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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:21 PM

New show "House of Cards" is a must see for fans of political dramas

I just watched the first two episodes of House of Cards that debuted on Netflix today and it looks like it has very strong potential to be one of the best television drama shows ever. House of Cards is the first big budget television series to not even air on television, it is exclusive to Netflix and they released every episode of the first season simultaneously today.

While I can only comment on the first two episodes of the thirteen episode season as that is all I have had time to watch so far, those first two episodes pulled me in and did not let go.

I don't want to give any big spoilers so I am going to be somewhat vague in what I say about the plot, but it is a show that people who are cynical about American politics are going to love. While the show takes place in Washington in the halls of Congress and the White House, this is not The West Wing. While The West Wing was very idealistic, House of Cards is a very dark and cynical take on Washington.

Kevin Spacey plays the Democratic House Majority Whip, but if you are expecting a Democrat that stands up for our values you are going to hate his character. Spacey plays the worst type of Blue Dog southern Democrat, he is a man who is in politics only for his own personal gain and does not care about who his actions hurt. He pretends to be loyal to his party but when no one is looking he is more than happy to leak info to the right-wing media for them to use against anyone who gets in his way.

That is all I will say about the plot because this is one of those shows you need to watch to see what will happen next, but the acting, writing, and cinematography are all top notch. Spacey's performance is easily his best since American Beauty, you may want to smack his character upside the head but he is still certain to mesmerize you. Robin Wright plays his wife and she seems to be a pretty ruthless person herself, Wright's performance is also top notch.

The show was created from a collaboration between David Fincher (director of Fight Club and The Social Network) and Beau Willimon (screenwriter for The Ides of March). Fincher directs the first two episodes and he does an amazing job at it, he is a master at using music and editing to pull you into the scene and keep you entertained without dumbing anything down.

The first two episodes don't get into too many controversial political issues, that very well may come later in the series but the first couple of episodes are mostly focused on the shady side of Washington where people are bribed and politicians are blackmailed. Those who say Democrats can do no wrong may not like it, but those on the left who take a more cynical look at our political system are going to love the show.

If you have Netflix go watch it right now.

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Reply New show "House of Cards" is a must see for fans of political dramas (Original post)
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 OP
elleng Feb 2013 #1
MADem Feb 2013 #2
TeamPooka Feb 2013 #46
MADem Feb 2013 #48
1-Old-Man Feb 2013 #3
justiceischeap Feb 2013 #5
BarackTheVote Feb 2013 #17
Bjornsdotter Feb 2013 #4
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #8
Bjornsdotter Feb 2013 #12
CBHagman Feb 2013 #9
Bjornsdotter Feb 2013 #11
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #15
CBHagman Feb 2013 #24
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #25
Spider Jerusalem Feb 2013 #6
BarackTheVote Feb 2013 #18
Spider Jerusalem Feb 2013 #20
whathehell Feb 2013 #26
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #30
Lydia Leftcoast Feb 2013 #44
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #50
TeamPooka Feb 2013 #52
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #7
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #10
whathehell Feb 2013 #28
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #33
whathehell Feb 2013 #42
Lydia Leftcoast Feb 2013 #40
whathehell Feb 2013 #41
Lars39 Feb 2013 #13
Control-Z Feb 2013 #14
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #16
Control-Z Feb 2013 #19
NBachers Feb 2013 #21
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #22
DakotaLady Feb 2013 #23
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #27
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #31
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #35
Gin Feb 2013 #29
RB TexLa Feb 2013 #32
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #37
northoftheborder Feb 2013 #34
ananda Feb 2013 #36
tallahasseedem Feb 2013 #38
Seeking Serenity Feb 2013 #39
Lydia Leftcoast Feb 2013 #43
ananda Feb 2013 #55
TeamPooka Feb 2013 #45
ancianita Feb 2013 #47
gulliver Feb 2013 #49
Indykatie Feb 2013 #51
Cleita Feb 2013 #53
Tx4obama Feb 2013 #54

Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:25 PM

1. Thanks. Thought so.

Have to remember how to sign on @ Netflix.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:36 PM

2. Sounds like a good program--I don't have NETFLIX but I have a relative who does!

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Response to MADem (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:21 PM

46. you can watch the 1st episode here for free (link)

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #46)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:12 PM

48. I'll wait for the relative to come round, and do a marathon with a bunch of folks!

That's always fun!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:41 PM

3. It begs the question, why make a program if no one will see it?

NetFlix? You got to be kidding.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:44 PM

5. I think 33.3 million subscribers is nothing to turn your nose up at

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:08 AM

17. Reward the subscribers and attract new members

HBO and Showtime cost about the same per month as a Netflix Instant subscription, and you get more content on Netflix; HBO and Showtime have exclusive programming, so why NOT Netflix?

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:43 PM

4. Is it an American version

...of the UK's House of Cards?

It seems like it might be similar. Sounds good, I'll certainly tune in.

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Response to Bjornsdotter (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:49 PM

8. Yes, it is based on the UK show

I never saw the UK show so I can't say which is better, but the American version is must see. I will have to watch the UK show after I finish the American one.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:57 PM

12. Thank-you!

Loved the UK version & I can't wait to see the Netflix version.

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Response to Bjornsdotter (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:49 PM

9. Yes, that's the idea.

House of Cards was originally a novel. The televised version starred the great Ian Richardson and was the first in a trilogy (The sequels were To Play the King and The Final Cut). See Michael Dobbs' website below.

http://www.michaeldobbs.com/home/

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Response to CBHagman (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:56 PM

11. Thank-you!

I knew it sounded familiar!

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Response to CBHagman (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:01 AM

15. Ian Richardson was great as humorously evil Francis Urquhart.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:56 AM

24. Indeed he was, and note those initials, DUers.

Characters address him as F.U. for short.

Sample clip:

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Response to CBHagman (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:30 AM

25. This guy rocks. If I could talk like that or have that presence; minus the evil of course.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:46 PM

6. My advice is to skip it and watch the original, honestly

the original is very very good and I'm not really sure that it can translate very well to an American setting.

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:12 AM

18. So you haven't even seen the US version?

David Fincher is arguably the best living US filmmaker. Lots of people thought his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wouldn't translate, but, damn, if he didn't pull it off.

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Response to BarackTheVote (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:58 AM

20. I've seen the UK version

and I don't see any reason to remake it, honestly (and considering the storyline and plot elements, a lot of which are pretty specific to the British parliamentary system, I don't really see how they can be made to work in an American context).

Have you seen the original? Because if not you don't exactly have a basis of comparison, either, do you?

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:38 AM

26. I've seen the UK version too, and I have no problem imagining an American version.

especially with the great Kevin Spacey in the lead.

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:44 AM

30. I am of two minds on this.


I have seen all three of the original series and they rocked. Sometimes films need to be translated for different audiences and markets.

How many versions of Romeo and Juliette are there?

There is also the possibility that the series is showing its age starting in the 1990s so things may appear dated in the original; which doesn't bother me...I loved Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with Sir Alec Guinness.

My heart will always be with evil Francis Ewan Urquhart aka Ian Richardson, but some may be able to see the story from an American perspective and keep it living where they might not find the original so appealing.


There is an exception to this rule regarding the Millennium series trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo etc., and why a series of movies that were just created can't be enjoyed simply because they were dubbed or subtitled. It this instance the need to recreate the movies smells of opportunism just to rake in a little more at the box office. Noomi Rapace, like Ian Richardson, is an excellent actor and has a presence that should not be overlooked.

I would suggest that anybody that has seem the remakes of either of these two works, House of Cards and the Millennium series, to check out the originals.

They are pretty good.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #30)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:14 PM

44. Yes, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was one of those "why, why?" remakes

along with the ill-fated remakes of "Life on Mars" (much edgier and more delightfully raunchy wisecracks in the original British version, not to mention that the main character was a bland nobody compared to John Sims) and "Prime Suspect" (with a too-young-and-attractive Maria Bello, when part of the point of the original was that Jane Tennant's personal life was a mess, and Helen Mirren was allowed to look like a chain-smoking alcoholic and become more and more haggard in each series).

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:35 PM

50. I can't stand television shows that don't take place in an American setting. nt

 

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Response to EastKYLiberal (Reply #50)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:06 PM

52. enjoy your ethnocentrism. There's a big world and lots of good stories out there you will miss. nt

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:47 PM

7. So the whole season is there to watch? And ...


And can you watch each episode more than once?
Like if two people are in the house and want to watch at different times?

Thanks in advance.



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:49 PM

10. Yes, it is available to stream whenever you want.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:40 AM

28. Can it be streamed onto televison with the help of a Roku box, or something? n/t

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Response to whathehell (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:58 AM

33. Yes, there are lots of devices that stream Netflix

I am pretty certain you can stream it through Roku, all of the modern game consoles can stream it, you can stream it through a computer, an iPad, I can even stream it to my phone. They have made a Netflix app for nearly all of the modern electronic devices, a lot of newer television sets even have a Netflix app built right into the TV. If you own any modern electronic media devices you probably have a way to stream it.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #33)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:05 PM

42. Thanks for that info, Bjorn. I'll be watching it through roku. n/t

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Response to whathehell (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:47 AM

40. Yes, that's how I watch Netflix

Some Blu-Ray players and newer TVs let you stream Netflix, but you do have to be a subscriber ($7.99 per month).

I dropped cable and now do most of my watching over the air (PBS) or on Netflix, Hulu Plus, or Acorn TV (a rotating selection of British/Canadian/Australian programming, some of which has been shown on PBS, much of which has not).

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #40)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:02 PM

41. Thanks Lydia.

I do have a roku box and I've subscribed to Acorn TV

as well.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:58 PM

13. You might say that, but I couldn't possibly confirm it.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:21 PM

14. I don't know much about Netflix

other than the account I paid monthly for years ago to get DVDs in the mail. I wasn't fond of that program and haven't looked back. I understand that things have changed but have no idea of how it works.

Do you need to be a paying member or can you pay to rent one movie at a time? Any suggestions/instructions would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:07 AM

16. This show is streamed online, it is not on DVD

If you want to see the show you might be able to get a free month sample which would give you enough time to watch the show and then cancel after the month if you don't want to continue.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:50 AM

19. Thank you!

From the few ads I've seen it looks like a show I would like. With your endorsement it has become a must see (damn you)!! Kidding!

Now my only reservation is, even if I can get a month free, I'm afraid I'll end up keeping it - adding to my already exorbitant bill for home entertainment. I signed up for a trial period of HBO (at a greatly reduced price) last year, just to watch Game Change. Now, at full price, I can't give it up. Lol.

Well, I'm off to sign up. Thank you again!! (I think)

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:25 AM

21. I'd seen the ads on my Netflix, but was kind of dismissive- thanks for tipping me off

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:33 AM

22. Just finished watching the first episode & it was pretty damn good!


Have to go now and watch the 2nd episode.

And maybe I'll be able to squeeze in the 3rd one too before bed - LOL

Or maybe I'll be up all night until the sun comes up

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:38 AM

23. House of Cards

I too watched Friday night. I only watched episode one ... want to stretch out my viewing. May watch two in a row when the Super Bowl is on.

I never read the book by Michael Dobbs but did watch the BBC adaptation when it was featured in 1990.

Good then and good now. Kevin Spacey is a marvelous actor and this could well be on his top-ten list.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:40 AM

27. What network is it on?

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #27)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:46 AM

31. It is not on any network, it is on Netflix

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #31)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:00 AM

35. Damn. I don't do Netflix.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:41 AM

29. Netflix has no contracts and a free trial for a month

Gonna watch this new show...even if it is a remake...

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:52 AM

32. What you call cynical is what most people call reality. DU seems to have some


kind fantasyland view of politics where reality is ignored in favor of some noble thought of how things should work. I don't know what is so appealing about ignoring the fact that people are flawed, including the people on your own side.

While there are varying degrees in everyone, most people are much more like John Edwards than Jefferson Smith.

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Response to RB TexLa (Reply #32)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:02 AM

37. I am cynical because of reality, I don't see reality and cynicism as mutually exclusive concepts

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:00 AM

34. I watched the first 6 episodes of this last night, until my eyes blurred!!

It came to me in an email from Netflix that it was now available, and I just clicked and it started running on my laptop. I am signed up for the program with Netflix with 3CD's at a time and unlimited live watching on computer. I was afraid to turn it off last night, for fear I could not come back on in the middle, but I believe I can. I imagine you have be signed up with Netflix to watch live on line in order to receive it.

My review: wonderful plot and acting; but Kevin Spacey (one of my favorite actors, by the way) just does not compare favorably to the deliciously evil character starring in the original British House of Cards. But I give the movie as a whole 5 stars.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:00 AM

36. HofC is good!

I watched the first two eppys last night.

More today. Woohoo!

The only problem is that I hate the wife more than I hate Francis.
And I can't figure out what she's up to with that charity, but I know it's pure evil.

(The subtlety in developing the wife in the Brit version was a major plus ... along
with the Shakespeare, particularly Macbeth ... both missing in this version. It's still good, though.)

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:05 AM

38. Thank you for the recommendation!

I will check it out!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:12 AM

39. I LOVED the BBC version

Ian Richardson was gobsmackingly BRILLIANT as Francis Urquhart. Loved him! "You might very well think that. I could not possibly comment."

I may try the US remake, but I imagine it will be hard for me to remove the original version from my head and not try to compare the two.

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Response to Seeking Serenity (Reply #39)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:08 PM

43. Yes, he was deliciously oily and conniving

One of the late greats among the British actors.

He's also excellent in the original Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with Alec Guinness.

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Response to Seeking Serenity (Reply #39)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:49 PM

55. And Richardson was only the first among very great equals!

Including the writer!

That show was absolutely brilliant!

The USA show is good, but not in the same class for sure.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:20 PM

45. one factual correction to your review:

HOUSE was a BBC miniseries in the UK in the 90's based on a novel by Michael Dobbs and adapted by Andrew Davies.
This US series by Netflix is an adaptation of that series by Fincher and Willimon.
It was not "created" by them.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:22 PM

47. 'Sgot all the Macbeth-y elements...soliloquys, vengeance, Machiavellian women and Kevin Spacey!

It kicks ass!

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:23 PM

49. Watched three eps so far. Exceptionally good. n/t

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:41 PM

51. Everyone Should Also Check Out the Original British Production Which was Outstanding

I have watched 3 episodes so far and will pace my viewing so I have something to look forward to watching for a week.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:09 PM

53. The original British version was topnotch. I hope this is almost as good.

I hope it gets picked up somewhere on cable cuz I don't have Netflix and I can't afford any more entertainment venues.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:47 PM

54. I'm on episode #9 now. Everyone should watch this!!! It's awesome!!!


I know that everyone is talking about the British show - but THIS SHOW is totally American and as good as 'The Newsroom'

It's a MUST SEE




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