It certainly was odd. It seems like the producers have decided to go gruesome and dark, instead of light-hearted and whimsical. Maybe that sells better overseas, and apparently the French TV network chipped in to bankroll the series. It also could help explain why Nicollette suddenly found family obligations and opted to move on. Quickly.
No opening credit slideshow again. It had been in place for nearly all season. Maybe it is too cheery, cheesy, and chipper for a Show Turned Dark.
KrystalTwo gets marginally hysterical upon learning of her ex's death but barely reacts to the loss of her (only) child. And we thought Linda Evans under-acted.
James Mackay was listed as the Male Lead again. Seems odd, maybe contractual? Maybe they couldn't list him as a Guest Star? Or maybe he is back? Hideous haircut, awkward male kissing, palest-male-in-the-world skintone and all?
We knew that Blake had a disinherited brother in the Original. This time around, everyone in the family knows of him and he has a French Family. Which we never heard about in the first 35 episodes of the show, but with whom Fallon is still chummy.
How exactly did wimpy 5-foot-7 Grant Show overpower, subdue, and tie up his hired "muscle". I guess Anders took a break from playing with his puppy, snarkng with Alexis, and making videos for his son-in-law's webfans? And we do now know for sure that Joseph knows where the bodies are buried.
Blake asks Alexis to *comfort* KrystalTwo? Huh?
Does George Glass have a missing finger?
No Colbys again. Their wardrobe intervention may last half a season.
Really like the Fallon-SammyJo dynamic. Sadly, I think he is destined as the Eunuch Gay BFF and not the Sexy Manipulator male version of Heather Locklear.
This was the first of the "Back Nine" episodes for this season. So a shift in approach may have been part of the renewall process. If the show had been canceled after 13 episodes, then Krystal's Wild Ride would have ended Dynasty 2.0. I would be OK with a darker, more brutal reboot. The light, slightly tongue-in-cheek format never has caught on with the CW viewers.
I still want Crystal #3 for next season.