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House of Cards - Season 1 *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by BlueMerle, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Jesda


    Feb 12, 2005
    Killing the dog, cheating, manipulating, lying -- personally, I see all of these traits as making someone potentially capable of homicide when things don't go their way.
  2. john4200

    john4200 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Why are you flip-flopping? Before you were talking about murder solely for a feeling of power, which is a psychopathic trait. Being a psychopath was not a carefully developed trait of Frank's character in the series. Ruthless and conniving, certainly. Psychopathic, not so much (except for the seemingly tacked on dog killing scene).

    Now you are talking about murder as a means to an end. I already covered that -- murder was not the smart plan in this case, there were other, better options that Frank could have used.
  3. jilter

    jilter Happy to be here.

    Oct 4, 2002
    Just found this show and watched the first ep. Went looking for this thread and I have not read it, for I still can not decide if I am in, and I think some surprises will be ruined if I jump into the thread. However...
    it looks like some people are watching it at least, and have somethings to say/discuss. Good! Not enough t.v. for me lately <grin>
  4. JohnB1000

    JohnB1000 Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    It's a great show.
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    It's even better the second time around.
  6. atrac

    atrac New Member

    Feb 27, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I had pretty much zero interest in watching this but decided to give it a try. WOW. It blew me away. This is one of the most gorgeous looking shows I've ever seen. The cinematography is as well done as any film. Robin Wright looks stunningly gorgeous. At first I was put off by Frank's accent and breaking the fourth wall -- but they both grew on me quickly.

    I cannot wait for the second season!!!!
  7. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    I'm thinking of watching it again, as soon as I finish another series I have queued up on Netflix. There's a lot going on and I'm sure I'll see stuff I missed the first time around.

    I thought this was brilliant and am already looking forward to S02.

    The only sucky thing for me (not related to the series itself) is that when streaming through my Tivo on my TV I get some pixelation for the first few moments and then if I have to pause or rewind it starts the momentary pixelation again. Is that just me? I'm wireless, Tivo N adapter, etc, to my router which is upstairs. (DSL)
  8. ElJay

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    Netflix has written their software so that it begins by playing back the lowest quality video, which allows it to start playing very quickly over a typical home internet connection. As soon as it can (usually in 15-30 seconds), it swaps over to a higher quality stream, depending on the speed of your connection to Netflix's servers. When you rewind or fast forward it repeats the process since it has to completely restart playback from a different point in the video. The client has no storage of the video that has already been played, so when you rewind, it downloads what you're watching again. On my Roku pausing doesn't trigger it, but I have never used the Tivo Netflix client so I can't compare.
  9. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    ElJay - Thank You so much for that explanation. I appreciate knowing that because I had no idea what the deal was and figured maybe it was because I have DSL, or something about MY equipment.

    I like learning something new! :)
  10. markymark_ctown

    markymark_ctown Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2004
    Finally wrapped this up over the weekend. I really enjoyed the season, especially Kevin Spacey's performance. Looking to see how Seaon 2 deals with the breaking story, the lawsuit, and possible pregnancy(?)
  11. markp99

    markp99 TakoKichi TCF Club

    Mar 21, 2002
    Nashua, NH
    All caught-up this weekend. Loved it. Though there could have been just a few more ninjas, explosions and car chases. I was worried about a dialog-heavy production, but is worked for me. My wife checked-out - too dark for her, apparently.

    Oh, and this:
    I wish they would have explored here softer side a bit more, in contrast to Frank.
  12. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    I REALLY want an Emmy for Spacey for this role. I think Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney would make the perfect pair of lead actors for this year's Emmy wins. :)
  13. Magister

    Magister Fat, Dumb and Happy

    Oct 17, 2004
    Columbia, SC
    Does Netflix qualify for an Emmy?
  14. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Joe - I think I read somewhere that it does. My memory doesn't serve me that well anymore, however, so don't quote me on that. ;)
  15. Mr. Soze

    Mr. Soze Back by popular demand

    Nov 1, 2002
    Up North
    We watched 9 on Friday night :eek: and the last 4 yesterday. I had already seen and loved the BBC version, so I knew the major plot points (except one biggie that's different so far - maybe S2?). Even so, we love Spacey, so we gave it a shot. Obviously given by the way we watched, we liked it. I do agree with what was posted upthread - Francis Urquhart was more likeable even though I thought he was a bigger bastard than Frank Underwood. I also liked that in the BBC version, they kept referring to the character as "FU". /Beavis laugh
  16. milo99

    milo99 Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    i watched all the episodes this past weekend, and i really like this show! I commented to my wife that i love the - i guess it's been referred to as - breaking the 4th wall, because his commentary adds a lot of insight into the character. it's like when you're reading a novel and the narration gives you all this insight into what a character is thinking. That is so difficult to give in a tv show without senseless dialogue. The way its done here is great - sometimes even just a roll of the eyes says it all.

    Being in the DC area, my wife and i keep laughing at how they are such a stereotypical "power couple". It was really interesting to see how both of them are devoid of normal feelings. Claire going to their old security guard and offering a hand job - that was just COLD. Their arrangement is not something all together foreign in this area. it made me think of the Clintons, which is why i always laughed when people would say how Hillary was so supportive and strong, and how she "stood up for her husband". that marriage was a business arrangement, very much how Claire and Francis are.

    The messed up thing is that this show actually DOES show how a lot of business gets done on Capitol Hill (or in the last few years, how business does NOT get done). it's about power, negotiating favors, and politicking. i've known several former Hill staffers to know that there's a lot of truth to that aspect of the show. it also amused me see Democrats fighting unions, and some of those conversations that were had when they were trying to break the strike.

    The murder scene bugged me for reasons other have stated, but it also bugged me that he left Russo in the passenger seat. that seemed way out of character. that left way too much to chance, to raise unnecessary questions. Also, does his aide know? based on Frank's little "we'll never speak of it" declaration, i'm not sure.

    oh, and did Claire record that conversation with what's her name that's suing her? i was thinking she HAD to have something in her pocket to record whatever she might say. otherwise, why bother with that visit?

    anyway, i'm looking forward to a 2nd season!
  17. Ereth

    Ereth Unemployed Bum

    Jun 16, 2000
    Just started watching this (Haven't read the thread) and am really enjoying it. l'm up to episode 8, I think. I'm impressed that Netflix did this, it strikes me as as good as anything on HBO.

    I'll come back and read the spoilers once I catch up, but wanted to say I had just found this and am really enjoying it.
  18. Ereth

    Ereth Unemployed Bum

    Jun 16, 2000
    Finished it tonight. REALLY enjoyed it.

    Have the BBC version in the queue to watch next, but maybe I'll wait a few days.

    Kevin Spacey is absolutely wonderful in this. And breaking the fourth wall is a wonderful way of getting exposition without having to have a clumsy conversation with someone else, who likely should know all of this already. We get into Franks head that way. I liked it a lot.
  19. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    Just finished watching episode 13. Been watching via disc (BluRay) from Netflix

    This show is great. Hit right out of the gate and kept moving forward every single episode. Always a new development. Always a new twist. Never disappointed. It's as good or better than anything else that is on "Real" TV.

    I'm still mixed on the 4th wall thing. Sometimes, I find it's not needed. He explains things that don't need to be explained that way. Or at all. It's obvious what's going on. Other times, they seem forced. Like when he is in the middle of a conversation with someone. I think it worked better just before he stepped into a room, or out of a room, or when someone else left the room. etc. etc.

    Zoe Barnes is a serious hottie. And what's up with Robin Wright's neck? It's got some round scar looking thing. I was always staring at it.

    Season 2 speculation? He obviously gets the formal nomination for the Vice Presidency. Does he have to fight for confirmation with the story breaking? Does the story break at all before he gets confirmed? I would suspect it would have to. No way can Zoe continue to get un-noticed access to Underwood when he is VP.

    Anyway, it's Emmy nominations were well deserved. Best Actor for Spacey. Best Actress for Wright. Best Series. The trifecta. I wonder if it can win. It's outside the box. But it has big star power with Spacey.
  20. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    That or I was waiting for Russo to take an aspirin and hop into bathtub.

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