House of Cards, a tricky business for the viewer and the characters


While I will be the first to admit there were about seven times I wanted to tweet about something in the show and then realized “Wait, stop! Don’t be that girl.” This show has single handily redefined the way people can enjoy a television series. Whether it be by binge watching as many episodes as possible, having some sort of super human ability to only watch one at a time or breaking it up in a clock work manner–it is in the hands of the watcher. Netflix really stepped over some lines that have yet to be crossed in the small screen business, one I feel many television writers, directors and actors can get behind. (Not to mention viewers!)

Sure, it has paved a new way for those interested in being the spoiler alert; but in the days where we know where not to look, it’s okay.

I personally am a huge fan of how the show was directed and acted. David Fincher (Fight Club) teamed beautifully with Kevin Spacey (American Beauty). The two must have really been in sync back stage because the way Spacey was able to pull over the one-on-one with the camera was a masterpiece. And that southern accent was superb. But the writing of the show, the twist and turns and the anti-hero in Spacey’s character Francis Underwood was magical. It has been awhile since I can remember a television character at about the same caliber of Underwood. One whom you want to see succeed, but after mania bouts of him pushing others to the edge your cheering turns to quiet mumbles.

But a lot could be said for how easy every thing seems to come and go for Underwood. His control over other members as the Majority Whip is almost scary. And then to continue his control over rookie reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) is, again for lack of a better term, scary. He fishes and catches everything he wants. But that is only after what he really wants (Secretary of State) is taken away from him.

I believe it is the first political drama I have watched where the President seems second tier. It was interesting to me how much is kept from him, put in front of his eyes and ignored and down right over looked. Either, or, every show about United States politics will have it’s strengths and weaknesses.

No matter what may be argued over the show (lack of creativity, laziness in writing, poorly performed roles) I for one was entertaining by the underlining themes of greed, abuse of power and struggle. Every character added a new twist and turn in the plot.

What I liked most is that everything is an opportunity. Nothing can be simply sat in the corner to let linger. All avenues are explored. And everyone wants something.

As simple as that may sound, and obvious even, there is still so much more to come in the next dosage of the show (coming….???) and I for one cannot wait for it to be placed onto Netflix and to have at the disposal of my fingertips.

Go watch it if you haven’t yet, you’ll find something to like (or hate) about it.

PS; I really barely scratched the surface of the characters within the show.


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