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Decapitations And Dirty Politics Abound In ‘Empire’s Season Two Premiere

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The potency of Empire‘s elixir is evident in the concentrated dose offered by the opening of the show’s second-season premiere. At a “Free Lucious” concert held by the Lyon family, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) descends from the heavens, lowered onto the stage in a cage while wearing a full-body gorilla costume as King Kong-like music blares over the crowd. (I’m not making this up.) She proceeds to rip off the mask to launch into a tirade condemning the imprisonment of Lucious, as well as the imprisonment of other black males. It’s a madcap moment, but it’s indicative of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels’ ability to make the ridiculous rhythmic.

The season two opener takes place several months after the events of the season one finale, which saw Lucious (Terrence Howard) apprehended for the murder of Bunkie (Antoine McKay). We learned then that the key witness in the case was Vernon (Malik Yoba), but with Vernon now dead, it’s only a matter of time before the head Lyon gets set free. In any case, Lucious is floundering in prison, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is dealing with the stress of running the Empire company, and Cookie, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), Anika (Grace Gealey), and Andre (Trai Byers) are placing their chess pieces into position for the hostile takeover they began plotting last season. The major piece in that game is Mimi Whiteman, played by new addition Marisa Tomei. Whiteman controls the purse strings on a possible major investment in the company. With her becoming a major shareholder, the hostile takeover could be completed with Jamal sent to the backseat...  Read More

Dariel Figueroa

Dariel Figueroa is a writer and multimedia junkie who lives vicariously through the circa-1940s jazz musician sock puppets his great aunt routinely entertains him with.

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