Pausing for effect in Netflix’s House of Cards

For some reason, I decided that watching House of Cards would be a great way to escape the horrifying news cycle we’re in.  Oh, 2017!

Netflix's House of Cards
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House of Cards, like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, tells the story of an anti-hero, which is someone who “lives in a universe with a much more cynical [and] ambiguous moral code.”  Pretty much the complete opposite of Captain America or Superman.

More specifically, Frank Underwood is an unscrupulous anti-hero.  He justifies his dubious actions by pointing to the more sinister behaviour of people surrounding him.  He’s bad with a purpose.

Here’s what happened in the first half of the pilot:

  • Frank Underwood finds a dog that has recently been hit by a car and, in a chilling moment, he kills the dog to put it out of its “useless pain.”
  • Frank doesn’t get the coveted Secretary of State role he was promised, but that’s no problem because him and his wife Claire plot their revenge by breaking expensive-looking glass, staying up all night and speaking in dulcet tones.
  • Frank agrees to help the incoming Secretary of Education draft a comprehensive education reform bill within the first 100 days.
TV Tuttle in Washington
I went to Washington once. Fortunately, my experience wasn’t like anything on House of Cards.

Here are my predictions:

  • Frank kills the guy that was going to be Secretary of State – FALSE. Seeing Frank enter the theatre and play a first-person shooter game gave me some serious Abe Lincoln vibes.  I guess he’s not that bad.
  • Claire starts a corrupt business dealing that hurts people in need– NOT YET. However, she does approve a measure that would mean firing half of the staff at her charity.  Seems kind of shady.
  • Nicholas Cage pops in and steals the declaration of independence – FALSE. But a guy can dream, right?
  • Things I did predict accurately: Zoey gets leverage over Frank; Frank blackmails a fellow congress person (Peter).

House of Cards is definitely the most interesting show I’ve watched so far for this blog.  Can’t wait to see how the rest of the show turns out!

TV Tuttle rates House of Cards 4.5/5 vengeful racks of ribs.

House of Cards rating: 4.5/5 vengeful racks of ribs