Black TV Watch: T.I. vs. Sweet 16

The rapper goes overboard for his daughter's party. Plus, Giancarlo Esposito debuts in Revolution.

T.I. (VH1); Giancarlo Esposito (NBC)
T.I. (VH1); Giancarlo Esposito (NBC)

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Revolution (Monday, 10 p.m. ET, NBC)

Spoiler alert: He got his face blown off as crystal-meth overlord Gus Fring in season 4 of Breaking Bad, so it’s great to see Giancarlo Esposito back in bad-guy mode as on NBC’s Revolution. The series is about surviving in a post-blackout world without electricity but overpopulated with bands of rogue units preying on small peaceful, agrarian fiefdoms. Esposito’s character, Captain Tom Neville, leads one of those militia groups and, in the one of the show’s bloody battle scenes, offs the father of the girl who’s poised to avenge her dad’s death. Esposito’s come a long way from Buggin Out in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, and he plays calm and cold-hearted with unsettling ease. The other cast members, however, need to improve.