I binge watch more TV now than I ever have done, so naturally it makes sense to announce my Binge of the Month.
This month’s winner is: House of Cards
I started episode one of HoC back in January and only got about 20 minutes into it before I found something else to watch. My first impression was that it’s slow and my lack of knowledge for American politics was just going to make it drab with a sprinkling of ‘Googling what Chief Whip means’.
Well, after finishing my binge watch of Battlestar Galactica I needed something a little more down to earth, with HoC was just sat in my previously played begging to be restarted. It was almost as though Kevin Spacey was lying on a chaise lounge enticing me in with his index finger.
For someone who hasn’t watched HoC, that last sentence a little weird, provocative even. Not exactly what you’d expect when you think of Kevin Spacey, especially when playing an American politician – but that’s how good an actor he is, my perception of him has changed.
You follow the story of Spacey’s character, Francis Underwood as Democratic Majority Whip, as he strives for power to achieve his goal to become the President of the United States – no mean feat.
I won’t give too much away but although the first three episodes are a little slow, they set the groundwork for what is one of the fastest paced shows I’ve ever watched. Never have possible repercussions been well entwined into the fabric of the story-telling.
Drama, intelligence, guts, love, anguish, fear, comedy and lust, HoC has it all and it’s worth the effort to pay attention and follow the storyline and maybe Google some of the references because if you’re British – it’ll alien to you.
I leave you with a quote of Frank Underwood’s that I absolutely adore, the writers of this show are truly magnificent. Add this to your binge watch list.