Thursday, 14 April 2016

TV shows you should watch: House of Cards

Based on the book and UK TV mini-series, House of Cards was one of Netflix's first self produced shows. It could have been a tired American retread of the UK show but it developed into its own beast. Quite a magnificent one too.

Kevin Spacey plays Francis Underwood, the Democratic Chief Whip, who has a promised position in the Cabinet snatched away from him, dashing the hopes of him and his wife, Claire, played with icy precision by Robin Wright. Off the back of this betrayal, they set in motion a plan to take revenge on all who oppose them. And the Underwoods are willing to do whatever it takes to win.

The quirk of this show is Kevin Spacey's Francis talks to the viewers directly, voicing his thoughts and even giving us annoyed side eye glances. In theory, such a device should take us out of the moment but it doesn't for this show. The reason being is we are watching it for Frank, as they call him. Sure, there are plenty of other interesting characters and some shocking sub-plots but we watch to see if the Underwoods will win. Despite their despicable nature, we want them to win.

Recommended watch: Stick it out until you've watched episode 1 of season 2. One of the all time great WTF moments you'll ever see on TV.

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