The drama, the fire, the music, the suspense, the family, the empire. Yes, it is back! Fox Broadcasting Company’s newest hit television series, Empire, is back for round two and it is killin’ it in the viewer ratings! No way is this show going to face the sophomore slump of TV programs.
Everyone’s favorite cunning Cookie (Taraji P. Henson; Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series, BET Award Winner for Best Actress, and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Television Series) and legendary Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) have returned, but we left off with Cookie out and about with the kids trying to run the industry and Lucious stuck in jail (but that isn’t going to stop him from controlling and managing his record label.)
What made this show blow up was how dynamic the plot was and is— in short, Empire is just fun, and in today’s millennial generation of constant action, fast-paced movement, and ADD type focus to things, this show is able to capture the audience’s attention and keep them entertained. The surprises keep coming, the romance and tension gets hotter, and the music gets better and louder!
In the beginning of the premiere for season 2, the viewers are shown a large crowd of people shouting to #freelucious. The setting is at a concert, and of course, Cookie being Cookie enters center stage in a Gorilla suit and locked up in a prison cage… What?
Oh, what shenanigans will the dramatic and musically talented hip-hop family be up to this season?!
Well, here is what happened in the premiere, Mimi (Marisa Tomei), an investor who is looking to invest in Empire would then help Cookie, Anika (Grace Gealey), Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), and Andre (Trai Byers) own and run the company! In order to do that, they hold a sexy lesbian part to sway her opinion in their favor. Hakeem is trying to make an album, but Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is not having it and being moody and critical per usual receiving a few slaps from mama for his attitude. AND Andre…well, he’s been waking up in a cold sweat every night because he feels guilty about killing Vernon and knowing that he’s basically a murderer.
He’s having a bit of a Lady Macbeth moment… “Out, damned spot! Out, I say! Sorry, Andre, no can do…
In other news, Frank Gathers (played by Chris Rock), the drug dealer that Cookie told on and who sent a head in the mail to her— casual—shows up in prison with Lucious.
But overall let us truly acknowledge cookie’s fashion taste in this season…. What is it? Futuristic meets hippie meets retro hip hop meets— I.Don’t.Know.What.Is.Going.On.?
As a music business-interested girl myself, I just eat this show up and can’t wait for each episode! What makes this show really stand out to me is not only is it an entertaining journey into the realm of an over-hyped music business domain, but it is also a all around, complete soundtrack that keeps accumulating into what is a really great album and piece of sonic art.
You can hear it here on Spotify!
This Fox network hit got such strong reviews Wednesday, September 23rd, reported with about 16.2 million people watching and thousands of tweets streaming!
The dynamic duo, Howard and Henson, definitely bring the show to life though, and it isn’t the first time the two co-starred together. Anyone seen Hustle & Flow? Oh yeah, that was them killin’ it in the American-Independent film about a memphis hustler and pimp who tries to make it out as a rapper (Terrence Howard).
In addition to the already great cast, be prepared for a whole lot of new faces on season two such as Adam Rodriguez (from Magic Mike XXL), Kelly Rowland, Marisa Tomei, Becky G, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull, Mariah Carey and more!
There are more murders to be planned, more songs to be sung/rapped and more hype to be shared so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! Until then I’ll be listening to my Empire Spotify Playlist — peace!
Stay tuned and watch it— Empire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox written by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.