For those of you who love ‘Empire,’ you’re going to be obsessed with ‘Star.’ The new FOX show premiered on Dec. 14, and it shines bright just like ‘Empire’ does. ‘Star’ is gritty, emotional, and shows the highs and lows on the way to making it big. Check out our review of the premiere now!
Right off the bat, Star is much rougher around the edges than Empire. The talents of this show — Star, Simone, and Alexandra — haven’t yet made it big. They also weren’t born into fame like the Lyon brothers. This gives Star a bit of an edge, one that it needs to be able to coexist alongside Empire.
The show follows Star, a sassy and independent 17-year-old looking to make it big as a singing sensation. She hasn’t had it easy. After her mother’s death, she grew up in the foster care system and was separated from her sister, Simone. Star’s a girl on a mission. She goes to get her sister, only to find Simone being raped by her foster dad. Star doesn’t waste any time picking up a knife and stabbing him.
Star and Simone, along with Alexandra, head to Atlanta. Star seeks out Carlotta, played by Queen Latifah, her godmother. Carlotta takes the girls in and agrees to look after them. Star refuses to let her dream die and is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. She catches the eye of a music manager, Jahil, (Benjamin Bratt) at a strip club, and he’s got a past with Carlotta.
The trio ends up performing at a professional football player’s party, and they kill it. Jahil sees success written all over these girls.
While the rise to fame storyline is nothing new, it’s the characters that make Star truly worth watching. Alexandra’s motives are very interesting, considering her dad (Lenny Kravitz) is a music mogul. Star and Simone are polar opposites of each other. While Star refuses to let any vulnerability show, it seeps out of Simone. Star has clearly built up a wall to keep her hardships from truly impacting her life, while Simone is much more sensitive to the sh*t life has thrown at her. Simone is by far the most interesting character on the show, and I can’t wait to see where the writers take her.
Lee Daniels has clearly found stars in Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, and Brittany O’Grady. All three of the actresses bring something different to Star. Queen Latifah does a terrific job of anchoring the show. As with any LD show, there’s a twist at the end that sets a whole new chain of events in motion.
If you need a new guilty pleasure and love music, then Star is the show for you. Lee Daniels isn’t letting anyone down after Empire with this terrific new drama. Star will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.
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