As they say in Gaffney, this review is for people who have been watching the show from the beginning and are all caught up. Otherwise, the SPOILERS will ruin it for you.
BQB here with a review of “House of Cards-Season 5.”
I thought this show had jumped the shark a couple seasons back where Frank and the fictional Russian President had a personal showdown in the desert but I was wrong. The shark not only jumped this season, it did backflips.
Here are my observations:
#1 – Surprise Murders/Attacks
The show got a lot of bang for its buck when Frank tossed Zoe in front of that moving subway car with literally no warning. It made for great, disturbing viewing and heightened the stakes, letting you know the show could turn on the drop of a time.
Sadly, now they always seem to be trying to recreate that moment. Frank pushes Kathy down a flight of stairs at random in the midst of a conversation with her. Claire kills Yates with her vagina. Speaking of…
#2 – Claire Did Not Kill a Man with Her Vagina
I thought maybe she had as Yates died mid coitus. Maybe she had some sort of top secret CIA device inside her cooter but nope, it was poison (in his drink, not in the vagina.) Still, another surprise murder. I mean, not really because Yates had threatened the Underwoods and that’s never a good move for your health but I think the sex part was to trick you into thinking Claire was going to let him off the hook but nope, she just wanted one more turn on that penis before Yates bit the big one.
#3 – Elysium Fields
I had mixed thoughts on that. First, it was funny. Second, I think we all assume the rich and powerful get together to divide up and rule the country/world but still, to see it unfold brought the show to a different place. It was creative and fun though.
#4 – Claire Becomes Vice-President/President
I never really bought that. It could happen but usually if the First Lady is an asset, they just keep her and put her out there more and then try to add a VP who is also an asset. In other words, if someone is on your team and scoring points for you, then you’ve got them, so you just add another person to score points.
#5 – Frank Frames Himself
That was way out of left field and total bullshit. The whole premise of the show is that Frank does evil shit and then does more evil shit to get himself off the hook, that if you are willing to do the most evil shit then you will always win in politics. He loves power and his own ego so that he’d somehow be willing to hand his wife the presidency and take a powder while she rules seems highly unlikely.
#6 – Claire Acknowledges the Audience
Frank has always had his little asides, breaking the fourth wall to let us in on what he’s up to. Now Claire is doing it, so to me, that seems like the show is moving towards a final showdown between Frank and Claire. I kind of yearn for the early days when Frank was the boss and Claire his evil consigliere. That dynamic just seemed to make more sense.
#7 “I’m Fucking You Because I Hate You”
That lady whose husband died so Frank could have his liver knew Doug did it all along and had sex with him because she hated him? Please. I’ve had women completely dump me and abandon all contact because I left the toilet seat up or forgot to wash a dish so I can’t imagine the vengeance a woman would have if a liver was involved.
8 – Real TV Reporters
Does it ever bother you when real TV reporters make cameos in which they “report” on Frank? If they’re able to act that well, makes you wonder how much of the real news involves acting.
9 – It’s getting boring.
I try not to get too deep into the weeds on some of the more complex conspiracy theories. At this point if they say it happened then it happened. I can’t keep track of it all.
10 – It should wrap up soon.
I feel like they’ve gone as far as they can go. It should probably end with Claire besting Frank or maybe they both take each other out in one last Mr and Mrs Smith style battle royale to the finish.
Your thoughts, 3.5 readers?