Paramount // 1985 // 1440 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge P.S. Colbert // July 22nd, 2012
"Something is wrong. What's happened? You look the same, you talk the same, but it's as if my real wife has slipped away and a stranger has taken her place." -- Blake Carrington (John Forsythe)
The course of true love runs roughshod through Casa de Carrington, from beginning to end of Dynasty: The Sixth Season. Thirty episodes of moral deregulation by garishly over dressed one-percenters in the glory days of the Reagan administration.
Rising from the ashes of the Moldavian massacre that capped off Season Five, the "survivors" (all of whom seem to have been either shot in the upper arm, or not at all) wing back to Denver for therapeutic doses of backstabbing, betrayal, catfighting, extramarital couplings, and surprise visits from long-lost relatives with ulterior motives. In short, all the comforts of home.
Speaking of home, Carrington manor is thrown for a loop when Krystle (Linda Evans, The Big Valley) is kidnapped, a lookalike imposter (also played by Evans) taking her place. Always pretty as a picture, Evans unfortunately displays all the acting skill of a photograph, making this major plot point an endurance test for viewing audiences.
The revolving door of guest celebrities continues to spin, with Rock Hudson, Ali McGraw, and Billy Dee Williams out; Ricardo Montalban (Fantasy Island), Ken Howard (The White Shadow), and George Hamilton in. Though he'll never be mistaken for a great actor, Hamilton -- who's famously essayed the roles of Evel Knievel, Count Dracula (Love at First Bite), and Zorro, The Gay Blade -- is nothing if not hard working. Chewing through scenery like a termite army, his schizophrenic portrayal of dual roles is worth the price of admission for this season alone.
Silver screen legends Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity) and Charlton ("damn it all to hell!") Heston also make appearances to establish their roles in The Colbys spin-off series, while Diahann Carroll -- not only the first African-American female to win the Tony (for Richard Rodgers' No Strings), but the first African-American female to headline her own TV series (Julia) -- gets to offset her time-wasting role as Blake's half-sister Dominique Deveraux with some peerless singing of Broadway standards.
Dynasty: The Sixth Season is yet another standard-issue, no-frills Paramount/CBS Home Entertainment release: standard definition 1.33:1 full-frame transfers, Dolby 2.0 Mono audio, and no extras. Though to the studio's credit, these episodes look and sound great.
Same as it ever was, Dynasty is all flash and trash, as addicting as crack. Approach with caution!
Not guilty. After all, you can always just say no.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 1440 Minutes
Release Year: 1985
MPAA Rating: Not Rated