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For the first time ever, I purchased the streaming service from Netflix solely to view the latest season of House of Cards. I am sad to say that my euphoria from successfully using Roku quickly faded into anger as I watched Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright portray fake characters that clearly jumped the shark.
The White House First Lady character, played by Robin Wright, was turned into an action hero. Camera angles constantly flaunted her nice rear end (which no 50-year-old woman First Lady has) while she read lines that would make any Washington insider spit out their coffee because they were so unreal. For example, in one episode, she was allowed to stay overnight in a Russian prison cell to negotiate the release of a prisoner held by the show’s Vlad Putin character.
Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood character lost his charm in the White House. He was much more enjoyable as a low-life in congress. He also gained 50-pounds, turning his character soft. Spacey seemed to be phoning it in this season.
The only entertaining segments for me were the scenes of the West Wing press room. I now know why, back in 2010, I was scolded for entering a certain room behind sliding doors. The president is often in there monitoring the briefings. I have since seen President Obama do this in real life.
Who is to blame for this quick demise of what was once a great TV drama? I blame David Fincher. It is no coincidence that I also slammed the film “Gone Girl“, directed by Fincher.
After botching two popular books, Gone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mr. Fincher has now made House of Cards nothing but a silly Lifetime channel drama. Fincher lacks a proper education and was somehow given these opportunities after directing Madonna music videos.
This is the second time within a week that Mr. Fincher has ruined my evening via Netflix. He must be stopped from ever making a big-budget film again.