Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him - that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself. Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name. Written by
Robin Wright revealed on a recent interview (May 2016) that when she found out she was getting paid less than Kevin Spacey, she somewhat channelized her character of Claire and threatened the producers of going public with the salary injustice if they didn't fix it. See more »
There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.
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I've seen only the first season. (DVDs of the second and third are waiting.) The negative reactions come from "the usual types" who object to strong language (grossly exaggerating how often it's used); expect a story to have at least a few "likeable" characters; * and protest good, decent actors playing degenerate characters. Hey, people, "House of Cards" is about politics, where the abuse of power is the raison d'etre and the sine qua non.
How you react will probably be influenced by how much of a misanthrope you are. Well, just as Frank Underwood detests children, I detest humanity, and "House of Cards" gives me no reason not to. Indeed, in invites an overwhelming desire to see Washington, DC, destroyed by nuclear weapons.
What makes "House of Cards" so remarkable is the writers' seeming knowledge of exactly what goes on behind closed doors. This, more than anything, keeps the story from degenerating into shallow melodrama.
I was surprised at the writers' willingness to address what remains a major no-no in television -- male/male sexual relations. One of the few "human" things about Frank Underwood is his lasting friendship with Phil Langdon, a fellow student at The Sentinel. They appear to genuinely care about each other, and neither is guilty or apologetic about a brief sexual relationship thirty years earlier. (Langdon is played by J C MacKenzie, an adorable li'l scudder, probably selected for his resemblance to Shelby Foote.)
Anyone who thinks "House of Cards" isn't a reasonably accurate depiction of what goes in the world should take a look at the current insanity in Washington. Swift would have loved it.
* I was taught in screen writing class that the viewer must have empathy for the characters. That is, //understand their motivations//, regardless of how repulsive they might be.
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