Telly Talk Schemer
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- Plotville, Shenanigan
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- April 2002
Is you is or is you ain't my Mimi?
I had expected the next episode to be a little low-key but it turned out to be a fantastic aftermath story.
Rhonda Lyon learns that falling down the stairs is not as fabulous as it looks in Dynasty and The Colbys. It's a miracle that she's still alive!
I'm not sure, but maybe it was a way of Lucious demonstrating that he has the killer instinct and Hakeem doesn't or to show that he isn't afraid of dying or afraid of Hakeem, all of which still gives him power over Hakeem, even when his power has supposedly been taken away.As a matter of fact, in an outrageously melodramatic scene, Lucious gave Hakeem the opportunity to take out his father if he wanted Empire bad enough.
But that's no real strength, that's just the stupid power of a bullet. And what would stop the other Lyon sons from killing Hakeem? The only thing that would be killed is the story.
There's nothing that could have happened in that scene and I think that makes it rather pointless and unnecessarily melodramatic.
I remember feeling the same about Tony Soprano, I had no problem with him beating people to death, but when he made racist jibes about his daughter's boyfriend I was like, "Oh, that's going a bit far." But I kind of enjoy that irony, and having my sympathies tested.I find it ironic that his petty "mean girl" tactics to undermine Jamal makes him even more unlikeable than the big stuff he does to control his company and his family.
Lucious's small cruelties towards his children are the most devastating -- there's a couple of things he says and does to Jamal post-shooting that are quietly jaw-dropping -- and I think that's when he's at his most hateful, but at his most real. The only thing I didn't really buy about Abby (well, apart from the Charles Scott thing) was what an amazingly super capable mother she was when Olivia was on drugs. Despite all the terrible things she did the rest of the time, she still had to conform to the TV stereotype of a supermom. She wasn't allowed to behave insensitively or irrationally or to put a foot wrong in any way like a real parent would in that situation, or like Lucious does with his kids all the time. (I mean, I know it's quite not the same thing cos Lucious is a lot eviler than Abby, but still ...)At some point I thought he was getting dangerously close to becoming too unlikeable. And maybe that proves that a villainous attitude can be even more effective than villainous actions.
Because actions are necessary to keep the story going, but it's not necessary to be an unpleasant person.
JR, Alexis, Abby and Angela caused a lot of pain and tragedy, but they were very charming villains. Danny Waleska and Fallon Season 1 are great unpleasant antagonists but I'm not sure if it works for Lucious when he goes full-on-Nellie Oleson - as it could undermine the "respect" we're supposed to have for the big anti-hero baddy.
Amen.I think Jamal should stop singing his soap. It's getting a bit musical-esque.
Yes, and I like how I don't quite know how to class these characters: they aren't conventional supporting characters in the Afton or Kirby sense, yet they've both stuck around longer than I would have expected. At any moment, I feel like either of them could just disappear forever or turn out to be the future of the show.Tiana, the superstar-in-progress, is great too. And Freda Gatz too!