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House of Cards Season Five Finale Recap & Review

So…Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) planned it all. From the beginning. Orchestrating his own downfall so that he can control it. A controlled burn.

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If it seems ludicrous and farfetched, that’s because it is. It doesn’t hold up to scrutiny and makes the show look like Continue reading House of Cards Season Five Finale Recap & Review

House of Cards Season Five Episode Two Recap & Review

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is deep in election strategizing as he fights ICO, giving a speech to state governors as a way of getting five of them on his side. Five that just so happen to be from key swing states.

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The end game is voter suppression. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the Underwood administration. Central to this coup is Continue reading House of Cards Season Five Episode Two Recap & Review

House of Cards Season Four Finale Recap & Review

The season four House of Cards finale picks up where the previous episode left off, with President Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) powerplay in process. A brash ultimatum leaves the fate of the ICO hostages in the balance.

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Following the phone call, Frank sends Republican Presidential candidate Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman) on his way, having cornered him in a lie that threatens to Continue reading House of Cards Season Four Finale Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E12 Recap & Review

Caution: Spoilers for House of Cards season four, episode 12 (and previous episodes) ahead!

House of Cards season four, episode 12 opens on White House covert surveillance guy Aidan MacAllan (Damian Young) blasting loud music as he watches traffic in relation to the dual President-Vice President debate.

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The debate, which highlights the major points of contention with the presidential race, is interrupted and Continue reading House of Cards S04E12 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E11 Recap & Review

Caution: Spoilers for House of Cards season four, episode 11 (and previous episodes) ahead!

The new Underwood-Underwood ticket is campaign strategizing when Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has a medical issue. He is told by a specialist that air traffic should be limited. Given the campaign, this is impossible if Frank is to win. He remains grounded as Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) continues campaigning, not to mention continuing her affair with speech writer Thomas Yates (Paul Sparks).

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Doug Stamper’s (Michael Kelly) newfound obsession, the wife of Continue reading House of Cards S04E11 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E10 Recap & Review

Caution: House of Cards season four, episode 10 (and previous episodes) spoilers ahead!

House of Cards season four episode 10 begins by educating the viewer on some state delegate politics. President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), vying for re-election, entered the DNC with the popular vote majority due to Heather Dunbar (Elizabeth Marvel) dropping out of the race. However, the superdelegates can still be pledged anywhere, as well as 24 states that don’t legally have to pledge their delegates to the primary winner.

Long story short, Underwood can still lose the Democratic nomination during the DNC. Hey, it’s an open convention, so anything can happen.

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This DNC mix-up gives Frank a reason to Continue reading House of Cards S04E10 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E09 Recap & Review

Caution: House of Cards season four, episode nine (and previous episodes) spoilers ahead!

The Democrat VP race has gone to an open convention, with each state casting delegates for different candidates. The administration has decided to put their chips behind Secretary of State Catherine Durant (Jayne Atkinson), although current VP Donald Blythe (Reed Birney) isn’t exactly on her side.

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Inside the administration, we see a side from Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) that we haven’t seen in some time, and that is one of Continue reading House of Cards S04E09 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E08 Recap & Review

Caution: Spoilers for House of Cards season four, episode eight ahead.

Thomas Yates (Paul Sparks), the soft-spoken ex-biographer of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), makes his re-appearance into the House of Cards mythos in season four, episode eight. He is being buttered up by Republican Presidential candidate Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman), who is trying to get his hands on the untold Underwood story. Yates doesn’t appear convinced with Conway’s rhetoric, but the guarantee of newfound fame after a decade long literary slump may be too hard for the writer to pass up.

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In the White House, Underwood is vetting a new VP possibility, namely NRA-sympathizing Democrat Sen. Dean Austin. Although Frank sees no political zeal in him, he is the Continue reading House of Cards S04E08 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E07 Recap & Review

Caution: Spoilers for House of Cards season four, episode seven ahead.

Season four, episode seven of House of Cards begins with Heather Dunbar (Elizabeth Marvel) dropping out of the presidential race. Though, I suspect this isn’t the last we’ll see of Dunbar, who knows something is amiss with Frank’s rise to power.

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A terrorist organization named ICO (not dissimilar to ISIS in nature) is becoming an increasing military threat, leaving President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) with a choice of Continue reading House of Cards S04E07 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E06 Recap & Review

Caution: Spoilers for House of Cards season four, episode six ahead.

The solution to the U.S. foreign relations issues with Russia and Russian President Viktor Petrov (Lars Mikkelsen) comes in the form of Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) banding together some old faces, namely Remy Danton (Mahershala Ali) and Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney).

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Meanwhile, Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) makes moves in order to raise Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) position on the liver donor list. This means letting a man die, something the loyal Stamper would Continue reading House of Cards S04E06 Recap & Review