House Of … Contemplation?

SPOILER ALERT … OR SOMETHING || By FITSNEWS || Ever since our founding editor spoiled the biggest Downton Abbey plot twist of all time via an errant tweet a few years back, we’ve been very careful to honor the concept of “spoiler alerts.” So … consider yourself warned.  This article will address…


|| By FITSNEWS || Ever since our founding editor spoiled the biggest Downton Abbey plot twist of all time via an errant tweet a few years back, we’ve been very careful to honor the concept of “spoiler alerts.”

So … consider yourself warned.  This article will address the much-anticipated third season of Netflix’s award-winning, critically acclaimed original drama House of Cards.  With some mild spoilage.

And yes … we know House of Cards‘ third season is so late February 2015 (and here we are in mid-March), but we’ve got an excuse: Rather than diving right into the new season when it was first released, we went back and started the entire series from the beginning … watching two or so episodes each night until we made our way to the new episodes.

And no … we haven’t finished the third season yet, we’re currently seven episodes (or a little more than halfway) into it.

Which leads us to our spoiler alert (for those of you who are inexplicably behind us in your House of Cards-ing, read no further) …

… ready …

… really …

…. because here it is ……

…….. W …. T …. F?

Seriously … what is going on with this show?   Is this some sort of joke?  And when is the real third season of House of Cards going to be released?

This website has effusively praised the drama in the past …

House of Cards is simply one of the best things ever put on film … big or small,” we wrote in anticipation of this year’s installment.

The show is “an exquisitely crafted web of intrigue and guile that literally oozes honesty and raw emotion,” we wrote last year.  We specifically praised Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of corrupt politician Frank Underwood as “the Michelangelo of Machiavellianism – a relentless, eternally adaptable schemer whose field of vision includes every conceivable chess move his opponents could make against him.”

We even once wrote that the show made The West Wing … Aaron Sorkin’s groundbreaking, issues-laden drama from a decade gone by … look “campy by comparison.”

We’ve also been intrigued by the show’s unique business model (even as we’ve opposed its ongoing taxpayer subsidization).

Now we’re almost to the point of opposing the show itself … for being terrible.

House of Cards‘ third season starts off with an episode devoted to a character we didn’t care much about in the first place … and who we kind of hoped had been killed off at the end of the last season.  That episode segued into a lingering back-and-forth over whether revenue from entitlements ought to be transferred into government economic development subsidies … and how Underwood and his allies might procedurally advance such a proposal.

Wait … what? 

Yeah … House of Cards is all about policy now.  So much so that it’s almost like watching C-SPAN sometimes.

Then there’s Underwood himself … whose sheer force of personality has driven this drama since its inception.  Well lately he’s driving it into the ground.

Screenwriters wrote him in the highest office in the land … then inexplicably decided to turn him into an insufferable bore.  With no testicles.  And a much weaker supporting cast around him … characters whose moods and machinations are developed with all the urgency and creativity of a local car dealer regurgitating his closing slogan.

It’s … terrible.  The plot.  The writing.  The acting.  All of it.  Zero cohesion, too.

Seriously, we’ve been waiting seven episodes for something … anything … to happen.

And maybe it eventually will … but halfway through the most anticipated season of the most anticipated television show in the world … we’re getting tired of waiting.


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Tangerine March 12, 2015 at 8:22 pm

I thought the first season was excellent. Second season, well I “think” I made it through it? Not sure the third is worth the time….

I’m waiting for the next Season of Vikings and Game of Thrones….

FastEddy23 March 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm

Yeah, I almost fell asleep during the last part of S. Two.

Tangerine March 12, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Exactly! That is why I’m not sure I even finished it. Did see a great movie the other day – Lucy!

Tangerine March 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

All the buzz today seems to be about Game Of Thrones, I “think” it is on Nextflix, but know it’s on Amazon.


FastEddy23 March 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Yes it is, but delayed one season.

Btw: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was interesting for about the first 30 minutes = a clash of belief systems. But there is a lot of hamburger helper in the script of the last hour, very predictable.

Tangerine March 12, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Those are the types of shows I like to watch right before bedtime, they make me sleepy :)

Tangerine March 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm

I do like Spacey….Several TV shows I like are Person of Interest, Black List, Orphan Black, Castle, The Good Wife, Helix, Falling Skies and Scandal started off good, but 1st Season is about as it as it gets. I also like some of the episodes on Nova.

Sam March 12, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Thanks. I thought I was alone in my dislike of the writing for this season. Sad.

Guest March 12, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Spoiler… Claire leaves Pres.

just another guy March 13, 2015 at 9:26 am

That is not nice

Drew Collins March 13, 2015 at 2:50 am

The BBC version is better.

Netflix Needs To Get That March 13, 2015 at 8:37 am

It would be nice if Netflix would get the rights to that show.

just another guy March 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

They do. I watched it in December.

jimlewisowb March 13, 2015 at 8:33 am


"Old Fart" March 15, 2015 at 8:44 am

I guess opinions are like something everyone has, to me, season 3 gets pretty interesting beginning with episode10.

HoC Fan March 13, 2015 at 8:35 am

I’ve only watched halfway thru so far and agree with you, however it looks like most of the major stuff happens in the second half of the season. I don’t know if it will make up for the dragging first half though. The first two seasons were top notch with plenty of jaw dropping moments and just everything was great, this one even if it redeems itself eventually could have been thought out better.

just another guy March 13, 2015 at 8:53 am

Sic, you are missing the point. It is showing how Frank is trying to be presidential and play nice, which is against how he has done things before. The season also focuses on Claire underwood and Frank’s relationship. The last episode will tie it all together.

cuvinny March 13, 2015 at 11:11 am

I liked the 3rd season, thought the 2nd was way to fucking over the top


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