HOUSE OF CARDS : Binge 2

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Francis Underwood makes Don Draper look like a loyal husband, Nicholas Brody a valiant marine, and Walter White an innocent schoolteacher. Claire Underwood makes Carrie Mathison look sane, Sister Jude kind, and Cercei Lannister just. House of Cards Season Two has raised the bar for television without ever being broadcasted on the seemingly outdated technology.

In this modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Francis Underwood, the majority whip in the House of Representatives, works with his wife to toy with the other members of government and the media to advance his political career. In Season Two, Underwood is named Vice President of the United States, a leap closer to his endgame: the Oval Office. However, with a team of budding journalists on his tail for the murder of Pennsylvania Governor candidate Peter Russo, Underwood takes, well, swift actions to wipe his slate clean.

Meanwhile, Claire Underwood, who last season built up her Clean Water Initiative to an international scale, drops the project to pursue a personal vendetta. During a CNN exclusive interview, she announces that a recently pinned general raped her in college, which leads her to push a bill for civilian oversight through the House. Her biggest obstacle? A female war veteran by the name of Jackie Sharp. Jackie is named majority whip when Francis advances to act as the Veep, but her fickle, backstabbing ways shine when she goes against Claire’s bill.

Over in civilian territory, Peter Russo’s ex-prostitute Rachel Posner is attempting to start life anew, but Underwood’s chief of staff, Doug Stamper, has developed an obsession with her. As Rachel enters into a relationship with Lisa, her friend from the church fellowship, Doug’s jealously boils and drives the two apart.

The biggest, non-death related surprise from this season involves Francis, Claire, and their Secret Service Agent Meechum, in a three-way-to-end-all-three-ways.

By the end of the season, Francis and Claire have maneuvered their way into the very office they have longed for: the Oval Office. With a swift “knock, knock” we close the season – which only took me about five days to complete. But they were a good five days.

Assuming Netflix follows the same pattern of releasing each House of Cards season in February, we’ll have to wait a full year to see what’s next for the Underwoods. Will their fate mirror the Macbeths? If so, yikes.

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The Liebster Award

Hello fellow television enthusiasts!

I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for The Liebster Award! Kind of like the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Flim Culb has awarded me this cool sticker to put on my blog. So that’s cool, right?!

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WordPress dictates that I must now nominate 11 more blogs for this shining achievement, so here they are in no particular order:

My Kind of Movie

In the Name of Li’l Sebastian

Pass the Remote

The Film Lad

My Life of Listing

Primetime Insider

Cinemadame

Watch How I Soar

Brunch for Every Meal

Films etc.

Kate Campbell

Now I get to answer some questions. This could be fun, right?

What are your favorite:

1. Character (could be in film, literature, theatre, real life…. anything you like)
Right now, Claire Underwood from House of Cards is my favorite character, but Ben Linus from Lost is a close second.

2. Meal
A TV Dinner. Get it? Funny.

3. Sport (to play or simply watch)
I’ve been watching a lot of the Olympics recently, and there’s something oddly thrilling about women’s cross country skiing…

4. Memory
Watching Lost with the fam every Wednesday night…then Thursday nights…the Tuesdays…then Sunday. They never could hold down a time slot, could they?

5. Holiday (Christmas, Easter, Halloween… you know the rest)
My birthday because I’m allowed to say “I don’t like birthdays” and then people can leave me alone for a full 24-hour period. Can’t wait for the next one.

6. Quote
“NOT PENNYS BOAT”

7. Song 
I like the concept of the song “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette

8. Place 
A nice park bench.

9. Item of Clothing
Why is this a question? I like all my clothing equally, no discrimination.

10. Animal
I used to really like foxes. By “used to” I mean when I was in elementary school. Now that memory has been ruined by “What Does the Fox Say?”

11. Website
I enjoy a good ole Buzzfeed quiz as much as the next guy.  

Just like those super fun Facebook notes that threatened your life if you failed to follow all the instructions (aka the things we all used to do in middle school), repost this on your blog and nominate 11 of your favorite bloggers for this award and have them answer the same crop of questions! If you don’t, the boogeyman will eat your family and frame you in front of a jury of your peers #justice.

I’m Back, But I Never Really Left

Hey gang,

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. I know you all must be worried about my well-being, so I’m here to tell you this: I’m OK. Well, sort of. In the past few weeks I’ve watched a few shows here and there and nothing has really wowed me. While the Sochi Olympics are providing some quality entertainment, my regular shows have been lagging a bit. The Walking Dead returned. It was blah. But it did make me want to eat some pudding – right, Carl?!?!? Girls has been blah. No one cares about Hannah moping around. I want season one back, Lena! 

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The one beacon of hope in these dark days arrived today. Netflix released Season 2 of House of Cards this morning, and I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve only seen the first episode, but wow. What a way to start the season off with a bang…or a shove, I guess. Francis Underwood went for his second kill in the season premiere, taking out budding reporter and quasi-mistress Zoe Barnes with a swift push into a train. Truly kicked off my Valentine’s Day with high hopes about the world! But, to be fair, Claire Underwood did remove the ash tray from the home – no more smoking for a Vice Presidential nominee. How loving. I’m looking forward to my binge this weekend, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted!