If you were searching for a new television show to binge on, look no further. The Netflix original series House of Cards published its second season (or chapters 14-26, according to their unique naming system) on Valentine’s Day.
If you didn’t get into the political drama when the first season premiered last February, have no fear. I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until the latest string of episodes came out. Now that I’m cruising through the first few episodes, I understand what the hype is all about.
The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and gives an insight into the dirty game politicians play on the Hill. Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina and House Majority Whip. The Whip’s job is to make sure that all the members from their party vote together. (His real life counter-part is Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Republican from California.)
In the first episode when the President-elect disses Underwood, Frank demonstrates that he will do whatever it takes to get ahead in politics. He, and nearly every other character in House of Cards, uses sex, manipulation, bribes, and lies to gain power and rise above among the powerful elites.
Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), Frank’s wife, runs a non-profit and is as cunning as her husband. Zoe Barnes, played by Kate Mara, is a young reporter who makes a deal with Underwood for insider information. She climbs the ranks at The Washington Herald as she breaks some pretty big stories about the President’s agenda.
The last thing I want to do is give away any spoilers about the show, but there is certainly no shortage of drama. If The West Wing is what we hope politics is, House of Cards is our worst nightmare. As the scandals build and the storyline thickens, you literally won’t be able to peel your eyes away from your laptop.
– Greta Hallberg
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