Empire “Outspoken King” Episode 2 Review
The show’s first episode introduced an excellent set of characters for the rest of the series. Lucious Lyon, king of hip-hop and head of Empire Entertainment whose three sons (Hakeem, Jamal and Andre) and ex-wife Cookie all battle for his throne. It was a great starting point for the audience. It could be easily one of best drama drama pilots in tv history. From the pilot, it’s clear that Empire has the potential to be a 2015’s groundbreaking TV drama.
After an exciting pilot, the second episode seems quiet. However, it did a good job of continuing the storyline while remaining fairly passionating. It is still raw and gritty as well as realistic such as publicity stunts to appeal to public (sexuality, lack of respect to personalities). Lucious has certain values while Andre is not as perfect as his father hopes.
Everything is here. Lies, secrets and plots. The very charismatic Taraji P. Henson confirms her incredible ability to fit her character. Glad to see more depth to her character than on Person of Interest.
Cookie is determined against his ex-husband Lucious. She seems to want to use his son Jamal against his father Lucious who does not accept that Jamal is gay and doesn’t hesitate to blackmail him. However, People who hold the rules do not seem to be the ones you think. One of best parts of this episode is, when Lucious ’s two sons Jamal and Hakeem perform together on the stage, the excellent song No Apologies, tribute to Cookie’s closest cousin, Bunkie (who was shot by Lucious Lyon) . Two artists, different but complementary at the same time. Even, Lucious is happy. The second best part is the final act where Cookie meets a mysterious character called Agent Carter..
All in all, if you have not watched Empire yet, do it now. It airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on Fox.