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Old 15-02-2014, 21:59
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Old 20-02-2014, 09:23
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I don't think this season was as good as the first one, but I still enjoyed it. It was also good to see a more human side to Claire. Looking forward to season 3. Hopefully, back on track with regards to the original story & deaths.
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Old 20-02-2014, 09:30
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Is this an Amercianised version of the BBC's House of Cards based on Michael Dobbs books? Hard to imagine anyone 'out Urquarting' Ian Richardson but I intend to give this a go after I finish Breaking Bad as I adore Kevin Spacey.

Good old Netflix had opened a whole new world of stunning TV to me.
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Old 20-02-2014, 12:08
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It's been soooo long since the UK series that I may be wrong about this, but: didn't Season 2 end with
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(or something like that), so I was expecting the US S2 to end in a similar fashion with FU taking over a President and giving us all a OMG moment as our minds run wild trying to imagine just what the heck he's gonna do with all that power, etc etc. But no, we didn't get that, it didn't feel like a wow ending, more of a ad-break ending, darn it. Makes me look less favourably on the preceding eps as I felt they were all leading up to something big, paving the way for someone awesome. But no, instead of something amazing we crashed into a wall of disappointment. (or something like that). Maybe when viewed with S3 I'll feel less
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Old 20-02-2014, 13:57
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Is this an Amercianised version of the BBC's House of Cards based on Michael Dobbs books? Hard to imagine anyone 'out Urquarting' Ian Richardson but I intend to give this a go after I finish Breaking Bad as I adore Kevin Spacey.

Good old Netflix had opened a whole new world of stunning TV to me.
It's a reinterpretation of the original books rather than a remake of the BBC series. Some of the general story lines overlap but it's a very different show. The original had quite a bit of dramatic flair and humour whilst this one is a very serious drama. Apart from both being ruthless, machavellian schemers, the two lead characters are quite different. The talking to camera remains though and is done pretty well.

It's been soooo long since the UK series that I may be wrong about this, but: didn't Season 2 end with
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(or something like that), so I was expecting the US S2 to end in a similar fashion with FU taking over a President and giving us all a OMG moment as our minds run wild trying to imagine just what the heck he's gonna do with all that power, etc etc. But no, we didn't get that, it didn't feel like a wow ending, more of a ad-break ending, darn it. Makes me look less favourably on the preceding eps as I felt they were all leading up to something big, paving the way for someone awesome. But no, instead of something amazing we crashed into a wall of disappointment. (or something like that). Maybe when viewed with S3 I'll feel less
Um, season two does end with Underwood becoming President? I agree that it was done it a pretty low key way but the last scene was actually frightening!
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Old 20-02-2014, 15:21
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Um, season two does end with Underwood becoming President?


Are you saying (A) Underwood DID become President at the end, or are you (B) asking if I expected that to happen cos of how the UK series went ?

If (A) then I really need to rewatch the last ep cos I thought Underwood had simply gathered support for a run at the presidency in 2016 (or whenever the next election was happening). The President was still President, having just given a TV thing with his wife expressing his love for God, Wifey and Country (not necessarily in that order).

If (B) then yes that IS what I thought was going to happen.
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Old 20-02-2014, 15:45
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Are you saying (A) Underwood DID become President at the end, or are you (B) asking if I expected that to happen cos of how the UK series went ?

If (A) then I really need to rewatch the last ep cos I thought Underwood had simply gathered support for a run at the presidency in 2016 (or whenever the next election was happening). The President was still President, having just given a TV thing with his wife expressing his love for God, Wifey and Country (not necessarily in that order).

If (B) then yes that IS what I thought was going to happen.
If you've just watched a 26 episode drama about US politics without knowing that when the President resigns the Vice President automatically takes over then . . . . . .well geezzz, i'm kinda lost for words.

What did you think was happening in the last 10 minutes of the episode? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that maybe you pressed 'stop' too early and missed him saying 'I swear to execute the office of the President of the United States'.
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Old 20-02-2014, 16:42
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It ended with Frank being sworn in as President. How did zwixxx miss that?
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Old 20-02-2014, 18:34
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Crickey. Maybe I can put it down to HoC overload - I'd just watched too much that my brain had run out of space to contain it all.

So yes, I do know if Pressy resigns then Vicey jumps in, but I was so sure the series had ended with Pressy still as Pressy and Vicey having gathered his team to destroy Pressy in the next season - which was why I was so :huh: about the season. Now that it appears I've kinda missed a couple of things, kinda freakin important things, methinks I should maybe give that last ep a rewatch and turn my :huh: onto an :mygodthisrocks:

btw: maybe my brain was warped by images of that threesome from the previous ep - though I'm beating one of you more-attentive watchers will come back to say that never happened and I musta just imagined it.
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Old 20-02-2014, 19:31
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btw: Just discovered there are 13 eps in S2 and I've only seen 12 - which might help explain things.

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Old 21-02-2014, 15:56
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btw: maybe my brain was warped by images of that threesome from the previous ep - though I'm beating one of you more-attentive watchers will come back to say that never happened and I musta just imagined it.
It did indeed happen and was a bit of a shocker and a bit arty in the way it was done. During the middle of the scene I was starting to think that it was some sort of dream sequence. I think that episode was directed by Robin Wright.

It may have been added to cement the relationship[ between Claire and the Special Service guy which would be required if series three follows the same plot line as the UK version. I can't wait!!!
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Old 21-02-2014, 17:47
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Just seen the real last ep and I must say that works much better as a finale than had the series ended with ep 12.

... may have been added to cement the relationship[ between Claire and the Special Service guy which would be required if series three follows the same plot line as the UK version. I can't wait!!!
^makes me want to binge on the whole 3 UK series this weekend.

Though maybe the US show won't follow the UK S3 cos iiuc that would kinda mean S3 US would be the last, which Netflix might not be keen to see, what with the show being such a hit for them. Though maybe this show has always been intended as a 3 seasoner. Either way I'm looking forward to President FU.
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Old 21-02-2014, 20:06
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Glad you've now caught up with the rest of us.
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Old 21-02-2014, 22:31
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The variations with the UK version are interesting. The death of Stamper is quite a contrast. Also the relationship with Meecher. That ménage a trois was quite a shocker. Underwood's bisexuality was referred to earlier when he visited his old school.
I do not understand exactly why Frank buried his graduation ring at the Civil War site. Is it because he was humbled or felt undeserving of it? (is that possible lol?) if anyone has a theory?
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Old 21-02-2014, 23:53
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Glad you've now caught up with the rest of us.
took me a while but I finally made it.
I do not understand exactly why Frank buried his graduation ring at the Civil War site. Is it because he was humbled or felt undeserving of it? (is that possible lol?) if anyone has a theory?
I know when a loved one dies, people often put their own medals on top of the coffin to be buried with the deceased as a sign of respect / love / devotion / etc - so I felt he was doing this to honour his great-great-?-grand father who died in that field.
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Old 27-02-2014, 23:38
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Just finished it. Nothing short of incredible this season, right up to that chilling ending. Bring on Season 3.
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Old 28-02-2014, 12:20
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btw: Just discovered there are 13 eps in S2 and I've only seen 12 - which might help explain things.
I made the same mistake! I thought the ending was a bit weak and disappointing until I realised.
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Old 28-02-2014, 14:00
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I made the same mistake! I thought the ending was a bit weak and disappointing until I realised.
we're a couple of numpties.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:56
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superb, can't wait for season three, best political drama since The West Wing for sure (and that's saying something!) the acting is fantastic and the plot is very good, always keeps you wanting more!

will be fascinating to see how he acts as President and the ramifications of Rachel attacking Stamper!
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:17
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brilliant season, better than s1 imo

and what a finale!

President Frank Underwood! what a journey in just 26 episodes!
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:40
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brilliant season, better than s1 imo

and what a finale!

President Frank Underwood! what a journey in just 26 episodes!
It just makes you sad that there's another year before we get to see anymore of it.

I'm half tempted to wait with these series to see if they take off so I can binge watch them in one go. Watching Breaking Bad over 6 years must have been a killer!
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Old 07-03-2014, 16:45
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It just makes you sad that there's another year before we get to see anymore of it.

I'm half tempted to wait with these series to see if they take off so I can binge watch them in one go. Watching Breaking Bad over 6 years must have been a killer!
yeh but with great binges come great waiting periods as uncle ben parker would say
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