Dynasty Starts With a (Muffled) Bang

TVGuide.com | 10/11/2017 | Sadie Gennis
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The CW attempted to usher in a new era of soaps on the network with Wednesday's premiere of its Dynasty reboot. And though the premiere was explosive -- literally, there was an explosion -- it failed to have the impact the network likely intended. But that's not to say that the hour didn't show potential.

The episode introduced viewers to a new take on the classic soap characters (whom many of the CW audience is probably ignorant of). Instead of Linda Evans' secretary Krystle, Nathalie Kelley's Cristal is an ambitious, savvy businesswoman who, in a wonderful twist, is no gold digger. While she truly does love her new husband Blake (Grant Show), Cristal is never afraid to speak her mind, even if that means potentially pissing him off. But though she preaches transparency and family values to her beau, Cristal is keeping her fair share of secrets from Blake -- secrets that threaten to come out after the unexpected arrival of her trouble-making nephew Sammy Jo (Rafael de la Fuente) and the snooping of Blake's butler, Charles Widmore Anders (Alan Dale).

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Meanwhile, Blake's daughter Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) is none too pleased to meet her new step-mom, a dislike that only grows when she learns Blake has given Cristal the coveted COO promotion over her. His son Steven (James Mackay), on the other hand, quickly warms up to Cristal, who was the one that urged Blake to reconnect with him after they had a falling out over their opposing views on fracking.

Of course, Dynasty isn't all catfights and fracking talk. It wouldn't be a CW show if incredibly attractive people weren't hooking up left and right. So in between these shady business dealings and petty feuds, the premiere also set the stage for several complicated romances. After a chance encounter at...
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