Monday, February 17, 2014

Come Monday...House of Cards

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

[House of Cards] is an original [Netflix] production, and if you enjoy a show with lots of skullduggery, this is a show for you.  For it is primarily about the way politics really work in the American federal government, and it also touches upon much more personal aspects to the characters involved.

In other words, House of Cards focuses upon the cards being played and those playing them in a very realistic manner.  Granted, there may be some artistic license in play in an effort to keep the drama flowing at a steady stream, but I do not believe that it is being overdone at all.

[Kevin Spacey] stars as the main character, [Congressman Frank Underwood D-SC], who started out as the House of Representatives Majority Whip in the first season, and is set to become the Vice President of the United States of America in the second season.  Spacey was an excellent choice for the role on account of him just looking like he is up to something—regardless of the role he is playing, nor the situation at hand.

[Robin Wright] plays [Claire Underwood], who is every bit as tough as her husband.  In the first season, she was the director of a large charity by the name of the Clean Water Initiative, and she was given plenty of situations to prove that she was more than capable of playing for high stakes.

I was hooked on the series before the first episode was over, but it took a couple more before Arlynda came around.  We finished watching the first season 3-4 hours ago, and she just had to watch the first episode of the second season before trying to go back to sleep.  Okay, I could have gone for another episode or two.  For the first episode of the second season left both of our mouths agape.

Alas, I wish I was not such a good boy.  For I would love to spill the beans on what happened, but that would spoil it for those who have not seen it yet.

Subscribing to Netflix is part of my plan to cut our greedy cable company loose, and even if you do not share in such a dream, at only $7.99 a month, Netflix is a huge bargain on account of the thousands of television shows and movies that are available for streaming over the internet on Netflix.  Besides, you can get the first month for free without any obligation to keep it going, and that would give you more than enough time to watch both seasons of House of Cards for free!  Ah, but can you really just watch one series?

Oh yeah, another thing that makes House of Cards so intriguing is Frank Underwood turning toward the camera from time to time and start talking like he is actually talking to the audience about this or that in the show.  This is clearly demonstrated in the trailer below, and I hope you enjoy House of Cards as much as we have so far.

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  1. Kevin Spacey would make a bad show good for me. I'm happy to be watching this again!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Karen!!! My mouth is still flopped wide open over what happened in the first episode of the second season.

  3. i bet i would like this series but i don't subscribe to netflix any more. blogging takes up too much time, and then i also get hbo and showtime (which i almost never watch except for my favorite series). :)

  4. we don't use Netflix but I've thought about it

  5. Thanks for stopping by, my dear TWG!!! I am actually rather surprised by how much we have enjoyed House of Cards. For we want good guys to cheer for and bad guys to boo, and there really aren't very many clear lines of demarcation to this show.

    By the way, are you a huge fan of True Blood? (LOL?)

  6. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Ann!!! It is worth a look-see.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Lady Lilith!!! It certainly has caught our attention.

  8. This was done in the UK years ago.
    It was very popular but I never saw it.
    It has been translated into US .

  9. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Adullamite!!! Well, I was ready to argue with you about this one being a completely original Netflix production by maybe the same name as a British show, but when I went to do some more checking, I found that you are right. Don't let it go to your head.

  10. I would have thought me being 'right' was to be expected Mr Jerry.

  11. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Adullamite!!! No, you being right is not something that I expect, and it seems that I am not the only one. (Snicker.)

  12. This show is on pay-TV here; and I don't have pay-TV. Hopefully, one of the free-to-air channels will pick it up as they often do.

    Spacey is always brilliant and I've always liked Robin Wright...she's a consistently good actor.

    I didn't see the original UK series either, but then at the time of its release I was living on Newry and running it single-handed. I very rarely watched TV as time didn't allow my doing so. There was only one television set at the little resort and the guests were never interested in watching it...preferring to sit around a fire on the beach or the outdoor barbecue area and bar. And the times when I was on the island without guests I'd shut down the generator early at night to conserve fuel; and I'd go to bed and read for a while by candlelight and flashlight before goingto sleep with the sound of the ocean lapping the shore. I was always up at the crack of dawn.

    There were lots of TV shows during those years that I missed. I make for it nowadays! ;)

  13. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Lee!!! I don't know if it is worth paying for just it, but if you can get Netflix there, I think you might really enjoy all that it has to offer.

  14. I'll look into it, Jerry...I found this site....

  15. And while on the subject of Netflix....have a look at this site....

    "Rake" is one of my favourite shows. Season 3 has just started here. It's an Aussie TV show and the hero, Cleaver Green played by Richard Roxburgh is very tainted, but lots of fun! ;) I think you would enjoy it.

  16. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Lee!!! We both just looked at each other when we first saw some commercials for Rake. It sounds like maybe we should try actually watching the show before we get snooty about it.

  17. I love it, Jerry. It's very an outlandishly subtle way if you know what I mean. Cleaver is absolutely hopelessly brilliant.

    The true hapless protagonist.

    It's a drama/comedy...I guess that's the best description. If you can watch it from the very first'll get the gist of it...and the characters...and how they all fit. Which is true with pretty much anything, I guess.

    Maybe our Aussie sense of humour confuses some...but I think once you become familiar with the characters, you will enjoy it. I hope so.

  18. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Lee!!! I hope we can find the older episodes of Rake on On Demand or online. Since we loved the wacky stuff on Boston Legal, we might be able to handle it, but we have become a lot older and crankier since.


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