Empire - Season 2, Episode 6 - Rotten Tomatoes

A High Hope for a Low Heaven



Critic Consensus: "A High Hope for a Low Heaven" contains many jaw-dropping plot twists, but fails to bring its kidnapping cliffhanger to a satisfying resolution.

Episode Info

Lucious and Cookie put aside their differences for the sake of their family who need them to work together to stay out of danger; Jamal does his best to get back in the studio and break away from the "gay artist" label; and Hakeem struggles with how to feel and act like a man.


Terrence Howard
as Lucious Lyon
Taraji P. Henson
as Cookie Lyon
Jussie Smollett
as Jamal Lyon
Bryshere Y. Gray
as Hakeem Lyon
Trai Byers
as Andre Lyon
Grace Byers
as Anika Calhoun
Grace Gealey
as Anika Calhoun
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Rhonda Lyon
as Tiana
Rafael De La Fuente
as Michael Sanchez
Adam Rodriguez
as Laz Delgado
Bre-Z Murray
as Freda Gatz
Yani Marin
as Carmen
as Chicken
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Critic reviews for A High Hope for a Low Heaven

An unusually frightful mama Lyon sees markings on his back. But baby Lyon is playing tough even when dad says "what happen to you is my worst nightmare." "Can't be worse than than being your son," Hakeem says. Mic drop.

November 5, 2015 | Full Review…

The youngest Lyon spent the rest of the hour struggling psychologically, undergoing a crisis of masculinity that can be added to the list of Empire's provocative storylines related to gender.

November 5, 2015 | Full Review…

They know what the people want.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Suffice it to say that "A High Hope for a Low Heaven" was another top-notch episode.

November 5, 2015 | Full Review…

This was far from my favorite Empire, but there was still a lot to like.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.8/5 | Full Review…

"A High Hope for Low Heaven" had too many problems to redeem.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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