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as Lucious Lyon
as Cookie Lyon
as Vernon Turner
as Jamal Lyon
as Hakeem Lyon
as Andre Lyon
as Anika Calhoun
as Anika Calhoun, Anika Gibbons
as Rhonda Lyon
Critic reviews for Pilot
In the end, to me it seems like Daniels wanted to make a black nighttime soap and ended up wrapping it shoddily in rap music so that he could sell it easier.
Almost all aspects of the pilot work. The characters are engaging (for the most part), the music is terrific and Taraji P. Henson is in it, so it's automatically getting bonus points for that.
This opening salvo isn't just a mere disappointment; this is the engine stalling and catching fire before it even makes the first lap.
This show is a hot mess but it is a really watchable hot mess with great performances by Taraji P. Henson and Jussiee Smollett (Jamal), in particular.
If Cookie and Lucious' pow-wow is the best private moment in the pilot, the party is Empire's best, King Lear-iest public one.
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