Dynasty

Season 1 Episode 1

Oil (1)

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 1981 on ABC
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Wealthy oil tycoon Blake Carrington and his former secretary, Krystle Grant Jennings are getting married. Krystle's ex-boyfriend, Matthew Blaisdel, who's been working as a geologist on one of Blake's oil rigs in the Mideast for a year and a half, is thrown out from there, and comes back to Denver. He accidentally meets Krystle, and they both start thinking that there may be a spark left from their previous relationship, and Krystle starts getting second thoughts about the wedding. She has a little argument about this with Blake. Blake's children, Steven Daniel Carrington and Fallon Carrington, also returns to Denver after being away. Blake is not getting good along with Steven, because Steven is homosexual and Blake won't accept this.moreless

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  • The start of the definitive night time drama all started with this sophisticated Pilot about the dysfunctional family whos diamonds and fortunes are laced with an invisible poison know one can see, until they enter the world of Blake Carringtons DYNASTY!moreless

    10
    This carefully planed pilot was the very start of the most definitive prime time drama show that appeared in the 1980's. Starting in 1981, with it all. The pilot , or rather, the first of three parts, is a character introduction. We first get to know Blake and Krystal, an engaged couple, on their way to getting married. Blake is a powerful man with one of the most well respected empires in America. His wife to be, Krystal is the most graceful, and caring woman in Colorado, and he has won her hand in marriage. She is naive to the world of the rich and fortunate, but she certainly deserves the honor by her own kindness and care she gives many people.

    Next, we get to know Matthew Blaisdale, a hard working middle classman, whos honesty and dedication for his daughter, Lindsey, and wife, Claudia, is admirable. He meets Steven Carrington, Blake's son. Steven is a good natured young man, and a kind one at that, but he is very angry at his father, for treating him like an outsider. He is a homosexual, but he has no idea his father already knows this. Certainly the most breathtaking introduction, is that of Fallon Carrington, the spunky daughter of Blake. Her entrance is by horse, as she approaches her fathers limozine, proposing a ride in the estate woods. The father/daughter horse ride scene is, without a doubt, one of the best scenes in the entire series.

    Trouble starts when Matthew and Krystal see eachother for the first time in a while. They were lovers before Blake and Krystal fell in love. Soon enough, Fallon is trash-talking Krystal, whilst Krystal is furious by the chance encounter meeting with Matthew. She storms off from Blake's estate, calling off the wedding, and we're left with Fallon, trash-talking again.

    The introductions are well paced, taking the appropriate time to define them good enough for one episode. All the stars are so good at this, that they really bring us the people, and the world they portray. The situations are serious, and the drama is real, intense, and hard. All this, is what makes this show so memorable and enjoyable.moreless
  • What a grand start

    10
    The three hour/three part DYNASTY pilot is very good indeed, with reasonably intelligent writing, good acting, and it does a great job of setting up the cold world of the wealthy Carringtons very nicely, the characters, their stories.



    Sweet Krystle is tormented, sweet Steven in tormented, sweet Claudia is tormented, sweet Matthew is tormented. And cruel Blake is, by and large, tormenting them.



    The pilot is well-shot and directed and, especially with the on-location filming at the Filoli estate, gives a good indication of the potential of this series, even if it's potential not fully realized.



    Like much of Season 1, this is a keeper.moreless
John Forsythe

John Forsythe

Blake Carrington

Linda Evans

Linda Evans

Krystle Jennings

Pamela Sue Martin

Pamela Sue Martin

Fallon Carrington

Al Corley

Al Corley

Steven Carrington

Wayne Northrop

Wayne Northrop

Michael Culhane

Bo Hopkins

Bo Hopkins

Matthew Blaisdel

Vernon Weddle

Vernon Weddle

Mr. Afferton

Guest Star

Davey Davison

Davey Davison

Margaret

Guest Star

Bebe Kelly

Bebe Kelly

Alice

Guest Star

Lloyd Bochner

Lloyd Bochner

Cecil Colby

Recurring Role

Lee Bergere

Lee Bergere

Joseph Aynders

Recurring Role

Peter Mark Richman

Peter Mark Richman

Andrew Laird

Recurring Role

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    • German episode title: "Kopf oder Adler - Teil 1", meaning "Head Or Eagle - Part 1".

    • The mansion used for the Carrington mansion in the pilot was the Filoli Estate in Woodside, California, near San Francisco. Exteriors of Filoli were used in the opening credits and through out the series, but a replica set was built for interior scenes.

    • Actress Angie Dickinson (Police Woman) was originally considered for the role of Krystle.

    • The title of this episode, "Oil", is actually Dynasty's working title.

    • John James (Jeff), Pamela Bellwood (Claudia), Dale Robertson (Walter), & Katy Kurtzman (Lindsay) do not appear in this episode..

    • For the first half of 1981, John Forsythe was also heard on "Charlie's Angels".

    • John James (Jeff) originally auditioned for the role of Steven, but was given the role of Jeff instead.

    • Actor George Peppard (The A-Team) was originally hired for the role of Blake. However, while filming the pilot, Peppard was fired because he reportedly refused to play Blake with the shades of moral ambiguity that the writers wrote for the character. So,John Forsythe was hired to replace him.

    • Originally aired as a three-hour episode but shown as three separate episodes in syndication.

    • This premiere episode introduces the following original cast members: John Forsythe (Blake), Linda Evans (Krystle), Pamela Sue Martin (Fallon), Al Corley (Steven), John James (Jeff), Pamela Bellwood (Claudia), Bo Hopkins (Matthew), Dale Robertson (Walter), Wayne Northrop (Michael) and Katy Kurtzman (Lindsay).

    • Lee Bergere (Joseph) and Lloyd Bochner (Cecil) also make their debut appearances in this episode but at this point they are only guest stars. Bergere and Bochner would go on to join the regular cast in the next season.

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