Empire: season two review

Fatima Sall, Staff Reporter

This critique represents the personal views of writer Fatima Sall. Sall’s views do not necessarily reflect those of The Royal Page staff as a whole.

“Empire” is the groundbreaking and controversial TV show that has people everywhere on the edge of their seats each episode. The series premiered Jan. 7, 2015, with 9.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49.

The drama follows Lucious Lyon, Loretha “Cookie” Lyon, and their three sons: Hakeem, Jamal, and Andre. Luscious is the founder of the prominent music company “Empire Entertainment,” that has the world taken by storm. Cookie was incarcerated for 17 years due to a drug dealing she was supposedly involved in, which is still affecting her life outside of jail. Cookie plans to take a portion of the musical empire from ex-husband, Lucious.

This season consists of several answers to the lingering questions that viewers may have had at the end of the first season. The conflict and resentment between the three brothers seemingly intensifies during the beginning of season two, along with confessions from multiple characters.

This season, topics like bipolar disorder, homosexuality, and depression are frequently highlighted. Topics like these are rarely touched in the entertainment industry due to their being “sensitive” subjects. I believe it’s important for these topics to be shown in real life situations instead of fitting the media’s idea of perfection.

I believe Empire differs from other common drama series on television because it raises platform for hip-hop music today in society. Empire also showcases a successful African-American family as the main characters, which is very rare in modern day television. As an African American, it’s refreshing to see characters of my race shown this way.

Also, the show was entirely created by a black director, cast, and writer. More African-Americans should begin to create their own contributions to film and television, instead of getting the usual roles that apply to black actors or actresses.

Overall, Empire represents the many obstacles and challenges that many people go through on a daily basis and creates and arena that showcases diversity through its characters and music.

Empire airs every Wed. night on FOX at 8 pm.