Anyway, I've recently become hooked on House of Cards. I'm a bit late to the party, because the series started already in 2013. It's an American political drama television series adapted from the BBC's mini-series of the same name. It's actually based on a novel by Michael Dobbs. The series is set in present-day Washington and focuses on Frank Underwood, a South-Carolina democrat and House Majority Whip (google it, I can't really explain how it works).
Underwood is a ruthless son-of a-bitch, who manipulates pretty much everyone around him. A true Machiavellian character, you might say. Kevin Spacey is brilliant as Frank Underwood, just right for the role. I had forgotten what a good actor he is, I love the way he brings out all these small gestures and habits of a character. Before House of Cards Spacey had been going under the radar for a while, at least under my radar.
I have to admit that I'm not exactly very interested in politics. I mean, I do vote and have been to a demonstration or two, and I follow the news and stuff, but that's pretty much the extent of it. But then again, you don't really have to have a deep understanding about medicine to enjoy hospital dramas or about law to get into Matlock, right? ;)
House of Cards is intense and dramatic. The pace shifts a lot, sometimes things start happening at a really fast pace, sometimes it's just people talking and plotting and backstabbing. It's just great entertainment, and I love how the show blatantly break the fourth wall. Smack in the middle of a scene Frank Underwood suddenly starts addressing us viewers, giving insight to what or why or how he is going to do something or predicting how others will react to him. I find that really unusual for a drama series, and quite enjoy the fact that we get to know the character through his own words. Frank Underwood's wife, who doesn't address the audience, remains distant and I really haven't been able to figure her out yet.
Have you watched House of Cards? What do you think of it? What are your Netflix favorites?