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Why I Won't Be Finishing Empire - Cinema Shelf
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Why I Won’t Be Finishing Empire

So I’ve gone about 4 episodes into Empire and I have been somewhat surprised. When seeing previews for this show, I wasn’t interested in watching it at all. I heard people talking about the show so much while it was on air and I can now see why. That isn’t really what got me started on this show though, what really got me on this show was the fact that I wasn’t really watching anything at the time (LOL). I’m really not sure if I’ll even finish just because it really isn’t the typical TV show that I like to watch. Here’s some of the things that I like and don’t like about Empire:

What I like

There are several reasons why I like this show. First, it is an original story and I can’t recall any show on television that really dealt with the music industry like Empire does. I enjoy learning about different industries and Empire shows us how life can be in the music industry (although I don’t know how accurate it is). Secondly, I love how this movie is so clever. Throughout the story, it seems like the main characters Lucious and Cookie have to outwit each other. Somewhat like what Phillip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games called “moves and counter-moves.” I really enjoy when stories in movies and TV shows have characters battling against each other with their minds instead of physically beating each other. Finally, probably the best part of this show is the acting. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are amazing. They do a great job or portraying their characters and making them so believable. Terrence Howard is great at being both the good and bad guy. I really can’t think of anyone else who could have done a better job than those two.

Why I will stop watching

I know most people probably won’t understand this but to be honest, the reason that I will stop watching is because of the provocative nature of the show. The show is based on the hip hop industry, which at many times, spares no expense when it comes to flaunting women. I feel like this show does this very excessively and many times over the top. I thought that I would be able to go through the show by simply fast-forwarding through these parts but it is just too much of a hassle to keep doing. This show definitely isn’t a family show. Like I said earlier, I think the show has a great story and think even the production value is very high for a TV show. I just personally can’t keep looking away or fast forwarding every ten minutes.

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