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House of Cards (Season 5)

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You knew...KNEW...that they'd pick today to drop that trailer.

 

Considering how good S4 was and how interesting the Claire storyline has gotten, I'm actually quite pumped for S5.

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My favorite aspect of the show was Kevin Spacey Foghorn Leghorn-ing his way around DC in between smirking directly at the camera. S4 featured less of that, and I stopped caring for the show. The season did do a great job of making Claire the co-lead, but this show's at its worst when it tries to be a prestige drama.

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I thought season 4 might have been the show's best. At the very least, the ending was dynamite.

So I'm all-in for season five.
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I wouldn't call S4 the best, but it was a definite leap forward from the nadir of S3.

 

And I'm very, very pumped for S5.  I want to see Robin Wright tear shit up.  Also, I hope she directs more episodes this year...I thought she did excellent work.

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This is the first season without Beau Willmon. I wonder how that will change things.
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This is the one show I hate-watch (I am bailing on Sherlock before it joins the category) but I am still kind of pissed that after all these hours spent I won't get to see Willimon close out his dumb story. This thing should have been three seasons max and the showrunner swap tells me Netflix will run this (further) into the ground.
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May 30th?! We'll all be dead by then.
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They should start drawing this in cartoon form and just have the actors voice the characters.  That's about how I feel about it at this point.  The mustache twirling was cute for two seasons.  After the novelty wore off it got dumb.  Yet I continue to watch in the hopes they finally get some kind of comeuppance.  Or is this just going to go on several seasons longer than it should like too many successful shows?

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May 30th?! We'll all be dead by then.

Or we'll have a new president. 

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Yay!
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This show is so dumb now.  Have they grown mustaches and started twirling them yet?

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LOL.

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I kinda love that we've hit the go-for-broke point for this show. Going all-in on the cartoonish villainy was always the way forward.
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This show is so dumb now.  Have they grown mustaches and started twirling them yet?

"Now"?

"One nation . . . Underwood." That's the kind of hilarity I need from this show. I hope S5 features Spacey in all his Foghorn Leghorn-y glory. He better smirk into the camera 10 times per episode.

 

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That stuff was charming in the first few seasons, but it's gotten tired.  I just wish they'd be raked over the coals finally.

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"Now"?

"One nation . . . Underwood." That's the kind of hilarity I need from this show.
Yep. That's what I watch this show for.
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That stuff was charming in the first few seasons, but it's gotten tired.  I just wish they'd be raked over the coals finally.

This show's at its worst when it tries to be "prestige" TV. Hopefully the new showrunners understand that this show's much closer to Dallas than The West Wing.

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Or is this just going to go on several seasons longer than it should like too many successful shows?

 

Five seasons is already three seasons too many.  This is a bad show, but I'm in it for the promise of full cartoon.

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I actually think the show was better played straight.  The first season or two was very very good and had alot of intrigue.  But then it became this neverending wink-fest and I dozed off.  And Doug's story is anything but cartoony.  I don't see that playing very well in that style.

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Like any other tone, dour can be overdone to the point of parody.  This show has never managed to produce material to match its oppressive and heavy-handed self-seriousness, and the result of that dissonance has been big laughs for me, Doug included. 

 

It would be to the show's credit if I could be laughing at it because I'm supposed to be, which is why I support going full hog.

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Like any other tone, dour can be overdone to the point of parody.  

 

Which is why it's gone on too long.  Show should have had three seasons.

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It's crazy that Underwood would be a better president than the current fat slug who's stinking up the Oval Office. At least his wife lives with him.
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Isn't it a felony to talk bad about the President or something?

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Yes.
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Okay, just checking.

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Fat slugs, on the other hand -- you can talk all the shit you want to about them.
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Like most dramas, with very, very few exceptions, this show has had its ups and downs. I'd go with the first 2 seasons as the best. Frank Underwood seemed more entertaining and astute when he was jockeying for power, working his way into the ultimate position. Now that he's the POTUS what has he got to work for.

It's like winning an Oscar at a really young age, where do you go from there?

 

Nonetheless,  I still enjoy  the hell out of this show. Totally looking forward to the new season, but they need to seriously start thinking about an ending.   

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First three episodes are great. If it weren't so late, we'd keep going...once you get to the ending of episode 3, you'll see why.

Seems leaner and meaner so far. There's a main through line and that's really about it.
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Banged out four more tonight. So far, this is right up there with the first two seasons in terms of entertainment value. Robin Wright is absolutely owning this season. Indeed, I think she's had just as much screen time as Spacey. Considering where I think the plot is going...

Anyone else watching this?
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I'll probably binge this.
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Not going to lie. I'd rather have Frank Underwood as POTUS right now.

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The election stuff has been great. Everything with the writer has been "Well, if I have to..."
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Couldn't make it past the first few scenes of ep.1 

 

Do they finally get their commupence, or are they dragging this out for yet another season too many?

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The election stuff has been great. Everything with the writer has been "Well, if I have to..."

 

The stuff with the writer is pretty minor, though.  I get the feeling that it's close to ending, too.

post #38 of 69
Would have been a lot cooler if Will was playing Farpoint on his vr and not aping the goofy Palmer Luckey poses. Wife looked at me, nope you're never playing VR while I'm home now - keep that shit in your office.
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I wanted to see the systematic destruction of the Conway's leading up to the election. To savor those sweet sweet tears.

Three more eps left.
post #39 of 69
Three more for me as well.

Patricia Clarkson is kicking all kinds of ass so far. Cool character.
post #40 of 69
Hell of an ending. Bring on season 6.
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Two episodes in. Loved the Frank and Claire Jack-o-Lanterns.
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Those were indeed cool.

Upon reflection, I'd put this up there with the first two seasons for sure. The wheel spinning of seasons 3 and 4 is minimized, and there's very little to distract from the main plot. There's still some ridiculous shit that happens, but it still seems to be handled better.

Most importantly, the stakes are high. Remember how season 2 ended? This one ends with a similar amount of weight.

Good stuff.
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Oh, another thing I liked: all of the subplots that have been carried over from prior seasons are resolved here. There are a few new ones introduced that are actually intriguing and should make season 6 interesting.

Robin Wright is the MVP. Again. Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott stand out as well.
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"Do you know what I just realized? Your initials... they're missing an 'n' and a 't'"

 

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Is the speechwriter who looks perpetually hungover (and is having an affair with Claire for no reason) ever going to be written out of the show? I'm so tired of looking at him, and the subplot is just DOA.
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Is the speechwriter who looks perpetually hungover (and is having an affair with Claire for no reason) ever going to be written out of the show? I'm so tired of looking at him, and the subplot is just DOA.

 

I think you'll be happy.

 

Hell of an ending to the season.  The final line in that final episode was awesome.

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Yay!
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Whenever Tom Yates is dispensing pompous wisdom I beg for the relative escape of Doug's off-putting sex life.

 

Six episodes in and I'm finding the show to be its usual meandering self.  How are we still on the election?  The quality is at a consistent level, I suppose, but this story has never made a less convincing case for its continued existence.

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Whenever Tom Yates is dispensing pompous wisdom I beg for the relative escape of Doug's off-putting sex life.

 

Six episodes in and I'm finding the show to be its usual meandering self.  How are we still on the election?  The quality is at a consistent level, I suppose, but this story has never made a less convincing case for its continued existence.

 

Just wait.  By the end of the season, the deck is cleared of a lot of the chaff and a direction is set for S6 that is, at the bare minimum, intriguing.

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I think you'll be happy.

 

Hell of an ending to the season.  The final line in that final episode was awesome.

 

That ending was as good as Spacey's 'knock knock' on the desk at the end of S2.  I won't say the final line as it'd give away what happens, but yeah.

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