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Match-Up: Empire vs. Power The Battle: Which Show is Better? Today’s Kaboom! Magazine.com “Star Warz” puts two of hottest TV shows on the planet head to head to find out which show is the best. Fox’s new music/drama “Empire” has been a multi-platinum hit since it premiered in early January, making megastars of everyone who even appeared on the show. Starz’s new crime/drama “Power” had a slow metoric-rise in 2014, gaining more and more with every new episode becoming an underground classic. Viewers will never have a problem being fans of both shows as they air on different days and different times, but if you had to choose one show as the better show…..which one would it be? Today, Kaboom! Magazine.com “Star Warz” goes in-depth into both shows Empire and Power and try to find out the answer to arguably one of the toughest question on social media…….Which show is better? Tale of the Tape: empire_article_story_large Empire Network: FOX Casts: Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon), Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Lyon), Trai Byers (Andre Lyon), Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon), Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem Lyon), Grace Gealey (Anika Calhoun), and Kaitlin Doubleday (Rhonda Lyon) Show Background: “Empire” centers around a hip-hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the Lyons’ family as they fight for control of the company. Strengths: Considered by many as the Mad Men or Grey’s Anatomy of Hip-Hop, Empire premiere ranked as Fox’s highest-rated debut in three years. Viewership has increased continuously; Empire is the first series in at least 23 years to have its viewership increase week to week for its first five episodes. Episodes of the show have also been heavily watched on Video on Demand and other streaming services. As of its first season finale, Empire has now surpassed The Big Bang Theory as the highest rated scripted program in the 2014-2015 television season. The first season finale is also the highest rated debut season finale since May 2005, when Grey’s Anatomy ended its first season. Empire has received positive reviews from critics. The praise has gone towards the cast, particularly Howard and Henson’s characters Lucious and Cookie Lyon, the music, the writing, the direction, and the dramatic heft of the show, bringing modern social issues into the plot and subplots. Weakness: Sometimes a show’s popularity causes a show to get very big headed, thinking that no matter what they do, the fans will enjoy it. In beginning, people prasied the show for portraying what really goes on in the music business. But, by season’s end the show was more about the non-realistic drama that was going on rather than what made the show a success in the first place. Lucious really doesn’t have ALS?…Interesting, Jamal acapella a freestyle battle?….WTF!, Hakeem has sex with Anika?….OKAY Can someone say “Who Shot J.R.?” because this show just turned into Dallas. Even with a show as big as Empire…less is more. power-620x400 Power Network: Starz Cast: Omari Hardwick (James “Ghost” St. Patrick), Naturi Naughton (Tasha St. Patrick), Lela Loren (Angela Valdez), Joseph Sikora (Tommy Egan), and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson (Kanan) Show Background: “Power” follows James St. Patrick, nicknamed “Ghost”, owner of a popular New York City nightclub. In addition, he is a major player in one of the city’s biggest illegal drug networks. He struggles to balance these two lives, and the balance topples when he realizes he wants to leave the drug ring in order to support his legitimate business, and commit to his mistress. Strengths: The 50 Cent-produced show was one of those surprisingly good shows in 2014. Back in the 80’s, Scarface was immortalized by so many people because he was so evil that you couldn’t help, but wanna be him. Ghost has some of the same similar killer traits as Tony Montana, but he also a loving father, husband, and friend that makes fans wanna cheer for him even when he has to get his hands dirty. Society tells us that the good will always triumph over evil and the superhero always saved the day. That may be true, but all can’t help but secretly root for the bad guy. Mixing a special blend of Hip-Hop and EDM, “Power” features music from some of today’s hottest up and coming artists. Whether it’s Mack Wilds making everyone in the club feel like royalty with “Own It” or 50 Cent himself trying to get you to realize what power all about in NYC with the theme song “Big Rich Town”, every song on the show perfectly fits every scene. Everyone loves a series that always keeps you guessing. Just when you think you have figured everything out, something else happens that makes you more confused than you were before. Weakness: Limited viewership! “Power” was one of the hottest shows on TV in 2014, but in order for you to see it, you had to pay for it. The show did still manage to gain a cult following, but it was mostly from illegally binge watching it online. And the show not even on one of the premium cable networks like HBO or Showtime, which is alot like being Kyrie Irving before Lebron returned to Cleveland. If this was on HBO, we would already be considering this show as the 2nd coming of “The Sparanos” and if it was on Showtime, it would be considered as the greatest show in the network’s history. power And the winner is……: Like we said befor you can’t go wrong liking either show, it almost like asking someone “How do you like your eggs?” any way you make them is still pretty good. If you went on stats alone, then “Empire” ould easily be the runaway winner of this matchup.But, we all know that stats can be misleading, as “Empire’ is a national television show that can be seen by multi-millions of viewers every week. While “Power” is a premium cable television show, that can only be seen by premium subcribers. You could have a case for “Power” being the better show, due to the mature freedom that the show has being a premium channel show, but what they gain in mature freedom, their ratings will never show how they show really is due to “Limited Viewership.” One has and easier access to viewers while they other can literally get away with murder. But if there were no rules and each show had equal opportunity, then we would have no choice, but to say that the better show would have to be………”Power.” It really just came down to overall who has the better characters. “Empire” may have bigger names playing their main characters, but if we had to choose who would you rather be Ghost and Tasha or Lucious and Cookie? 9 out of 10 people would say the power couple. Also, overall the drama of “Power” is just more realistic than what goes on during “Empire.” Today’s society is more interested in shows that focus on what can really happen in life because they want to be capable to relate to every situation they see. Even though we feel that Starz has the better show, we have no problem being fans of both shows as they are expected to be around for a very long time. Do you Agree or Disagree with Kaboom! Magazine.com? Voice your opinion right now on this edition of “StarWarz” by leaving a comment at the bottom.
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