Review: House of Cards, Season 2, Episode 1
14th February 2014
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The hit American political thriller House of Cards is back with a second season that is more ruthless and blood filled than the first. For now, episode one will suffice, as this kind of drama requires recovery between episodes. It is an incredibly powerful start to what is looking to be an awe inspiring second season. And for those of you that don’t want to savour the season, you can watch all thirteen episodes in one sitting as the entire season was available to devour on Netflix as of 8am this morning. As a die-hard Spacey fan discovering House of Cards season one wrote off at least a week of my life as I poured over each episode, swooning every time Spacey would turn to the camera. However, having 13 hours of Spacey rather than two to three in a movie, made me appreciate him more as an actor, which I didn’t think would be possible. As well as this, I began to appreciate the entire cast as spectacular. Golden Globe winner, Robin Wright, is stunning. Her onscreen dynamic with Spacey is just as intense in this second season, and she, rightly so, deserved to win the award for Best Actress in a TV drama. Demonstrating a ruthlessness that is parallel to Spacey’s Frank Underwood is something that makes them one of the most powerful, and dangerous, onscreen couples. Episode one is everything I expected, and more, as a lead on from the edge-of-your-seat first season. We begin with Frank and Claire Underwood, appearing to lead a relatively normal married life, on a run together. The tranquility of the show seen in season one remains, being one of the main attractions.
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