of season five, where it looked like every single character in the show had been killed by MOLDAVIANS! There WAS a reason to watch all of a sudden! Who was dead? Who was still alive? How many major cast members would be gone? Oh. It turns out…none. Yeah, there was the gay guy’s boyfriend and Ali McGraw, both of whom were minor characters at best.
Then I started thinking, while watching the rest of season six. Suppose a regular person had lived through this terrorist attack and massacre. They thought their family was dead, they saw passers-by gunned down around them. Wouldn’t that bring a regular family closer together? Wouldn’t you put aside your petty differences? I think I would. I don’t think I would seize that moment to defraud my family of a fortune. I would wait at least six months. Then again, this was Dynasty, and the show must go on!