Season 6 was a let down after the glory years of seasons 2 - 5. It doesn't reach the highs at all of the previous four seasons, though it does have some good things going for it. For all of the faults it has, though, it does have some good episodes and storylines scattered throughout. It certainly is better overall than the seasons that followed, at least. And it does go out on a high season, with a great cliffhanger, or rather, set of cliffhangers for each of the characters (fires! drowning! lying husbands! strangulation!).
While the Rita storyline went on far to long, and the Moldavian story should have ended once they all left Moldavia, we did get a great story with Ben teaming up with Alexis to destroy Blake, one of the strongest this show has had. And it climaxed really well her, with Alexis triumphant and Blake, enraged, goes on to strangle her, something I'm sure he's wanted to do for years.
While she wasn't the most useful character, Caress was a welcome addition to the show. She was at least fun, and I wish the show had utilized her more. It was fun watching her mooch off of Alexis and the Carringtons!
Of course, as mentioned, this was a hit or miss season. Claudia really suffered as a character. Given the way she was written for much of the season (she suddenly became a money-hungry materialistic shrew), not to mention a pointless storyline of her trying to get her oil well from Blake, added to the fact of how she died, it might have been better for her to have died in the Moldavian Massacre instead. A sad end to an interesting character.
RIP La Mirage! I'm not sure if it's due to the budget cuts, but we lose a great set piece, which gets replaced with the much inferior Carelton Hotel from next season onwards.
Speaking of goodbye to Catherine Oxenberg's Amanda. Her replacement was such a step down and didn't last long. CO was no master thespian, but she did have a certain charm and a regal demeanor which helped in her portrayal of the charter, things her successor was lacking. And to be fair, she did improve a bit as an actress as time went on.