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  •  Why am I not suprised (4+ / 0-)
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    mattc129, mrkvica, Joieau, artmartin

    that a website where only 1% of members graduated high school from 2005 to 2014 has tons of members who really don't like this show...

    House of Cards is freaking unbelievable.  Frank Underwood is the new Heisenberg (a la "Breaking Bad"), except he's even more ruthless.  Claire Underwood does not fuck around.  Episode 1 of Season 2 is such a mind fuck that I'm still stunned from it even one week since I finished my Season 2 binge last weekend.

    Please, it's a TV show.  And it's compelling.  Pardon me if I like rooting for ruthless characters on TV.  It's entertaining and exciting.

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 03:10:29 PM PST

    •  Oh Lord (2+ / 0-)
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      A ton of older people love this show. I graduated high school nearly two decades ago, and everyone I know my age or older loves this show.

      However, just because you do not wish to critically reflect on why it is popular gives you no right to chastise others for doing so. Personally, I think the show is pretty good, though both seasons have a bit of a lull in the middle, but since I binge watched both seasons, I didn't care so much. However, as with all art, it reflects the society which made it. That should give some people pause.

      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 03:14:20 PM PST

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    •  No need to pardon (1+ / 0-)
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      anyone because of their opinions on a TV show. Glad you're enjoying it so, love a series I become invested in and can't wait for the next episode. Don't know how I'll end up feeling about HOC, but I'm pretty sure that we older ones are still capable of judging what we like and why or why not. Youth has its merits, but experience is not one of them. I think the older we get, the more we've experienced, the more it colors our opinions, yes. But there doesn't have to be anything wrong with that.

      "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 07:48:16 PM PST

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    •  What does age have to do with it? (1+ / 0-)
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      I graduated high school in the 1970s and I thoroughly enjoyed watching House of Cards. We just finished Season 2 this weekend. Loved all the twists and turns and surprises. The opening of Season 2 was a shock and you wonder "where can they go from here..." but oh my...

      The Underwoods are people you can hate, and love to hate, but sometimes there is a glimmer of humanness there and you can even feel just a tiny bit sorry for them... for a minute.

      Anyway, I don't think someone's age has anything to do with whether they will like this show or not.

      I don't usually like shows about criminals. I never got into The Wire or Breaking Bad, hated The Sopranos, even though I tried all these shows briefly due to the great reviews. They were just not for me. I'd be hard pressed to say exactly why House of Cards was different, but I really enjoyed it.

      I will say the first time I tried to watch it, and Frank kills a dog in the opening scene (sort of being humane because it was suffering, but also stunningly ruthless), I turned it off immediately. Not for me! It took me six months to even give it another try but finally did after a friend raved about it. When we started it again, I left the room for that opening scene. But it does give you a glimpse into who this guy is.

      And Stella Ray, don't look for redemption. That is not what this show is about. It is also a fantasy. Keep that in mind, it's not suppose to be a "real" picture of Washington DC. West Wing was a positive fantasy, while this show is more of a negative fantasy. It's still just fiction.

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