The show does everything the right way. The right casting, tempo, style of filming. The writing offcourse stands out.
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What I don't understand is the logic of underwood doing the killing of Zoe himself. It doesn't make much sense. Why put yourself in that much risk of being exposed. In the Russo case I understood the moment. But with Zoe it was a bit too much. I guess it shows the willingness of him killing making him a very bad person. But giving the order to Stamper would have been almost as bad and a bit more realistic.
**Spoiler Alert** You can clearly see from my score that I really enjoy this show. The murder aspect of this show does however bother me though. Are we expected to believe that the Vice President of the United States is walking around murdering people? Then we are expected to take the show seriously? This character has such cunning and intelligence that even if he was doing it he would likely work in such a way as to not get his own hands dirty. Basically everything else about it is of such high caliber. Kevin Spacey is acting better than I have EVER seen him. Too bad the writers clearly think so little of our intellect as viewers. I would still highly recommend this show for everything else that is has going for it.
the best show ever! Kevin Spacey is truly brilliant! This show is so entertaining and insightful into good ole Washington DC. I don't doubt any authenticity to the stories. All of the actors are really good. I would rate this 10+ LOVE IT
Kevin Spacey is incredible as the dark antihero congressman Francis Underwood. I am endlessly fascinated by how Netflix is seemingly changing the television game, so I had very high expectations going into House of Cards. What I got was a show that blew me away. This is one of the best first seasons of a television series I've ever seen. You can read my more detailed review here: 2013/05/18/the-netflix-model-house-of-cards-season-1-in-review/
Indeed I hope Netflix continues to produce shows like this one. Even without all of their other content I got my 7$ a month worth from this show alone. Great plot, wonderful political maneuvering. The cast is right on and naturally Kevin Spacey stands out. I love how he takes time during his performance to talk to the audience and give us insight on what he is thinking/planning, making us accomplices to his plotting for more power.
Kevin, I believe Underwood's plan was to build a real and competitive campaign then have it implode dramatically leaving only the VP able to save it. A successful watershed bill would have made Russo a juggernaut. Then when he self-destructs and quietly bows out of the race the VP would save the day and the party. Russo's bill didn't pass which weakened but didn't kill his candidacy; however, more importantly it revealed to Frank that Peter himself was weaker than he imagined, which I think gave him the eventual resolve to take care of Russo.
Liked the show, but here's the one thing I didn't get. After the Watershed bill fails due to Claire telling a couple of reps that it wouldn't be the worst thing if it is defeated, Frank is livid with both her and the reps from his own party who voted against the bill. So it seems he really did want the bill to pass... which would've meant Russo likely wins the governorship... which means the VP doesn't step down... Instead, though, the bill fails; they decide to use the bill's failure to get Russo out of the picture by setting him up with a hooker and booze; this results in the VP stepping aside to run for Gov, and opens up the VP slot for Frank. Frank acts like this was his plan all along -- but he legitimately wanted the bill to PASS and was angry when it didn't. So if the bill HAD passed, what was Frank's plan then? How does he get to be VP (or anything beyond his current job of majority whip) in that situation?
Has everyone gotten through this yet? If you have not, do it right now. Seriously stop what you are doing and watch it all.
This is the first show I have watched in a long time that has captivated me from the first second right through 13 episodes until the final second. And for sure it is the first show I have paused in the middle of, gone back, and written down what a character said. So many amazing quotes from here. Lots of which could easily lead to numerous educational discussions, not only on politics, but about life.
There are so many twists to discuss about I do not even know where to start.
I can't believe they released the entire first season at once, best idea I've ever seen. I can actually get into a show like this with more then one episode atleast and not have to wait and wait around to find out whats happening next.
There's tons of reviews floating around, here, elsewhere, among all the fever-pitch buzz about this show, and there isn't anything much to add/subtract, but let me just say the buzz is worth it, and then some.
Kevin Spacey is a maestro of deadpan acidity, of sharp wit, of steely resolve, of a serpentine insidiousness, of a subtle, underplayed sense of viciousness. And he shows all of that here in an absolutely bravura performance. The guy is a legend, and this show belongs to him entirely.
Among the supporting cast, Corey Stoll managed to capture the Shakespearean tragedy and fatalism of Pete Russo's character. I literally had goosebumps when his character was hitting the highs and was completely shattered when his character was hitting the lows. Robin Wright playing Claire Underwood was pretty much Lady Macbeth incarnated in 2013 - you always know she keeps her feelings contained. Michael Kelly playing Doug Stamper is the picture-perfect "right-hand man", doing Spacey's spadework with clockwork precision and deadly discretion. Kate Mara playing Zoe Barnes was perhaps the weakest link of the show, but that's also on account that she's competing with the likes of Spacey and Wright.
The setting and screenplay is very realistic. It is very believable that events that transpire have or are likely to happen at some point. And it has just the right amount of artistic license to spice things up, keep it interesting, and still latch onto a very realistic and solid base.
I gave it 5 stars because it's a fantastic achievement and adventurous/gutsy gamble for something like Netflix to spend so much money and commit so much resources to a show of this scope and scale. The production qualities are top-notch and this really feels more like a professional Hollywood production, leaving behind comparable TV shows. Had this been a regular CBS/Fox/etc production, I might have given it a 4.5 stars. Netflix had a lot of balls for being so committed and I really hope for their sake and ours, it pays off well.
Amazing.... utterly amazing. A sharp, intelligent, witty drama. Not so overly political that this Englishman cannot understand it but enough to interest. Kevin Spacey's southern drawl is amazing, the whole cast is put together amazingly well, with Robin Wright putting in a great performance throughout. the plot is tantalising, the only problem i have is Spacey is so good that you miss him when he is not on screen. If netflix is going to keep producing this sort of show i say... bring it on!
Let's face it, well crafted villains are just so damn fascinating: what drives them, will they succeed, and when will they be taken down at the knees? Kevin Spacey always looks comfortable on screen and seems to enjoy playing Frank Underwood, who is basically a shark in a suit: hunting and maneuvering just for the right moment when he can bite and consume the weak. And unlike the original British version, his wife is a fully developed character and is just as much a shark as her husband. But Claire (Robin Wright) seems to be torn between despising the weak but wanting to be compassionate. She is the character that actually makes me nervous because I can see a point where her goals will bring her into conflict with Frank. Set deep in the politics of Washington . "House of Cards" also points out clearly the problems with the American political system (lobbyists, party politics over representation, and money).
This show is AMAZING, I finished watching the entire first season and I want to watch the second season soooo bad. Kevin Spacey has done a wonderful job. It is one of the better shows I have seen in a while. You don't have to know anything about politics and you'll still love it :)
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