“Queens” is a famous idea that is not royalty free because it is slick, packaged, and manufactured. Like Peacock’s “Girls5eva,” the concept hinges on a group of girls reuniting 20 years later and fighting for fame. By rediscovering the limelight and danger after years of braiding hair and burning breakfast.
In a recent social event, we got to know more about Briana (Eva);
Formerly known as Professor of S*x, raising five children. The show methodically introduces the rest of the quartet once known as “Nasty Bitch” (the name itself has its roots in the past). Who, as Jill notes, aka Da Thrill (Naturi Naughton), “above the World for hot minutes.”
The group’s other members, Naomi/Xplicit Lyrics (Brandy) and Valeria/Butter Pecan (Nadine Velazquez), have sour arguments. With the former struggling as a solo act. “Still chasing the fame you found 20 years ago”. It is said – and the latter has managed to develop into morning television where showcased their unbridled ambition.
His manager (Taylor Sele) suggests reuniting the group through a television show. And the lure of a quick payout is enough to weaken resistance on multiple fronts. But in the end, this is a series, so the reunion won’t end there. With the challenges of formally arranging to return home and the soap opera that comes with it.
As noted earlier, the idea of a one-time star tackling old gripes and holding on to fame for a few more minutes isn’t new (That’s What You Do Tom Hanks is an ode to one-hit magic). But hip-hop backdrops and casting give the “Queens” relatively fresh feel. The disclaimer is that once you get past the premise. This series becomes another soap opera set in the world of music, ala “Empire”.
Which means it will be as good a situation as the Author could continue creating.
ABC standard. Produced by Scandal alum Zahir McGee (who wrote the pilot) and directed by Tim Story. “Queens” seems to be in pretty good hands in the series. Though its content and less explicit lyrics are just as smut, in my opinion. In the old-fashioned sense of television planning. The shows also hopes for a boost from the fact that “The Bachelor” was meant to start.
So far, Queens has done a fantastic job putting the pieces together. Another problem might be keeping them from exploding the way the show’s fictional band works.
Most promising, “Nasty Bitch” has a relationship with Lil Muffin (disarm Pepi Sonuga). A future rapper, where they reflect the ups and downs of her age. In this story, Queens speaks most clearly about what the music industry can do for women. And what it can do to them and the limits of power that even a superstar can wield in this regard.
Lack of confidence is a change of tone in some of these storylines. Sometimes Queens takes on a rocking comedy rhythm, even in straight, dark storylines. Other times he breaks sensuality with neon lights and dark tunes. Depending on the scene, it can be described as either a dramatic tragedy or a soapy blur. The latter, mainly when Velázquez’ Valeria eats up the screen. Combined with the plot bouncing across the country in the first episode. Spawning new themes wherever it takes place. Queens may feel like she’s trying to turn a few too many plates around at one time.
Or maybe it just felt like a show so full of potential he barely knew where to start.
The rest of the season will point to Queens direction: dramatic drama or industry critique, exuberant debauchery or explosive intrigue, or a combination thereof. But it stems from hard rock’s assumption that seeing these queens in the spotlight again is a joy – even if we’ve never had a bad bitch in reality.