‘Empire’ recap: Dead men tell no tales

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Andre Lyon is finally in his father’s good graces, but it comes at a deadly cost

The eldest Lyon son finally came out on top in the latest episode of Empire, digging up the dead body of Vernon in order to win his father’s trust back. Why were they digging up the body, you ask? So they could drop it off in prosecutor Roxanne Ford’s car Godfather-style

Hence the episode’s Shakespearean title “Poor Yorick.”

Although Andre was the only character who ultimately got what he wanted, the rest of the Lyon pride faced some serious ups and downs. The beginning of the episode sees the FBI clamor their way through Empire, desperate to pin any sort of crime on Lucious. They bust into the office while Jamal is doing an interview for his first solo Rolling Stone cover (lest you forget he’s a big star) Read more…

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‘Downton Abbey’ recap: Downton, you’re breaking my heart

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Note: This post contains information about the latest episode of Downton Abbey, which has started airing its final season in the UK. American viewers can watch the final season starting Jan. 3 on PBS.

I keep thinking about the first season of Downton, and the giddy joy it made me feel — from the set, the characters, the bubbling subplots that threatened to explode and form new sources of tension.

I remember laughing out loud with friends at the thinly veiled gibes, gasping when something horrific happened (inevitably to someone kind) and feeling elated when crisis was averted.

We also laughed at the Very British Silliness of it –- it was uniting in the same way that X-Factor was uniting. You could laugh both with and at it. Ultimately, Downton Abbey was bloody good fun, and I had bloody good fun watching it Read more…

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