After waiting over a year for another "Dynasty" DVD release Paramount has finally announced that on July 5, 2011 the entire season 5 of the series will be available for purchase, albeit in two separate sets. In the first release entitled "Dynasty: Season 5, Volume 1" the set has four discs and contains the first 15 episodes of that season. You can also purchase the entire 29 episodes (the full season) in a special two set bundle.
Season 5 of "Dynasty" was its most popular, with the series finally replacing "Dallas" as the #1 show in North America in the 1984/1985 television season. This year, though, saw the loss of Pamela Sue Martin as Fallon who quit the series at the end of season 4. Her character was subsequently "killed off" and to fill the void left by a popular character the producers decided to do damage control by hiring a bunch of Hollywood stars, among them Billy Dee Williams, Rock Hudson, and Ali McGraw. This would mark Rock Hudson's final acting job before his untimely death.
Season five dealt with the arrival of Blake and Alexis' long-lost daughter Amanda, played beautifully by British actress Catherine Oxenberg, and her eventual love affair with her mother's husband, Dex Dexter; Krystle and Blake saw the birth if their child Krystina; and Dominique was revealed to be Blake's half-sister. Most interesting the writers finally gave Steven a gay lover by the name of Luke Fuller proving he was indeed a homosexual.
Like other "Dynasty" DVD sets (with the exception of season 1) there are no bonus features, but the episodes look impeccable and are in full-frame format with English mono sound, the way they were shown on ABC.
The following is a list of the first 15 season 5 episodes along with their airdates and storyline highlights:
1. "Disappearance", Sept. 26, 1984 (The Carringtons learn Fallon has had a car crash and Dominique's boyfriend arrives in Denver)
2. "The Mortgage", Oct. 10, 1984 (Jeff continues his search for Fallon)
3. "Fallon", Oct. 17, 1984 (It is revealed Fallon died in a plane crash)
4. "The Rescue", Oct. 24, 1984 (Steven's baby is found and Dominique tells Blake they are brother and sister)
5. "The Trial", Oc. 31, 1984 (Alexis goes on trial for the murder of Mark Jennings)
6. "The Verdict", Nov. 7, 1984 (Alexis is found guilty)
7. "Amanda", Nov. 14, 1984 (Alexis' and Blake's daughter arrives in town)
8. "The Secret", Nov. 21, 1984 (Blake confronts Alexis about her being pregnant all those years ago when he threw her out on the streets)
9. "Domestique Intrigue", Nov. 28, 1984 (Krystle falls down the stairs after an argument with Blake)
10. "Krystina", Dec. 5, 1984 (Krystle has a baby girl, but there are complications)
11. "Swept Away", Dec. 12, 1984 (Amanda and Dex sleep together and Alexis, not knowing what happened, marries Dex)
12. "That Holiday Spirit", Dec. 19 (Amanda finally learns Blake is indeed her real father)
13. "The Avenger", Jan. 2, 1985 (Blake's father has a heart attack)
14. "The Will", Jan 9, 1985 (Blake's father tells him Dominique is indeed his daughter)
15. "The Treasure", Jan. 16, 1985 (Alexis and Dex start to argue)