It has been said, or I presume it has been, that there is nothing an audience likes better than being in the loop, feeling smarter than the various onscreen characters who are very probably being either duped in some way or another. And we know it, and they don’t. We are in conspiratorial association. We are being confided in.
Such can be said with House of Cards, the original TV series that Netflix debuted exclusively online last Friday. It is a modern political drama set in Washington, D.C., full of politicians wheeling and dealing with questionable intent. One of these is Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a house majority whip leader. He supported the right man, and when that man became president, Underwood expected something specific in return. It’s no spoiler to say he didn’t get it. Continue reading