Okay, I just finished watching last week’s episode of Empire. I love this show which is why I don’t recap it and save it to watch when I have a chance to take an hour away from the blog. I know y’all wanted a place to talk about the show, so here you go.
First of all, while I do love this show, there are some things that just seem to come out of no where. The writing seems all over the place. It is like the writer didn’t realize the show was going to blow up so rather than just going with the original outline of the show, now they are changing things up and bringing in big name singers. I hate when shows or companies try to fix things are not broken.
Now it seems they are trying to sell music on iTunes. I love me some Jussie Smollett. We have seen him show up here and there in bit parts on network dramas, and it is great that he is getting his big break but I don’t need to have the music played over and over on every episode. It should be handled more like Nashville, the songs stand on their own and at the end of episode, they tell you where to go download them. It makes me like the songs less.
Why hasn’t Andre’s wife made an appointment for him? She has seen him sliding off the rails for weeks. She’s gonna wait for a suicide attempt before she does anything?
Am I supposed to know anything about this whole Billy Beretti situation? Because next week everyone is drawing weapons and shit and I didn’t realize it was all that serious.
Luscious is just all over the damn place. Is he trying to bring his family together in a family business to honor his legacy after he dies? Or is he pitting his boys together urging them to fight to the finish for the privilege of running the company? Does he want the boys to make their songs their own and sing from the heart? Or to pretend to be something they are not? His is rampant homophobia (in the entertainment business of all places) supposed to be accepted as just the stereotypical black homophobic father as referenced by Jamal and his new (very hot) love interest? Or is there something deeper going on there? I am not really bothered by his two timing ways as part of his storyline, but I am bothered that Anika is suddenly a devious hobag when all season long we have seen her taking care of him and clearly deeply in love with him. Sure I can see her going all scorched earth on Luscious eventually, but not after a couple of romps with Cookie that she had to have seen coming from three miles away.
And what happened to the whole Cookie is working with the Feds storyline? Is that not a thing anymore?
Andre is another character who isn’t fleshed out. Are they going to kill him? How does it make sense that Luscious doesn’t trust him because he went to college and married a white girl yet the dude is covering up a murder for his father?
Shouldn’t Luscious be trying to be a father to these boys before he dies? Speaking of the boys, how did Hakeem’s balls suddenly descend since last episode? Hakeem was the kid who is drinking and fucking and lacking ambition and had no serious ties to his family last week. But this week, he was cool with Jamal and supportive of him. He was cool with his mom and the three of them are a happy family. What brought that on? Did I miss an episode where he got some counseling from an older male who convinced him to grow a sack and be a man?
I am looking forward to tonight’s episode. It looks like all three brothers may be brawling in an elevator. So much for the happy brotherhood ? Anika seems disposable at this point. Will someone take her out? What is Cookie’s end game? Does she want the family back together like the show’s ending suggests? Or is gaining control of Empire more important?
I think we can assume that Luscious won’t be dying on any episodes of any upcoming seasons. But if he did, who should get the CEO role in the company?
Okay. I’m ready. Hit me with all of your thoughts!