Empire: (S03E18) “Toil and Trouble” Finale,Part 2

It’s the season’s finale and we’re still in Vegas.  The helicopter lands atop of “da’club”  & Leah talks with Lucious on the phone. She’s at the Lyons’ Den on what amounts to “time out”  for “putting steel in the skull of your enemy”, murdering Tariq. Still no words have I for this act of… Nevertheless, The…

Empire: (S03E17) “Toil and Trouble” Part 1

It’s Showtime @ The Laviticus in Vegas. The 3 C’s (Candace, Carol and Cookie) the original Hardaway girls walk in, with a simple plan. It’s”Ocean’s 11” and the pursuit of the “Guisi Fruit” Giuliani’s financial ledger is presumed to be her secret weapon & success. The plan is to shut Giuliana down, exposing her ill gotten…

Empire: (S03E16) “Absent Child”

The family comes in like a pride of lions, to sit with the family Dubois. They believe the Dubois’ called CPS , removing Bella from the Lyons Den. The Dubois family denies any involvement. “Sorry for your loss” Then we find, Bella’s lost in the system!  Hakeem is livid and blames Dubois. He live streams;…

Empire (S03E15) “Civil Hands Unclean”

Every week, I attempt to connect the episode’s title to what we see, trying to make sense of it. I’m at 2%, so far. When Angelo accepts $5million for his scholarship program from the Lyons as a peace offering, perhaps these are the “Civil (Service) Hands, Unclean?” Or perhaps it refers to Mama Dubois, the…

Empire: (S03E14) “Love is Smoke”

When you’re in the mood and hunger the toxic, immoral & consciousness incapable of remorse, this is the place. Welcome to Empire. These are the stars of the show and any sense of right action is short-lived. However, I trust there will come a day, when this behavior is no longer entertaining to the masses….

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…