Empire Recap: In the Name of the King

February 26, 2015 3:49 PM

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Empire Recap: In the Name of the King

It’s only been on the air for eight weeks, but the show has already thrown a lot of things out there, seemingly waiting to see what lands and what doesn’t. Subplots (Lucious killing Bunkie, Cookie turning informant) and characters (so, are we gonna act like Tiana never happened?) get used and immediately tossed aside. While it’s apparent this show, like all network shows, is pulling out all the stops in order to get attention from viewers (and it’s working), often cranking up the drama to oh-no-they-didn’t levels, it also doesn’t seem to have to a fully realized sense of what it is and what it wants to accomplish. Almost every episode feels tonally, erratically different from the last. It doesn’t know whether to be an all-out trashfest or a family drama with soul, in every sense of the word.

“The Lyon’s Roar” is another prime example of how this show can go from intriguing to inept at a moment’s notice. Written and directed by series co-creator Danny Strong, the abysmally paced episode has both characters and story lines making crazy shifts in tone and attitude, almost on a whim. And no...

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