I've been following House of Cards since the show premiered in 2012. I love political thrillers, anti-heroes, controversy, and with David Fincher and Kevin Spacey at the helm, I HAVE to check it out.
Based on the British series that has the same name, House of Cards is, simply put, a fantastic show to watch. The intricacies of the plot is compelling, the characters are 50 shades of unscrupulous, and how they get away with it is fascinating and terrifying at the same time. And the Queen of this crazy train is Claire Underwood.
I'm a woman so allow me a moment of vanity and superficiality. Robin Wright aka Claire Underwood is uncharestically arresting to watch. Her chemistry with Kevin Spacey (Frank Underwood) is TV gold. It also doesn't hurt that this lady is sexy as sin and dresses impecably. Claire is the epitome of class and her closet is worth raiding. There's a lot of strong women who've been part of the show, but Claire takes the cake.
Beauty and brains aside, Claire is ambitious, determined, loyal, and somewhat submissive. However she crosses the line and these admirable qualities turn into avarice, pride, lust, and yet I find myself rooting for her. Which is odd because she's not "good", not by a long shot. But there's something about Claire that elicits sympathy, empathy, even affinity. Maybe because she's a woman who took her marriage vows very seriously? Or perhaps is it because I admire/envy her gumption in going after what she wants regardless of the consequences. Honestly, I don't want to know the answer.
This season of House of Cards is very emotional and tough to watch. Frank and Claire might be sitting in the White House but their dream of staying there is so out of reach. Season three focused on their marriage, with the politics serving as metaphors to what their dynamic is behind closed doors. This series is brilliant and if you haven't seen it, you're seriously missing out on something really good.
HOUSE OF CARDS
3 Seasons | 39 Episodes | 45 min/ep