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Star: Season 3, Episode 16 “Square One” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

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With Star flailing, she decides to do something drastic. However, her actions don’t compare to Simone’s which may have gotten someone killed.

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Director(s)Tasha Smith
Writer(s)Rebecca Boss, Chris Masi
Air Date4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
GiselleNicole Ari Parker

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Some Float & Others Drown: Giselle, Carlotta, Mateo, Star, Simone, Alex

With the ASAs weeks away, post Take 3 breakup plans are being put in motion, and while Alex is being geared to be a household name, Simone a national activist, Star is to stick to singing. Which, even after a month passing, she still isn’t able to hit the notes she used to. Thus really putting Star on notice that all she really has and has planned for, is a singing career. Which brings a bit of fear and puts her on edge.

What doesn’t help is Mateo revealing Gravity is going bankrupt and thus Giselle, an Empire rep, might be the only thing that can save them. But with her wanting full control, including over the music and creative decisions, even sex doesn’t give Mateo a signature. Leaving Gravity Media up in the air as for what could happen next.

I Am Not The One: Leon, Cotton, Rashad, Cassie, Carlotta

With Gravity in trouble, and Mateo unable to land a deal, it means Carlotta has to hustle even harder, and that means needing Karma to host an Easter event. Problem is, Cassie, in return, wants Rashad to perform and with her already overstepping by giving him booth time, the original answer was no. However, Cassie sees Carlotta is desperate, so she takes advantage of the situation. Thus leading to not only Rashad being there but singing.

Cotton killing Leon.

But perhaps the real drama comes from Cotton’s pimp situation being exposed and when the main girl is short, and Cotton catches Leon trying to drown her, he says the wrong thing. Cotton tells him to stop, ask why he is a monster, and he threatens her son’s life. So, on the GP, she shoots him until she knows he is dead. Thus freeing the girl from Leon but maybe not completely just yet.

Rash Decisions Have Consequences: Simone, Alex, Carlotta, Angel, Noah, Star, Derek, Dianne, Bobby

Noah is out of rehab but that doesn’t put him in Star’s good graces. In fact, between worrying about her career, what she’ll do after Take 3, and whether she can manage motherhood and working, she comes to a decision. For with Dianne coming at her sideways, Bobby’s issues, and way too many signs Davis might get raised in the same situation as her, Star decides she will give Davis up for adoption. Which Noah doesn’t want but she takes a knife to that man to keep him from stopping her.

And as all this happens Alex is still dealing with wedding jitters, since it is two weeks away, and Derek is trying to be supportive but her parents, her dad this episode, are just getting on her nerves. Especially since he is trying to cash in for reasons not explained. But, with all that is going on with him, they decide to just rush into it. However, not before the girls can be bridesmaids and Carlotta gives Alex away.

Angel likely dying in a car explosion.

But the wedding may have to wait for there could be a funeral – one for Angel. You see, Simone’s activism draws the attention of white folk who don’t take kindly to her words. She even calls them out in such a visceral way that her words go viral. Leading to a retaliation which implies Angel got into a car which blew up because, well it’s Star.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Why did Miss Bruce, when their wig got knocked off, just sat there shocked?

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Taking note Star doesn’t have a safety net, Alex announces Take 3 won’t break up. Now, whether they will do another album or operate as Destiny’s Child does, who knows?


Noah’s Come To Jesus Meeting With His Parents

One of the hidden gems of Star, which I wished was pushed more, is that it doesn’t shy away from real conversations. The kind which addresses what causes all the madness in what are often calm situations. Not to say sometimes there aren’t breakdowns which lead to breakthroughs, but it is when egos are set aside, and people open up that you are reminded of the true value of this show.

In “Square One” that comes with us seeing, after Dianne being abandoned, Bobby finding himself, and Noah’s substance abuse, that family addressing their shared issue. Noah’s scars he believes comes from how he was raised by his parents. An idea which isn’t necessarily handled as a confrontation or an aggressive note. Instead, we see them sit and be honest.

Not to imply some don’t get in their feelings, especially Dianne since she apparently is kind of ratchet. But there is a meeting of the minds and hearts for not just the sake of Noah, but also Davis’ future.

Low Point

Angel’s Exit

Simone is just getting to a good place in life so for her storyline to now have, once again, someone she loves die tragically just feels – lazy. Also, it is a prime example of the issue Star repeatedly has in developing these deep storylines and then throwing in some craziness out of fears it might be losing some of its audience by getting too real.

On The Fence

Alex and Derek Just Aren’t That Interesting Of A Couple

Here is the problem with Derek and Alex: In a show which is all about the drama, these two seem vanilla. Hence why their biggest issues stemmed from major events in which one or the other could have died. Which isn’t to forget the Nalex situation, but that has been pretty much swept under the rug at this point.

But by that issue being dead, we haven’t really seen anything else to present these two as a real couple anymore. Which isn’t to say I need Alex tempted by others or even Derek getting himself into trouble. More so, I want to see them have real relationship issues. They live together, under Ruby’s roof, and Derek still hasn’t been truly forced to get used to the spotlight, even after that sex tape. Also, he hasn’t had to deal with Alex working and traveling all the time since this show locks everyone to Atlanta.

So it would be nice to start easing into that. Having them deal with being long distance, maybe trigger old insecurities, if not a push for Derek to do more than hang around the house or her. For while I get he puts it down, surely there is some sort of friction beyond their lips and bodies?

Gravity Media Drama

With this being a show about musicians and trying to make it, you have to acknowledge there is a business aspect. You also have to acknowledge the artist influence how well a business can do. However, nearly every year there is something the seasonal guest does which rocks everything, and it puts the show into a routine. One that becomes more irritating as time goes on for you want something fresh, truly taken seriously, but instead is people giving up some ass for deals and while I’m not saying that doesn’t happen, it’s presented in what sometimes feels like a comical way.

Giselle and Mateo, for example, as much as it is nice that Star isn’t the only one who puts their body on the negotiation table, there is the need to question if this really is how so many do business? For with the tone Star has as a show, nearly everything is treated like soap opera drama which shouldn’t be taken in a stern. More so, it’s presented as fodder for entertainment.

Star Giving Up Davis

Star telling Noah she is giving Davis up for adoption.

Star giving up Davis comes from a place of recognizing her own patterns and Star being honest with herself. Yet, like most things with Star, there is a mix of realness and made for TV drama which keeps the heart of the matter from being anything but artificial. Even as the show reminds you of what she has been through as a means of trying to explain her antics.

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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 Date4/24/2019
Introduced This Episode
GiselleNicole 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 Date5/1/2019
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 Date12/5/2018

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 Date11/28/2018
Introduced This Episode
Carlotta and Cassie’s DadBen Vereen
RebeccaKelly 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 Date11/14/2018
Introduced This Episode
ChloeDraya 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 Date11/28/2018
Introduced This Episode
Carlotta and Cassie’s DadBen Vereen
RebeccaKelly 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 Date11/7/2018
Introduced This Episode
MariaGabrielle 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 Date10/31/2018

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.

Noah’s Come To Jesus Meeting With His Parents - 90%
Angel’s Exit - 65%
Alex and Derek Just Aren’t That Interesting Of A Couple - 75%
Gravity Media Drama - 74%
Star Giving Up Davis - 76%


“Square One” definitely pushes that, in some ways, Star can be consistent when it comes to moments it needs to set aside the jokes and weirdness and get real. However, between the Rashad drama, Cotton shooting up Leon, Angel’s possible violent end, and so much more, you see the struggle. That is, the struggle to keep it real for you know what people want is the over the top drama. The things which leave you shocked, hitting up social media, and makes network execs happy. So while the episode may continue to show us Star is versatile, it sucks that touching moments like Star thinking she doesn’t have it in her to be a mom, Alex asking Carlotta to give her away, are followed by cars blowing up like these people are fighting against the mob.

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