[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)

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[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 12 (S1E12)

It is make-or-break for Frank Underwood as almost an entire season’s worth of scheming and soul-mongering comes to a head. Just when he thinks his path to the Vice-Presidency is clear, Garret Walker presents him with one final obstacle – billionaire Raymond Tusk. We haven’t met Tusk before or if we have, it wasn’t for … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 12 (S1E12)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 11 (S1E11)

Without me even really realizing it, we are approaching the end of Season 1! It certainly hasn’t felt like 11 episodes have already passed us, but they have and the season is certainly building up towards its climax. This week’s episode upped the ante in a way that I could not have possibly foreseen at … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 11 (S1E11)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 10 (S1E10)

Rebellion on all fronts. Claire, Zoe, Russo. I must not lose my resolve. I will march forward even if I have to do so alone. After Russo’s pet watershed Bill was narrowly defeated, it is time for Frank to take stock of his personnel and their loyalties. To say that his forces are in disarray … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 10 (S1E10)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 9 (S1E9)

After the slow pace of last week’s episode, we return to the main stage this week with implosions everywhere. On the home front, the tension between Frank and Claire manifests itself at the worst possible time and leaves Frank in a lurch that he would never have seen himself in before. Peter Russo’s stock has … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 9 (S1E9)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 8 (S1E8)

In most senses, this was a breather chapter. We take a step back from the plot developments of the last couple of episodes and instead, the primary plot concerning Frank and his master plan hibernates for a bit while we instead get small little peaks of who Francis Underwood was before he became Frank. There … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 8 (S1E8)

[TV] House of Cards – Chapter 7 (S1E7)

House of Cards is like watching a full blown power trip in real time. In the short span of a few episodes, we’ve seen Frank rise from Linda’s butt-boy, the man that the President used and then shrugged out like an itchy coat, to become the President’s right hand man, if not in title then … Continue reading [TV] House of Cards – Chapter 7 (S1E7)