Marc Bernardin
November 24, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Empire

type
TV Show
genre
Drama
run date
01/07/15
performer
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett
broadcaster
Fox
seasons
2
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

If you’ve ever read Orson Scott-Card’s sci-fi masterpiece Ender’s Game (you haven’t? Go ahead, I’ll wait. See, I told you), you know Card’s gift for capturing both military strategy and psychology. Empire, a cautionary adventure about a second U.S. Civil War between liberals and conservatives, is a similarly blistering read. Card plots hard-boiled action just as well as Tom Clancy, and layers in character detail and dialogue you’ll never find in a Jack Ryan novel. But Empire betrays its well-earned reality when huge War of the Worlds-style robots attack Manhattan. That’ll help sell the movie — already in preproduction — but not readers.

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