Well, last night’s episode was certainly… something. Don’t get me wrong; it was a cute episode that, despite some racial characteristic undertones, was salvaged by one good, and two great performances.
But first, let’s talk about the returning queen…
I’ve got a confession to make. I’ve never been the biggest fan of director and producer Lee Daniels. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never warmed to his work as a film maker. From Shadowboxer to Precious to The Paperboy there’s always been a lurid sensibility that leeches you out of whatever story he’s trying to tell; which distracts from his gift of mise-en-scène, amazing shot compositions, and getting compelling performances out of his actors. That said, whatever faults I may have with his sensibilities as a film maker could be strengths if found in the right context.
And boy howdy is Empire the right context!