Empire: (S03E13) “My Naked Villainy”

  What’s up with Lucious? He appears to be in relapse with his non ALS. He’s intubated. The doctors are creating an ICU environment in his home. He refuses to be hospitalized. (Never let ’em see you sweat)  Yes Lucious is down and almost completely incapacitated.  Almost, being the operative word here. When they’re alone, Anika…

Empire: (S03E12) “Strange Bedfellows”

It’s Hakeem birthday. He’s 21 and still incredibly immature.  Indeed; age is just a number and maturity doesn’t come with age.  We all know “old fools” right?! He starts by roaming through his apartment of scattered bodies; awakening those able to continue the celebration of this monumental day in history! He had filled the hot…

Empire: (S03E11) “Play On”

“Broken glass, errry where!” The blood and glass in the aftermath of  Cookie & the bat is being cleaned up by the Empire staff, as Cookie, in her penthouse, showers & scrubs her body like she’s been violated. Her blood streams down the drain.   Meanwhile, back at the Empire: Lucious “waxes on & waxes…

Empire: (S03E10) “Sound and Fury”

After a 3 month hiatus, Empire is back in this midseason premiere. At first glance, it looks like we’re back to the “same ol’ ‘same ol” “Lyon” cheating, stealing, scheming and witnessing all things cruel about the music business; it’s functional yet dysfunctional families and “The Lyons” In the midst of it all is music….

Empire: (S03E08) “Unkindness Cut”

“It wasn’t the wound that killed Caesar, but Brutus’ treachery- This was the (most) unkindness cut of all” Marc Anthony on Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare) …   and this is applicable on any given Wednesday for the souls of Empire; Loyalty, betrayal, deceit, love.  The Captains Ball is the center story for this episode. With an…

Empire: (S03E07) “What We May Be”

This is a Cookie centric episode.  She’s finally claiming Angelo as her boyfriend and she’s ready to “meet the parents”, Mother Diana Dubois. (Phylicia Rashad) In an attempt to be impressive and worthy to the Upper Class and old money, she arranges an upscale dinner in her newly renovated, redecorated and “made mama friendly” apartment….

Empire: (S03E06) “Chimes at Midnight”

 “Chimes at Midnight” Those familiar with the work of Orson Welles may remember the play and movie, of the same name.  It is a piece about the relationship between a father and son and betrayal. Although this is usual and customary for the Lyons, tonight was perhaps one of the best this season. I’m the…

Empire: (S03E05) “One Before Another”

After what seemed like a very long  time (preempted by the World Series) the follow up to the episode where Andre has a 3-way with his recently deceased wife and Nessa, as well as the threat of Shine retaliating to his beat down, was diluted. However, beyond the usual and customary was Angelo. Pulling some strings regarding…

Empire: (S03E04) “Cupid Kills”

Tonight Cookie goes to the Opera. Lucious goes Godfather, Jamal gets duped, Hakeem gets punked and Andre goes “giggity-giggity” (Quagmire’s voice from Family guy) this episode was so much…everything and is one of my favorites.  Cookie goes to the opera when she is invited to attend a special event with Angelo Dubois. Showing up in…

Empire: (S03E03) “What Remains is Bestial”

Lucious is in his home office, sitting in his big chair and streaming numbers; monitoring subscriptions to Empire Extreme on the big screen. He needs 10 million subscribers by Thursday or he’ll loose $50 Million.  While the big screen is rolling; enter Anika. She wants to talk about the possibility of going back to work. …

Empire: (S03E02) “Sin that Amends”

“Bye, Fe-Lucious…I need you to understand, I am done!” Although he’s trying to get her back with lavish gifts (that she can buy for herself) Cookie thinks she is done and returns Lucious’ gifts of persuasion. Through out the show Lucious calls upon nostalgia, memory and history of their “back in the day” (the flashbacks…

Empire: (S03E01) “Light of Darkness”

In the season premiere of the FOX show, I expected fierce emotions and dramatic scenes because that’s the show I remember. But because of the flamboyant second season I also expected over the top acting and storylines as well. To my surprise the premiere episode was much more realistic and reminded me about the shows…