‘Empire’ Fails At Succession Planning

February 26, 2015 3:49 PM

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‘Empire’ Fails At Succession Planning

After unifying the Lyons in the last episode, “Empire” tore them apart this week. With his illness increasingly at the front of his mind, and his son finally coming out, hip-hop patriarch Lucious’s ugly side was on full display. He said some things you can’t take back to Cookie, Jamal and Andre.

The fallout was especially tough on Andre, the family’s least musically talented, only financially educated, and most emotionally fragile member. Already he was plotting against Lucious and making unseemly requests of his own wife. With its chief financial officer on the verge of a breakdown, this s...

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