The affair with House of Cards

House of Cards


“Money is the Mc-mansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.” – Francis Underwood

Last year a friend of mine suggested that I should watch this show. Given that we both are serious TV series addicts and like much of the same shows, I had no option but to consider his suggestion. And I am so glad that I did it. I was hooked to it in the first thirty seconds itself (where Kevin Spacey kills a dog and opens the series with this dialogue, “There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”)

I finished the first season in two days, straight. Besides being entertaining it was a great learning experience as well. If you watch the character of Francis Underwood closely there are many lessons that can be learnt from him. The first and foremost being ‘Hunt or be hunted’. The  take no prisoners approach and willingness to do almost anything to achieve his goal are two most important aspects of his character. Add to this the dialogue delivery of Kevin Spacey and you’ve got yourself the dream of every politician. Even the US president, Barack Obama, is impressed by the efficiency of Mr. Underwood.

Here’s a fact about this show that’s both good and bad. It’s an original Netflix series. Meaning that it’s first released on the internet and then on television and also that all the episodes are released at once. That was the good part because one doesn’t has to wait 12 weeks for the season to end. Now for the bad part, once you’ve been thrilled by 12 episodes you realize that you’ll have to wait for almost an year before the next season is released.

But don’t get sad. Here’s something for the impatient and curious ones. If you’ve been attentive during the subtitles you would have noticed that this show is the US adaptation of the novels written by Michael Dobbs. The novel trilogy starts with the book named ‘House of Cards’, followed by ‘To Play the King’ and concluded in ‘The Final Cut’. Though the novel is set in U.K. political environment but the plot is more or less the same. So if you want to find out what happens in season 3, go reading.

For those of you who don’t like to read (btw thanks for reading my blog) there’s a mini series directed by Paul Seed. It’s the exact adaptation of the trilogy and each season goes by the name of respective book.

That’s all folks!

And do remember

“Nothing lasts for ever. Even the longest, most glittering reign must come to an end some day. ” – Francis Urquhart