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Empire: Season 2, Part 2

If Empirestretches audience goodwill a little too far, perhaps it can be forgiven; whatever its flaws, it never fails to entertain.

Desirae Embree
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Empire: Season 2, Episode 8 - "My Bad Parts"

At only halfway through the show’s second season, there is still a lot of space for Empire's writers to surprise us, but the further the show strays into melodramatic cliche, the less likely it seems they will.

Desirae Embree
Television

Empire: Season 2, Episodes 5-6 - "A High Hope for a Low Heaven" / "True Love Never"

By introducing new plot lines and dramatic twists and turns without ever really capitalizing on the ones already set up, Empire's offering too many loose ends and half-developed characters about whom it's incredibly difficult to care.

Desirae Embree
Television

Empire: Season 2, Episode 5 - "Be True"

This week’s episode was full of the kinds of antics expected in the Empire universe; however, Lee Daniels and company showed with this week’s episode that there are any number of relationship dynamics still left to be explored.

Desirae Embree
Television

Empire: Season 2, Episode 4 - "Poor Yorick"

As Lucious' legal troubles are put to bed, things within the family get even more complicated.

Desirae Embree
Television

Empire: Season 2, Episode 3 - "Fires of Heaven"

Empire, has always been chess match played in a flamboyant, Machiavellian style, but this episode’s moves were so clearly telegraphed that it’s hard to admire them.

Desirae Embree
Television

Empire's Latest Episode Promises More than Just Gags

The second episode of Empire's second season gives audiences more of what they came for: narrative, character development, and strained relationships.

Desirae Embree
Books

'Sapiens' Takes the Long View on the History of Humanity

Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens is a brilliant exercise in counterfactuals: what could, might and should've been.

Television

Can Television Be a Solution to Hollywood's Diversity Problem?

We are living in the second Golden Age of Television, and not just because the writing is so good: TV is where we can tune in for real diversity.

Music

Beats, Rhymes and Jihad

Hip-hop appeals to those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, which is why ISIS looks to hip-hop communities as potential recruiting grounds.

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Untimely Cinema: '“Our Kind of Movie” The Films of Andy Warhol'

“We didn't think of our movies as underground or commercial or art or porn; they were a little of all of those, but ultimately they were just 'our kind of movie.'” —Andy Warhol

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Pipe Mania

Pipe Mania features that holy grail of replayability: emergent gameplay.

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Unsolved Crimes

Unsolved Crimes keeps the tradition of point 'n' click adventuring alive on the Nintendo DS.

Music

Kasabian: Empire

Although the material here won't get you hooked like "Club Foot", Kasabian are back with a vengeance. That is, a spacey, hippie-tinged, and occasionally horn-laced vengeance.

Music

AM Syndicate: Empire

Indie collective or rock supergroup, either way, this debut makes a strong bid for early year-end list placement.

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Empire

Empire can best be summed up as a buddy movie-cum-hero's journey update of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

Ryan Vu
Film

Empire (2002)

Of the many crazy clichés in Empire, Isabella Rossellini's big fat hair has to be the loony-tunesiest.

Cynthia Fuchs

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