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  •  I don't like the show (4+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, StellaRay, Matt Z, live1

    It's alright, but there's nothing compelling about it.

    I'm also a binge-watcher and tuned in to HoC sometime late last year. I watched it over the course of the week and was never sure why I kept watching it.

    I haven't checked out Season 2 yet and probably won't. Kevin Spacey is obnoxious. That's not necessarily a problem- I thought Walter White of Breaking Bad was obnoxious, too, but WW had redeeming qualities that made the viewer invested in him even if they didn't like him. The same can't be said of Spacey.

    It's hard to create a movie or series where you hate the main character and root against him. Not that it can't be done, but it takes talented writing to make it work, and I don't see a ton of writing talent on the show. It's predictable and never strays from the overplayed plot lines of conventional political movies or shows.

    In other words, I was disappointed. NetFlix's original programming has been surprisingly good, but they really missed the mark with House of Cards, IMO.

    That being said, I am looking for  new binge-watching fodder, so I might check out season 2. I'm not interested in doing much of anything today anyway.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 10:44:23 AM PST

    •  I was thinking the same thing (3+ / 0-)
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      about Dexter vs. Spacey. Dexter had some redeemable sides, which is what put you in conflict with how you felt about him, makes it more interesting. So far I find Spacey on the edge of being a Snidely Whiplash, albeit one with acting chops. From what I'm hearing here, that doesn't change as the seasons go by.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 12:10:09 PM PST

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    •  I actually watch for his wife (3+ / 0-)

      I think Claire is far more complex and interesting than Frank Underwood, especially in season 2. I actually felt metaphorical whiplash the way I kept going back and forth between finding her sympathetic to heartless and back to sympathetic again.

      Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

      by moviemeister76 on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 03:18:00 PM PST

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