Star: Season 3, Episode 10 “When Stars Fall” [Mid-Season Premiere] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Cassie looking at a old family picture.
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Star returns with Cassie facing Calvin, Star and Charlene coming to blows, Noah adjusting to fatherhood and Simone watching everything catch on fire.


Network
FOX
Director(s) Chris Robinson
Writer(s) Ester Lou Weithers
Air Date 3/13/2019
Introduced This Episode
Houston Connelly Shari Headley

Trust In Yourself & Trust In Me: Simone, Houston, Alex, Mateo, Derek, Cassie, Angel

Simone’s life is currently in the state she hates the most – one in which she isn’t in control. Angel got moved to Gainesville, Florida, a sanctuary city, by Mateo without her knowing and she doesn’t know exactly where he is. She wants to release a song to support Angel, help Mateo make Atlanta a sanctuary city too but he tells her no. Taking note of how he got from Cuba to the states, he reminds Simone not everything done in the dark or behind closed doors is shady and she’ll just have to trust him.

Houston Connelly (Shari Headley) after being told off by Simone.
Houston Connelly (Shari Headley)

But trust is a hard thing to give when you have so much to lose and barely had a thing to begin with. Case in point, Take 3 has a hit album, but all the drama is making it so people like Houston, the Anna Wintour of music, don’t want the Take 3 package. They’d rather just Alex since she isn’t involved beyond association. I mean, she did have a stalker, but for that she was a victim, not a perpetrator. Leading to Take 3 missing out on a Billboard cover and a possible ASA nomination, which has been a long term goal of Star and Simone. Yet, Simone has to trust Alex and let her shine.

Leaving one more conversation about trust to bring up. With Derek’s settlement money comes him with a bit of a hole in his pocket. One he recognizes so while tempted by the lifestyle Alex has long exposed him to, he instead reaches out to Cassie to invest in her club. An idea which seems weird to her, since Derek reveals he knew about running drugs through the club, but considering she is through with Xander the influx of Derek’s cash comes at a good time.

Too Much Too Soon: Star, Charlene, Noah, Jackson

No sooner than Star’s recovery from pushing a baby and seeing how much all that cost, Charlene walks up into her room and provokes Star. Which, because that woman is a master manipulator, leads Star to end up in jail for whooping her ass. Nevermind the woman was likely not on Star’s visitor’s list, and the fact Star is famous and should have been more protected – especially after Alex’s situation. Yet her whipping Charlene’s ass, even in the south, puts Star in jail with no possibility of bail.

Charlene provoking Star so she'll attack her.

Thus leaving baby Davis in Noah’s hands, but not before it seemed Charlene was banking on his blood being dirty and the kid ending up in foster care. Jokes on her though since Noah was clean, but after that car accident he may not be for too long. If only because going cold turkey is hard when you need pain medication.

Oh, and in case you are wondering about Jackson, the ghost of exes past is around. He isn’t trying to talk to Star at all, but Simone spots him, he confronts Noah and is acting weird. So weird you have to question if he is involved with Charlene.

Selective Memory: Christine, Cassie, Calvin, Carlotta

Calvin’s Alzheimer’s is really convenient but becoming a real issue for Cassie. For though Carlotta is cool as long as she doesn’t see her dad, Cassie can’t get over the rape and the fact he is the reason she is so distant from her sister. Add in he got Carlotta pregnant at 14, she damn near finds herself killing the man. But for Carlotta, the bigger issue right now is that Christine doesn’t believe her and that hurts almost as much as the memory of what was done.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. While turning over a new leaf, how can Cassie get over Derek being the snitch so quickly? Even if he admits it, considering the drama it caused in her life I can’t imagine his investment smooths things over that quick.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Jayden is rescued from Xander and Xander pulls all his money from Cassie’s club.
  • Maurice is pushing to become Head of A&R, but Mateo makes it clear he has to go through Carlotta for that job. He isn’t going over her head.

Highlights

The Mary J. Blige Covers

Increasingly the show has been doing covers, perhaps to lessen turnaround on episodes, and between Carlotta’s family doing “Family Affair” and Star doing “I’m Goin’ Down” it almost makes you wish for a cover episode. Mind you, this isn’t Glee, but with the original songs being hit and miss, a few covers wouldn’t hurt anyone.

Simone Forced To Learn Trust

Thus far, when it comes to trust, outside of family and Angel, Simone is known to waver rather easily. So her having to trust Mateo who doesn’t want her sexually, nor sees her as family, should be interesting to see. Also, it will test how far has Simone really come since she still shows herself as a hothead, with Houston, but does apologize quicker.

The Conversation Around Rape & Molestation

Carlotta noting Calvin got her pregnant at 14.
Carlotta: I got pregnant when I was 14.

With there being an increase in Black male celebrities being called out for rape (statutory or otherwise) and molestation charges, call this storyline with Carlotta as a piece of good timing. Particularly due to Calvin’s selective memory of what happened and Christine calling Carlotta a liar since she doesn’t want to believe. She is aware some things just weren’t right in the past, but outright damning the man she can’t bring herself to.

Which, even outside of celebrity, further pushes what Star, Lee Daniels, and Tyler Perry have worked on for years when it comes to their work – bringing what has long been kept in the dark to the light. For whether it is generational shame because of repeated trauma, the effects of poverty, or various other things, as problematic as both can be, their work holds value that has allowed for others to touch on the topics they do. Yeah, they may get more acclaim and respect, but if Perry and Daniels didn’t create commercial value, these newcomers might not exist.

On The Fence

Charlene

Arlene’s family are like cockroaches, and I’m just tired of them. I get she lost everything, but just this whole twin thing alone is hard to not roll my eyes at. But, what’s becoming famous and damn near impenetrable if the journey to that point doesn’t make you thankful right? So I guess we’ll just ride out this nonsense like we have in the past.

Derek and Cassie Linking Up

Derek hasn’t really had a storyline of interest for a long time. Yet, now he is talking about being community oriented again and using his settlement money for good. Naturally, this made me think he’d work with his old friend Soraya but instead they are connecting him to Cassie. Which is kind of a meh move but something is better than nothing right?

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsis
Season 3, Episode 16 “Square One”With Star flailing, she decides to do something drastic. However, her actions don’t compare to Simone’s which may have gotten someone killed.
Director(s) Tasha Smith
Writer(s) Rebecca Boss, Chris Masi
Air Date 4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
Giselle Nicole Ari Parker
Season 3, Episode 17 “Proud Mary Keep On”A lot of family drama gets addressed, but only a handful of it gets resolutions. Can you guess which one?
Director(s) John Krokidas
Writer(s) Jewel McPherson
Air Date 5/1/2019
Season 3, Episode 15 “Lean on Me”It has been a week since Star woke up and she is trying to hope right back into things, and as she does that, Carlotta faces Christine about the truth.
Season 3, Episode 14 “Amazing Grace”With Star away, everyone is making up for the drama she usually brings. Yet, for some, they are just milking their moment for it’s long overdue.
Season 3, Episode 13 “The Reckoning”“The Reckoning” has one, maybe two, happy moments, but it ain’t enough for all the mess we get put through.
Season 3, Episode 12 “Toxic”Issues with parents are on full display as moves are made to get Star out of jail and the ASA nominations come out.
Season 3, Episode 11 “Watch The Throne”Nalex makes a platonic appearance as Simone takes on Atlanta’s city council and Mateo’s past enters his present.
Season 3, Episode 10 “When Stars Fall” Star returns with Cassie facing Calvin, Star and Charlene coming to blows, Noah adjusting to fatherhood and Simone watching everything catch on fire.

Season 3/ Episode 9 “Zion” [Mid-Season Finale]

You may have thought the reveal of Star’s baby would be the big surprise, but oh it most certainly is not.

Director(s) Bille Woodruff
Writer(s) Karen Gist
Air Date 12/5/2018

Season 3/ Episode 8 “Roots and Wings”

With the mid-season finale next week, Star is clearly setting us up to be in our feelings.

Director(s) Scott Peters
Writer(s) Jewel McPherson
Air Date 11/28/2018
Introduced This Episode
Carlotta and Cassie’s Dad Ben Vereen
Rebecca Kelly Sullivan

Season 3/ Episode 7 “Karma”

Everyone’s romantic relationships are hanging on by a tip of a finger and a grand gesture only fixes one. Can you guess which?

Director(s) Erica Watson
Writer(s) Kimberly Ann Harrison, Nina Gloster
Air Date 11/14/2018
Introduced This Episode
Chloe Draya Michele

Season 3/ Episode 8 "Roots and Wings"

With the mid-season finale next week, Star is clearly setting us up to be in our feelings.

Director(s) Scott Peters
Writer(s) Jewel McPherson
Air Date 11/28/2018
Introduced This Episode
Carlotta and Cassie’s Dad Ben Vereen
Rebecca Kelly Sullivan

Season 3/ Episode 6 “Ante Up”

Love and distrust are in the air and with it being Star, you know no one is having an easy time dealing with their feelings.

Director(s) John Krokidas
Writer(s) Randy Huggins, Rebecca Boss, Chris Masi
Air Date 11/7/2018
Introduced This Episode
Maria Gabrielle Walsh

Featuring: Miss Bruce, Maria, Derek, Alex, Cotton, Cassie, Maurice, Xander, Simone, Nina, Jackson, Star, Megan, Noah

Season 3/ Episode 5 “Someday We’ll All Be Free”

As Carlotta has a breakdown, revealing her dark past, Miss Bruce FINALLY get some development.

Director(s) Janice Cooke
Writer(s) Leo Richardson, Jordan E. Cooper
Air Date 10/31/2018

Featuring: Megan, Noah, Maurice, Cassie, Olivia, Alex, Derek, Nina, Simone, Mateo, Star, Carlotta, Miss Bruce, Bobby, Cotton

Season 3/ Episode 4 “All Falls Down”

As Carlotta goes off the deep end, Noah takes a page from Star’s book and Olivia… well, let’s just say she becomes more annoying than Cassie.

Season 3/ Episode 3 “A Family Affair”

As Star and Noah worth through their daddy issues, Cassie and Carlotta’s beef reaches a boiling point. Also, Miss Bruce may get a man.

Season 3/ Episode 2 “Who’s The Daddy?”

As we finally learn who Star’s baby daddy is, most of the cast is trying to deal with their past so that it doesn’t impede the joy pending in their future.

Season 1/ Episode 1 "Pilot"

Season 1/ Episode 2 "The Devil You Know"

Season 1/ Episode 3 "Next of Kin"

Season 1/ Episode 4 "Code of Silence"

Season 1/ Episode 5 "New Voices"

Season 1/ Episode 6 "Infamous"

Season 1/ Episode 7 “Black Wherever I Go”

Season 1/ Episode 8 “Mama’s Boy”

Season 1/ Episode 9 “Alibi”

Season 1/ Episode 10 “Boy Trouble”

Season 1/ Episode 11 “Saving Face”

Season 1

Season 1/ Episode 12 “Showtime”

Season 2/ Episode 1 “The Winner Takes It All”

5 months have passed since Star: Season 1 ended and damn! Wait till you find out all that has happened since then.

Season 2/ Episode 2 “Insecure”

While Star understands the struggle and hustle, her peers are letting setbacks bring them down and get distracted.

Season 2/ Episode 3 “FUA… Good Night!”

As Alex begins breaking under pressure, the girls continue to push Ayanna’s buttons and leave Carlotta to clean up their mess.

Season 2/ Episode 4 “It Ain’t Over”

With Brody’s return comes the reminder of the effect of Mary’s death and we're also reminded people have lives outside of their work w/ Star.

Season 2/ Episode 5 “May The Best Manager Win”

We are introduced to the new name of the group, Take Three, and police brutality returns to focus for Star.

Season 2/ Episode 6 “Faking It”

As the pressure to get into the showcase rises, so does Derek with someone who isn’t Alex and Jahil with Ayanna.

Season 2/ Episode 7 “Ghetto Symphony”

Alex really begins to take center stage but best believe that Star isn’t going to let that last for too long.

Season 2/ Episode 8 “A House Divided”

Be it the recent or distant past, everyone’s seems to be thrown up in their face. Be it due to another's person or through reminders of recent failings.

Season 2/ Episode 9 “Climax”

Star leaves us with the kind of cliffhanger which seems like a desperate move for ratings vs. for the betterment of the story.

Season 2 (First Half)

The first half of Star Season 2 pushes us 5 months after the season 1 finale and it seems despite the major career step, everyone’s personal lives remain in disarray.

Season 2/ Episode 10 “Rise From The Ashes”

The show returns, the drama continues, but now there is a secret of what happened in the 10 days since the mid-season finale.

Season 2/ Episode 11 “Take It To Church”

The drama begins to rev up as old memories and characters begin haunting our leads, as well as possible new love interests.

Season 2/ Episode 12 “Dreamers”

Brody’s past comes to haunt him, as Star learns the truth about what happened the day her mother died. Alongside this, Simone finds a way to even things up with Angel.

Season 2/ Episode 13 “Forward (E)Motion”

Clearly, everyone at Midtown needs a few rounds of therapy. For between using sex and alcohol to cope, there is going to come a moment when someone doesn’t get to be so lucky.

Season 2/ Episode 14 “After The Set, It’s The Afterparty”

Many of the relationships end up in jeopardy as third parties try to get involved. But, at least with one new third party, it seems everyone’s career may be moving forward.

Season 2/ Episode 15 “Let The Good Times Roll”

Sexual assault, LGBT issues, alongside Ayanna making a triumphant return is featured. Alongside your usual relationship drama.

Season 2/ Episode 16 “Take It Or Leave It”

Things have been kind of holding together, but falling apart for awhile. But, as Alex’s star rises, and she begins to really leave Take Three behind, Star finds herself making some moves.

Season 2/ Episode 17 “Mrs. Rivera”

The characters of Star all go through so much this episode that even trying to figure out what may happen in the finale will depend if the writers will get their foot off our necks.

Season 2/ Episode 18 “Thirty Days To Famous”

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for many on Star. But ain’t a single person feeling good about the cards given to them.

Season 3/ Episode 1 “Secrets & Lies”

3 months have passed, and we learn the results of the multiple cliffhangers of the last season. Most of which will make you roll your eyes.

Season 2 (Second Half)

The second half, of season 2, of Star seemingly is about cutting any and all fat so that season 3 can refocus on core characters.

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