Sunday, February 16, 2014

House of Cards (2014) (TV Series- Season 2)

Created By: Beau Willimon
Cast:           Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Michael Gill

In season two, Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is sworn in as Vice President and he has to deal with the fallout from season one initially as well as a trade war with China, which he engineered to increase his influence over the white house.

All the episodes were released simultaneously yesterday and I have binge-watched them like Netflix wants them to be. One of the main characteristics of the series is Underwood breaking the fourth wall to talk to the audience. In the first episode he doesn't do it till the last scene where he goes: '... and in case you thought I had forgotten you, welcome back', which I thought was excellent and had me smiling for some time. I had some reservations about the implausibility of some of the drastic actions taken by Underwood in the first season and we get some of it early on this season with some glaring plot-holes. But the sense of dread that it creates works well in the first half of the season after which it takes a shift to concentrate on Underwood's maneuvers to become the President of the United States. The season is much more darker and more believable as Underwood is not always in control of the situation. The story is set in the present and its great to have the current topics like China's currency war and issues with Japan over the Senkaku islands being used in the plot. Overall it is a very good watch whilst not achieving a status of greatness. Two of the episodes were directed by Jodie Foster and Robin Wright.

The characters Mr and Mrs. Underwood and Doug Stamper continue to be my favorites from the series but one will feel sympathy only for Doug. The character Edward Meechum is also great and he even ends up having a 'Menage a trois' with Mr and Mrs. Underwood. Doug ends up in a limbo at the end of season two and I hope he is alright.

Everyone in the team has signed up for season three and it will be released this time next year. Looking forward to see what Francis Underwood, The President's battles would be.

Rating: 3.5/5