REVIEW: House of Cards – Season Four (2016)

House of Cards - Reviewed

The following is a review of the entire fourth season of House of Cards. Expect spoilers from seasons 1-3, but spoilers for the fourth season will be kept at a minimum.

House of Cards is one of my favorite shows ever, I would’ve said that prior to the release of the fourth season, and I’ll still say that now. Why do I bring this up? Just to inform you that this review comes from a fan of the show who happens to be a member of the target audience for the show: I am interested in American politics, I am a TV-nerd, and an admirer of Shakespeare-esque storytelling. I enjoyed the third season of House of Cards, which I know was somewhat polarizing. I liked it, but with the fourth season of House of Cards I’ll go as far as to say that I absolutely loved every second of it. I thought it was a spellbinding season.
Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – Season Four (2016)”

REVIEW: Sherlock: His Last Vow

Sherlock - Reviewed

The following is a spoiler episode review of Sherlock: Series 3, Episode 3 – His Last Vow

In His Last Vow, Sherlock seeks to mediate a negotiation between a media mogul and a member of Parliament. The media mogul in question is in possession of powerful stolen letters between the spouse of the member of Parliament and a fifteen year old girl. This all sounds very simple, but it would turn out to be one of the most difficult cases ever for Sherlock Holmes.  Continue reading “REVIEW: Sherlock: His Last Vow”

REVIEW: House of Cards – Season Three

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards - Season 3The following is a review of the entire third season of House of Cards. Obviously there will be spoilers.

Unless you’ve been under a rock since Thursday, you should be aware of the fact that season three of House of Cards is out on Netflix – go watch it if you haven’t. Now. Since its release I’ve been working hard to review every single episode of the season, and I am thankful that I finished it in the opening weekend. They function both as recaps and reviews – so if you forgot something then feel free to make good use of it.

Today I decided to release a full post on season three of House of Cards. Now if you’ve been following my episode reviews, then you already know that I mentioned some overall thoughts at the end of Chapter 39, but I thought I had more to say today.

So, first things first – did I like the season? Yes, I really did. I think a lot of the people that are disappointed expected the second coming of Heisenberg this season. But in many ways this season was always going to be about the illusion of the Presidency – the illusion of power. And what it means to be Commander in Chief. Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – Season Three”

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 38”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 38The following is a review of the twelfth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

After Chapter 37 we must ask if Stamper’s finally ready to live his life, or if the Rachel-news will pull him back in. Or is Francis the one pulling him back in? Also, what is on Claire’s mind? Come and find out! Let’s get to the plot description:

The episode opens with the news – people favor Dunbar, but fear that her inexperience will lead to the Republicans taking 2016. On the Air Force One they decide to make good use of Claire, seeing as she’s more popular than her husband. They’ve yet to replace Remy Danton, though Seth Grayson wants the job. Dunbar is visiting her old friend from the Supreme Court, Robert. He says it’s time for him to step down, but he wants her to take the job – even though she’s the frontrunner for 2016. Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 38””

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 37”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 37The following is a review of the eleventh episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

We’re almost by the end of the season, that means that we need to get through the televised debates. Finally, they’re here. Let’s get to the plot description:

The Underwoods are preparing for the final part of their campaign. The First Lady is wooing voters as she should, and Francis is preparing for the debates as he should. Now, what’s interesting is what happens at Stamper’s apartment. Now that Orsay’s out, he’s telling Doug that Rachel is indeed alive – he was just feeding him false information so that he would get him his passport. He’ll tell him where she is if, and only if, he helps Orsay’s friend. Orsay is toying with an addicted man – and this won’t end well.

Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 37””

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 36”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 36The following is a review of the tenth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

So far this season, keeping peace has been the toughest thing for the President – as this season is getting closer to its end, we’ll see if he has what it takes to take on real danger. Let’s get to the plot description:

The episode opens with a town hall meeting with potential voters. Frank is nice, friendly, funny – but people want an answer on the Jordan Valley. Did they do it? Are their grandchildren safe? Are their soldiers? Frank cannot answer those questions. To prevent the televised debates from happening too soon, he makes Jackie Sharp agree to ask for a postponement.

Meanwhile Claire is anchoring, mediating, a meeting of Palestine and Israeli representatives. There’s talk of troop-reduction, but nothing fruitful as of yet. Claire is upset about the Israeli government, upset about a potential no-fly-zone. The representative, however, cannot comment on the matter immensely.

Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 36””

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 35”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 35The following is a review of the ninth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

Now that Frank is going all-in, what will this lead to for his opponents – and is Claire still having fun at the UN? Come find out. Let’s get to the plot description:

The episode opens with the replacement reporter, Kate Baldwin, sleeping with Frank’s author. Meanwhile, Frank is holding a political event about his campaign for 2016. The President is fighting for his spot as the Commander in Chief. A vote for him is a vote for America Works. During the event his wife informs him that 8 Russians have been killed in the Jordan Valley Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 35””

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 33”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 33The following is a review of the seventh episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

What will be the fallout from one of the best episodes on Netflix ever? Come find out. Let’s get to the plot description:

The episode opens with the Underwoods renewing their vows, but we learn that’s a month from now – throughout the episode we interweave to and away from this renewing of their vows-moment. Claire’s defiance has seperated the Underwoods when they return home. Claire tells Frank that she will get the deal done in the UN general assembly, she believes that she owes him that.

Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 33””

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 32”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 32The following is a review of the sixth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

Courage. Ego. Respect. This is one of the best episodes on Netflix. This is one of the best episodes ever of House of Cards. Let’s get to the plot description:

The episode opens with the President being interviewed on the Air Force One by the man assigned to write the book on AmWorks. He is being quizzed on his first job, and in turn Underwood asks the author about characters from his book Scorpio. The President is on his way to Russia.

Meanwhile, Orsay is still by Lisa’s side – trying to gather new information about Rachel. He is acting out, however.

Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 32””

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 30”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 30The following is a review of the fourth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

I’m back with yet another episode review of House of Cards. In this episode Frank feels what it’s like to have no power as a President, and seeks God’s ear. So without further ado, let’s get to the plot description:

This episode opens in the Supreme Court – we’re finally getting to the bottom of Mr Mahmoud’s case, the one that Frank wanted them to be honest about. At this moment we learn that Frank is at Arlington National Cemetery for a military funeral. While Heather Dunbar is presenting what actually happened when Mahmoud was injured, we are informed by Jackie Sharp that Dunbar might be the one to redefine the Democratic Party – Frank, however, thinks she isn’t experienced enough. Jackie, however, points out that she could finance her own campaign.

Meanwhile, Claire is defending the plan that she and Cathy Durant had convinced Frank of to the UN. The Russian Ambassador is of course vehemently disagreeing with Claire. The draft resolution comes to a vote. 13-1 in favor. But, since it’s Russia saying nay – it cannot come to pass. As expected. Claire starts to lobby the French Ambassador to circumvent the security council. He informs her that if Israel approves, France approves. Now they just have to convince Israel, and keep them convinced.

We then go to the Oval Office, in which Frank is reading the Quran. He is interrupted by his own meeting with Heather Dunbar. He informs her of the Supreme Court member who has Alzheimers, and tells her that he wants Dunbar to take over in the Supreme Court. She accepts, happily.

Frank meets with Mahmoud, who is quite hostile towards him. Frank makes use of what little Quran knowledge he has, but Mahmoud brushes it off – he is not there to forgive the President, not there to make it easier for him to sleep at night. The day thereafter Frank informes the ailing Supreme Court-member of his decision. But… Now he doesn’t want to step down. Frank tries his hardest to make him reconsider. We are then informed that a U.S. citizen, a Gay Rights activist, has been arrested by the Russian Federation. They plan on prosecuting him.

When Ayla Sayyad disrespects the President at a press conference, Seth Grayson makes sure she loses her credential as a result. She crossed a line. We’ll see if she attacks the President from afar now.

On the steps of the Supreme Court, however, Heather Dunbar is announcing that she’ll run for office. Frank is pissed. Dunbar and Underwood go toe-to-toe in the Oval Office. She always knew that the Court-member had Alzheimers. She walks out on the President.

Meanwhile, Gavin Orsay is meeting up with Lisa – a friend of Rachel’s – in an attempt to gather more information about the lost girl. Doug Stamper then contacts Heather Dunbar, telling her that he wants to be a part of her team – is he really turning on Frank?

In the final minutes of the episode, Frank meets up with a Bishop. He wants to talk to him about justice. The Bishop tells Frank that a commandment can be read in a million different ways. There are only: “Two rules: Love God, Love each other.”

As Frank goes up and spits at a Jesus-statue, it falls down and breaks on the ground. Much to his surprise. He grabs the ear of the statue and claims: “Well, I’ve got God’s ear now.”

Kudos to Elizabeth Marvel – she was magnificent in this episode as Heather Dunbar. She went toe-to-toe with Spacey, and she felt strong all the same. Masterful performance. Let’s also praise the Bishop in this episode, he was frank with Underwood – I appreciate that in my shows featuring a villain of Shakespearian proportions.

I really liked this episode. I appreciate when a character stands up to Frank, and can rival him fully. We got that in this episode – as well as some action in the search for Rachel. The stand-out scenes in this episode were, of course, the spitting-scene at the very end, but also the scene in which Doug asks for a spot on Dunbar’s team. Doug was painted a villain in that shot, you almost expected a supervillain walking up to Dunbar – beautiful shot.

B

I’m Jeffrey Rex