After the winter finale of Empire, Lee Daniels’s new sitcom, Star, premiered.
I’ve been waiting quite some time for this show to air and now that I’ve seen it, I can say that I’m pleased with what I saw. I was kind of worried about it being too similar to Empire, but it’s actually the complete opposite of it.
Like Empire, the show, which is an hour long, is also based around the music business. However, instead of the characters already being fixtures in the music industry, the three main characters are actually trying enter into the industry.
The three main characters are in an all girl singing group. The leader of the group is Star Davis (played by Jude Demorest) and, in my opinion, she’s the most determined of all the girls. She and her younger sister, Simone, who we’ll get to later, grew up in the foster care system. She wasn’t treated the best, but she always knew that she wanted to be a star. All she needed was a shot.
The second girl is Simone Davis (played by Brittany O’Grady) and, as I said earlier, she’s Star’s little sister. Simone and Star got separated years ago, so, at the beginning of the episode, Star had to find Simone. She eventually found her, but she was in a terrible home, which lead Star having to rescue her from an unfortunate situation. Once Simone is safe, the two girls flee to Atlanta, where they meet up with the third and final member of their group, Alexandra.
Alexandra ‘Alex’ Crane (played by Ryan Destiny) is the bougie and entitled one of the group. She’s also the songwriter. Apparently, she and Star met one another on IG. Her father (played by Lenny Kravitz) is a very successful musician in his own right. Alexandra is tired of being in he father’s shoes, so she decides to leave New York to meet up with Star and Simone in ATL.
When they make it to Georgia they meet up with Star and Simone’s godmother and their deceased mother’s best friend, Carlotta Brown (played by Queen Latifah). She provides the girls with a job and a place to stay.
Right off the bat Star starts looking for their big break. After some time, they finally get a tip that if they wanted to meet a heavily connected music executive than they needed to visit a strip club because that’s where they all hung out. Star is instantly in. She even stripped to get close to a manager. However, the other two girls weren’t for it, so they went their separate ways.
Star eventually accomplishes her goal because she ends up getting them a spot in a showcase and they actually did pretty well.
Just from watching the first episode I can already tell that the girls are going to experience a lot of drama. I can already tell that Star and Alex are going to end up butting heads. They both have really strong personalities, so it’s almost a definite that they’ll clash at some point.
Now, Simone, on the other hand, is an extremely vulnerable young lady, who seems to be desperately looking for love and acceptance. She also relies heavily on drugs and alcohol to get by, so I predict that she’ll become a full fledged addict in the coming episodes. Simone already favors weed and alcohol, so you can probably picture just how bad things are going to get when they (and plenty of other stronger vices) are easily accessible. I just have a bad feeling about her future.
Ms. Carlotta surprised me toward the end of the episode. She seemed like she was a sweet church lady, but by the end of the premiere we got to see a completely different side of her and I kind of liked it. I also liked that they added a transgender character into the show. I think she might end up acting as the girls’ manager.
Overall, I enjoyed Star. The first episode did a great job of opening up the series to us. We not only met the characters, but we were also given little tidbits to some upcoming drama. The acting was good and the music was okay. It wont be running to iTunes to purchase anyone of them, but the girls did a good job of singing and dancing. However, I was kind of surprised to see that the girls were dancing in slip on heels at their showcase performance. I kind of think that it would be pretty hard to dance with slip on heels.
With all that being said, I’m officially sucked in and I can’t wait for episode two.
Anyway, what did you think of Star? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comment section.
Star returns on January 4th at 9 p.m. on FOX.
A Little Extra: Joseline Hernandez from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta made a cameo!! I didn’t see that one coming..