Star: Season 3, Episode 17 “Proud Mary Keep On” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

Alex noting she is ready for whatever her father sends her way.
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A lot of family drama gets addressed, but only a handful of it gets resolutions. Can you guess which one?


Network
FOX
Director(s) John Krokidas
Writer(s) Jewel McPherson
Air Date 5/1/2019

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Putting It In The Music: Alex, Derek

Alex and her father are in a very public battle. He has her car repossessed, she makes a song about him, and Derek is just there watching. Seemingly knowing he should get further involved but trying to keep things chill by noting Alex’s last name will change soon. Which doesn’t fix things but seems better than really getting between those two.

Family Drama: Simone, Noah, Diane, Star, Angel, Jackson

Diane threatening Star.

Giving up Davis remains a huge issue in the Star x Noah clan. Simone questions why she can’t be given Davis, Noah and Diane are flipping out because of it, and Diane even threatens Star. Mind you, this is after Diane realizes Star maybe postpartum so this raises some red flags on how crazy is Diane if she is willing to hurt someone she knows isn’t mentally well. After all, let’s take into account Star’s career is stalling, she can’t sing, which is the only thing she knows how to do, and is at the point of taking drugs from a sketchy nurse since she has no other choice. Clearly, life is a bit much for her right now.

However, despite that, people looking at Star sideways, Diane busts into her home and threatens her, and clearly, no one is really that invested in Star’s mental and emotional well-being. Thus explaining why Star was thrown off when Jackson, who is dating Amber Drake apparently, just let her and Take 3 use one of his songs without issue. She was prepping for a fight and shocked she didn’t get one. At least until she decided to start with him.

But speaking of fights, Angel is still alive and getting on Simone’s nerves. Maybe not to the point of divorce but with him talking about how Simone might be antagonizing people for the fame, not the cause, she is a bit insulted. Yet, with the danger she is putting herself, and him in by extension, can you blame him? He is barely able to stay in the US without looking over his back, and now he has to live out the life of the wives of many civil rights leaders. Wondering when he, and his family, might be attacked.

Which of course could be a whole other issue. With all this immigration stuff, Angel’s career has gone dormant. He doesn’t touch a studio at all. He just worries, waits for Simone to pop up, and sometimes babysits. That is the summary of his life right now.

Nevermind Who’s The Daddy, I’m The Momma: Cassie, Rashad, Lil’ Dini, Randall, Carlotta

Before Cassie learns the truth, she continues to go hard for Rashad and push him – despite Carlotta’s wishes. This includes even working with Lil’ Dini, who is still somehow around, she plans to make him a gospel cross-over artist. However, once she learns that Rashad is Carlotta’s son, which Carlotta pieced together from talking to Rashad’s dad? Oh, she shuts it all down.

This, of course, leads to Rashad asking why and Carlotta being upfront with him. Leading to him having a breakdown and going to who knows who for consolation. All we know is Carlotta got a billionaire in Randall to cozy up to who can not only blow her back out but also give her the job which could come after Gravity media.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Seriously, are we going to see Alex’s dad or not since Roland being a ghost and not an active, visible, participant is making that storyline go nowhere?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Silence fuels secrecy.
— Miss Bruce

Highlights

Balancing The Drama & The Heart

Rashad having a difficult time accepting Carlotta is his mom.

There is a beautiful balance right now between the kind of drama Star is known for and finding depth to each situation. Take the Rashad scenario. That being her son was clear for quite some time, since it isn’t like we’ve been directed to think it was someone else. However, how the show is handling it doesn’t feel like how a soap opera would, but it is addressing Carlotta’s pain, Rashad’s, and is setting up the family shock since Cassie wasn’t 100% sure how to process that.

Then with Star, while Diane definitely needs fine-tuning, since Elise is doing way too much right now, her noting Star having postpartum seemed like a “Duh” moment that didn’t register until she said something. Now, I’ll admit, her saying that then being ready to beat Star seemed like Diane may need to diagnose herself, but it gives depth to Star, alongside the dozen other things going on in that woman’s mind. Leading you to be able to justify, or rather understand her actions, rather than think she is going off the deep end for the sake of drama.

Cassie & Carlotta Singing Together

At this point, the music has kind of fell off and has gone from something you had to cop to something you either sit through or gives you time to check on what other people are saying on Twitter. Assuming you tweet along like we often do. However, Cassie and Carlotta, if not the gospel music this show has increasingly been doing — period — has been given this show new life. It stirs something in you and really gets you in your emotions vs. feeling like Take 3 needs a new era since all the songs sound like they from the same album.

Low Point

Diane

While Diane can improve, as Cassie did, I hope we don’t have to wait a season and a half for that to happen. Kimberly Elise can act, but it seems she also needs someone to not just bow and give reverence but also a note and rein her in a bit. Because she is one of the few who are treating this like a soap opera and while being extra isn’t a terrible thing, this show seemingly is trying to evolve, and she doesn’t seem willing to adapt to the new and instead is rooted in the old.

On The Fence

Angel & Simone

Angel questioning Simone on antagonizing racists.

You know, perhaps the problem with Angel and Simone is the same issue when it comes to Alex and Derek. It isn’t because their relationships are too ideal but because their relationships are so one-sided. Derek’s whole activism thing no longer exists and Angel being a singer, a record producer, that pretty much is dead as well. Making the fact a member of the paparazzi bringing it up a surprise since you’d think everyone would have forgotten this one, maybe two, hit wonder. Assuming his song with Andy even climbed up high enough to be considered a hit.

Alex vs. Her Dad

They really did cripple Alex by having her parents played by Naomi Campbell and Lenny Kravitz. For now all her beef is going to be without someone to play off of since if they don’t have the time or like the story, they are going to be absent. And honestly, it is really hard to get into her story when she is mad with someone who isn’t there to defend themselves but is spoken for by her or some random lawyer.

Jackson

I get keeping an attractive actor is always a good idea, even making it seem him and Star could be a long game couple. However, pairing him with Amber Drake, to remind you she is supposed to be relevant, makes me roll my eyes. Especially since they are portraying her to be a little nasty now, in both a fun and bad way, with the ass grab and shoulder bumping Star.

Jackson and Amber doing press.

Yet, who knows, I try to keep Cassie in mind with all characters since I wanted her to be killed off or just written off and I’ve grown to love her. Maybe Jackson can become more than an ex who refuses to not find a way to remain involved in your life.

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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
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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

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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