Joan Collin's arrives as Alexis, and not a moment too soon. For all that season 1 was interesting, it got really boring at times and somewhat repetitive (Krystle is shocked - SHOCKED!!! - at how the rich are different then the rest of us). Thanks to Alexis, Blake finally has a worthy adversary and foil, as opposed to the utter lameness that was Mathew Blaisdale.
This sets up a great run of the show, from seasons 2 to 5 (the Golden Years of the show) where we get a nice mix of drama, humor, camp, intrigue, sex, and social commentary. And it's off to a good start here.