Critic Consensus: In "Without a Country," Empire fully embraces its soapy tendencies by showcasing the best and worst of its beloved characters.
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 Michael Sanchez
as Officer Mcknight
as Thirsty Rawlings
as Leah Walker
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Critic reviews for Without a Country
Hakeem and Cookie seemed to be the only people thinking of the family by trying to remove the poisonous influence that is Lucious Lyon from their lives. But removing a cancerous organ, when it's vital ensures the death of the body.
Empire is a flawed, yet intoxicating enterprise, and I'm going to stick with it to the bitter end, but I really want everyone to step up their game.
Last night's episode, Without a Country, was chiller than Jamal on a slow jam.
If there's one thing that Empire does well, it's the infamous dramatic exit. Slamming the door in someone's face numerous times? Check. Shutting the elevator door after a big reveal? Check.
[One] moment falls in line with the show's penchant for hitting on real-world issues the black community faces, particularly issues around mass incarceration and police brutality.
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