'Empire' resolves its cliffhanger quickly

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 02:44 PM Written by 

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Fox's "Empire" (9 tonight, WPGH) resolves its who-went-over-the-balcony? cliffhanger in short order tonight and then it's on to more infighting and squabbling among family members. although so far the show isn't falling into the dull, repetitive loop of last season when the primary question seemed to be Who owns the company this week?

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I still maintain that "Empire" lost its mojo when it lost its focus after season one. That inaugural season had a terrific plot with Lucious (Terrence Howard, now rocking a Billy Dee Williams hairstyle in back) dying and his sons vying to take over the company. But once Lucious was no longer dying, the show lost the Shakespearean, "Lion in Winter" quality that helped propel it forward.

Since then it's been a mish-mash of plots that spring up and then disappear or seem to get cut short.

The show seemed to get some mileage out of the end of season two by shooting Jamal (standout Jussie Smollett) and marrying off Lucious and Anika (Grace Byers, formerly Grace Gealey, but now she's married in real life to co-star Trai Byers).

The first episode of season three puts the focus on the family as Lucious encourages another coverup while the family is seemingly held hostage by Tariq, Lucious' half-brother fed.

I'll probably check in on "Empire" from time to time but it's just no longer appointment viewing for me.

 

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