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.
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The 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” →
The following is a review of the thirteenth and final episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.
One final hour until the end of the season. What is Claire saying? Will Frank take Iowa? Come and find out! At the end of the post, I’ll also gather some thoughts about the entire season, though that won’t affect the episode grade. Let’s get to the plot description:
The episode opens with Rachel Posner – there she finally is. She was indeed alive, like Orsay had told Doug a few episodes ago. She has multiple jobs – helping out at a bar, at a grocery store. Meanwhile, Doug is flying to Caracas. What exactly does this mean for the final hour in season three? Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 39”” →
The 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”” →
The 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.
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The following is a review of the second episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.
Thank God for bingewatching! I am back with my review of episode two, in which Claire and Frank are to battle for their political lives, as well as set a direction for the rest of Frank’s first term. So, let’s get to the plot description:
The episode opens with Claire having to defend her nomination publicly. She’s asked specifically about DR Congo, and she answers it rather well. Back at the White House, Underwood is being told that the Democratic Party doesn’t want him to run in 2016. If he does run, he is being informed, the Democratic leadership will not support him. Back at the Ambassador-meeting Mendoza, who said he wouldn’t oppose her, is grilling Claire publicly. And he traps her, when she utters that the military is irrelevant in a specific discussion. The Underwoods are under fire, and Frank postpones a meeting for the third or fourth time. The episode becomes a race for supporters for both Underwoods. Whereas Claire is unable to find support from the Senate, Frank finds out that Terry Womack was the one fielding the idea of a new face for 2016. Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 28”” →