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PostSubject: House of Cards, Season 4   Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:41 am

The new season of HoC hit Netflix this week.

1. It's broadcast in 4K ultra-HD and looks unbelievably good.

2. The Machiavellian maneuvering of President Underwood is a relief from the present day field of Keystone Kops kandidates.

3. Turns out I have four avenues to Netflix: my iPad, via network apps on my Blu-ray player, via network apps on my Apple TV, and via Smart apps on my TV. For some reason(?) only the latter showed the new season.

4. Ellen Berstyn plays Claire Underwood's mother in this season, and as usual she's a wonderful actor to watch. She's been a favorite of mine since "The King of Marvin Gardens."
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:11 am

The issues raised on House of Cards are always timely, and well explored, and just slightly different than real life.

This season President Underwood is being attacked by his hawkish Republican opponent for being too soft on ICO, the Islamic Caliphate Organization. His wife Claire is trying to pass a universal background check law for firearms, but is resisted by the NRA. President Underwood has a Supreme Court position to fill, but Congress says they will not consider anyone who is against gun rights.

Obviously all this was written well before Scalia's death.

You have to wonder though, does any of this affect REAL policy?
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:25 am

Different episodes are written by, and directed by, different people. As such, despite having the same characters and a dovetailing overall plot line, episodes can feel very different from each other.

We just watched one in the middle of the season that was masterfully paced. Big reversals kept us guessing, things we were set up to expect never happened, and we were genuinely surprised several times.

Better writing than any movie I've seen in years.

Of course, certain elements are fanciful beyond all reason, but that's what makes it entertaining.

And really -- is the REAL political race any less fanciful?
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:35 pm

The last couple of episodes in the season weren't as good as the 3rd to last one. In fact, the final episode left kind of a sour taste in my mouth, as Presidemt Underwood used terrorism to advance his agenda.

Yes, it happened it real life.

Yes, it was despicable.

So no, it should not be a plot element on a fictional show.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Tue May 30, 2017 8:07 pm

Season Five was uploaded today.

Somehow the extremism of President Underwood just doesn't seem so outrageous anymore. Gee, I wonder why that is?

One big difference between Underwood & Trump: Underwood is sharp as a tack.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:39 pm

I watched an episode or two of season five back in May, but it just held no interest anymore.

Too contrived.

Too unbelievable.

Too much like real life.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:57 pm

Still waiting to see what President Claire is gonna do. Especially now that Spacey is going to be put off the show.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:07 pm

Is she president now? Good for her. Good for the show!

If we can't do it in real life we can at least pretend.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:16 pm

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Is she president now?  Good for her.  Good for the show!

If we can't do it in real life we can at least pretend.
Yeah, the tail end of the fifth season she was in the Oval and had managed to get Frank out in what was a "temporary" move but even before the Spacey scandal it looked like Claire was gonna play dirty and keep it.
Scandal too is running a similar story line where Mellie has assumed leadership after Fitz and Olivia has B-613 as Command. But she bout to fuck that one up so we'll see.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:21 pm

I understand there's another hit series about radical presidential shenanigans. I understand it's based in Washington D.C.
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PostSubject: Re: House of Cards, Season 4   Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:43 pm

NoCoPilot wrote:
I understand there's another hit series about radical presidential shenanigans.  I understand it's based in Washington D.C.
Que?
The only other one I know is Madame Secretary and it's way to nice to be realistic.
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