Star: Season 3, Episode 11 “Watch The Throne” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Alex taking the stage during the Sapphire event.
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Nalex makes a platonic appearance as Simone takes on Atlanta’s city council and Mateo’s past enters his present.


Network
FOX
Director(s) Anna Mastro
Writer(s) Michael C. Martin
Air Date 3/20/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lucia Dopazo Zulay Henao
Missy Asha Kamali
Ginny Tammi Mac

Simone Takes Center Stage: Simone, Mateo, Lucia, Star

With Angel still hiding away in Florida, Carlotta off somewhere, and Star’s trial not for 4 months, Simone is on her own. In some ways, you can see this is frightening for her, but with a reminder of who she is, it seems Simone steps up to the challenge. Working with Mateo, she secures his childhood friend Lucia to help bolster Simone’s efforts. Also, for the first time, perhaps ever, Simone is on stage alone singing and really knocks it out of the park. Thus giving Star one less thing to worry about.

Lucia (Zulay Henao) at Mateo and Simone's event.
Lucia (Zulay Henao)

But, before we move on, we have to note Mateo and Lucia getting very close. The full story is that Lucia and Mateo were a bit of an item before. However, with Mateo being opportunistic, he left her for something, Nina, which would boost his standing. Yet, despite that betrayal, there seems to be some form of desire lingering. However, Xander complicates a true reconciliation.

Drama At Gravity Media: Mateo, Xander, Maurice, Cassie

When Gravity was in trouble, Mateo turned to Xander and he thought paying Xander off meant the end of their relationship. However, Xander now feels he owns Mateo, and with Cassie out of the picture, he found a new money launderer. Perhaps an even better one since Cassie owns a club and while cleaning cash might be easier for her, she isn’t on the level of a conglomerate where money is moving rapidly. Especially with it being a music and media company. Yet, Mateo isn’t a happy worker. He does what is told, perhaps loses Lucia in the process, but he’ll likely try to find a way out. That is if Xander doesn’t end up killed or jailed before that happens.

As for how Maurice plays into this? Well, with Cassie checking on things in Carlotta’s absence, she sees Xander’s goons and hones in on Maurice immediately. Leading to them having a bit of beef and with his office getting destroyed, he automatically assumes she did it. However, later on, he learns that isn’t true, and they make peace, and it would have led to more than that, but Cassie is trying to stay on Carlotta’s good side. So as much as she may want some chocolate, she watches her sugar intake.

Nalex Lives On, Even If Platonic: Alex, Gigi, Ginny, Missy, Maurice, Noah, Lil Dini

While Alex has Derek and Simone, to a point, in her corner, no one really beats Noah. Then, when it comes to Noah, while many are in his corner because of Davis, or Maurice because of his career, beyond that, he doesn’t really have anyone. I mean, yeah, his dad is around, but we don’t see them interact on camera and seemingly aren’t active in each other’s life right now. So with Alex on the rise, and dealing with some beef, he takes to his former flame for a few things.

First and foremost, it is to check if he can be her plus one to the Sapphire party, a big pre-ASA event which allows for key networking opportunities. Also, with Lil’ Dini coming for him, he needs to be seen, heard, and clap back. Secondly, with Alex having issues with Gigi and her aunts, Ginny and Missy, she could use some backup and even if they aren’t together, Alex and Noah make a good team. One which can find strength from one another and the kind of chemistry which, luckily for them, works in both a relationship and friendship.

Thus allowing both to triumph as Noah knocks out Lil’ Dini and Alex embarrasses Gigi after being coerced to sing with her on stage. Yet, this seems to be only the beginning. For with Gigi ready for the long haul and Noah still quite tired out from his accident and being a dad, Alex and Noah may need their entire community, and each other, to weather the people coming for their thrones.

Highlights

Nalex

While Alex has Derek and Noah has Davis to worry about, there will forever be something about these two that makes them seem like an OTP. Maybe it is the desire to see two dark-skinned people together, supportive of one another, in love, and just happy. Either way, them having each other’s backs, smiling despite the BS, makes me glad that even if they aren’t romantically involved that they have a strong friendship. One which can be business related in terms of duets, but also is simply two people who get each other and beyond the music industry nonsense, have each other’s back.

Simone On Her Own

Simone before she performs.

For most of Simone’s life, that we’ve seen, she has been either fought for, with or was a supporting role to something bigger. When it comes to this Angel storyline, I feel that she is coming into her own. Something that hasn’t necessarily been a long time coming, for she has taken steps to show herself as a woman and not dependent on Star. However, with having a solo performance before an audience, speaking at the hearing, and really having a prominent voice, it pushes you to see Simone as more than her past.

Which isn’t to disregard how her past crafted who she has become but more so how she learned from it rather than succumbed to it.

On The Fence

Star In Prison

Taking note the actress recently had a real baby, it is understandable why they are putting her on light duty. After all, between the outfits and antics, Star is a very physical character visually and performance wise. Yet, I must admit it is odd getting used to others taking center stage and getting their shine. But, at the same time, considering the stop and go nature of Alex’s career, and sometimes being unsure what will be done with Simone, this might be overdue. That is, Star taking a step back.

Ginny and Missy

Missy (Asha Kamali) and Ginny (Tammi Mac) noting they have to be louder to be heard.
Missy (Asha Kamali) and Ginny (Tammi Mac)

While we don’t get enough ratchet or ghetto characters in media, there is a need to question if these two will be presented with layers. Now, what could be done is us seeing them hustling and acting as they do for they know nothing else. That they need Gigi to succeed since the way things were before her were only going to continue a cycle of poverty and her legacy could uplift the entire family. Leading to us seeing Gigi deal with being a star who has that pressure and struggles with it. But there are no guarantees so I’m cautious about where this could go.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsis
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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