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Who on FR watches "House of Cards" Series
Vanity (Netflix) | 7-23-2014 | self

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…..

Anyone else


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KEYWORDS: frankunderwood; houseofcards; netflix
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1 posted on 07/23/2014 2:29:53 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Colonel_Flagg; RitaOK; Servant of the Cross; xzins; Lakeshark

You guys gandered at this yet?


2 posted on 07/23/2014 2:31:02 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I remember the original, it was awesome, I have no interest in the remake.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 2:31:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

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.


4 posted on 07/23/2014 2:32:58 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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.


5 posted on 07/23/2014 2:34:30 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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?


6 posted on 07/23/2014 2:34:49 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I heard Spacey plays a great scumbag in it.


7 posted on 07/23/2014 2:34:50 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I really got hooked and it is driving me crazy waiting until next year, I think it is before the next series comes out. Really does seem true to life.

I also go hooked on "Breaking Bad" after I said I would never watch it. Now I am watching "Lilly Hammer"

8 posted on 07/23/2014 2:35:08 PM PDT by Spunky (BIG GOVERNMENT MAKES SMALLER CITIZENS.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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.


9 posted on 07/23/2014 2:36:10 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Do I understand that it is only available on Netflix downloads and runs on no cable channels?


10 posted on 07/23/2014 2:36:36 PM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: GeronL

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.


11 posted on 07/23/2014 2:36:54 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: bigdaddy45

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%.
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12 posted on 07/23/2014 2:38:22 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: EEGator

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.


13 posted on 07/23/2014 2:38:29 PM PDT by glennaro
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To: GeronL

I have to agree with him. This is something different entirely.


14 posted on 07/23/2014 2:38:32 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: GeronL

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.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 2:38:53 PM PDT by discostu (Villains always blink their eyes.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Awesome series


16 posted on 07/23/2014 2:38:56 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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?


17 posted on 07/23/2014 2:39:26 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (I want 0bama to make history - First to be IMPEACHED and REMOVED!)
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To: EEGator

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.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 2:39:27 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
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.

There's probably not a person on the show I'd agree with politically, but they're well cast and entertaining.

19 posted on 07/23/2014 2:40:17 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: KC Burke

My understanding is only Netflix. The episodes are about 45 to 62 minutes in length……something like that, but not all the same.


20 posted on 07/23/2014 2:40:50 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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.


21 posted on 07/23/2014 2:41:02 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Chickensoup

So it is not about politicians stabbing each other in the back?


22 posted on 07/23/2014 2:41:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Not watching that show does not make one a “loser”


23 posted on 07/23/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I don’t stream Netflix, just rent DVD’s. Is the series available for DVD rental?


24 posted on 07/23/2014 2:42:13 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: Chickensoup
Nice to see a lefty portrayed as lefties really operate.

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.

25 posted on 07/23/2014 2:42:24 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: edpc

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.

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In laws have been urging me to watch WW. I cannot do leftist corn and smugness. Just cannot.


26 posted on 07/23/2014 2:43:18 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: glennaro

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.


27 posted on 07/23/2014 2:43:34 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
The original series was British and starred Ian Richardson. It was scathing about British politics and especially the Conservative Party. That's to be expected of the BBC, but the interesting thing is that the author of the books the series was based on was a Tory politician and a close associate of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

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 ...

28 posted on 07/23/2014 2:43:34 PM PDT by x
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I'm also surprised by the lack of chat here. My wife and I have almost finished the series, so no spoilers please.

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."

29 posted on 07/23/2014 2:44:51 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: x

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….


30 posted on 07/23/2014 2:45:34 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

The Republicans in the Senate are not portrayed that badly at all. The balance is amazing to me.

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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.


31 posted on 07/23/2014 2:45:43 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I watched the Brit version of House of Cards.

It was damn good, and no way the US version could top the UK ending.

32 posted on 07/23/2014 2:45:59 PM PDT by mware
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I’ve never heard of it.


33 posted on 07/23/2014 2:46:47 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
My only quibble is that the characters are overwhelmingly evil. The characters exhibit almost no redeeming qualities.

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.

34 posted on 07/23/2014 2:46:51 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

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.


35 posted on 07/23/2014 2:48:45 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I enjoyed the first 6 or 7 episodes, but after that I felt the whole thing (particularly season 2) was just beyond absurd.


36 posted on 07/23/2014 2:48:54 PM PDT by Blaine Fabin
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To: Spunky

Lillihammer was a Hoot!


37 posted on 07/23/2014 2:49:12 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: GeronL

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.


38 posted on 07/23/2014 2:51:59 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
It appears there was one before this "House Of Cards" 1990

House of cards

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.

39 posted on 07/23/2014 2:53:03 PM PDT by Spunky (BIG GOVERNMENT MAKES SMALLER CITIZENS.)
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To: x

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.


40 posted on 07/23/2014 2:53:56 PM PDT by discostu (Villains always blink their eyes.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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).


41 posted on 07/23/2014 2:54:06 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (Settled science.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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.


42 posted on 07/23/2014 2:55:49 PM PDT by Revelation Concepts
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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.
Rita


43 posted on 07/23/2014 2:55:53 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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...


44 posted on 07/23/2014 2:57:12 PM PDT by Yehuda (Search youtube and listen to "Islams Not For Me".)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
....."look like a blatant continuing propaganda show for Hildabeast Klinton,>>>>>>

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.

45 posted on 07/23/2014 2:57:56 PM PDT by Spunky (BIG GOVERNMENT MAKES SMALLER CITIZENS.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Interesting fact for sure. Spent some time with Hughes Networks Systems in Orangeburg ... is that low country?


46 posted on 07/23/2014 2:59:49 PM PDT by glennaro
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To: Spunky

Not giving any spoilers but if this was the Clinton Administration I could see Hillary fitting into the final episode.


47 posted on 07/23/2014 3:00:11 PM PDT by mware
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To: C. Edmund Wright

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?


48 posted on 07/23/2014 3:01:05 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: C. Edmund Wright; Colonel_Flagg; RitaOK; Servant of the Cross; xzins; Lakeshark

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.


49 posted on 07/23/2014 3:02:46 PM PDT by ckilmer (q)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Son watches it. Way too gay for me.


50 posted on 07/23/2014 3:05:04 PM PDT by Waryone
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