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 34”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 34The following is a review of the eighth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

All’s good in the Underwood household following last episode’s renewing of the vows. But will things stay calm in Chapter 34? Come find out. Let’s get to the plot description:

Say welcome to Faith – a hurricane very much going towards the U.S. is compared to Francis J. Underwood in an opinion piece by the savvy replacement reporter. Meanwhile, Frank’s author is finishing a draft of the prologue to the book on AmWorks. Frank is worried about the hurricane coming towards the eastern seaboard, knowing fully that FEMA doesn’t have the funds to protect the U.S. Citizens.

We learn that Mendoza is out of the Republican picture, having made a couple of mistakes too many. Congress is trying to force Frank’s hands. They’re willing to fund FEMA appropriately, if, and only if, it comes at the cost of AmWorks funding. Former VP Jim Matthews is even demanding that Frank does this. While in the Oval Office, Seth Grayson informs POTUS that Freddy is one of the 10 daily case studies gathered for him from AmWorks. Freddy is now washing dishes. Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 34””

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.

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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.

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REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 31”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 31The following is a review of the fifth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

A surprise guest appearance? Executive Orders? Yup, House of Cards is back. Let’s get to the plot description:

The episode opens with Underwood trying his hardest to get America Works through, by any means necessary. He strikes up a deal with the mayor of the District of Columbia, who’s extremely positive about the AmWorks plan. They’re launching AmWorks in D.C., with hopes that Congress will take it nationwide as a result.

While Frank is all over D.C. looking for AmWorks-help, Dunbar is on talk-shows with the husband of the Gay Rights activist arrested by Russia. They both attack the President and his government for inaction with regards to the activist, Corrigan.

Frank wants Sharp to announce her running for office, he wants her to attack AmWorks – and pull voters away from Dunbar. Only to then flip-flop and jump on Underwood’s ticket in 2016. At Dunbar’s campaign offices, Doug is hard at work – negotiating his way onto her team. Meanwhile, the Israelian Ambassador informs Claire that Israel is bailing on the deal to circumvent the security council. Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 31””

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.

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REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 29”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 29The following is a review of the third episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

Happy Bingewatching! Welcome to the third episode review of the third season of everyone’s favorite political binge-drama. In this episode we are finally introduced to the Russian President. So without further ado, let’s get to the plot description:

The episode opens with a demonstration – people are angry at Viktor Petrov for his actions and opinions that, quite frankly, resemble some of the criticisms of the real Russian President. Just before Petrov arrives, Bob Birch has some questions for Frank – but Bob leaves rather swiftly – prompting Frank to say: “What is the face of a coward? The back of his face as he runs from the battle.” Enter President Viktor Petrov. That is Lars Mikkelsen, brother of Mads Mikkelsen – Danish actor known internationally for being an antagonist on Sherlock. Petrov’s first action? Saying no to Frank Underwood. This won’t end well.  Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 29””

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 28”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 28The 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””

REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 27”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 27The following is a review of the first episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the large plot description.

And they’re back! After waiting for more than a year we’ll finally be able to see Underwood as the Commander in Chief, we’ll finally be able to find out if Doug Stamper truly is dead, and we’ll finally be able to enjoy Spacey’s soliloquys again. Let’s talk about the general plot of this episode: Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 27””

Sherlock Villain To Star in House of Cards Season 3

Yesterday, the 11th of January 2015, Netflix released the trailer for season 3 of its hit-show House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright. Beware of slight spoilers in the trailer, and in this post.

During the trailer you see someone resembling, in my opinion, Russian President Vladimir Putin – my initial thought was that it was Lars Mikkelsen, brother of Mads Mikkelsen (known as Le Chiffre in Casino Royal, and as Hannibal Lector in the NBC-show Hannibal). Lars Mikkelsen has starred in many Danish shows and films, and got his ‘big breakthrough’ in 2013’s Sherlock Series 3 as the antagonist, Charles Augustus Magnussen.

Today, Lars Mikkelsen confirms that he stars in the show – and that he will star in a number of episodes. Mikkelsen is humble, and appreciative about this role. He shared this information with Danish network DR (Short for Danmarks Radio).

Though I initially thought he looked like Vladimir Putin, I doubt they’ll dare cast him specifically as the Russian President by name. I speculate that they’ll simply make him the fictitous leader of Russia.

In the trailer you see him sitting next to Spacey’s character, supposedly rejecting a handshake (0:15) – standing in front of the seated Spacey, with the Russian flag in the background (0:18) – kissing Robin Wright’s character (0:21) – and at, supposedly, a press conference with his back towards the camera (0:30).

For more on House of Cards, Netflix, and casting news – stay tuned.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex