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Friday, March 11, 2016

House of Cards S4

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House of Cards – Season 4 –
Netflix

My musings on S4…

I’ve binge watched House of Cards every year since S1 and this was the first year I wasn’t looking forward to it. Season 3 was beyond boring with very little to show for it or look forward to by the end. Nevertheless, I grabbed my chips and dip (HoC required binge food) and jumped in.

Season 4 plunges in head first and doesn’t let up until after the halfway point. It is draw droppingly good – and shocking. The only thing worse than being an enemy of Claire and Francis – is when they turn that venom on each other. Yeah – it gets pretty ugly.

The show runners did a good job tying in previous story lines and weaving in past characters while dropping in several shocking events that I didn’t see coming.

The addition of a young power couple – vying for the republican presidential nomination, while Frank struggles to get the democratic party's nom, adds a nice contrast – showing the aging Frank and his cold marriage to Claire in stark contrast with the virile, Instagram friendly family.

There are a few missteps. The show occasionally gets caught up in other characters story arcs that don’t lead anywhere, develop other characters – just to toss them aside, and under develop stories that could lead to a deeper understanding of our leads. Especially the arc involving Claire’s mother. Instead, most of these twists are just to get Claire and Frank from point A to B.

Every time I finish a season of this show I wonder where it could possibly go next. The writers throw EVERYTHING! - balls to the wall each season and I fear that it will become so far fetched that I won’t be able to continue. Season 4 certainly hits that mark. It has jumped the shark. Claire and Frank have done things that (I hope) are unforgivable and couldn’t ever happen in real life. (again…I hope) Yet. I still find it to be compulsively watchable.

Have you guys watched it yet? What do you think of S4?

14 comments:

  1. I was bored with ep 1 so I never watched more, but then I do not like dramas. I need humour ;)

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    1. I didn't think there was anyone out there more impatient than me but you have me beat lol

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  2. I've never watched this but I'm glad that after four seasons, the writers can still surprise you.

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    1. It's getting far fetched but at least it was fun lol

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  3. I have been moving away from these types of TV shows but it sounds like season four more than made up for the boring season 3 :)

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    1. I don't follow many series anymore and I almost didn't even bother with this one. Glad I gave it a shot.

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  4. I will have to look this up, I DVR most shows and while I have Netflix, Hulu and Prime I hardly watch

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    1. I have Netflix and Prime but I don't watch much. I have been trying to make myself since I am paying for it lol

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  5. I stayed away since I knew this year was coming and they have been talking about it since Obama won 4 years ago. I was already tired of politics and I was afraid I'd compare too much to reality and find reality lacking. LOL I might have to fix that since now I have no choice but to be inundated and might want to see a more interesting dramatic political process. XD

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    1. This season is way more soap opera-y and I think they are doing more of a Claire/Hillary comparison.

      It seems too far fetched at this point to be reality but reality is getting pretty bad so this might even be soothing lol

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  6. I haven't watched any of this show actually

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    1. It's not really my kind of show but I enjoy it anyway lol

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  7. Ah I'm Netflix free so never even heard of it. Glad to hear that this season picked up for you!

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