This week's episode of Star is a bit different than the pilot but the music is still great. Star has such an awesome cast of established and diverse rising stars. The guest stars for tonight's episode was pretty impressive with Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell and Tyrese Gibson to name a few. If you haven't seen the pilot yet, tread gingerly as spoilers abound. Star airs on Fox on Wednesday nights at 9pm EST!
From Fox: "While Star (Jude Demorest), Alexandra (Ryan Destiny) and Simone (Brittany O’Grady) work on a demo for their chance to perform at an Atlanta music festival, Roland Crane (Lenny Kravitz) and his wife Rose (Naomi Campbell), come into town, revealing a big secret that threatens to destroy the group. Star then goes to extreme measures and risks it all to try to get her music produced by Roland. Meanwhile, Carlotta (Queen Latifah) and Jahil (Benjamin Bratt) go head-to-head, each trying to keep their secrets buried as someone’s life hangs in the balance in the all-new 1x02 “The Devil You Know”.
The above commercial has most of the best clips for tonight's episode, plus it also shows some scenes for the upcoming week. That episode will involve the Atlanta music competition and will feature guest-star Gladys Knight. This show is so great with fresh music as well as a nod to the past. It also looks like next week Carlotta (Queen Latifah) and the Pastor (Tyrese Gibson) will be getting a bit closer.
Star Review 1x02 "The Devil You Know": Lee Daniels is the creator of the TV show Empire, which basically is a story about a family at the height of success in the music industry and their struggle to stay there. Star is Lee's 2nd Fox show and shows the struggle that it takes to make it to the top. Sometimes people with their desire to rise are willing to do some bad things to get there.
This story has many layers. It is about many characters and their struggles. We'll start with the lead title character, Star. She was desperate to get out of the foster care system and to find her sister Simone. Sadly, when she did find her, she found that she had suffered years of sexual abuse by her foster father. To save Simone, Star stabbed and presumably killed him. They escaped to Atlanta to find Carlotta, who is their god mother that they haven't seen in over 10 years.
Carlotta herself has a heavy burden. She lost her best friend and mother of Star and Simone due to a drug overdose. Something had happened that she couldn't keep the girls from going into the foster system. It has been weighing heavy on her and she has turned to the church for support. Carlotta is also urging the girls to come to church but the only one who does is Simone. With years of neglect and abuse, she feels it might be a calling for her as well.
Star's Instagram friend Alexandra is struggling with her music under the thumb of her father. He happens to be one of the biggest names in the biz and only wants her to sing back-up for him, if at all. She, of course, wants to strike out on her own without his permission. She feels Atlanta might be a good start for her. She doesn't tell anyone who she is and what her background is about. She makes up stories that her mother is dead and lies to everyone, which later blows up in her face.
In a Fox promo for tonight's episode, they said, "A secret is revealed and tensions rise". I, of course, was thinking it would be the fact that Star attempted to kill Simone's foster father but nope. It is more about the family drama of Alexandra. Her father played by Lenny Kravitz and Mom played by Naomi Campbell showed up at Carlotta's hair salon demanding she come home immediately.
One thing that is great about the show Star are the "fantasy" scenes. They did a tribute to the 1990 song, "Groove is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite. The beauty salon is transported to a dance party and memories of when Alexandra was a little girl dealing with her ultra famous parents come flooding back in a hilarious way. I also liked how one of the customers snapped a photo and that sent it to a commercial break.
Jahil, the girl's manager, almost seems to be struggling the most. He has a drug problem and is being threatened by Carlotta to leave the girls alone. She says it was his fault their Mom died as he got her hooked on drugs. He is so desperate to get back on top that he seems to sink lower, if that could be possible. He has a plan to get the girls on top. First they need a demo recorded, which means a lot of money he does not have. His brother stole from him, his football friend won't lend to him and eventually he is desperately willing to do something illegal to garner the money. Cotton (Amiyah Scott) sees this at the strip club.
I really liked the scene with Miss Bruce (Miss Lawrence) and Carlotta. She is urging Carlotta to come clean with the girls, to tell them the truth about their mother, about Jahil and leave the rest to God. I really like her character. You get to see more of her personality beyond the "she can't help it, she ugly" from the pilot. She tells it like it is. Carlotta does heed her advice and goes to church. We find out here that the pastor is played by Tyrese Gibson and they seem to have a history that might lead to something more.
The girls do come out with a new song, "It's Alright" and practice the steps in the bedroom while Simone is at church. Simone is urged to sing for God and does so beautifully.
Carlotta is worried that history will repeat itself as Simone collapses from a drug overdose. Nightmares and years of abuse have taken their toll and Simone's life is in limbo at the end of the episode. Not to mention her foster father is alive and looking for her. Talk about a nightmare. I hope next week will find her OK as this is a great show!