7. Adam should have been written out before season 5
When Sam Underwood joined the cast in season 2 as the long-lost Carrington sibling Adam, his addition was exciting. Underwood absolutely killed the role as the handsome but devilish and slightly creepy forgotten heir. Adam was desperate Blake’s approval and low-key obsessed with Fallon, so much so that he locks his half-brother away in Paris and throws his mother into a fire.
But, and this is no slight on Underwood’s part, Adam’s storylines ran their course after a while. Somehow, a bit of empathy for Adam began to peek out because he seemed to chill out when he dated Kirby. He seemed changed-ish. His old wiles return at will, though, whether it’s with Liam or fellow long-list sibling Amanda. Adam getting his comeuppance from Steven in the series finale was a necessary catharsis, but I wish it would have happened sooner.
6. Fallon cheating on Liam was the worst twist
I still just can’t even with this storyline and don’t even know where to begin. In season 4, Fallon and Liam finally get married in a private ceremony, but the occasion wasn’t without its near-fatal fireworks. Everyone survives, but Falliam nearly doesn’t survive their first year of marriage. It’s rough for multiple reasons, one being Fallon’s new assistant Eva, who has eyes for Liam.
Long story short, in season 4 episode 20, things get so bad that Fallon sleeps with her
business rival Colin (played by actor Ashley Day). Fallon immediately hates herself because she kind of hates Colin, but for all she knew, Liam was planning to file for divorce. That’s the only defense Fallon has in the situation because the person that Fallon became by season 4 wouldn’t have cheated on Liam. This twist was so out of character and so uncalled for.
5. The musical episodes were brilliant
Something shifted on the small screen in the mid to late-2010s, and a lot of shows got musical without technically being musicals. You can’t call it the Glee effect either. It just seemed to happen naturally. Riverdale is the best example of this: A show having a cast that can sing and taking advantage of that talent for some special episodes.
Dynasty took a bit more time to spread its wings and test the limits of its genre, but everyone knew that Liz Gillies has a powerhouse voice the world deserves to hear. Eventually, Fallon took on Liz’s talent, and it’s pretty funny. Fallon is a multi-billionaire heiress with her own fortune to her name, but she also has a Grammy-caliber singing voice that’s essentially just a party trick.
Apart from having Fallon sing behind a piano or showcasing a one-off performance at a Carrington event, the series found ways to have full-on musical episodes, like Fallon’s gas poisoning leading to a song and dance hallucination. Any time the show made the characters sing, it never felt out of place somehow. I can’t explain why a comedy-drama-soap-musical worked but it did.