Which CW Dynasty characters are better than the orginal?

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I loved the addition of Amanda in New Dynasty, she is a vast improvement on the original Amanda. The actress is really good.

I also prefer Fallon in new Dynasty compared to the original.

Any others?

There are some that can never really live up to the original, like Dominque.
 

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They went too far with Adam in his introduction to NuDynasty. The things he did to Steven and Alexis hamper any attempts at mainstreaming the character the way they did with OG Adam. If they'd planned to have NuAdam be a temporary addition who ultimately got written out, all the murder and mayhem would have been understandable; but as a principal character they're unable to adequately punish him for his crimes, while simultaneously unable to reform him to an extent that the viewers forgive all he did. So while NuAdam might be more fun to watch, his past creates problems/limitations for the writers seeking to continue his story.
 

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I actually prefer Dominique in this version because ultimately, once Dominique became Blake's bank teller on the OG she never really did much. No shade towards Diahann Carroll who often did the most with the weak material they gave her, but Dominique is a perfect example of how oldDynasty would waste good characters because no one should be able to beat The Queen of the Universe Alexis.

I also prefer nununuCristal over post-season 2 Krystle - I do like the idea of having her acting like a puppet-master with Blake, which is very much in line with OGClaudia's comment that she's the "most dangerous Carrington of them all" - something the OG show never did anything with but would make sense if Krystle ended up manipulating OG Blake when he ran for governor.

Amanda's obviously better because again, Amanda was never more than a pouty Fallon replacement and they never ended up having the character come into her own (again, symptomatic for the middle years of Dynasty).

Ultimately, when Fallon was written like, well, Fallon and not a whiny victim she was great on the OG.
 

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No offense to the actors/tresses, they cope with the stuff they're given and many of them deserve better...

Dominique was introduced as a she-devil. She turned into a greedy but parodic puppet. The same for Adam and Kirby (nearly as goody goody as 80' brunette Kirby ...) This show promesses and teases a lot but... It's nothing but a scam...

And what about Alexis ... ?
Yawn. Mother of the year.

At least Liz Gillies Fallon sticks to the spoiled brat Fallon should have been up to the last episode of GoodOLD Dynasty...
 

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The way C2 evolved during her lone season gave me the idea that if she had been able to stay, A-BC would have eventually made her Cristal more like saintly OG Krystle. When C3 came on the scene, they felt the need to give her some of that early-C2 severity (Adam even referring to her as "bad-ass Cristal"), only to slowly turn her into a more balanced character (not a total saint, but not a total sinner either). So Cristal is now more layered and "current," while not losing all her morality in the process of becoming the Carrington matriarch. Is C3 an improvement on OG Krystle, though? I'd say yes, if only because they're writing her more unpredictably and making her able to function better in the gray areas.

It's really sad, though, how NuDynasty has not been able to grasp how Alexis ought to act, and what purpose she serves in the overall canvas of characters. They've had two excellent actresses play her (three if you count....oh, never mind) but neither of them have been given material that would make me feel she was a force to be reckoned with in her own right. They did such a good rehab job on the character of Dominique in S4 (and Cristal, to a lesser extent) that I hope their "rehab project" in S5 is Alexis because....well, she's probably the most in need of attention.
 

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The way C2 evolved during her lone season gave me the idea that if she had been able to stay, A-BC would have eventually made her Cristal more like saintly OG Krystle. When C3 came on the scene, they felt the need to give her some of that early-C2 severity (Adam even referring to her as "bad-ass Cristal"), only to slowly turn her into a more balanced character (not a total saint, but not a total sinner either). So Cristal is now more layered and "current," while not losing all her morality in the process of becoming the Carrington matriarch. Is C3 an improvement on OG Krystle, though? I'd say yes, if only because they're writing her more unpredictably and making her able to function better in the gray areas.

It's really sad, though, how NuDynasty has not been able to grasp how Alexis ought to act, and what purpose she serves in the overall canvas of characters. They've had two excellent actresses play her (three if you count....oh, never mind) but neither of them have been given material that would make me feel she was a force to be reckoned with in her own right. They did such a good rehab job on the character of Dominique in S4 (and Cristal, to a lesser extent) that I hope their "rehab project" in S5 is Alexis because....well, she's probably the most in need of attention.
I think it's in a way easier to "improve" on characters like Dominique and Cristal (Krystle) because they ended up being quite botched as the show went on, particularly Dominique which it's obvious that beyond a fabulous entrance the writers really had no idea what to do with her on the OG show. In a sense I guess Dominique was a (fabulous) blank slate. Compare to Alexis who was very much larger than life on the OG which is probably why they keep being hesitant to make her too much and take over the entire show; plus I imagine they want to stay away from making her too much like OG Alexis because it would bring unfavourable comparisons to Joan Collins portrayal. I hope they find a better balance in season 5 though, because as you said Elaine Hendrix deserves more to play with.
 
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