Friday, October 03, 2008

1001 uses for glitter

Jeff was here the other night and somehow or another, we ended up laughing uproariously at this YouTube video. It is (according to the description) the last catfight between Krystle and Alexis on Dynasty.

(a little bit long, but totally worth it!)

I loved me some Dynasty back in the day, but unfortunately it doesn't hold up very well. It has, frankly, aged horribly and it is so melodramatic that it is almost Mommie Dearest level of bathos. That certainly does not stop Jeff and me from making jokes about burning down La Mirage and the Carringtons' paneled workout room, but I can see why they didn't release more than two seasons of it on DVD (although it looks like Season 3 might be on the way.)

I think, however, my favorite moment in the above video comes at about 2:50. During the heat of the battle, they start throwing glitter at each other. Seriously. And nothing screams 80s like those shoulder pads, even though it was 1991 when they filmed this.

They don't make 'em like they used to. And thank goodness for that.

EDIT: Paul thinks I might have been a little hard on the Dynasty last night. Perhaps I was. There were several brilliantly soapy and melodramatic seasons until they totally jumped the shark with the Moldavian wedding massacre. I just couldn't get over how no one died in that except for Steven's boyfriend and Ali MacGraw! But to balance that out is its iconic opening credits. How can one forget it?


Myfizzypop said...

I have to say that i think Dynasty has aged well in terms of it being a classic bit of soapy melodrama. The constantly changing children! The forgotten children (Adam and Amanda!) Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan! That is my favourite ever scene though - particularly when Alexis tries to strangle Krystle by accessorising her with a pink boa! Brilliant. Darren and I can act out that scene word perfect when drunk! Perhaps it has aged badly :( But I disagree! We watch the reruns daily :P How dare you Dan! This show is very special to me. Or aren't you woman enough to understand that? :P

jtaddy said...

Were there 150 people in the cast that year? Ted McGinley was on the show? When the hell did he leave Happy Days and the Love Boat for Denver? They must have had to start the show ten minutes earlier so that there was enough time for forty-five minutes of quality written drama.

Dan said...

Wasn't Ted McGinley the brother to one of Steven's lovers? I'm thinking he was. Blake probably had that guy run out of town on a rail. Anyway, Ted McGinley is usually the kiss of death to a show so it's not surprising it was cancelled not long after he appeared.

And most of those characters? I can't even remember who the hell they were!