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We are being controlled

Kevin Spacey, as Congressman Frank Underwood, tells it as it is in 'House of Cards'
Kevin Spacey, as Con­gress­man Frank Under­wood, tells it as it is in ‘House of Cards’

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