Another good episode! Cookie needs to talk to Jamal about keeping secrets. They were all set to announce he was gay 2 episodes ago, and now he's doing a 180 & trying to mislead people about his relationship status. Not cool; especially when music insiders already know he's gay. The baby thing w/"Olivia" was hilarious. It threw me when I saw Raven Symone's face & imagined, for a moment, that Cliff & Claire Huxtable would be sharing Thanksgiving dinner w/Lucious & Cookie Lyon. I think Cookie & Claire would have a great time together! No, Vernon is not Andre's father. Cookie has zero chemistry w/Vernon; and it's pretty clear that she & Lucious loved each other a lot. I am getting a vibe though that Vernon will do an end-run around Andre & try to get the company for himself. Vernon literally knows where all of Lucious bodies are buried, and he knows how to make things go away (and reveal themselves). That cold look he gave Lucious when he asked something like, "Are we all good?" meant he finally understood that Lucious could kill him, too, and has no loyalty to anyone.
I've been wondering what the heck Rhonda does. Does she work for Empire Enterprises' Publicity Dept, or for a fashion magazine?
In a lot of ways, AGENT CARTER is for my girls what WONDER WOMAN was for me back in the 70's, minus the super-powers. They just love it and insist they watch it live. My teenager even puts it over & above SUPERNATURAL, which is saying something because they have some seriously good-looking men on that show. I like that Peggy doesn't have superpowers & has to rely on ALL of her abilities to make her way in the world. IMO, this show isn't being written for women. It's written for anyone who understands what it's like to be underestimated, feel unappreciated, be underemployed (and these days, that's a LOT of people) & out of their element while still trying to find meaning in their lives. Adults who enjoy the show will get that. Kids will recognize little history nuggets while enjoying the action & mysteries. Looking forward to the last two episodes!
Oh, Mike. You have to stop thinking like that. Have Caucasians ever worried over how their race in general is portrayed in all aspects of entertainment? Oh, hell, no! Black people are PEOPLE first. PEOPLE in general enjoy well-written entertainment & good acting. When I watch EMPIRE, I don't see "black" people. I see a rich, dysfunctional family who happens to be black. But, they also have all the same hangups that the Ewings did on DALLAS. I see good acting, hilarious dialogue, and so many references to classic Greek tragedy, it's a literature lover's dream. Don't confuse traditional dramatic *archtypes* as being stereotypes. If Shakespeare's KING LEAR or HAMLET were filmed with a black cast, it would be considered "daring" and "modern." But, throw them into something inspired by the same, and billed as a primetime soap opera, and suddenly people get skittish thinking, "Well, isn't it racist to show blacks being shallow, ambitious, narcissistic, violent, petty, opportunistic, horny, etc." No - it's HUMAN.
That was a fantastic episode. I hope we find out what is important about the Battle of Finow before this series ends. There are only 3 episodes left! I like how the federal agents have become more human with each passing episode. They all seemed like male chauvinist stereotypes at first. Now, we can see there's a reason they were hired for this unit. Captain Dooley is a very smart man who is getting answers and putting the right picture together without a lot of fancy gadgets and proof. Agent Thompson seems like an entitled blowhard. But, it's basically a role he plays to mask a lot of insecurity about his abilities. I would be fine if we don't find out who Peggy ends up marrying because she's a worthwhile, interesting character in her own right. Reducing her appeal to, "Who is she going to hook up with?" is boring.
Unfortunately, the ratings are not great. If it didn't have the tie-in to Marvel and Captain America, I doubt it would see a second season, no matter how limited the number of episodes. Peggy Carter is a fantastic character IMO. But, I think having her story as a limited run is all we can hope for right now. I'll tune in no matter how many episodes they give us.
Referencing the Nation of Islam was a bold move that I appreciated. It showed that EMPIRE isn't afraid to hit controversial opinions in the black community head on. But, Anika is NOT what she appears to be. Boo Boo Kitty has all the right expressions and reactions, to get Lucious to trust her. But, mark my words. This kitten has claws! I suspect she's positioning herself to take over Empire as soon as it goes public, with the backing of shadow investors. In case people forget, taking a company public is risky because the threat of takeover is much greater than if it remained privately owned by one family. Yes, Lucious' might make a ton of money. But, he could also get pushed out by the board if someone mounts a takeover bid. I predict the season finale will be just that - and the Lyons will have to unite to fight off those who want to push the family out. EMPIRE is basically DALLAS in the music world, with Andre, Jamal & Hakeem being early versions of J.R., Bobby and Gary. Yeah, Hakeem is about as ill-suited for corporate intrigue as Gary was.
Won't happen. After watching many, many seasons of DALLAS, DYNASTY & KNOT'S LANDING, I can see where this *might* go - After all she's done for Empire, Boo Boo Kitty won't appreciate being sidelined for any of the sons. Lucious won't seriously consider her for CEO because, well, she's a girl and not blood-related. So, when Lucious starts getting physically weaker, Anika will realize what is going on & make moves to consolidate power on the board & wrest control away from the Lyons. Typical corporate power play. This will briefly unite Cookie with all her sons to repel Anika's takeover. That's what always happened on DALLAS & DYNASTY - the family fights a lot internally. But they ALWAYS unite against outsiders trying to take the company.
The only understanding Rhonda & Andre have is to get power & influence any way possible. Power turns them on & excites them as much as love. Defining it as an "open marriage" feels small somehow. Their marriage is a union made for ruthless ambition, & they love each other for it. Having sex with other people is just a tool to them. It's not based on attraction or pleasure. It's how they get things done. It's work. The reviewer asked if Lucious has enough power to get away with murder. I was under the impression that Bunkie wasn't the first person Lucious gunned down. After all, he was a drug dealer & had a territory. That doesn't happen unless you're willing to do some brutal things.
Cora is one of my favorite characters. Nothing fazes her, or should I say, nothing throws her even if she is surprised. She's one of the most grounded, practical characters in a setting where she could be very removed and isolated given her position. IMO, Cora already ended things with Bricker in her mind. She really loves Robert and wouldn't do anything to intentional hurt him or make him jealous. That is not her style. She may be discreet about personal matters. But, she's not calculating or devious in that way. I also love how she can put Robert in his place in less than 10 words & still play the good hostess. That brings me to a character that I really dislike at the moment - Miss Bunting. It's one thing to have different opinions than one's host. But, Miss Bunting is just a bad guest - ALL the time. She knew that the Russians were expats driven away from their homeland. But, what kind of insensitive idiot would actually say something to make them feel MORE unwelcome, MORE homesick, and MORE out of place at an event that was supposed to give them comfort. Class differences aren't an excuse for that behavior as hospitality was practiced in all levels of society at that time. She knew what she was doing was just mean, and she didn't care about anything except her own POV. I REALLY hope she is not in Tom's future.
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