Happy New Year!
With the conclusion of Hannibal (for now at least, season 3 is schedule of early-mid 2015), a slot has opened in my viewing schedule and the predictable dilemma of what watch popped up. There were two shows that ended up being the finalists in my mind – True Detective and House of Cards. I chose the latter not only because of its premise but also because True Detective felt as dark (if not darker) than Hannibal and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to mix it up a little. Like Hannibal, House of Cards’ next (final?) season is just around the corner and this seemed like an opportune time to give the show a try.
I should mention though that I saw the first season of House of Cards back when it was ‘airing’ but due to real world constraints I couldn’t finish the show right away and for one reason or another, I never went back to it – until now. I’ve heard great things about House of Cards, particularly Kevin Spacey’s performance as the conniving Frank Underwood but I should warn anyone reading this that I know embarrassingly little about the American political system beyond the basics, so if at any point I complain about something that would be logical to a more knowledgeable viewer, feel free to call me out on it.
On a final note, I plan on switching up the way that the posts work. Right now, my usual method involves posting a summary with an informal (sometimes very informal) ‘discussion’ type section afterwards. I don’t particularly like that format because it means that I can’t discuss things as they happen or if something relatively minor catches my eye, it feels out of place to comment on it in a discussion of the whole episode. It was particularly problematic with Hannibal because that show was extremely dense in terms of its relevant dialogue. So, what I’m going to now if have a small write detailing what’s going on followed by a few comments on what just happened (if necessary). I don’t know how well that’ll work for a serious TV show, but I suspect it’ll feel more organic.
Anyway, that’s all for now. First episode of House of Cards will be up on 8th January, 2015, see you then!