Star: Season 3, Episode 14 “Amazing Grace” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Star waking up from her coma.
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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.


Network
Fox
Director(s) Mario Van Peebles
Writer(s) Nina Gloster
Air Date 4/10/2019
Introduced This Episode
Leon Kia Shine
Dianne Kimberly Elise

 

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Too Much At Once: Cotton, Leon, Alex

Cotton taking on those girls, while done out of love, seemingly will be nothing but a pain in her ass. Not just because Leon comes back and will be lurking, but the girls are not thankful at all. Granted, they are trans and need their hormones, and all that makes them feel comfortable. Also, girls like them can’t just switch from the streets to sitting in an office. However, the way they are acting, especially the main one Cotton interacts with – TRASH.

But, Cotton isn’t the only one overwhelmed. Despite, I believe, some mention of therapy within the last two to three episodes, Alex hasn’t gone or is keeping things strictly about her mom. Someone who is blowing her up over this Derek proposal, as are the press. Making trying to be there for Simone and Carlotta for this Star thing too much. The girl is getting dizzy, having panic attacks, and is as much of a mess now as when she had that abortion, the car accident, when the plane crash and… damn. Alex has just had one messed up life, hasn’t she?

Step Up, Step Down: Gigi, Simone, Noah, Alex, Miss Bruce, Maurice, Cassie

The pressure is on, and some are breaking. Noah did, and while he is 12 days sober, Simone is holding him accountable. I’m talking not seeing his son period, ready to get courts involved, and pushing Noah to ask Alex to get involved. However, with memories of her mother’s alcoholism triggered, and things between her and Simone are just getting good – she wants no parts of Noah’s personal issues. Which is perhaps why he goes off the radar and leads Miss Bruce, his sponsor, to get worried about him.

Gigi announcing she is leaving Gravity records.
Gigi: Thank you.

But while Noah may do something drastic, Gigi is trying to prevent things from getting that far. For with seeing Noah end up where he is, seeing Simone flip out on everyone, even fans trying to support her, she sees the signs. Heck, most of her life she has seen patterns and just saw her aunt create her own grave. So recognizing what the industry does, taking note Maurice doesn’t really give a damn about her mental health, she quits.

Oh, and speaking of mental health, with Xander assumingly dead, no confirmation yet, Cassie is dealing with the trauma he caused. Well, better said, Cassie and Maurice are dealing with the trauma since just Gigi asking for time to talk about her career, getting too close to Maurice, that sets Cassie off. So, since he likes her, and wants to be patient, Maurice forgives her for jumping at him like he is a punk. Not to say he is going to be benevolent, just because he knows her story, but it does seem he knows it will take her time to deal with her trauma. Which, so it seems, she appreciates.

Patience & Reflection: Carlotta, Calvin, Simone, Star, Alex, Cassie, Noah, Jackson

I’m not sure why Cassie feels the need to shove the fact Carlotta got a son out there down that woman’s throat, but now she has Carlotta interested. Problem is, Calvin wants to be an ass about giving information and even insinuates the rapes which came before the pregnancy, Carlotta asked for it. So she nearly kills the man but decides she’d rather not catch a case. Though when she tells Cassie what happened, she finishes the job. Leading to not a single nurse showing since apparently Calvin either doesn’t have insurance or is in a terrible hospital.

Either way, he definitely isn’t in the one Star is in for we learn Jackson has been visiting Star and playing music for her. Also, on sight, he confronts Noah about his drug use and abilities as a father and not a minute after they start fighting, a doctor stops it. Showing Gravity might be broke, but Carlotta at least is paying someone to stop another Charlene incident from happening.

Simone, Alex, and Carlotta over Star's body.

Boy drama aside, the real issue is Simone being forced to decide how to handle the fact Star has a hemorrhage. The doctor says they can operate or wait and while Carlotta wants them to operate, Simone is listening to the dangers, and it is creating a bit of fear. While she loves Davis, it isn’t her son, and she doesn’t want to take his mom from him. Add in all the ASA prep and like so many on the show, it is clear a boyfriend, a drink, maybe even prayer, isn’t enough. A therapist, or beyond, is necessary.

Luckily though, between talking to Carlotta and praying, speaking with Alex after a performance and being reminded she has support, and Alex having a heart to heart with Star, the girl wakes up. Star is no longer in a coma.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Where has Noah’s dad been all this time? Noting the likely answer is the actor having other stuff going on, like Claws – which returns this summer.
  2. So is Keke Palmer done-done or, like Teyana Taylor, she’ll just randomly pop up now?

Highlights

Star Is Finally Awake & Back In Action

Don’t get me wrong, I recognize Jude just had a baby, and with her being put on the bench, it has helped Alex and Simone’s storyline exponentially. Heck, Cotton also now has something going on, and Miss Bruce has gotten a bit more screen time. However, there is a certain pop missing for while each and every character got drama, Star knows how to make her drama diverse in terms of your reaction. Most characters, their more personal stories either make you cry, or leaves you thinking they are doing too much. Star? Oh, she does that and makes you laugh, has you living vicariously and so much more.

Gigi’s Storyline

As a whole, if not just what we’ve seen since the mid-season premiere, what we got from Gigi is what I often wish Star was about. Not long dead exes having their aunts comeback for revenge, among many other storylines that just seem far from left field. I’m talking about the issues which come from building yourself up from nothing and outgrowing the people who were there when all you had was your name and potential. For sometimes it seems what is the core of this show, Alex, Simone, and Star proving themselves, gets lost amongst all the drama. So Gigi reminding us what these girls fought for and persevered through made her quite an asset.

Heck, I’d even argue her tiff with Alex was a reminder of how long it took for things between the girls to become chill. Since Alex was beefing with Star left and right, then Simone, but they seem to be in a good place now. Even to the point of admitting they were wrong, someone else was annoying, and it not starting a fight. They got past taking things personally and just recognize when someone is talking from a place of hurt and needs you to understand.

Carlotta Finding Her Kid

Terrell Brown's birth certificate.

Honestly, I’m just hoping between Jada Pinkett-Smith or Vivica A. Fox, because we saw Kimberly Elise, one of them, if not both, are the adopted mother of Carlotta’s kid. Queen Latifah could use someone new to play off of, but who she has chemistry with. Especially since Calvin is dead.

On The Fence

I Don’t Want Simone, Alex, Miss Bruce, And The Others To Be Downgraded With Star Being Awake

Take 3 needs to end this season. Also, with the progress so many made due to Star being in a coma, in jail, etc., I need them not to get benched as she did. For the first time in a long time, Simone was treated as her own person, and we got to see her become the woman she is. Alex, finally, was more than someone’s girlfriend or the producer of this person or that’s person’s tracks. Miss Bruce! Miss Bruce was no longer a bunch of one-liners. So here is hoping with Gigi apparently gone, even if Dianne, Noah’s mom, is joining as a reoccurring role, it doesn’t mean Star is going to push everyone to the background and hog the spotlight.

Dianne (Kimberly Elise) talking to her son, Noah.
Dianne (Kimberly Elise)

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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
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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
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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

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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
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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

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Season 3/ Episode 3 “A Family Affair”

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

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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”

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Season 2/ Episode 12 “Dreamers”

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

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

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

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

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Season 2/ Episode 17 “Mrs. Rivera”

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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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