I just finished binge-watching House of Cards this morning. I felt the usual feelings that I feel when I finish my self-imposed series marathons that occupy most of my days or weeks and blur my priorities in life. That familiar situation where you tell yourself “It’s 2 am, this will be my last episode for tonight. I need to be up by 5 to go to work.” But of course, that last episode is never really your last because the cliff hangers per episode would make you want to press that button unto the next episode. And by the time you know it, it’s already 3:45 am and work starts at 7 am.
I actually felt relieved when I finally finished it but empty at the same time because I sort of miss the characters that I’ve watched for several days straight. And now I’m waiting for the next season to arrive.
I came upon House of Cards purely by accident. I was new to Netflix then and I didn’t know which series to watch first. It was first on the suggested list and after googling about it, and reading some people’s positive opinion about it, I gave it a try.
I’m not interested in politics, on the contrary, I hate it. I just don’t get it. All the corruption, the false facade politicians have to wear. So power hungry that it doesn’t matter if you destroy another candidate as long as you get more votes than he does.
House of Cards is about politics yet even though I hate politics, it proved itself to be a very engrossing series. I think I have to commend the acting from top-calibre actors in the show. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are casted perfectly and their acting is smooth and real, given that they’ve been acting for almost half their lives.
Aside from the acting, I think it engrossed me because it offered a first-hand look into the real world of politics. I knew that politics is dirty but I never thought that it would be that dirty. I wouldn’t be surprised if I find out that even though House of Cards is purely fictional, some of what they show may really be practiced by politicians. Art really does imitate life. Or is it the other way around?
It’s purely politics but it’s not as boring as reading the constitution and memorizing your rights as citizen. It’s engrossing because it exposes human traits that must be a part of a politician in order for him to succeed or at least have a career in government. It wouldn’t be surprising since all of the occupation denoted in the series are in the top ten jobs that would attract a sociopath.
I find it rather troublesome if all of our politicians really are like the ones in the show because it would only mean that we’ve been duped by their superficial charisma into thinking that they ran for office due to their sense of patriotism when the real reason they ran for office is not just to take the tax-payer’s money but because they have an innate hunger for power over other people.
In the show, we have the Underwoods, a childless, power-hungry couple. They claim to love each other by supporting and conniving with each other, destroying the people that stand in their way to claiming total power over the most powerful country in the world (Or is it still?). If you would watch this husband-and-wife tandem in action, they would put to shame all your relationship goals with your significant other because my goodness, they put the goals to your relationship goals with a twist of psychopathy. I’ve never met a couple this twisted before, both in TV and in reality. Whether it’s murder, menage-a-trois, planting evidence, threatening people to get what they want, they make it seem like it’s all natural and that it’s just another Tuesday for them.
I think part of the reason I keep watching this show is because I am eagerly waiting for the season and the episode where they will finally meet their downfall and when they will have to be held accountable for all the sinister and messed up things that they did to other people. It seems as though nobody is as messed up as they are to see them for who they really are. And nobody is brave enough to go against them, and if there were people who try to stop them, the Underwoods would always find a way to put an end to it and sometimes even put an end to the person all together. My goodness, I’m such a masochist.
For now, I will put my House of Cards addiction to rest while I wait for the next season on Netflix this latter part of May. I hope they get found out and tried in the courts, both public and judicial, in the next season. I hope the fictional America in the show will finally see them for who they really are. For now, we wait.