In this sophomore season, James Farentino does as well with his role of suave Dr Toscanni. But contrary to Collins his staying power is cut short to one season and with good reasons. His storyline stinks; all about his quest to avenge his family’s name after loosing a brother at the hands—or so he thinks—of Blake Carrington. It’s all devious and wicked, but try as he might (and believe me he does) Farentino is just unable to impress. He simply comes across as a know-it-all who likes nothing more than to spew childish memories every chance he gets. Even suicidal Claudia who is left without a husband and a daughter (they had flown the coup) can’t stand him, and she should know, she is stuck with him 24/7 as a patient under his psychiatric care, a gift from Blake. Speaking of the latter, it takes quite some time for Mr. Carrington to realize what is really going on with Toscanni, and when he does, it’s the battle of the fittest between the two. And on a mountain top, no less, leaving Blake all bruised up and KO as beautiful Krystle, who almost succumbed to Toscanni’s charms (!), worries about his no-show.
At least, Steven’s departure gave Alexis more screen time, which could never be enough. That’s how much I cherish her arrival, people. I mean, the woman can do no wrong. Whether it’s by moving onto the Carrington propriety or bitch slapping Krystle after making her loose her baby, she is a big breath of fresh air. Season two may not have been as strong script-wise but it is certainly grand, and all thanks to her. She utterly put DYNASTY on the map. After seeing her in action for the entire 22 episode arc, I can honestly say that it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role. So let’s give a round of applause to Sophia Loren (huh?), without whom Collins would never have landed the gig had Loren taken on the part. Sometimes life has a strange way of giving you exactly what you need, don’t you agree?
Until next post—Martin