I was feeling a little hot after this episode aired! What! I need chips (as a cure for everything in life, of course. Fuck a diet, a dollar and a dream – Derek Luke is on Empire! *squeals*)
So I know I’m late (HA!) but g2g was having issues and I only just saw the episode literally 10 minutes ago. I think this is my favourite episode, after the first one, for so. Many. Reasons.
1. The music is improving! Yaaaaas, Timbaland! The music in the last 4 episodes hasn’t been anything to write home about. I mean, What is Love, that heartwrenching piece from the bald girl in Ep 1 just topped everything; Jamal and Hakeem make an absolutely killer team, and it was beginning to look like they couldn’t do anything good without each other, and Tiana is basically eye candy. Drip Drop was ok, you know? Body like a weapon bang bang bang etc was catchy. It definitely was NOT What is Love. Jamal…nothing he has done has moved me to look past his whining. BUT! Hakeem, snivelly spoilt brat that he is, has produced a gem in this episode (his diss track to Tiana), Jamal’s love song I wanna love you was just inspired – by maybe a little Neyo when Neyo was really good? A little John Legend? MM. SO TASTY. And I like the rock thing with Elle Dallas (Courtney Love). I’m waiting to see where this is going. It’s a yes from me.
2. I have understood that I need to stop judging Empire. Yes, it is an over the top series. But it is MEANT to be over the top. That’s how they’ve played it, and unlike Power, they are doing it well. The casting, guys – everyone really fits their roles (except the extras – that football player was some bullshit) and Taraji shines in a sea of diamonds. Like a diamond. Napenda Taraji. (see what I did there?) Napenda Taraji especially akivaa hizo maNINI. (I gotta say, I don’t know why Miss T keeps Portia around. That obvious plothole is going over my head)
3. New faces. I AM HERE FOR IT. I am here for Miss Colourless Raven Symone (my comp doesn’t have the apostrophe. Or rather, I don’t care enough to look for it) playing desperate baby mama. I am HERE for DEREK LUKE who can SECURE ME ANYTIME HE WANTS. LAWDY. Someone was made in THE PERFECT image of the Lord. Last time I saw that tasty man was in The Americans and I was just as distracted as I am now. I. AM. HERE. FOR. HIM.
Excuse me while I go wipe – uh, download another episode.