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The second season isn't the phenomenon of the first. But no other series on network TV this year has better proven the power of diversity.
Empire remains a soap with no pretensions beyond the suds. But there's something melancholy, and forlorn, in its heart: Reach the mountaintop, and the view is still lousy, and worse, everyone wants to push you off.
The first season of the wildly popular Fox dramarama was soapy in all the right ways, but, like the best soaps, teetered between being, like, the greatest and a big mess. This season walks the same precarious path.
If the premiere is any indication, we can look forward to the usual Empire fare: sexual intrigue, LGBTQ issues, fabulous wardrobe, slick pop tunes and rap hits, and - of course - a seemingly endless succession of double and triple crossings.
[Strong's] structure injects the drama with something more, and the new season music absolutely is moving this series into the legend category.
The show's sophomore season improves on the first in its sense of scope.
Simultaneously refined and deliciously pulpy, Fox's mega-hit Empire roars back to life in its second year, with all the brand-specific viciousness and gasp-earning twists fans have come to expect from the Lyons.
Empire is succeeding at the game it's playing, and if that's our criteria, then yes, it's a good show.
There are still the twists and turns, the gasp-worthy tweetable moments, and the songs made of pure fire.
Audience Reviews for Empire: Season 2
Oct 01, 2017Never have a seen such s poorly written piece of trash that panders to the lowest common denominator. The plot is spoon fed and predictable, and it perpetuates stereotypes that most of us do not aspire to. Not all black folks are like this people, and your kids shouldnt look up to these type of nonsense characters. I love Terrence Howard and Taraji, this show is no better than here comes honey boo boo. These rolls are beneath Terrence and taraji, they deserve so much better.
May 22, 2017Empire's glossy melodramatic flair has worn out its welcome, at least for myself. Taraji Hensen, while a capable actress, is exhausting to watch and near-impossible to like as Cookie Lyon and each of the male leads act like a child half their respective ages. Add that to the producer's insistence on trying to keep up some gang elements in their portrayals, as well as an unfortunate step back to the quality of this season's soundtrack, and Empire S2 is hard to recommend as anything besides a guilty pleasure.
Apr 05, 2017After a strong and shocking start,Empire waste its talented cast and made it another boring soap opera.It lost energy by wasting cliffhangers and wasting entire episodes with boring sub plots and honestly forcing some cast members to become useless.
Sep 18, 2016Even better than the previous season. The tagline MUSIC FAMILY POWER was really visible to the eyes of the viewers. The characters of Lucius, Cookie, Andre, Jamal and Hakeem are connected but the individuality of each can stand alone without the other. And amazing performance for Taraji. A well-deserve defeat of Viola. Two thumbs up.
Jul 25, 2016I couldn't stop watching!!!! I loved it????
May 20, 2016ummmm..... this was a disaster. A big disaster and it is nearly impossible to fix now. I will keep watching, but wow what a disaster. Cookie keeps on making this interesting though i am still so frustrated. I really have no idea what to give this so i will give my undecisive 2.5/5. The writers need to stop turning this into a bad soap (which it is headed for) and make this the intense and addictive show it almost was in season 1.
May 20, 2016The Empire has officially fallen this season. This whole season their has not been one great episode they took along break just to show us more disappointing episodes. Especially the season finale like what made them decide to have Rhonda and Anika the main focus at the end when that is more of a side story. Did anybody else see the horrible acting from Hakeem when his wife called the wedding at the last minute, he reacted like he dropped his last chip or something.I do not think it worse acting than Tiana when she got robbed for her purse earlier in the season.
May 18, 2016While Season 2 is heavily flawed and no where near as good as it could've been when it's great it's great getting more into characters pasts and why they are they way they especially for Lucious Lyon but of course the real MVP of the season is Taraji P. Henson who further who pours tons of pathos into her performance. However where Season 2 struggles is sticking to storylines as well as moving way too fast and many times gets too over the top for it's own good but ends the season in a confident new direction that hopefully for the show's sake works out moving forward. Overall Grade of the Season: B-
May 04, 2016really bad. dont know why people even watch this
Apr 26, 2016Fed up of the musical chairs to be "Chairman" so stopped watching!