Been looking forward to this for a few months now, can't wait to start watching.
So I guess all episodes of this will be available tomorrow (or tonight at midnight?). It's a political thriller, it's a remake, it stars Kevin Spacey, and it's directed by David Fincher. I don't know much else about it.
Been looking forward to this for a few months now, can't wait to start watching.
The British original is fantastic, if this even gets close it will be well worth a watch.
Could probably watch it first without spoiling, changing from Brit to US politics will be change enough never mind adding stuff like the internet etc. I was laughing my hat off at a reporter dictating her story down a phone line to the newspaper HQ and this was the very early 90s
I liked the first episode but I'm still not sold on Spacey talking directly to the camera. Looking forward to the rest.
I'm interested in it only because I went to high school with Reuel. I have no idea what kind of role he plays in the show, but he's credited with 13 episodes, so that's pretty cool.
Also 3 episodes in and loving it. It's like a gritty version of the west wing amirite?
Watched first 2 episodes, it is absolutely brilliant.
Kevin Spacey is amazing.
Loving it. I think I like the Spacey talking to camera schtick, it's unique and Spacey pulls it off well. I feel like it's Keyser Söze.
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I'm tearing through this...on episode 7 right now, and I can't stop watching. Kate Mara is smoking.
I'm trying to watch this right now and nothing will load on the instant queue for me, shits pissing me off.
The subject matter doesn't interest me all that much, but I'd watch a movie about baking bread if Fincher was directing it.
Finished all 13, great 1st season.
Cant believe I'll have to wait a whole year for the second one.
Holy shit, this is turning into one of my favorite shows.
Yeah releasing all episodes at once makes waiting that much more shitty.
This show is awesome. Spacey has been playing white collar office prick roles a bit too often lately, but he is good at it.
Watched a couple today, I see no evidence that Spacey is really a malevolent bad guy. But of course I thought the same of Don Corleone.
I just finished the 13th and final episode. You'll get your evidence. Also, this show is amazeballs and I look forward to the next installment with eagerness.
Yeah, Spacey definitely shows his true colors at the end with Peter
Finished season one tonight. Absolutely amazing show. It is already up there in my favorite shows of all time. I could not stop watching.
I wasn't crazy about him talking to the camera at first, but I got over it and really enjoyed it. Hard to imagine it working as well with another actor in the lead.
(careful of spoilers to later series on nearby links)
It's such a great part; add a great actor and you have TV dynamite.
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Finished episode 8 last night, show is awesome.
FYI, I'm glad the guy they have playing Peter....they made shave his stash....holy shit.
And yeah you can see a screw job coming, the whole show is about him using whomever he can to achieve his own goals and objectives, I figured he would dick Peter over at the end...lets make sure though if we mention how that we spoiler it.
Just watched this show this weekend and went through all 13 episodes on Saturday. If I had watched this without knowing who produced it and you asked me who I thought produced it I would have said HBO and argued with anyone who said otherwise. Anyone else think the HD production quality seemed better then normal?
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It's like a dark version of what would have happened if Josh Lyman from West Wing ever made it into Congress.
Really liked the talking to the camera stuff (and the occasional glare/glance, lol), for some reason Don Cheadle doing it in House of Lies made was one of many reasons that I can't recall for not continuing to watch that show.
The husband/wife relationship is crazy.
Need to start re-watching in a less binge-like manner.
I didn't really like Claire that much at first, she seemed like a standard go-getter power woman which I found kind of boring, until sheand then I really started paying attention to her. Wright does a great job.Spoiler:
Wife picked up on that too
It was more than implied. It was pretty much outright statedSpoiler:
I really like this show, and even the things I thought would be annoying (Spacey talking the camera, his inconsistent accent, etc.) didn't really bother me at all. Underwood is likable in spite of the things he does, and they did a very good job with his relationship with his wife.
And then I watched E10...
So I'm watching on my Apple TV. Anyone else? Frame rate on the filming look amazing.
I'm on episode 4... that product placement really stuck out and was kind of obnoxious.
Yea, they've done it with a few brands too. I can live with it.
Apple would have you think every computer in the world is an Apple from what we see on film. Yet walk into an office building and chances are high it's wall to wall IBM compatibles.
Why are some people bothered by product placement? Product placement gets things made.
Yeah I've never been bothered by it either, I feel like your nitpicking if you're going to complain about it in something as great as this show.
I think nonintrusive is fine, but a 30 second non sequitur is pretty disingenuous when you say "no ad breaks, no interruptions, etc"
I noticed that they were using iphones and macbooks but I never thought to myself "hey, product placement", more like "yeah, it makes sense that people with money would use high end notebooks and phones".
While I am sure it was product placement I would say that macs aren't as uncommon as all that. I have been considering getting a Mac laptop for the wife because I am tired of restoring backups every time she gets a virus.
This show is incredible. I've binged on the first 7 episodes over the past few days and I've been loving it. Netflix instant watch quality is pretty shitty, though. This show deserves better. Hopefully it gets a blu-ray release at some point.
There's been banding issues, compression artifacts and dropped frames/pulldown issues, too. There seems to be a difference in colours between the broadcast version and the netflix version, too (http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/6171). I'm not sure which of the two is 'correct', though.
Unfortunately, the Netflix encodes lack the bitrate needed to do a show like this justice. It'll look a lot better on blu-ray.
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Just binged through the 13 episodes yesterday. What a fantastic show.
Yeah the Vita thing was pretty obvious.
Underwood uses a Blackberry though, not an iPhone, so they aren't everywhere on the show.
I totally forgot about the Vita thing. Yea, that was bad. I just rolled my eyes and thankfully it was over in a moment.
Started watching yesterday and just finished now. Definitely will second that it's a great show but I'm not sure it's at The Wire/Deadwood type level.
The real question should be who on the set saved those Blackberry pics of Kate Mara on the bed and how do we find this person to make a deal on getting those?????
Had never heard of this until Klosterman endorsed it today. sounds great
just watched the first 5 episodes in a row
fuckin amazing.. spacey kills it
Does anyone know if this is going to be available from Netflix via disk?
Started on Tuesday after work and was up til 1 or so both that night and yesterday finishing the season. Loved all of it.
It's really refreshing to me that nothing in this show feels like filler or out of place. Like for a show to be making a political statement and feel the need to put a Jim/Pam The Office romance in the middle of it like The Newsroom. I really can't think of too many shows that have absolutely zero filler other than this and The Wire (I love Deadwood but I even think there's some filler arcs in there although not many). I really like it a ton for that reason.
The accent thing. Did you guys not think that was intentional? It kind of disappears when he talks to the camera and its over pronounced whenever he's in public. That all made sense to me. Does he go in and out a little more often and I just didn't notice?
I thought it was constant though the whole show, and he plays a southern man, I think it was intentional.
After thinking back on this show, having finished it last weekend:
He still has the photos right?
Unless she sabotages the story...I don't think she'd let the photos stop her though.
Why in the hell is this not available via disk? I want to watch this show.
Finally finished it today after first rewatching the British versions 3 seasons of 4 episodes each. Completely irrelevant but I thought it was odd/interesting that almost the only name they kept was his right hand man also being called Stamper.
In the Brit version it was implied FU's wife was banging the security man and I wondered if they were heading in the same direction but they sure came up with a different take on that!
As far as the accent goes, it did sound thicker at times, especially when he was back at the academy and I presumed it was an unconscious thing the character would do as that happens in real life.
I had presumed it was a one off one season event so when the 13th episode ended and I looked for the next it took me completely by surprise. I was presuming Stampers call was going to set up the final episodes conclusion with everything coming to a head. Even more kudos to Netflix I suppose for not only risking $100m on it but having the balls to end it with the story unfinished with a second season required.
Anyways, it was damn good and I got wrapped up enough in it to actually say out loud "Oh Peter, nooooo!" at the scene in the hotel.
I liked the first half more than the second. So many of the events in the end were predictable once you understood the characters from the beginning.
Spoilers regarding Claire and the end:
That male reporter guy just creeps me the fuck out. I'm hugely uncomfortable physically and emotionally when he's on screen. He seems like the kind of guy who would poke holes in his condoms when he thinks his girlfriend might leave him.
Anybody who claims they saw Frank doing that to Russo is full of shit. Frank didn't even plan on doing it. It was only when Russo became uncontrolable that Frank decided to tank him. Otherwise he would have backed him all the way to governor.
I wasn't that surprised. Russo was a big fuck up, and it was clearly a possibility.
You could see in the car, Frank was probing him over and over, trying to get him under control and steer him in a direction that had a different conclusion. You could see Frank going over every possible solution in his head and then had to steel himself for what "needed" to be done.
I thought it was a great piece of acting myself.
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Yeah he did that becauseSpoiler:
It's tough to work out spoiler policy on this, with them releasing every episode in one lump. I know personally I stayed out of the HoC threads here and elsewhere until I had watched the whole thing.
Was anyone else annoyed the the gaffe on the talk show?
Exactly, I'm 99% convinced Frank's original plan was to get the VP booted "sometime" before the next election and taking his place. Getting Russo elected helped keep the Dems in control of the state and showed the president that he was a chap who could get shit done. He already knew it was a marriage of convenience between the top two and the opening was there. The Russo self destructs after Clare fucked the watershed bill and Frank sets the trap but even then he wanted to take care of the chap even after using him until he was put in a convenient position to solve his problem.
Unlike the British version there is no solid evidence (we are aware of) that puts him at the scene of the crime, even Stampers knowledge is only hearsay/whatever the term would be to fit.
Like some others I enjoyed the beginning from than the end, but I still really liked it.
On Frank's plan for Peter:
The whole purpose of Peter's campaign to Frank was to tank it, there's subtle hints along the way, for instance when Peter asks him does he think he can win Frank replies "I think you'll make a great candidate". When the idea came to him is the question, the way the party room where they first canvassed their options for who to run was shot it made it seem like Frank thought the idea up when they brushed over Peter on the list, but if that's the case it's all rather convenient that Peter happened to be from the same State as the VP.
This show was so fucking good. If you don't have a Netflix account, sign up for a free trial and watch it.
Major spoiler. Don't click if you haven't finished the show.
No there is only one who knew he was with him and even he doesn't have solid proof, only hearsay from Frank telling him.
It could have just been the decision to tear them down that he came to at the start, the hows of it he formulated on the way. If you recall the first reason he stated he needed someone to own was because he needed a buffer for the dealings that put the woman in as Seccy, Frank says it to Doug so Doug at that stage at least is not aware of any master plan.
If Claire knew the ultimate goal from the start she clearly didn't know the how of it, or she'd have not screwed him on the waterthingy. Also after she does her and Frank have a conversation where she basically says she acted out because he's not telling her shit and he replies that she never asked.
Just watched all of this over the past two days. Great show. I agree that the second half fell off into a more stereotypical political drama but it's still very well done. Will no doubt be tuning in for the second season.
I'm pretty sure Frank intended on tanking Peter's career the whole time. No way Rachel came onto Peter that hard for the hell of it. Bitch was paid.
Yeah, went through this a few days ago.
(bbca had a House of cards Euro marathon yesterday. and Netflix has them as well.)
Acting is fantastic. Great show.
By the end though, it was starting to lose me a bit. It felt like everyone was just entirely too oblivious to being set up over and over.
We watched season one of Homeland and found it.. wanting. Fired this up a couple days ago and am already at episode 7 and loving it. I never really thought much of Kevin Spacey before and now I do so he was very wise to have poured himself into this as deeply as he did. Corey Stoll is also impressing me, I see big things for this guy.
Very good show. I didn't think Frank's hands-on wet work was all that out of character. This was strongly alluded to at the very beginning of episode 1 with the dog.
It's hopeful for them, and for us if it means MOAR OF THAT!, but that's a pretty weak survey.
After the first meeting where Underwood tells the drunk we'll be in touch they have an aside to where he admits to us he can't abide weaknesses. I was surprised he strung the guy out as long as he did. I think Francis has everything plotted way past being the actual VP. That man has serious ambition and being VP for 8 years won't cut it. Somehow Zoe is still working within his plans and I doubt she knows it. I'm just not sure which way it'll spin yet, but I do foresee more squirming on a bed with someone eating her out. Yay!
I really enjoyed the 13 episode available at once option. I have no idea how this method impacts production or anything "in the biz", but from someone enjoying the story it's much easier to recall something 10 hours ago you watched than it is 10 weeks ago. Sure the waiting a year for season 2 will suck, but I'll just slot another 13 hours before launch and disappear for a weekend to knock out season 2.
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