Lucious, the founder and CEO of a successful record label has been diagnosed with ALS. He must choose one of his three sons to take over the company when he dies. Meanwhile, his ex wife and co-founder, Cookie, has been released from prison and wants to reclaim her rightful place in the company.Written by
A hip-hop mogul must choose between his three sons who are battling for control over his multi-million dollar company, while his ex-wife schemes to get what's hers.
This series is beautifully written and played by the actors in the most astonishing way ever. It takes music somewhere better than ever. The manipulation of Taraji's character is just mind-blowing, I love the way she tells her sons the right thing and the wrong thing. She's seriously someone who you would side with, her brutal and manipulative nature just makes you get intrigued on her. Cookie Lyon is one of my favourite characters and one of the most iconic characters ever created. This is mainly because she just demands anything and if she doesn't get what she wants, she goes rogue and defies those who stand in her way of victory. It's just interesting for a character to seem like that.
This series also takes discrimination seriously. Unlike other series, we manage to see gay people, lesbians, bisexual people and I find that courageous and strong-willed for a series like Empire to portray those kind of people who are still discriminated in society.
I gave it an 8 out of 10 because I thought it could improve a bit more, for example the sense of humour on every character, not just the protagonist. All I see is Cookie with the humorous jokes and moments while the three sons and Luscious aren't as funny or laughable as they seem. Hakeem, the youngest of the three sons and the money-obsessed kid, seems a bit clingy and spoiled and I find that irritating sometimes. Andre, the oldest of the three, is portrayed as the business person but never seems to be contributed in music and where he works, mainly focuses on music producing.
Jamal, the middle of the three, has to be one of the most courageous, brave character in the majority of the series and particularly, in any series. He has the full courage to try and come out as being gay but his homophobic father prevents him but I think that's brilliant for him to come up with that. Society is just spoiled and brutal nowadays and Empire portrays real life and music in the best and possible way.
Empire, the series that has what you need to know about society and music.
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