“Give and take. Welcome to Washington.” These words, uttered by the ruthless and cunning Congressman Francis “Frank” Underwood, the anti-hero of House of Cards, perfectly sums up the first season of the political drama.
Congressman Underwood, played by Academy Award winner Kevin Spacy (American Beauty), and his wife Claire, played by Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright (Forrest Gump), are a conniving duo that plot to take the White House by any means necessary. But, of course, they have to use discretion in D.C.
The show also follows budding journalist Zoe Barnes, played by Kate Mara (American Horror Story). Barnes begins a work-and-play relationship with the Congressman, who toys her into leaking groundbreaking stories to advance his own career and eliminate his competition.
On a separate, but related, note, they should cast Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) as Barnes twin sister, because the two are practically identical in appearance and demeanor.
One aspect I love about this show is the abundance of dark symbolism. From Frank’s rowing machine to Claire’s eye-opening encounters around the city (the homeless man giving her a paper crane made out of a $20 bill, the widow screeching at her in the cemetery, the older Starbucks employee who doesn’t know how to use the touch-screen register, Adam’s photographs of her, etc.) the cinematography is captivating and haunting.
House of Cards is a Netflix Original series, created by Beau Willmon. It is adaption of a BBC miniseries, which can also be found on the site’s “Watch Instant” feature.
Between this show, Arrested Development, and the newly buzzing Orange is the New Black, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Netflix crew representing at this year’s Emmy Awards in September.