Second season of ‘House of Cards’ released on Netflix

Zachariah Swope
Staff Writer

*Spoilers Follow

Last season of “House of Cards” left off with a cliffhanger with people closing in on uncovering Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his plan to gain power. This season starts exactly where the first season left off, Frank and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) going for a run. The first few minutes of the second season not a word was said but it had an impact. What was that impact? Well it eases you in on what could be considered a masterpiece of television.

Kevin Spacey plays a corrupt politician who is booted into office without election.
Kevin Spacey plays a corrupt politician who is booted into office without election.

To get the sense of the whole season one must talk about the first episode. For the first hour Frank Underwood doesn’t break the fourth wall at all until the very last moment. Before all that though, Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) was murdered by Frank, Frank was sworn in as VP, and Frank does everything in his power to protect the house of cards he built (pun intended). Then out of nowhere he breaks it (the fourth wall). Frank talks about either hunt or be hunted. This is the basis of the whole season until the very last shot.
From that first breaking of the fourth wall, with the monologue of Frank Underwood, to the very end of the season, it is a rollercoaster ride. One moment you will think Frank will get away with it, another he won’t, and then back to him getting away with it. The suspense can kill you but if you stick with it, it definitely will be satisfying. There is so much that makes this season so great.
The performances are one of the greatest things about this show. The casts, both lead and supporting, are phenomenal. Kevin Spacey steals with the show as the clever and evil Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife Claire. Even newcomers like Molly Parker as the new majority whip Jacqueline Sharp give goose bumps with their performances.
Pacing of the show is also a great thing. The show will throw bombshell after bombshell on you, not leaving a boring moment at all. There will be a ton of “what the heck” moments and this is what made “House of Cards” so great in the first place. Actually, the show topped itself.
Even with all the great things with the show there were some hiccups along the way. Some story lines were under-used or just disappeared all together, though they most likely will appear next season. There was even some inconsistencies with character development, mainly in the new characters being brought it. With that being said, it still is a great show.
The show topped itself and when the season ends you will be clambering for more. There won’t be much of a cliffhanger but it sure will leave you with your jaw dropped. Rarely does a show like this political drama about revenge, do well after the first season especially when the show was a huge gamble to begin with. Netflix can rest easy knowing they need not worry that the show won’t do well because it definitely will surpass all expectations, which are high enough as they are.
Frank Underwood has added more to the house he built. Now can he keep it standing or will he go for more? We will just have to wait a long excruciating year to find out. Though that gives another year to binge watch the amazing second season over and over again.

GRADE: 5/5