Why We Love House of Cards
By Bernadette A Moyer
In case you haven’t heard, House of Cards is an original Netflix series with 13 episodes each year that began in 2013. To date there are 36 episodes and the next season of 13 is due to drop in February of 2016.
It is billed as an “American Drama Series.” They write “In the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes of the greed and corruption in American politics.”
For me it starts with the writing really great writing and really great lines and House of Cards has them. They make you wonder “does this stuff really happen in Washington D.C.?” And then I find myself answering with “I bet it does” this series may be a political drama but I suspect that some of the story lines ring true.
Once I started I couldn’t stop watching it. It was a marathon of 36 episodes that left me hungry for much more.
Then there is the personal connection since it is filmed in and around Baltimore City. As of this writing my son has been called as an “extra” for three separate occasions and just last week his father joined in as an “extra” too. He worked for 14 hours. Now they both are touting their new title as a “paid actor” I just laugh out loud. They are in it but I am the only one to date that has viewed all 36 episodes!
Who doesn’t like Kevin Spacey? I think he is great in just about everything that he does and his character Frank Underwood (initials FU) is that love to hate him character. He is cool and aloof but you sense his emotional breakdowns amongst all his manipulative and well-constructed moves. Robin Wright is perfectly polished and attractive but don’t let her pretty face fool you she can cut to the quick just like every other political wannabe on the show.
The older I get the less of an attention span that I have and yet House of Cards held my attention through all 36 episodes. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in 2016 but for now all I can say is that if you haven’t watched you might just want to get caught up.
And by the way who knew that Netflix was putting out such great new original programming, I feel like I have shown up late to this party, but at least I can say I have arrived there.