When I first heard that Netflix had bought the sole distribution rights to Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards I didn’t really give it much thought. But after seeing the first preview for the 13 episode political drama, I suddenly took notice.
I’ve watched the first 4 episodes so far, and House of Cards is simply amazing. If your first thought is “Netflix? Bah… this will be a cheap, second rate attempt at a show that couldn’t get picked up on network television” let me assure you how very, very wrong you are. There is nothing cheap about this show. It is extremely well acted, and superbly produced.
Francis Underwood (Spacey) is a ruthless political figure who is promised a prestigious appointment in the President elect’s cabinet, only to have the new President renege on that promise.
From that point, Francis is quietly working against the administration and positioning himself for greater power. This cut-throat behind the scenes power play is fast-moving and completely engrossing. I was glued to the TV throughout the first 4 episodes, and can’t wait to get back to House of Cards tonight.
Great job, Netflix!