Everything is happening so fast in 2nd season of 'Empire', depriving viewers of those suspense filled moments where they get to ask "what will happen next week?." "how will the characters develop?"
'Empire' is one of those shows you just have to know about, unless you leave under a rock where the social media isn't flooded with 'Empire' memes, or your colleagues at 'work' don't get to constantly tell you about how 'amazing' a show it is.
Like every TV lover, I watched the first season of 'Empire,' (who wouldn't? with all the boo boo kity hype), and well, I loved the storyline, production, music, and of course the much talked about Cookie played by Taraji P Henson.
Fast forward to the much anticipated second season, and the show started to lose me as a viewer, and also go down in ratings.
In terms of drama, the show has failed to deliver in a way that kept my interest in season one. Everything is happening so fast, depriving me of those suspense filled moments where I get to ask "what will happen next week?." "how will the characters develop?"
How did Jamal become the person he is today? - trying too hard to get his father's approval and gradually turning into his father in the process.
It's almost like we all know what will happen next. We all know Lucious is 'untouchable,' a 'mini god,' and would be the winner at the end of every episode.
Watching the 1st and second episode of season two, I realised that the emotionally compelling ways the show previously used to push characters in new directions, were missing.
The second season picked up from where season one ended - everyone fighting for control of 'Empire, with Jamal (Jussie Smollett)in charge of Empire, and Andre (Trai Byers), Anika (Grace Gealey), Cookie, and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) plotting a hostile takeover.
The hostile takeover ended almost as immediately as it started, with Lucious (who was locked away for murdering Bunky) manipulating things from prison, and thwarting their hostile plans.
One would think the plot would last through few more episodes, in a reasonably dramatic way.
Right now it's all about Dynasty, a new record company led by Cookie (lets just hope this is a plot that would be explored for a while, afterall, who doesn't want a Cookie and Lucious Showdown?)
While some people described the music from season 1 as sappy, I totally loved them. But I'm yet to figure out what the show has to offer in the music department this season.
Do you blame me? I'm actually yet to figure out what the entire season has to offer.
The whole idea of featuring every big celebrity on second season of show makes it seem like someone is trying too hard to impress viewers.
Despite the fact that 'Empire's ratings have been falling since this season's premiere, it's still the most popular network show of the night.
If the show could pull in 12.2 million viewers for its fourth episode 'Poor Yorick,' then'the show still has what it takes to keep an audience, but I'm definitely not part of that audience.
So, are you watching the ongoing second season of show? Do you think it's a great show, or an overrated one?