Saturday, October 17, 2015

All cosied up in my House of Cards

F.U. is having none of your shxt

I'm a late adopter when it comes to TV shows. 

It took my bro Tom years to build up bromentum for Breaking Bad. I was hooked instantly.

When I finally caved and started watching Game of Thrones, I knew from the first seven minutes that I had found a new addiction.

There's a reason for my late adopter ways, by the way. I'm so pressed for time all the time that I simply cannot do the sifting myself. I leave that to nobler, more informed binge-watchers. When enough gatekeepers tell me personally that a show is worth checking out, only then I go for it. Hat tip to my colleague The Rock Philippe, my aunt Annemie and my partner in crime Floor for their recommendation. You guys are my eyes out there.

I don't watn to assume. I want to know.

What's not to like about the Netflix original series? Kevin Spacey is brilliant as conniving Congressman Frank Underwood, a predatory politician who stops at nothing to achieve power. Robin Wright is equally impressive as Claire Underwood, Frank's wife and strongest ally, whose own seething ambition matches that of her husband. Created by The Ides of March writer Beau Willimo and aided by an impressive cast that includes Michael Kelly, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Mahershala Ali, Gerald McRaney, Rachel Brosnahan, Molly Parker, Reg E. Cathey, Derek Cecil, Elizabeth Marvel, House of Cards is an epic tale of power, politics and marriage.

Here's why I couldn't stop watching:

1. The quotes

I'm a sucker for quotes and one-liners. The show is riddled with snappy phrases you will quickly find yourself quoting. My favorites?
  • "The higher up the mountain the more treacherous the path."
  • "There are two types of Vice Presidents - doormats and matadors. Which do you think I intend to be?"
  • "Shake with your right hand but hold a rock in your left."
  • "That's how you devour a whale ... one bite at a time."
  • "If you don't like how the table is set, turn over the table."
  • "We are nothing more or less than what we choose to reveal."
  • "There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted."
  • "Friends make the worst enemies."
  • "Proximity to power deludes some into thinking they wield it."

2. The maneuvering

Frank's brutality, big talk and backstabbing are a joy to watch. Watching him go to war against those who wronged him and engineer his way to Presidency, with all the twists and betrayals that come with it, keep you invested at all times. 

3. The sleekness

The pristine performances of the cast are supported with some sleek, gorgeous and well executed production. Every episode is cinematically rich and wonderfully designed sets, making for an attractive show that goes beyond great writing and acting.

Bring on Season 4!

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