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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

House of Cards S04E05 Recap & Review

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

The cold open of House of Cards episode five is yet another nightmarish vision from Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), this time depicting a Confederate Civil War soldier shooting him in his hospital bed. The assassination attempt on his life may prove to be politically beneficial, but this scene shows that it will only help in heightening his already troubled mind.

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Frank’s Chief of Staff Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), now returning to the forefront of the show, is working furiously to Continue reading House of Cards S04E05 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E04 Recap & Review

Caution: spoilers from House of Cards season four, episode four ahead.

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) may have to run with his wife Claire (Robin Wright) as his running mate, or risk further sabotage from her and Leann Harvey (Neve Campbell). He and Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) search for a different way to satisfy Claire’s political desires while also investigating the leak of a racially sensitive image to the press. Stamper heavily suspects Seth Grayson (Derek Cecil), whom we already know leaked the photo of Frank with a Confederate Civil War re-enacter.

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The solution for the campaign problem (and by proxy the Claire problem) is to Continue reading House of Cards S04E04 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E03 Recap & Review

Caution: Spoilers from House of Cards season four, episode three ahead.

The third episode of the new season of House of Cards shows the continued efforts of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) to salvage his struggling presidential campaign. Returning to his hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina, he speaks in a church. The scene is great, cross-cutting between the speech itself and Underwood preparing for the speech. The lighting contrast and his mumbling recitation show the reality of his feelings for the people that he is claiming to be working for, that they are merely votes that he desperately needs.

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On the other end of the political totem pole, Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus), aka John Carlyle, is working on parole, cleaning cars. In order to secure a car, he engages in sexual favors with a co-worker. He uses this to Continue reading House of Cards S04E03 Recap & Review

House of Cards S04E02 Recap & Review

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

Episode two of House of Cards season four opens on a conversation between Claire Underwood’s mother Elizabeth (Ellen Burstyn) and a group of her perhaps monetarily influential friends. She encourages endorsement of Heather Dunbar (Elizabeth Marvel) for president so that her daughter may begin her own political rise once Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is out of the oval office.

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The episode re-introduces Russian President Viktor Petrov (Lars Mikkelsen), where a man fleeing Russia seeks asylum in the U.S., fearing for his life when an attempt to unseat Petrov goes south. To President Underwood, this appears like Continue reading House of Cards S04E02 Recap & Review