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    Empire in the Media: Read It In Billboard

    I really would be surprised if he has any options left in Hollywood at this point. I definitely think what he did hurt the show, but as you mentioned it's been a sinking ship for a while now (I blame Demi!). The representation on Empire was one of the main reasons I fell for it. As a queer woman of color it was so refreshing to see so many issues in the black community dealt with on the show. Yes, it was campy and ridiculous sometimes, but also there were so many moments filled with heart that touched me. I hate that such a show is ending as it is, especially for the reasons it is, but maybe they will now be forced to clean up their act and tap into the greatness this show once was for one last hoorah. And maybe they can resurrect Kingsley, heh, just make the whole finale a dream.
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    S05.E18: The Roughest Day

    Tell the truth. So many bad decisions were made for this season. This should have been the wrap up all loose ends, give the Lyons a proper sendoff season. They had already jumped ahead to the future so why waste anymore time, just take the show out on as high a note as possible. I don’t understand why some people decide to drag a show to its’ tragic death instead of just ending it when it feels right or makes the most sense to. Even if some don’t like it or agree, it’s better to leave them wanting more as the old saying goes.
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    Empire in the Media: Read It In Billboard

    ‘I was waiting for this. Lee and the others really miscalculated this season, imho. He had gold to work with but now with the Jamal/Jussie fallout and all the plot holes he created with his unplanned finale, I think Empire is going to limp to the finish line. It’s a shame.
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    S05.E18: The Roughest Day

    I am actually surprised Star lasted for as long as it did. It just never resonated with me, the main characters were all too damn annoying, and far too few could actually act, imo. Empire got lucky to get renewed because it’s ratings aren’t great but they get the job done for now, especially for Fox on a slow Wednesday night. However, viewership has been in a fairly steady decline over the seasons, the numbers are clear on that. That’s why some (me) were fully convinced this would turn out to be the last season; they hit all time lows this season in fact, not to mention the Jussie fiasco. I think the only reason a good number of people tuned into the finale was to see what was going to happen. Would the show actually do away with Jamal or Andre? And of course they went with neither option. They had interest peaked over the unknown, but now that they showed their hand, I think there’ll be little improvement for next season. It’s been too much of the same old same, a lot of rinse and repeat storylines and plots.
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    S05.E18: The Roughest Day

    I couldn't agree more. I really don't understand why they were so willing to toss away the Lyon brothers 3 angle to the show. The shift would have been fairly simple, since Jamal was the middle son, Andre would take that slot, Hakeem would remain the youngest, and Kingsley would be the first born. I especially think A.Z. was worth keeping for his acting. This show has had a lot of acting misses over the years, imho, but he managed to keep up with the leads very well. I just think the show took a cheap way out, picking an unnecessary scapegoat just so they could keep Jamal around, even if technically he can't and won't be. Just a dumb move on their part, imo, and there's been plenty of them this season. Kingsley dies but Maya lives to whine and annoy another day. I just can't.
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    The Eyes: News and Media

    There is a large group that wouldn't mind seeing Serena earn "redemption" and the show keeps trying to have it both ways with her, especially during last season, and knowing the guy behind the shows, and some of his older shows and how they turned out, I am not convinced he wouldn't go there. I will never think Serena cares about anyone else more than herself at the end of the day, it's who she is. If she is going to join the H team with June to help topple the Gilead leadership, it definitely is because she's ready to get her way again and regain her own freedom. But to do so she still would be joining the fight, it's the only fight that gives her what she wants. If she doesn't become apart of the resistance and underground, assisting June, then she stays stuck in her personal hell. That's what I was getting at. Serena is going to trade sides it appears, but frankly I don't care if she does or doesn't, she could have been drowned at the end of last season and I would have been perfectly happy having a totally Serena free show from now on. I see the show implying an alliance of sorts between June and Serena and, yeah...I am not in favor, at all. As for Canada, I just think it's been underused. There is tons of material they could utilize to expand on the outside world, but instead they'd rather keep showing rape scenes and murders. And the same goes for the group in Canada. They don't get any real attention or care from the show. Just small snippets that don't really give us anything. Of course the main focus of the show is, and should always be, Gilead, but Atwood did build the foundation for a lot more to be discovered outside of it. And now that this is season 3, I, personally, am ready to see what lies beyond on a far grander scale. As far as June goes...I really had a hard time feeling for her the same way in season 2 the way I did during season 1. And I mostly blamed the writers and director. I just thought they kept her on such a short leash, making dumb shit decisions left and right just so they could keep her tethered to Gilead and unable to escape. I hated the obviousness of the plan and the lack of imagination and cleverness that could have been involved if that was to be the season long goal. I just want less obvious dumb shit this season. But that promo didn't give me a lot of hope. I would definitely love to see more of the amazing Rita though. She should really be given a lot to do this season, they just don't use her enough.
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    Empire in the Media: Read It In Billboard

    I didn't think that the ratings would suffer yet because a lot of the fans have been curious about which way they would go to end this season. Would Jamal bite it, would Andre, or was it Kingsley? Or would they really surprise us with a clever twist? Like Andre's imaginary Fed girlfriend a couple of seasons ago Frankly I would have liked it if they showed that Lucious had not actually regained consciousness after his car wreck in the last episode. So the entire Andre suicide attempt, the hospital scenes, and Kingsley killing himself was all apart of Lucious' dream world. Then when he snapped back to reality he could have returned to absolute chaos regarding Jamal and/or Kai who either one could have been Andre'a heart donor due to a sudden death by accident. Kai was a fairly easy kill and then that would make for a great excuse to cause Jamal to bail out on the family, unable to handle losing his husband even if he saved his brother. But obviously the show ended far differently, and the feedback, much that I've seen, has been a very mixed bag and a lot of people weren't impressed by a lot of the choices they made. I can ony speak for myself, but after reading that interview about what they're planning next, I think my DirectV show record list just got lighter.
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    Empire in the Media: Read It In Billboard

    Here's an interview about why certain decisions were made regarding the show this season and what to expect for season 6. Definitely spoiler heavy for anyone who did not see the finale yet. ‘Empire’ Boss on Writing Jussie Smollett Out and Why Season 6 Will Be a ‘Reset’ Yeah, I don't buy a lot of his reasoning or claims in this. Definitely Jussie's drama threw them for a huge loop and they just didn't have time to recover. They had to scramble big time and it still didn't come together, to me, in a believable way. Anyone else being killed off at the end, after everything with Jussie went down, to me was a cheap scapegoat choice, all because they didn't want to do away with Jamal/Jussie for good, and to me that's dumb. There's no reason his ass shouldn't have been in the casket, but they hadn't made the funeral a big enough deal involving any of the others and of course if Jamal died the Pope himself would have conducted the service...I could never stand him really, first the character but now I feel the same about the actor. And they're already floating the "reset" idea yet again as a kind of fixall. Not interested.
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    S05.E18: The Roughest Day

    Preach. It was so blatantly obvious to me as well that they'd reshot the funeral and stuck Kingsley in that casket last minute. Why not just put Lucious' mother in there then? The person in the casket didn't have to have anything to do with Andre's need for a heart. They easily could have been two separate issues. I am still confused about the so called 6 month jump they mentioned earlier as well. How could the funeral suddenly happen if it wasn't set until 6 months after the current events? That was such a lazy, uncaring move to me on the writers' part. I really believe before Jussie lost his mind, the original plan was for Andre to die. For some reason the show just never did much with Trai beyond making him kill or go crazy. They figured he could be the sacrificial Lyon cub. And the fact that they did change the ending to kill off Kingsley? Where's the point in that since by then they knew Jussie was probably going to be out of commission indefinitely. Keeping Kingsley meant the 3 brothers angle would remain intact. Now it's just Hakeem who hasn't grown up and doesn't get anything important to do, and Andre who is now engaged and having a baby, not much can go down there unless they want to have the baby not make it, again, or it's revealed what he did while in prison to get Terri's son out or something and then what? Andre has been the suffering martyr for too long. I am just not feeling anything that could happen in the next season will help things. Lee already played the "let's time travel ahead to the future" card and nothing came of it. I think the show is honestly out of options and ideas. I have really loved some of the actors' talent and work over the years, but I just think that the shark has officially been jumped. This season could have been a richly packed and wonderful farewell for the show: Lucious and Cookie should have been the ones having that grand ball wedding as a way to celebrate their come back and everlasting love. Jamel and Kai could have still gotten engaged, as well as Andee and Terri, and Hakeem could have finally stepped up, grown up, and made a family with Tianna and their babies. Maybe Lucious could have passed the regins of Empire on to Kingsley, as his other three boys had figured out they had other lives to live outside of the business, but Kingsley had never had the Lyon name or legacy so passing him the keys to the kingdom would have solidified him as the true eldest and first born son. But now we'll never know what could have been and I think they have squandered the opportunity to have a decently fulfilling ending now.
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    S05.E18: The Roughest Day

    Empire used to be a guilty TV pleasure for me, but now I just feel guilty having wasted my time watching it. The show as a whole just feels confused to me now, as if Lee has zero clue what the point is anymore or where to take these characters that he hasn’t already. I felt like this episode just made the whole season pretty worthless as all potential growth and development got wiped out midway through. Lucious reverted back to his out of control thuggish ways trying to avoid the Feds, Cookie turned back into Ms. Indecisive who isn’t sure she can be with Lucious yet again, Hakeem might as well be a plant now, he has no real screen presence anymore, Andre just barely skated by and oh yeah, has a baby boy on the way, and Jamel will apparently now be played by a text message thread on a damn iPhone, like the hell? I thought Kingsley brought a lot to the table as a character and the actor was really good, but of course they just wasted him for no reason. Lucious could have gotten a heart easy, with his seedy connections and he wouldn’t have blinked an eye. In fact that would have been a nice way for the Fed lady to take a hike...just saying. But instead Kingsley had to bite it while that annoyance by the name of Maya gets to stick around? Hell, why couldn’t her ass have been the donor? Then she would finally have been worth the effort to keep her around so long. And they implied that monster mother of Kingsley’s might also still be making appearances in the future. I didn’t think it could get any worse than the Demi Moore’s “I had nothing better to do” nurse fiasco, but Tracy is besting her big time. I really don’t think the show deserved a renewal, and I will be surprised if they make it to the end without being straight up cancelled. Something tells me the ratings are only going to get worse. Maybe writing both Star and Empire proved too much for Lee. He just doesn’t have enough vision/talent to carry two shows like them at the same time.
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    S05.E17: My Fate Cries Out

    Someone tell me if I am remembering this wrong, but weren't we told earlier in the season that the funeral takes place 6 months after the current events they're showing us right now? I think I remember the funeral being detailed as a flashforward, so if that's the case then it doesn't make sense that whoever ends up as Dre's donor is in the casket. It's 6 months later, why wait so long to bury them? Andre is going to need his heart, presumably, in hours or days, maybe weeks but certainly not months later. Hmm, now I am more curious how they're going to handle this.
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    S05.E17: My Fate Cries Out

    Just for this being a Jamal free episode I will give this episode a big thumbsup. I liked the heavy focus on Andre, and his scenes with his Mama and Daddy were beautiful. The ending got me in the feels, it reminded me of the scene where Andre suffered his mental breakdown. Great work from all three actors. I have always felt that they have criminally underused Andre/Trai this whole time to focus on the other two brothers/ actors, who I feel are weaker actors. I hope Kingsley can somehow stick around, I actually would like to see Andre and Kingsley come to the forefront with Jamal being off screen and Hakeem just...I think Lee has lost the plot when it comes to that one. He just doesn't seem to show any growth or purpose. Heck, if it's Hakeem who somehow ends up in the casket I would not mind personally.
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    The Eyes: News and Media

    I am really not sold on the amount of potential this season may hold with everything that happened during season 2. I know I am not looking forward to Serena "joining the good fight". I just have no use for the character at this point. Heck, I am struggling to care about June's dumb ass at this point. The one highlight I did take away from the promo was the shot of Luke holding the baby. That actually got me in the feels, knowing she is out of Gilead and safe, and Luke now has a baby girl to raise again that connects him to June. And of course Moira will be over the moon about her new niece surely, so I am definitely looking forward to that stuff. I just hope it isn't condensed down to a few, short, scenes. I would really like to see a lot more of the Canada group and things going on in the free world. What's left of it anyway.
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    S05.E16: Never Doubt I Love

    I remember that and actually I always thought that they were planning to have Andre die, since he has always seemed to be the show's scapegoat about everything. Then Jussie, well...all that stuff happened and I think that they're now changing direction about who to keep and who to get rid of. I think it'd be smarter for them to keep Kingsley now and Dre, and just send Jamel off to the great beyond having saved Andre's life. I am really ready for Jamel to go, honestly, not just because of the Jussie scandal but because I don't care for the character and find him boring and tedious. Plus, if he goes then Kai can kick rocks as well and that would also be great heh, I have no use for either of them. I'd also rather see Kingsley figure out his Lyon roots than have to put up with more of Jamel warbling and feeling morally compromised about every little damn thing.
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    S05.E16: Never Doubt I Love

    I rarely comment on this show, though it is one of my guilty pleasures, but tonight was just a really good episode to me. Andre needs to get either Jamal or Kai's hearts, imo. They do it on soaps all the time. Jamel can die a hero saving his brother and it would create some meaty future storylines. Or if it was Kai, that would also give them a great excuse to keep Jamel off screen as he would be in mourning and struggling to deal with the idea of Andre having his husband's heart. Of course they could go with someone else entirely, but I do hope Dre is sticking around. And I am still convinced it's Mama Hag, aka Lucious' mom in the casket. That witch just needs to die, I don't think she can add anything to the show anymore. Thirsty so thoroughly owned that Fed lady, he really is one of the best figures on the show.
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