(l-r) Brittany O'Grady (Simone), Jude Demorest (Star), and Alexandra (Ryan Destiny)
A star was born. The first episode of Lee Daniels’ new musical drama aired last night. Many thought that “Star” would pretty much be a carbon copy of “Empire”. When it comes to the original sounds that will probably turn into a soundtrack their probably right. Other than that this new show can hold its own. The first episode was filled with murder, runaways, and strip joints. If you missed it, don’t worry I have your full recap right here.
The show opened with a voice-over from Queen Latifah giving us a little background story about the main character Star Davis. “Ever since Star was little, she believed her name was who she was,” she says. “But I told her fame was a trip — it ain’t love like a lot of people think. But she wouldn’t listen. Star don’t listen to nobody but herself.”
Star has been in and out of Foster care system since she was a little child. We find her in Pittsburgh with yet another Foster care family who treats her like a stepchild forcing her to wash dishes.
Fortunately for Star, she befriends a Manhattan socialite via social media. Star’s new friend, Alexandra Crane, is not very truthful with her new friend. She doesn’t tell Star that her dad is a major recording artist. Star and Alexandra have made a bond over their drive for wanting to be famous. With Star’s voice and Alexandra’s ability to write music, the two think that they can accomplish anything. There’s just one problem…they need to be in the same city. Star vows when she turns 18 she will get her sister out of foster care and then they can work on their music careers. Well, her plans get a little jump start when Star decides that she has had enough of the foster care world and jumps ship.
Star Finds Her Family
Star finds out where her sister’s foster family is located and heads there to rescue her sister. Upon arrival, Star walks in on her sister being sexually assaulted by her foster dad. Star goes downstairs to retrieve a knife and comes back to stab her sister’s attacker. Star and her sister, Simone, flee the scene in the foster dad’s car. The two head out to New York to pick up Alexandra. On their way to New York, Star asks her sister if she still sings. Simone said yes and Star fills her in on her plans for their future. Star tells Simone how the music scene in Atlanta is jumping off and that’s the place they need to be. Star also tells her sister about a woman named Carlotta Brown who says she is their Godmother and has been trying to find them for the last 10 years. During this time we are taken through some flashbacks and we find out that their mom had an issue with drugs. The girl’s mom apparently died of an overdose which left the girls to fend for themselves in the foster care system.
The girls pick up Alexandra from New York and Star fills her in on the plan. At first, Alexandra was against it but eventually she is on board. Once the girls make it to Atlanta they set out to find Ms. Brown. They end up going to her beauty salon with is also her house and they get a not so nice welcome. Star gets into a verbal altercation with Carlotta’s daughter and one of the stylists at the salon. Things calm down and they finally tell Star that she can find Carlotta at the church. As soon as Carlotta lays eyes on the girls she immediately knows who they are and embraces them. The girls asked to live with Carlotta and she agrees but tells them that they have to work in exchange for their stay. Everyone agrees but Alexandra who has now shown herself to be a tad bogey.
Alexandra books the girls their first gig at a dive bar for amateur night.
The First Performance
The trio was fabulous but was disappointed because there was no music label personnel in the audience to see them. Carlotta’s daughter, Cotton, has been following them and saw their performance. Cotton tells the girls that if they really want a manager they need to go with her to the strip club. Alex says no way and quickly dismisses the thought. Star, on the other hand, is all for it but says that she will not strip. Cotton tells her that she will put her in the champagne room and that she could do whatever she wanted in there. Alex doesn’t want any part of it and she returns to Carlotta’s house without the girls.
At the strip club, Star indeed meets a manager that she puts on a show for.
He is so impressed with her singing that he books her for a gig at a party for the next day. After Star leaves the club she finds Cotton in a back alley being attacked by some strange man. This is when we find out that Ms. Brown’s daughter was actually born as Ms. Brown’s son.
The next morning Carlotta wants to talk about the girls going out. She notices that her daughter has a black eye and she goes off. She didn’t want the girls to be in the club with her. The situation gets defused once they tell Carlotta that the girls found a manager. Once Carlotta finds out that their manager is Jahil Rivera, the look on her face show that there is some bad history there.
Carlotta pays a visit to Mr. Rivera. She basically warns him to stay away from the girls. This is when we learn the history between Rivera and Carlotta. It turns out that Carlotta was in a singing group with Star and Simone’s mother, Mary. Rivera was their manager and apparently sacrificed a lot to try make the group successful. Rivera tells Carlotta that he will not let her ruin his chances to be successful again.
The day of the party arrives and the girl’s performance is killer. They rocked the crowd and Rivera realizes that he has a group that will take him to the top. Then we cut back to Pittsburgh at the hospital. The foster dad that Star and Simone left for dead woke up in his hospital bed surrounded by police. The police ask him if he knew of anyone who wanted to hurt him.
So, we will have to wait until the next episode to see how this plays out.
Written By: Ronda Brooks