Well well well! Ladies and Gentlemen Empire is back and I mean BACK! The first episode of season 2 ‘The Devils are Here’ aired Wednesday and I must give thumbs up to Lee Daniels for an incredible first episode.
Season 1 introduced us to the Lyon family and the ups and downs they went through to get to where they are now; with the season ending with Lucius going to jail making Jamal the new CEO of Empire.
Season 2 begins three months after the events of season 1 where Cookie and the rest of the family have organized a free Lucious concert.
Cookie, being Cookie enters the stage in a gorilla suit and gets the crowd going with advocating justice for Lucious.
A number of people made cameos in the first episode including Swizz Beats who performed with Jamal and Hakeem at the ‘FreeLuciousConcert’.
Well speaking of Jamal, since he took over from his dad he has been cranky, arrogant and pretty much bossy. The job has taken a toll on him to the point interfering with his studio time. He has shown loyalty to his father to the point of chasing his mom and brothers out of their family home which prompts Cookie to slap him twice *ouch!* Hopefully that will change soon.
Cookie on the other hand is working with her sons, Andre and Hakeem plus Anika to stage a hostile takeover and take the company from Lucius. They seem to have an interested investor Mimi (Marisa Tomei) who turns on them and sticks by Lucious.
The long awaited appearance by Chris Rock is over. He plays Frank Gathers, a drug dealer who Lucious and Cookie worked for back in the day. He sends his signature rose to Cookie and her sister for the hit she ordered way back in Season 1. Cookie gathers her children and her sister’s family at Lucious’ house and goes to visit her ex husband to help her fix the problem.
Lucious once again proves that he is always on top by turning Frank’s against him in order to protect Cookie.
Well that was episode one, I am looking forward to the next 17!