What the fuck?
When Empire debuted earlier this year I was blown away by how it surpassed my expectations. For starters I thought it would be Power‘s simple-minded short bus cousin but it turned out to be something completely different. It was a campy, meaty drama with over-the-top characters and enough plot twists to propel a nighttime soap opera. The characters were somewhat believable with room to grow and it seemed like Empire could do no wrong.
Two weeks ago, after the powerhouse Season 2 debut (which I watched twice) Empire’s second episode made me tilt my head to the left and say ‘Ruh Roh’.
And the third and fourth episodes didn’t necessarily make my nipples dance either. So far, this second season doesn’t make me feel like I need to watch the show like earlier this year when I literally ran home from the train station near my crib to catch the last 30 minutes of an episode. Or when I began live tweeting (@benrotten) during Empire, which was something I had never done with any other show before.
Methinks Empire is either about to jump the shark or they already have jumped the shark, especially last night when (Spoiler if you haven’t seen it yet) Andre and Rhonda went to go dig up Vernon’s body and they were discovered by Lucious and his new lawyer Thirsty Rawlings (eye roll please). Vernon’s murder was one of the biggest secrets of the series, and now that it’s been exposed it ties up that loose end just a little too pretty for me. Especially when you take into account that Thirsty just so happened to have a corpse detector in the trunk of his car to help locate Vernon’s body.
A fucking corpse detector.
You ever heard of that before?
Granted, there is technology you can use to detect where bodies are in the ground, but it’s not used like a metal detector looking for loose change on the beach.
Therefore, I’ma need Empire to get better immediately because the way this season is traipsing about makes my soul cry.
First, let’s start with Becky. Lee Daniels must go to the stylist on set and say ‘I’ve hated Gabby since we did Precious, how can you make her look real real fucked up today??’
The hair, the clothes, the shade of it all.
And Cookie’s wardrobe budget must have taken a huge hit as well because her wigs and outfits sometimes look like costumes a drag queen on welfare would purchase from Party City. Aside from that it seems like she has become the main focus of the show with her one-liners and typical Cookie antics. But that’s not going to be enough to keep this show afloat in the long run.
Where Cookie’s character rests on her wit and cunning, Lucious is becoming more sinister and egotistical with each episode. He has referred to himself as a God on more than one occasion and each time he says it I just look at my television screen like ‘Really mutha fucka?’
Then, when he was locked up in prison and just so happened to have access to a producer and engineer so he could record that wack ass track I once again looked at the television screen like ‘Really mutha fucka?’
Jamal was so cocky and confident to take over Empire last season I believed ‘Yeah! Get it Mally!’ Now, this season, watching him kinda run the company while Marisa Tomei is also kinda running the company it’s kinda becoming a bit annoying. What is her purpose other than being another in a long list of guests stars that have made me look at the television screen like ‘Really mutha fucka?’
All of it is some fuckery. You don’t need all those guests stars.
But I digress, back to the rest of the Lyon’s (and sidebar, really? You name your company Lyon Dynasty? if Aaron Spelling was alive he’d sue your ass)
Hakeem has no depth. Originally his character was so spoiled and arrogant that you just knew his storyline would open up in more ways during season 2.
But, there’s nothing.
Damn, give him a drinking problem or something! Make him a sex addict. WE DEMAND DRAMA!
Andre is crazy, but not in a hot way like he was in season one. At least last year I was like ‘Yeah, he’s a good looking brotha. Crazy as shit, but when has that ever stopped me before?’
This season I’m like ‘Someone 302 this mutha fucka right now!’
And poor BooBoo Kitty has been relegated to a verbal punching bag for all of the other characters when, before, she had the makings of being a formidable opponent against Cookie. I honestly liked Anika because she had some balls. Over the summer, she must have been castrated because she has no fight, no fire, no purpose.
Lee Daniels, fix this shit now.
Because I want to believe that a show created by a gay brotha who has unapologetically brought another gay brotha into the homes of millions of viewers on a weekly basis can last at least another few seasons before its shine begins to wear off. It’s too soon for this to be happening now and I want to let you know that I’ma rock out with you until it becomes too much for me to bear.
There is a resurgence of black television shows on networks and cable right now so the time is right to be one show amongst many. But if you stay comfortable with having Empire remain where it was when it began the people who fell in love with it will turn away from it, and then it will be gone.
I don’t want that to happen.
I have faith that you can still have a great season. But please….PLEASE….do better.