“House of Cards” is a Masterful Look into the Future of Television
By Brandon Williams
Las Vegas Informer
For Netflix subscribers, and political junkies, “House of Cards” has been a not only a look into the future how programs and events will be watched, but it’s also a pretty great show as well. With some cinematography from the same guy who directed “The Social Network,” and HBO-like freedom, David Fincher has successfully added to the success of recent politically based movies, and TV shows.
Kevin Spacey has probably found his most natural role as House Majority Whip Francis Underwood. He is part of a power couple that knows how to manipulate in Washington D.C. with his wife Claire played by Robin “Run Forest, run!” Wright. Sex, adultery, death, cynicism and a realistic look at journalism make this show a must see for anyone interested in government.
Francis has been in Congress a very long time out of his district in South Carolina, and he lusts for more power. He, and his wife will do what it takes to attain a louder voice by controlling the movers and shakers in D.C., and it goes all the way to the top. Spacey’s performance is nothing short of masterful, and can at times make you feel like you must obey his wishes, or else.
Underwood will break from his manipulations to speak directly to you the viewer to explain why he just lied, or said what he just said including a scene where he is giving a eulogy holding a bible only to break away and make it clear to the viewer that he does not have God or Jesus in his heart.
The biggest subplot of the show is that of Zoe Barnes, a low-ranking journalist that with the help/controlling of Rep. Underwood becomes the hottest item in journalism with her inside information. She cannot reveal her source, or how she’s getting so much information, but events transpire that may force her to. Zoe’s story gives a great look at what can really go on being a journalist, as opposed to someone writing a blog from their living room couch.
Season one features thirteen 50 minute episodes that all premiered on Feb. 1, but a better way to describe them would be to say thirteen 50 minute chapters of a movie (each episode is prefixed with “Chapter 1,” “Chapter 2”, etc.). This is the first big example of how TV will be watched in the future. Hulu has “Hulu Originals,” but nothing on the scale and mastery of what “House of Cards” has accomplished in early 2013.
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