Have you watched season five of House of Cards? If so, what did you think? If you were to look at Rotten Tomatoes, it seems that it averages at 72%. Which summed up in words would be: fair. One word that most people are using to describe this season is “dark” as well as slightly preposterous. And maybe, in our current political climate, it hits too close to home.
Oh yeah, there’ll be some spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t finished your binge watching, just look at the pretty shirts.
Even in a fair season, there’s nothing more fun than watching Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood chew up the small screen. He barely won his second term in office. And after that, it was far from smooth sailing. There were more scandals than Scandal, and he had to step down.
But hey, guess who took his place? His wife and running mate, Claire Underwood (played by the can-do-no-wrong Robin Wright). The former business CEO made the transition to Vice President. And then, after those scandals erupted, her husband stepped down and she became the first female president.
Makes you wonder how much in advance they had to shoot this latest season. Were they trying to mirror what they predicted would happen? Or did they wait until the last minute to get the scripts done. It’s quite possible they thought what is now our reality would never happen, but were sure it would make for great drama. Surprise! Now it’s a mirror held up to our reality.
Especially when it came to the nail biting election night… the one in the fictional television show, not the one on the news. In this case, neither candidate won the Electoral College. This season was a lesson in civics, teaching us what happens in this situation (and to be honest, I’m still a little confused). Claire Underwood got her first taste of the presidency while the main presidential race was being sorted out. Talk about some heavy-handed foreshadowing.
Apparently, as a country, we can’t get enough politics. It’s not enough that our news and social media is filled with it, we are also drawn to television shows that fictionalize them. Besides House of Cards we go Scandal, VP and Designated Survivor, to name a few. Though each have their own little twist to them, House of Cards comes off as the most… well, opposite of the classic show The West Wing.
Not sure how much longer this House of Cards will remain standing. As I noted, this season fell in the middle ground. I hope that, now that our real political fate has been foreseen (for the most part), Season Six will be more about focusing on this world, rather than trying to make some connection to what’s really going on. Though let’s hope Frank’s being frank about his wrongdoings at the end of the season doesn’t end up pulling the show further down in approval ratings.