House Of Cards Season 2 (Full Season) Review

Spoilers are present in this review.

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Welcome back, to the most the most quotable series of the decade. The monumentally superb second season has finally unveiled the true potential of House of Cards as a fearless rival for the traditional form of television making this series the digital eras ‘West Wing’.

“Cry havoc said he who fought chaos with chaos and let slip the dogs of war” – Congressman Francis Underwood as portrayed by Kevin Spacey

{ THE STORY }

The opening sequence of the second season of House of Cards welcomes us back to Washington directly where we left season one with the Underwoods jogging around their neighborhood late at night. Although the second season quickly moves into action as Underwood becoming Vice Presidential nominee is extremely near he starts by introducing his successor for Majority Whip although Zoe starts to make waves and with Frank still in his violent mood he draws in Zoe once again although this time to silence her permanently.

Despite Zoe Barnes taking a swift exit from her brief existence in the second season her presence remains a constant factor in the series, as Underwood’s determination to terminate all lose ends leads him to ferociously pursue Zoe’s collaborators Janine Skorsky and Lucas Goodwin as they continue their journalistic investigation to bring Frank Underwood to justice and hold him accountable for Zoe’s tragic passing. However, as Frank continues to rise in the political ranks so does his jurisdiction and becoming Vice President firmly puts the Federal Bureau of Investigation under his thumb, taking his treachery to an entirely new level Underwood enlists the FBI to help him seek and destroy his unsettled ends.

Frank’s use of the FBI drifts him unexpectedly into the freedom seeking path of a righteous hacker, which the FBI has kept a one hundred year prison sentence hanging over and as such in spite of his current ability to roam free within the FBI’s jurisdiction, the hacker uses a sting originally planned to imprison Lucas Goodwin as a carrier to get a virus inside the cell phone network granting him complete access to secretly gather text message evidence on Underwood to bargain with Doug Stamper for his protection from the FBI.

The obliteration of the herald’s characters drastically changes the journalistic atmosphere of the show as the Herald’s role becomes significantly reduced to that of one sole press pool reporter, this leaves the show mainly down to the political and supreme court aspects of the series. Although Goodwin is apparently liberated in the end of the season possibly leading to a presidential scandal and an early campaign base for the third season one year from now.

The impeachment of the Walker administration lands Underwood directly in the seat of the president without a single vote cast in his name. This will essentially allow Underwood ten years, given Walker’s resignation, in the role of the President allowing the show to potentially continue beyond even The West Wing’s seven seasons.

{ THE COMPARISON }

In comparison to the towering second season the first season of House of Cards looks like the two week stakeout before the kill, as well as being sophisticated, gruesome and consistent the second season uses the foundation laid by the first season to take the political tale from the edge of the frame to center stage. The show’s unhindered fourth-wall-breaking short but sweet speeches given directly to the audience continue to be used throughout the second season. However, it appears that the creators have begun to limit them to one or two per episode, unlike the first season with continued upwards of five per episode which previously begun to feel rather excessive after the first chapter.

The shows new 4K Ultra HD and Red camera platform have also changed the shows look along with its feel making it dazzling to watch as the show is the one of the first to make the leap away from the conventional high definition.

{ THE CONCLUSION }

The one hour series finale of House of Cards was gradually building the groundwork for the third season as well as following the fall of Walker until the final breath the finale sees Underwood take his place in the world renowned Oval Office and in the finale’s final sequence which was undoubtedly profound President Underwood does his characteristic trademark of the double tap on the presidents desk.

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James Rush is the Founding, News & Chief Editor for TFM.


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