Is It Time for “Empire” to Hit the Reset Button?


At some point the network has to pull the plug or hit the drawing board on Empire. For a show that started off so strong in its first season and then to see it just crumble before our eyes is a punch to the gut.

I remember hearing about Empire and thinking “this could be huge”. I admit the majority of my anticipation was due to Taraji P. Henson (she is my celebrity crush) and Terrance Howard being the main characters. Individually they are great but together there was a chance for them to rival the chemistry of Cliff and Claire Huxtable on the small screen.

America and myself was ready for an explosion.

And exploded on the scene Empire did. The cast is great with Byrshere Y. Gray as Hakeem Lyon (The rapper), Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (the financial advisor), Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (the dedicated wife) but the true surprise was Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon (the singer).

It was clear from the beginning the show was based upon family values as Cookie Lyon was released from prison after serving 17 years for a crime her husband did. While incarcerated her husband and three sons managed to build an Empire in the music world with brains, talent and muscle. After Cookie’s release she wanted what was her’s, which was a piece of the company and her kids but she was in a big surprise when she hit free soil.

Season One was about the music and reconcile. There is no doubt that it was crafted for the African-American viewer as the music, wardrobes, slang and characters were predominantly black but the writers forgot there was a great story to be told. The first few episodes had you on the edge of your seat but it wasn’t due to the story. It was either from the laughs as Cookie shows up half-naked for a family dinner thinking her and Lucious were about to reconcile or the music tugged at your heart. One song in particular got me the moment I heard it.

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SOURCE: The Inscriber Mag
Mark Wilson