|IMDB Rating:||7.9/10||Released Date:||07 Jan 2015|
“Empire” returns from its midseason hiatus with fresh episodes starting March 30, although given the plot twists, the first two hours sort of feel like a rerun. Perhaps inevitably, Fox’s breakthrough hit has begun repeating itself, playing out new angles on the central conflict – the battle for control of Empire Entertainment – that will seemingly allow every family member to claim stewardship of the company for at least a while. In the process, the series looks even more like the reboot of “Dallas” and “Dynasty” that it ostensibly is, while exposing differences between that era of TV consumption and this one. In musical terms, while the needle on “Empire” isn’t exactly stuck. It’s just that the playlist does seem to have become a bit narrow, already reprising its greatest hits. Or maybe, like a lot of artists after the buoyant rush of a breakout debut album, those responsible are understandably grappling with what they can possibly do for an encore.