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Just finished watching this series on Netflix today. Great series, opening 2 episodes directed by David Fincher. Kevin Spacey is awesome in this show. I love some of the things they do on the show. The 4th wall part of the show is great, as is how they show text messages popups on the screen.

Great story on political dealing and plotting. I really enjoyed it. Anyone else catch it?

Also if there is a thread on this I apologize, I searched but didn't find any.
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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2013, 08:14:01 PM »
Definitely adding this to my instant list. Hope it's good.

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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013, 08:37:12 PM »
I literally just cancelled my netflix account today so I'm a bit disappointed something of this magnitude with all this talent is only on Netflix. Odd. But I'll see it anyway. I have my ways... I HAVE MY WAYS, NETFLIX, I'VE GIVEN YOU ENOUGH. IT'S REVOLTING TIME. It looks really, really good. Sucks that I've watched everything there is on Netflix that I haven't deemed complete shit and their catalog grows the rate of the amount of pussy I'm getting. Which really is non existent. So. Y'know. Fuck.

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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2013, 10:12:58 PM »
Netflix is just starting to get into the business of making TV shows and then releasing entire seasons for streaming at the same time. They're doing the same for the fourth season of Arrested Development in May.

I will be checking of House of Cards when I can find the time to sit down and watch the series. I do know, however, as part of their deal with Netflix to have the same there, that Netflix has approved two seasons up front, so there will be at least one more season.
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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013, 01:09:18 AM »
I've watched the first three episodes; it hasn't really grabbed me yet, but it's definitely nicely executed.  It has a film-like quality to it.

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2013, 08:40:38 AM »
Started watching the original BBC series on Netflix as well now. I see the similarities and like that while they are essentially a remake the US series appears to have originality on its own as well.
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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2013, 10:00:46 AM »
My roommate just watched a bunch of this last night. I didn't pay attention to much. It seemsreally compelling aside from the unnecessary sex scenes. My roomate really enjoyed. We immediately noticed the stylistic similarities to BBC serials like Sherlock. But it was only stylistic, and not a point of critique. 

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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2013, 12:25:00 PM »
My roommate just watched a bunch of this last night. I didn't pay attention to much. It seemsreally compelling aside from the unnecessary sex scenes. My roomate really enjoyed. We immediately noticed the stylistic similarities to BBC serials like Sherlock. But it was only stylistic, and not a point of critique.

Unnecessary sex scenes...  :rollin Those were totally necessary.

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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2013, 02:22:38 PM »
I love Kevin Spacey, so I'm not going to be able to resist watching this one.

From what I've heard it's kind of a cynical 'anti-West Wing'. What do you guys think?
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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 09:32:52 AM »
I feel like I should watch it, but I'm more interested in how this will work out for Netflix business-wise, and for television in general.  This could either be the start of something really big or a grand, failed experiment.  I hope its the former. 

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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2013, 09:37:30 AM »
The Fourth Season of Arrested Development interests me even more. If that can be brought back by companies like netflix, why not Firefly? Or Deadwood?

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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2013, 09:50:59 AM »
Or bring back The Mullets. Such a stupid, but funny show

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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2013, 07:35:18 AM »
Alright, so, I'm about midway through the series. Here are some thoughts in general:

-The Russo storyline is the most compelling of the series, by far, and makes Russo and his family genuinely worthy of sympathy.
-Kevin Spacey does a great job as Frank, but Frank's story isn't very compelling, and the success of his machinations gets kinda boring after awhile: we get it, he's a really strong, smart, and powerful alpha male. Things go his way, all the time. OK.
-Some things about Frank are just really awkward (some spoilers):


   1. His monologues are pretty bad; usually the worst displays writing too much to impress in the show. They're really phony when they don't work, and are always chock full of attempts at "zingers" from the writers.
   2. The affair between Frank and Zoe is passionless and unnecessary. The two actors have NO on-screen chemistry, and those scenes are really painful to watch. Plus, I don't get the point: I mean, I get why Zoe might need a sugar daddy, but why does Frank need her? It makes no sense, although it shines some hypocrisy and weakness on Frank's character. Apparently this is the only aspect of the show that wasn't present in the source novel, and it's also the most random and unsatisfying plotline I've seen from the show so far.

-The actual pacing, the quality of the cinematography, the music, etc., all are really strong.

Overall, my impression of the show midway through season 1 is that House of Cards is good, but not great. It doesn't really compare favorably with other shows about "power" (Sopranos, Deadwood, Game of Thrones, and so on), but I will keep watching through the first season anyway.

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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2013, 05:08:52 PM »
we finished the 13 episodes a week or so ago.  Frank's relationship with his wife is complicated to say the least.

Have you watched the college reunion/library dedication episode yet?  Things got real, really quick.
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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2013, 07:49:59 PM »
I love Kevin Spacey, so I'm not going to be able to resist watching this one.

From what I've heard it's kind of a cynical 'anti-West Wing'. What do you guys think?

I only watched the first episode so far, but that seems like a pretty good description.

For me, I can recognize that it's well made, and that there's some talent there, but it doesn't really seem like it's for me. Too unrelentingly cynical and grim. For me, protagonists in political thrillers have to have a goal other than 'gaining power'. Again, I'm not saying it isn't good. It's just not for me. For political shows, I think I'll be sticking with The West Wing.

I will probably check out another episode or two to make sure I'm not missing anything.
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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2013, 04:30:47 AM »
I couldn't sleep last night. So started this series around 11:00. I got through the first 5 episodes. I'm loving it so far.

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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2013, 04:57:40 AM »
I'm a big fan of Kevin Spacey so I am definetely interested in checking this out.
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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2013, 08:24:35 AM »
we watched all the episodes a few months ago - pretty cool show.  Spacey is awesome in that role.
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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2013, 09:33:27 AM »
Never finished the series. I get Netflix kinda recommended people just bullet through it, but I actually took a more spaced-out appraoch, watching an episode or two per week, and honestly? As my semi-appauled fascination with the show's cynicism died down over time, so did my interest in watching it.

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« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2013, 10:26:51 AM »
Never finished the series. I get Netflix kinda recommended people just bullet through it, but I actually took a more spaced-out appraoch, watching an episode or two per week, and honestly? As my semi-appauled fascination with the show's cynicism died down over time, so did my interest in watching it.

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Re: House Of Cards, Season one (Entire series on Netflix)
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2013, 10:33:48 AM »
Yeah, I found out whilst watching the two episodes that I did watch of this that I don't give two shits about political dramas, no matter who's cast in them. It's just so fucking boring. I really don't give a peanut of a shit. Eh. Now I know. ZZZzzzZZZzzz

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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2013, 11:18:11 AM »
FWIW, I don't watch a whole lot of TV. I tend to only watch the very best shows, and only after they're gotten rave reviews for multiple seasons. If I don't like a show that much, I won't get very far into it before just moving on to something else. That said, HoC is decent, it's just not up there with some of the better shows to have come out fairly recently.

To put it plainly, HoC's corrupt rich dudes aren't nearly as interesting as Mad Men's. The social subplots in modern DC are nowhere near as compelling as the antiquated ones in Downtown Abbey's, even if they are more "relevant" to modern life. Spacey's cynical jackass main character has absolutely nothing-- and I mean nothing at all-- on Ian McShan's character in Deadwood. And as just a serious Drama that deals with dark issues, what does HoC really do better than, say, The Wire or The Sopranos?

So, OK, that's a totally unfair paragraph I just wrote. But again, I don't watch too much TV, and tend to only get to the very best shows eventually, so while the fact HoC doesn't measure up with some of the best TV ever shouldn't bother most, but it still means I probably won't watch any of Season 2.

Not 'cause I'm a TV snob or something. Just 'cause I don't like TV all that much to begin with.

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« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2013, 01:57:32 PM »
Not even with HoC specifically, but I feel like there's been a trend for a little while now, where people have come to associate dark, gritty, cynical dramas with critically good tv, because there happened to be some good shows that had those characteristics, and now there's almost an Emperor's New Clothes type thing going on.

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« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2013, 07:28:16 PM »
Hm, yeah, you know? I agree. There hasn't been a real critically acclaimed comedy in awhile, and there are plenty of shows that should be.

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« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2013, 08:38:37 AM »
I watched it a few months ago when it first came out. I thought it was fantastic, and I have a great deal of hope for future projects of this magnitude.
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« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2013, 01:33:39 PM »
Two episodes in, I am intrigued.  Gonna try to finish up the rest of Season 1 in the next few weeks, and then I will go back and read this thread. :biggrin:

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« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2013, 01:39:26 PM »
Season two is in its last week of production, from what I've seen. And it looks like a potential season three is in the works, as well.
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« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2013, 03:43:45 PM »
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« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2013, 03:52:35 PM »
Season two is in its last week of production, from what I've seen. And it looks like a potential season three is in the works, as well.

Excellent!  I really enjoyed this show -- watched it all within two weeks when it came out (Spacey is always a draw for me). 

I'm with bosk tho -- Spacey's chat thru the 4th wall is poor.   :|  And I loved Russo's storyline...sorry it ended up that way.

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« Reply #29 on: February 13, 2014, 07:43:47 PM »
Season 2 going to be released in a few hours, I honestly cannot wait. This week I watched the entire season 1 with director's commentary which would make it my 3rd full watch of the show. Excellent show and have watched a few episodes of the UK version, need to finish that.

The US president is keen on it too it seems.


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« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2014, 12:11:31 AM »
I've been working on this the past three days since I've been snowed in.  11 episodes in and I am glad to say I timed this well with the start with the new season.  Also, snow day tomorrow so I'll have more than two episodes to watch.
     

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« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2014, 02:05:44 AM »
First season was really good.  Super excited for the second.
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« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2014, 08:33:53 AM »
I'll definitely be digging into Season 2 sometime in the next week or so.

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« Reply #33 on: February 14, 2014, 12:35:48 PM »
*S1 SPOILER ALERT*



I got hooked on the first season (watched it all in 4 days) and loved the most of it, but the murder ruined it all for me. Since the tone was so realistic (I was always like "yeah, this could actually happen" while watching), it felt like a really out of place, cheap plot device which completely killed my suspension of disbelief (something I highly value with most TV drama series). Nevertheless, I'm eagerly waiting S2, but the show is a bit 'tainted' for me at this point.
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« Reply #34 on: February 14, 2014, 01:26:51 PM »
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I got hooked on the first season (watched it all in 4 days) and loved the most of it, but the murder ruined it all for me. Since the tone was so realistic (I was always like "yeah, this could actually happen" while watching), it felt like a really out of place, cheap plot device which completely killed my suspension of disbelief (something I highly value with most TV drama series). Nevertheless, I'm eagerly waiting S2, but the show is a bit 'tainted' for me at this point.

Continued spoilers of S1


All the major plotlines and that murder are derived from the original UK house of cards, since this show is a re-imagining of that you'd have to blame the original show for including it.

I've watched two episodes so far and it's got me hooked. I cant wait to get home and finish the series, its looks like we're in the run for a great ride.
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