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  •  I started watching because of Spacey. too... (1+ / 0-)
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    but quickly became depressed and dispirited.

    I don't know when I might continue the series. Maybe it feels a little too close to what appears to be the current behind the scenes, real-life, feelings and actions of our political 1%ers and  the movers/shakers of that world.

    Even if it's just fictional exaggeration, it is too much of a downer for me.

    “I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” Thomas Jefferson

    by starduster on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 02:06:58 PM PST

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    •  Well, there is some appeal (0+ / 0-)

      for characters we can "love to hate." I think Spacey's Underwood is that. Makes him completely predictable, of course, but it's enjoyable to watch him pull it off with an evil gleam in his eye - which those he's manipulating so callously always mistake for a twinkle...

      Better than, say, Tom Clancy's characters, who never had an inch worth of depth. The good guys were all dedicated Eagle Scouts, the bad guys were positively Disney-esque, and the in-betweens were just there to move the action one way or another.

      There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. - Will Rogers

      by Joieau on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 07:53:40 AM PST

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      •  Richard III with Spacey has a trailer on YouTube (1+ / 0-)
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        And a number of clips where he talks about the role. I wish they would release the complete film of the stage production! He toured in the role and told David Letterman each of his costumes had a green laser pointer he could use to "attack" anyone in the audience using a cell phone. I've not yet started Season 2 of HoC, but from the end of 1, especially, noticed the Lady Macbeth implications. I guess if the series were true to Shakespeare there'd have to be some victims returning as "ghosts"!! At least the asides give it an unusual flair.

        •  Hmmm... (0+ / 0-)

          I'd say there's room for ghosts in the Underwoods' life, especially as the body count rises in their wake. That would be an interesting twist, sort of a bicameral mind striking back.

          There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. - Will Rogers

          by Joieau on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 06:11:03 AM PST

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