Finally, Paramount will be releasing "Dynasty- Season 4 Volume 2" in February, 2010. After a 10 month wait we "Dynasty" fans will be able to see what happens to Blake, Krystle, Alexis, and the rest of the Carrington clan since the last batch of episodes were released on DVD in April, '09. Still, despite the wait we fans should be thankful that Paramount is releasing these classic shows: look at the shoddy way Warners is treating "Knots Landing" fans! Only 2 seasons worth of episodes were released on that series and there is no word if any more will be available. Anyhow, this "Dynasty" set features the last 13 episodes that aired in the 1983-84 TV season. The series finished at a whopping #3 in the national Nielsen ratings, just behind the powerhouse "Dallas". In the next year "Dynasty" would solidify its place as the #1 rated show in the country knocking "Dallas" out of the top peg. In these last 13 shows the drama wasn't so much about what happened on the screen, but off. Many cast members were let go and some opted to leave of their own volition. Hunk Geoffrey Scott was served his walking papers as Mark Jennings fell off Alexis' terrace. She would eventually stand trial for his murder. Kathleen Beller was fired, as Kirby was sent packing back to Paris by Alexis and wouldn't be heard from again until the "Dynasty" miniseries in 1991. The biggest shocker this year was when Pamela Sue Martin went to Aaron Spelling and told him she wanted off the series as she felt portraying someone rich wasn't what she wanted to do any more. In reality Pamela wanted to do movies in which Joan Collins stated "yeah! and what movies has she done since!". Joan thought that Pamela quitting "Dynasty" was the most stupid thing she ever heard. She stated "actors have the most precarious of professions. We are mostly out of work so when you get a hit series that makes you known and rich you should appreciate it." Too bad Pamela didn't listen to her co-star's advice. Fallon would eventually meet her fate in a terrible car crash in the last episode. Another wonderful suprise this season was in the last two episodes when a chic, black mystery woman comes to Denver in the vein of Diahann Carroll who would play Dominique Deveraux. We wouldn't know what her purpose in Denver was until the following year, but keep in mind it is quite a shocker! Diahann actually named the character herself. When asked how she came up with the name Dominique, Diahann said, "I found it in the phone book!". I have to say that Diahann's portrayal is one of the most beautiful and glamourous of any actress I have ever seen in a primetime drama series. She really gives Joan Collins a run for her money. So sit back and enjoy these wonderful episodes of "Dynasty". Let's hope it doesn't take Paramount another 10 months to release season 5 on DVD.
UPDATE ON APRIL 18, 2011...PARAMOUNT HAS JUST ANNOUNCED THAT "DYNASTY" SEASON 5 ARRIVES IN STORES JULY 5, 2011. THE ENTIRE SEASON COMES TO DVD, HOWEVER THE SEASON WILL BE SPLIT INTO HALF SEASON BOXSETS MEANING YOU CAN BUY THE FIRST HALF OF THE SERIES (15 EPISODES) INDIVIDUALLY AND THE LAST PART INDIVIDUALLY (14 EPISODES), OR BUY THE SEASON 5 SETS TOGETHER (ALL 29 EPISODES). THIS IS GREAT NEWS! THANKS TO THE FANS FOR DEMANDING WE SEE MORE "DYNASTY" ON DVD!!!!