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Dynasty: The Eighth Season

Paramount // 1987 // 3814 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // June 5th, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge Brett Cullum just can't get enough of whoever manages to show up in Denver to chew the scenery!

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Dynasty: The First Season (published May 11th, 2005), Dynasty: The Fifth Season (published July 27th, 2011), Dynasty: The Final Season (published October 4th, 2014), Dynasty: The Second Season (published August 15th, 2007), Dynasty: The Seventh Season (published August 17th, 2013), and Dynasty: The Sixth Season (published July 22nd, 2012) are also available.

The Charge

High glamour meets high camp in the Mile High City!

The Case

Dynasty was always more sudsy soap fun than competition like Dallas which actually took itself seriously. The glitzy series ran from 1981 until 1989, and this block of episodes comes from a time when nighttime soaps were suffering in the ratings on networks. Many Dynasty fans claim Season 8 was the beginning of the end as their riches began to turn to rags, according to network executives. The ratings were slipping, and the series was now out of the top 30 and at 33 in popularity. This run of shows began on September 23, 1987, and it followed the cancellation of the spin-off The Colbys. As a result Jeff (John James) and Fallon (Emma Sams) returned to Dynasty, and their stories continued here.

Season 8 opens with the prim and proper Carringtons being held hostage by a blast from their collective past, Matthew Blaisdel (Bo Hopkins). He suffers from strange headaches, and has a Peruvian army to back him up. Matthew is holding them captive because of his undying love for Krystle (Linda Evans). As if she would run off with a captor; perhaps he is hoping for Stockholm Syndrome to kick in. Meanwhile grand dame Alexis (Joan Collins) has driven off a bridge, but is saved by a mysterious stranger (James Healey) who delivers her safely to the hospital. She goes crazy trying to find him so she can appropriately thank him. Fallon's car is found abandoned in a desert, and her husband Jeff rushes to find out what happened to her. He gets a little disappointed to find out she claims she was abducted by aliens. The season incudes Blake's (John Forsythe) run for Governor of Colorado, Alexis dealing with her mysterious savior, Jeff and Fallon fighting to save their marriage, and all sorts of other strife to carry along the narrative.

This is not an entirely new release, but rather a repackaging of previous Dynasty: The Eighth Season sets which split all the years of the show into two separate volumes. It is still two distinct packages, they just now come together when you buy them. There are no extras on any of the discs, so there's nothing new to be seen. These are the same old episodes in their original fullscreen format and monaural soundtrack. It all looks fine and sounds just like Dynasty did back in 1988. There's not much to complain about the presentation other than some context would have been nice. Menus are easy to navigate, and there are six discs collectively for the entire year. Fans shouldn't feel the need to double dip here, but if you held off because of the split for two volumes, here is your chance to own all of Season Eight in one package.

Dynasty was a cash grab from the start, but it managed to differentiate itself from Dallas by taking things far over the top to a point where the sublime met the campy. Season 8 is when the show fell out of the top thirty in Nielsen ratings, and it started to sputter a little here and there. But don't worry, because in this batch of episodes there are plenty of catfights, alien abductions, misguided attempts at kidnapping, and lush display of wealth and power to satiate any appetite for those who crave this brand of cheese. There is nothing new to see with this release, but having all of the eighth year episodes is fun enough.

The Verdict

A guilty pleasure worthy of Alexis and Krystle fighting it out in the fountain outside their mansion.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Paramount
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
• English
Running Time: 3814 Minutes
Release Year: 1987
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Drama
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None


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