House of Cards continues to impress through season two

“One Nation, Underwood”

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Cast of House of Cards

Argeen Ghazarian, Film/ Staff Writer

House of Cards is the most deceptive, manipulative and corrupt show I have ever seen… and I love it. The Netflix original series excels with its believable cast and its intense script.

Lie after lie, manipulation after manipulation, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) shines through the darkness and never fails to get what he wants; even when he has to deceive the president of the United States. With the addition of Frank’s wife, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), the power-hungry couple does what is best for them, and the United States at times, without care to what the effects will be.

This show is meant to be binge-watched; every episode feeds more anxiety to the mind about the way it will all end. With plot-twists, shocks and the unraveling of major plans, it is absolutely impossible not to click the “play next episode” option during the credits.

The biggest wow-factor offered throughout both season one and two is when Spacey breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience; no other character can hear him, as if he is invisible. It allows us to know exactly what the character is thinking and, in most cases, allows Spacey to brag about how everything is going according to plan.

Spacey’s and Wright’s performances are spectacular, which is why both were nominated for the 2014 Primetime Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series and outstanding lead actress in a drama series, respectively. The show has had a total of 11 wins and 60 nominations since its debut in February 2013.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Season 3, which is set to release on Netflix, in its entirety, in mid-2015. As long as Spacey continues to be a convincing power-hungry politician, I will remain a huge fan.