"House of Cards": A Gumbo of the Obsequious and Salacious Goings on in D.C.
"House of Cards" with Kevin Spacey which started yesterday on Netflix is, from what I've seen so far, on the money, so to speak, regarding our corrupt crony capitalist system . It was a hit in the UK, so Netflix decided to gamble and produce it themselves. They got David Fincher and the guy that wrote the political thriller "Ides of March", Beau Willimon, to write the scripts. You can watch all 13 episodes at once too. But Variety calls that "binge viewing" and will lead the company to ruin while Netflix calls it viewer autonomy and believes it can bring in new viewers because of it and make a nifty profit. Hollywood and Silicon Valley rarely see eye to eye, so no surprise at Variety's harumphing.
Whatever... I heartily recommend it. Great acting, writing, directing, cinematography, and set design. This fictional D.C. is the opposite of "The West Wing". It's not an idealistic place. It's a cesspool. It's all about corruption, drinking too much, eating too much, dead dogs, flabby politicians. Delicious in it's evilness. As Kevin Spacey's character explains:
“Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after 10 years. Power is the old stone house that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.”
I believe that they are offering a free month which is $8 normally. You do need a device that can stream Netflix to your TV like an Apple TV or watch it on a computer or I Pad. For political junkies, it's much more fun than reading about another outrage by some politician. Take a break. Live vicariously for awhile. Watch it.
I have a longer version of this which gets into television as a means of talking to my conservative neighbors beyond the "phatic communication" that The Archdruid talks about. It's over at The Montana Maven.