A High Hope for a Low Heaven

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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.

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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.

Nov 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.

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

They know what the people want.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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

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

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

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

And yet for all of its issues - which include wasting time on guests that would be better spent nurturing some of the struggling young cast members - there are pleasures here that can't be matched elsewhere.

Nov 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Hakeem's unearned bravado frequently makes him insufferable, so the vulnerability he radiates throughout the crisis and its aftermath is rewarding, whetever the cost, though he still manages to treat his family poorly throughout.

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Once again, this week's episode sets up a major dramatic arc with a lot of potential -- only to watch the writers forget about the whole story line just a few minutes later, when they're distracted by another crazy twist.

Nov 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Like many successful pop songs, Empire has a great beat and terrible lyrics. Unlike most successful pop songs, its tempo is completely out of whack, and it's glaringly obvious.

Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…