For its third season premiere, “Dynasty” requires us on a “Guilt Trip To Alaska” as the Carrington clan grapples with the sins of the previous resurfacing, actually.
But just before we pop the champagne, we gotta speak about who’s attending the cocktail celebration this season. Very first off, we’ve got our third Cristal in as a lot of seasons as Ana Brenda Contreras and her shiny hair have left the show, purportedly for private motives. Stepping into Cristal’s stilettos is Daniella Alonso, who has a ton of Television credits, but who I mainly know from her season two stint on “One Tree Hill.” In addition to 1 or two winky lines (“But I just got here”), they kinda just drop Alonso into the action without the need of a lot fanfare. And she’s fine in this episode, but right after becoming lukewarm on Cristal 1. Nathalie Kelley, I actually took a shine to Contreras’ power, so I assume it is gonna take me some time to adjust to this switcheroo.
On top of that, Adam Huber and Michael Michele have been promoted to series normal status. Huber’s a no-brainer, as his character and his pairing have been fan favorites for a when now. And right after becoming concerned about her casting, Michele impressed me with her guest stint final spring as Dominique Deveraux so I’m glad she’ll be about complete-time to fill the scheming bitch vacuum. Speaking of, no word however on a new Alexis. And Steven, annoyingly, remains off-screen and unmentioned.
Okay, back to the bodies. The season picks up essentially exactly where final season left off (Sam Underwood’s noticeably longer hair aside), with two corpses becoming pulled from the Carrington lake. Also pulled out of water was Liam (Huber), rescued off-screen right after plunging unconscious into the pool. We promptly get confirmation that the deceased are Fallon’s (Elizabeth Gillies, nevertheless far and away the series’ MVP) childhood buddy Trixie and Mac, the family members fixer Blake (Grant Show) murdered final season since he’d been framed by Alexis for the accident that triggered Cristal’s miscarriage. The Carringtons close ranks through the 1st round of questioning, but cracks quickly start off to type.
Let’s start off with Trixie. Fallon, at 1st, is kinda ridiculously aghast that Trixie ended up in the lake right after her intense fall down the Carrington manse stairs. “What did you assume occurred to Trixie, huh,” Blake snorts in reply, “think she just ran off to Spain” (and by the way, Blake and Anders (Alan Dale) exchange hilarious eyebrow pops when Fallon asks if there are any much more bodies in the lake). Though Fallon insists she’s fine, it is clear her guilt about her friend’s death has been reawakened when she begins seeing a ghostly vision of Trixie. Nothing at all she tries – paying a check out to Trixie’s mother, announcing a scholarship in her name – shakes loose the spirit, who insists that Fallon “take duty for what [she] did.” So she ends up telling the police about the accident. But! She spares her family members any blowback by pinning the blame for the physique disposal on the deceased Mac.
Speaking of, Blake and Cristal are each worried that the autopsy on him will turn up DNA proof that incriminates them. So, taking into consideration the complete lake cock-up was his fault, Cristal storms into Adam’s (Underwood) area and demands he do what ever he has to to rectify the circumstance. So Adam sneaks into the morgue (and sidebar – the ease with which he accomplishes this kinda bugged me. Yes, he’s a medical professional, but he worked for the Atlantix, he wouldn’t have privileges at this hospital. Anyway…) and switches about toe tags so Mac’s corpse will be cremated pre-exam. But! A thing goes incorrect since, at the finish of the episode, the cops interrupt Blake mid-coitus with Cristal to arrest him for Mac’s murder.
Moving on to the reside physique, Liam spends most of the episode chilling in a coma, with Fallon flittering in and out of his hospital area to update her unconscious fiancé on her soapy conundrums. He does have other guests, even though. Very first, there’s Adam – who, you could try to remember, conked Liam in the head and as a result triggered his close to-deadly dip –, who sneaks in to shoot Liam up with anything, but gets caught by Fallon just before he can do so. And when it is not a surprise to the audience offered her look in the previouslies, Fallon is caught off-guard when Liam’s ex Ashley (Taylor Black) shows up, on orders from Liam’s shrew of a mother, to verify on him.
Liam does ultimately open his eyes in the episode’s final scene. But! He’s got amnesia. And when he does not recognize Fallon, he does try to remember Ashley, who is all also content to slide to his side. I’m very good with the 1st portion – amnesia is a super soapy trope, and a story obstacle that tends to make sense for Liam and Fallon offered exactly where they are in their connection. But I uncover plotlines exactly where a person manipulates a particular person with memory loss, which I’m guessing Ashley is gearing up to do, kinda cringey. So, for me, it is a mixed bag.
Lastly, when all this drama is going on, Dominique continues to be a wild card. Though Monica (Wakeema Hollis) is concerned with nudging along the police investigation into Jeff’s “death” (and sidebar – when he is wholly absent from this episode, and regardless of this storyline, Sam Adegoke is nevertheless in the opening credits), Dominique has her personal agenda – fame and fortune, a location in Atlanta society, and handle of the Carrington dynasty. Her opening salvo is an look at a Carrington charity occasion (which, hey, is not becoming held at the mansion for after!). She manages to get in front of a microphone and utilizes Jeff’s “disappearance” and the scandals plaguing her brother’s branch of the family members tree to enhance herself and belittle Blake. Cristal is not amused by Dom’s antics, even though, and warns her to back off. Undeterred, Dominique wraps up this week by tasking a minion with digging up dirt on the Flores family members.
And that is all I’ve got on this week’s “Dynasty.” Did you take pleasure in the soapy turbulence that was “Guilt Trip To Alaska?” Which storyline are you digging the most so far? Share your thoughts in the comments section.