Skip to comments.Who on FR watches "House of Cards" Series
Posted on 07/23/2014 2:29:52 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
After being told by 3 or 4 associates whom I respect that I must watch it - and after putting it off for months - I finally dug in and power watched both seasons in past couple weeks.
I was astounded, on so many fronts. This is must see TV for political junkies. I mean, anyone might like it, but the politically involved will find it fascinting, and teachable, illustrative ..
You guys gandered at this yet?
I remember the original, it was awesome, I have no interest in the remake.
I don’t think this is a remake. Maybe same idea, same name, but this is no remake. It’s almost totally current. It’s up to you, but you would be glad you checked it out. It’s remarkably balanced in that it makes Democrats and liberals look worse than any Republicans (makes them all look bad) - but more to the point, it IS Washington.
I have watched it all through Netflix. Waiting for the last season to land there.
Enjoyed most of it. Nice to see a lefty portrayed as lefties really operate.
So it’s like “21 Jump Street” and some of the other movies that steal titles from awesome TV shows but bear absolutely no resemblance to the original?
I heard Spacey plays a great scumbag in it.
I also go hooked on "Breaking Bad" after I said I would never watch it. Now I am watching "Lilly Hammer"
I could do without the gay stuff (seems like Hollywood crams it in whenever they can, no pun intended) but otherwise its very well done.
Do I understand that it is only available on Netflix downloads and runs on no cable channels?
Look, I don’t know what your hang up is. House of Cards hell, it’s a world wide cliche. No one production can own that title. But you can go ahead and let your own hang ups make you not watch it. The only loser in that will be you.
here’s what I think on the sex, gay and otherwise: it is part of Washington. Young hotties use it to advance their career. Creepy old men in power let it happen that way. So, is it overdone? Probably, but probably only by about 20%.
Very well done and well casted. I don’t think they could have done better than with Kevin Spacey. He is excellent in the lead role.
I have to agree with him. This is something different entirely.
No stealing. Michael Dobbs (writer of the books) and Andrew Davies (writer of the BBC show) both have production credits for the show. It bears a lot of resemblance to the original sources, but it has certain differences that have to happen being as we have no parliament, no prime minister, no king, it’s 13 episodes a season not 3, and it’s 2014 not 1990.
Not to hijack your thread, but does anyone but me think the ads on SeeBS for their Fall Series “Madam Secretary” look like a blatant continuing propaganda show for Hildabeast Klinton, with a slightly better looking (Tea Leoni) subject?
Spacey is friggin awesome ..but more than that, the dialogue writing is brilliant. It just rips.
Gerald McRaney is great too. No one is bad. No one is not believable in their role.
There's probably not a person on the show I'd agree with politically, but they're well cast and entertaining.
My understanding is only Netflix. The episodes are about 45 to 62 minutes in length something like that, but not all the same.
Worked on the edge of smaller politics and a lot rings true, especially the constant 24 hour being on all the time, with constant crisis management and lots of pillow talk.
So it is not about politicians stabbing each other in the back?
Not watching that show does not make one a “loser”
I don’t stream Netflix, just rent DVD’s. Is the series available for DVD rental?
True. Not a single lefty is likeable
or sympathetic, with the exception of some of the young lefty leaning reporters. But even they are digging dirt on lefties. The Republicans in the Senate are not portrayed that badly at all. The balance is amazing to me.
It got some criticism in the first season for weak writing. Made me laugh, since The West Wing received so many accolades for being well written when it was stock, corny, and painfully didactic.
In laws have been urging me to watch WW. I cannot do leftist corn and smugness. Just cannot.
Spacey is amazing only one criticism his accent is pure low country SC .yet they have him from Gaffney, the upstate. Wrong accent, and no Dem would ever win from the upstate.
But if you don’t know SC, you wouldn’t know that so I say that as only a teeny little quibble.
I thought the Kevin Spacey series was pretty good, though dated. You wouldn't expect a White South Carolinian to have much influence in today's Democratic Party, though that was certainly true of the Democrats in earlier decades. One thing about the series is that we kind of feel like we know Washington goings-on, so really outrageous plot lines might be hard to believe (or maybe not, considering what it is that we actually do know about Washington).
Boss with Kelsey Grammar was also over-the-top in some of its intrigues, but it's easier to believe that a mayor of Chicago would get away with some really outrageous acts than that a congressman could. Plus, sometimes you can get tired of Spacey's archness and irony and want to go for something more straightforward. I miss Boss. If you like House of Cards, you might give it a try.
Then there's Borgen from Denmark, about a woman prime minister ...
As far as sheer film-making goes, it's positively Shakespearean. My only quibble is that the characters are overwhelmingly evil. The characters exhibit almost no redeeming qualities. I suppose it could be compared to MacBeth, in that sense. It's probably the greatest portrayal of the seductiveness of evil that I can remember.
On top of that, the plot is absolutely brilliant. It's incredibly complex but not contrived.
Overall, this is the best series I've seen since, "Brideshead Revisited."
I think a SC Democrat could be a big player - the libs love to hide liberalism in a southern accent. Al Gore. John Edwards, Bill Clinton, etc. BUT BUT .it would be a Charleston Democrat, or maybe a downtown Columbia Democrat - from one of the bohemian sections of those two cities..(and both have them, especially Charleston).
Underwood is no upstate SC candidate .
The Republicans in the Senate are not portrayed that badly at all. The balance is amazing to me.
I really enjoyed it and did a couple of days of running it from noon to 8. Loved it. Recently got a tv for the first time in 30 years and it was one of the first things I found on Netflix.
It was damn good, and no way the US version could top the UK ending.
I’ve never heard of it.
That's art imitating life. That IS Washington. I mean, it really is. This city takes redemptive people and spits them out, or changes them. it's overwhelming. I think that's the strength of the series.
Love it, you are right, the evil is complex and there are no redeeming qualities. I cannot wait to see the next season on Netflix.
I enjoyed the first 6 or 7 episodes, but after that I felt the whole thing (particularly season 2) was just beyond absurd.
Lillihammer was a Hoot!
Actually, on second thought, you shouldn’t watch it. I think you are right. It really isn’t for you. You wouldn’t enjoy it.
Since we don't know what next season will bring, not sure if it will follow the exact same line as this one. I don't think anyone could beat Spaceys acting of the character though.
Dobbs, the writer of the original books, was actually a Conservative Party big wig before becoming an author. A lot of people he dealt with informed the character.
Remember since FU is a whip his power comes from secrets. Skin color and place of origin don’t really play into that, just ability to fix problems and hold them over people later. That’s really the essence of the story, the guy who is the most powerful secret person in the country wanting to become publicly powerful.
It is a remake of a UK show.
I watched all of season 1 and 1/2 of season 2. Then it got politically correct (re: Spacey’s townhouse bombing).
Watched the first 2 seasons and it’s excellent. It portrays politicians as the scumbags that they are. Democrats worse than Republicans. Even the politicians that try and do things the right way don’t have a chance when going up against the establishment. It’s scary on how believable it is.
Good grief, Wright, I am already addicted to internet news and FR, while recording Baire, GRETA and Kelly nightly! Wha’da’ya’ think I’m made of- wires and wattage? LOL! %%:/
Actually, I don’t use Netflix and I take it that House of Cards is not available on cable? I like Spacey. Isn’t he conservative, btw? Thx, very much for the ping.
Maybe SAM’s has it in a DVD set. I’ll look for it.
I am a huge politics junkie.
I watched about 5-6 episodes and then took a break / gave it up.
(I have never seen the British predecessor, but Mrs. Yehuda says its better).
Here were my problems House of Cards:
a/ I had trouble dealing with / giving willing suspension of disbelief with likely real-life gay Kevin Spacey playing a hard *ss, hetero, adulterous, straight guy “doing” a younger woman.
b/ Couldn’t look at Spacey’s character’s wife (Robin “Stoneface” something) or other without always thinking of the #4 scumbag of all time, Sean Penn, her former husband in real life.
c/ Can’t remember if there was gay sex in the episodes I watched but its a always turn off to see and I usually will stop watching a series if its more than in one episode.
(I am not interested in watching the drama of gay relationships anymore than I am interested in the foibles of a family of rap “artists” or Hamassholes).
d/ As much as it makes Dems look like crap, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that the writer / director were almost proud /crowing about their political acumen and their prowess as wheeler/dealer killers of America.
/end rant, waiting for Longmire Season 3...
From what I saw of the previews I thought it made her look like the bossy, I am better then any of you bitch that she is.
Interesting fact for sure. Spent some time with Hughes Networks Systems in Orangeburg ... is that low country?
Not giving any spoilers but if this was the Clinton Administration I could see Hillary fitting into the final episode.
I found it interesting and aggravating.
To think that that is probably how things actually do function in Washington.
You scratch my back; I’ll scratch yours. You stab me and I will stab you. You get in my way to the next level of power and I will do everything I can to destroy you. Drinks at 5:00?
I watched it for a couple of episodes because my brotherl likes it, but found myself that I didn’t like any of the characters. They all just killed each other off in a kind of amoral soup.
It it is keeping faith and trust among kin and friends that holds a story together. The Viking series is every bit as brutal as the game of thrones but the main characters hold together in faith and trust. And that keeps that story in the land of the living.
Son watches it. Way too gay for me.
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