TV Club: Empire: “Pilot”

It could be a while before I’m ready to give myself permission to fully engage with Empire. Not a “couple of episodes” while, I’m talking about a “season two, episode seven” while. It looks too good, too stylish, too much fun to be true, and there’s nothing worse than a terrible show walking around wearing a stellar pilot as a shawl. It’s especially disappointing when a show sounds comically bad in its early stages of development, then winds up bolting out of the gate. Smash did that. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip did that. Now Empire is that show, dangling out a concept that sounds impossible to execute well, then launching with a pilot good enough to upend expectations.

One moment from the pilot in particular led me to believe this show could find its rhythm. It’s the reunion scene between Cookie, who is …

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