Today I’m revealing the first half of the 2016 nominations for this blog’s IJR Awards (I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards, but you probably already guessed that). The two legend awards (Film Legend and TV Legend) aren’t getting any nominees, instead I’ll reveal the winners, or honorees, in the eventual IJR Awards 2016 post. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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? (more…)
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. (more…)
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.
The 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.