Great show! I hope it continues for years. I love the characters and his under-boss is the funniest one of all. It has drama, comedy,Great show! I hope it continues for years. I love the characters and his under-boss is the funniest one of all. It has drama, comedy, suspense, everything anyone would want in a show.… Full Review »
Empire seems to be headed in the right direction, and it’s definitely doing something right--all of the episodes so far have INCREASED inEmpire seems to be headed in the right direction, and it’s definitely doing something right--all of the episodes so far have INCREASED in viewership ratings. For those who don’t know much about TV shows, ratings usually decrease with every episode or stay pretty consistent. Empire debuted to around 9.90 million US viewers, and as of episode 4 has 11.36 million viewers. An increase in live viewers is a rare feat, hard to pull off. Ratings will eventually begin to stop growing, but they will definitely stay high. Fox will not cancel this show anytime soon--it has already been renewed for Season 2!
Empire is lifted up, in particular, by the solid acting talent featured on the show. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson notably contribute to this. However, one of the criticisms I have for the show (so far) is that because of its large cast and scope, it is a bit difficult to give fair attention to certain aspects of the show. I think some characters could have a bit more development, which is why I kind of wish episodes could be longer than 42 minutes (which is every episode’s duration minus the commercials).
Empire never slows down its dramatic pace, and it keeps you engaged. Empire takes as many compelling story arcs as possible (poverty, crime, LGBT issues, one’s legacy and future, family, betrayal, and coming of age) and places them within the show. Arguably, this leads to the plot feeling somewhat overstuffed. The musical family drama has the growing pains of many other dramas before it (featuring some over-the-top acting, stereotypes, and cliches). Certain things on the show require a bit of suspension-of-disbelief (like how do so many people on the show have diseases? Lucious has ALS and Andre, the oldest son, has something as well). Nevertheless, it is always entertaining and captivating to watch. The music doesn’t feel contrived or out of place on the show, it feels organic; and I happen to like the music (made by Timbaland).
I think “Empire” is heading for good things, but I happened to feel a slight dip in quality with episodes 3&4. Maybe it’s because Lee Daniels and Danny Strong weren’t involved with the latter, but most of my criticisms were due to the two recent episodes. However, I will still stay with the show until the end, and I hope other viewers will too. A look at the struggles artists face within the competitive music industry, talented stars, good music, and compelling drama all make this seem like a “win” for Lee Daniels and Fox.
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The first two episodes were very promising, with the uncommon time element they introduced. But it's the same directionless drivel it was aThe first two episodes were very promising, with the uncommon time element they introduced. But it's the same directionless drivel it was a season ago. Syfy attracts only low caliber writers.… Full Review »
Much like James Spader in The Blacklist, Rainn Wilson carries this show and proves that he is more than capable of being leading man. The castMuch like James Spader in The Blacklist, Rainn Wilson carries this show and proves that he is more than capable of being leading man. The cast is fine and the show is enjoyable but it's Wilson that really shines, He is simply fantastic and makes the show worth watching.… Full Review »
By Episode Three, I found myself far more interested in following Benedict Wong as Kublai than Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo, which probablyBy Episode Three, I found myself far more interested in following Benedict Wong as Kublai than Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo, which probably isn't a good sign if the latter is supposed to be the central figure of the show. Richelmy's performance as Marco was flat, forgettable and uninspired. Even Chin Han was more compelling. By the time Marco started developing the obligatory love interest that must carry otherwise mediocre scripts along, the boredom outweighed any interest in seeing more breathtaking views and fighting. Four out of 10 simply for Wong's work, the fight scenes and choreography.… Full Review »
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