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as Lucious Lyon
as Cookie Lyon
as Vernon Turner
as Jamal Lyon
as Hakeem Lyon
as Andre Lyon
as Anika Calhoun
as Rhonda Lyon
as Billy Beretti
as Tiana Brown
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Critic reviews for Unto the Breach
I blame the show's insatiable need for drama at the cost of any investment in its people. I think Empire is better than this.
This was another week heavy on the emotions and it's really setting us up nicely for the final two episodes.
The feeling that Empire has done a great job of driving home from the start, though, is that particularly complicated sensation that allows us to still receive so much joy from a piece of art, even when we know of the awful deeds done by the artists.
As much fun as it is to watch Empire pull out all the stops (and then throw in a few songs for good measure), the show runs the risk of going too quickly.
For all its tonal seesawing, Empire once again showed, like it did in "False Imposition," that it works best when the family bands together for the greater good.
Mental illness is real, and Andre's continual downward spiral is probably one of the hardest things I've ever watched on television. But the necessity of this image - much like Jamal's sexuality - within the context of a black family can't be overlooked.
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