What's Next

by Paul Siciliano

After about 18 months, I have finally finished my reviews of all 217 episodes of Dynasty, so what do I plan on doing now?  Granted, there are still some screen captures for Season 9 that need to be done.  Also, the Colbys comes out on DVD next month so that will be added to the page.  I am also considering doing a similar review of Empire since it kind of is the black Dynasty.

At the same time, I would like to further explore Dynasty as a cultural phenomenon and as an example of like in the United States during the Reagan administration.  Had I decided to get my PhD in history (instead of JD) I seriously would have considered writing my dissertation on the program and how it reflected American life and values in the 1980s.  [Side note, my honors thesis in college did a study of the disco culture and how it influenced the gay liberation movement in the U.S. in the 1970s.]  Instead, I will explore some of the themes and ideas here - time willing.  I also will do scene analysis and some other fun stuff involving the show.

I hope that I can post on a regular basis and add some depth to a program that really was symbolic of the U.S. during the 80s and had worldwide impact.