[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 19 (S2E6)

The gloves come off as Frank and Raymond’s short, turbulent partnership comes to an end. In an episode characterized by conflict both between characters and within them, what is remarkable is how pointed each of these developments are towards a bigger picture. The majority of this episode is essentially a catfight between Tusk and Underwood … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 19 (S2E6)

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[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 18 (S2E5)

The first drops of blood have been spilt as Frank declares war on his former ally, Raymond Tusk. Their confrontation has been a long while coming - since the conclusion of last season, it's been obvious that there just isn't enough space in the Oval Office for both Underwood and Tusk. Frank, as always is … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 18 (S2E5)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 17 (S2E4)

Despite his forceful heroics last week, Frank once again finds himself in a corner. With the government threatening to shut down, Frank must woo a former comrade in Donald Blythe. Blythe has toughened up in the months since Underwood mercilessly used and discarded him and he is no longer an easy nut to crack. The … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 17 (S2E4)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 16 (S2E3)

It's time for Frank to deliver what he promised Raymond Tusk in the last episode: a clean, uncomplicated win that President Walker can talk up in his State of the Union speech. Of course, what might seem simple to Garett Walker is actually the result of a fair bit of political wheeling and dealing but … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 16 (S2E3)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 15 (S2E2)

Infighting and turmoil have been Frank Underwood's go-to tools when he begins his machinations. Barely moments after he is sworn in, Frank has resumed the task of undermining both Garett Walker and Raymond Tusk. Walker remains as malleable as ever but it is abundantly clear that Raymond Tusk will not go down without a fight. … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 15 (S2E2)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 14 (S2E1)

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent”, Isaac Asimov once wrote. It is a good rule of thumb for fiction in general; killing off inconvenient characters is a sign of lazy writing and doesn’t usually bode well for the surviving characters’ development. House of Cards is an interesting exception to this rule, it would … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 14 (S2E1)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 13 (S1E13)

The question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object is an old one yet extremely pertinent to the first season finale of House of Cards. The challenge, however, is identifying who, between Raymond Tusk and Frank Underwood, is what. Despite this episode’s ending, it isn’t yet clear who has emerged from … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 13 (S1E13)