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What do you think of Kevin Spacey's House of Cards?

Asked by mazingerz88 (17834 points ) February 6th, 2013

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Netflix has recently started streaming House of Cards, a political drama series starring Kevin Spacey as a majority whip US congressman. I like Kevin Spacey and so far, I’m really warming up to the show. How about you?

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glacial's avatar

Just popping in here to follow the question.

I will probably wait until the season is finished to check it out. I enjoyed the BBC series it is based on; not sure how they’re going to stretch it out to 13 episodes.

janbb's avatar

I hate it when Americans feel they have to make a remake of things so I am not watching it as a statement. :-P

mazingerz88's avatar

@glacial If I’m not mistaken, the show is exclusively offerred by Netflix. And all 13 episodes of the first season are available already.

@janbb I read a review citing the differences and similarities between the two shows. I haven’t seen the British version but this reviewer liked House of Cards for many reasons, one of which was the effective manner of tackling each of the characters story arc independently. Something the original did not have. ( if I read that review right )

glacial's avatar

@mazingerz88 Oh, I read “The first season premiered on Feb 1, 2013” and just assumed it would take some time. Cool. I don’t have Netflix, but have never found that to be an impediment.

Bellatrix's avatar

I missed the British version and am just about to start watching it. I will hold off watching the US remake until then. I do like Kevin Spacey though.

Pachy's avatar

LOVED IT. I watched all 13 episodes in three days. Spacey is great, and I’m absolutely in love with Robin Wright (she was “Jenny” in “Forest Gump). Lots of other terrific performances, but a few too far over the top for my taste. Having now seen the American version, I’m now I’m trying to watch the British version.

Question to those of you who watched it. If you’re familiar with the series that ran last year and the year before called “Boss,” did you see as many similarities between the two series as I did?

Bellatrix's avatar

They cancelled Boss @Pachyderm_In_The_Room! I watched that very recently! I am really disappointed. Can’t comment on similarities yet. I will when I have watched the other two programmes.

Pachy's avatar

@janbb, I jumped into the British series as soon as I finished the American one, and though I’ve watched only an hour of it, already I’m fascinated by the contrast between the two, both between the British characters and their American counterparts, and between the political situations of each country.

I’m not thinking of Spacey’s version as so much a remake as a retake.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I’ve been looking to watch it just haven’t been in the mood for that kinda show yet. Been watching a lot of Green Wing lately. I do love Spacey though so I imagine I’ll enjoy this show. I’m also pretty excited about this whole shows made just for Netflix route that Netflix is taking, it seems like the next logical step for them. Can’t fucking wait for Arrested Development to come back…

Pachy's avatar

Oh, sorry you didn’t like “Boss,” @Bellatrix. I liked it a lot. Yes, I knew it was cancelled and I was sorry—would have liked to see where they were going to take it.

Bellatrix's avatar

I did like it. I’m upset it was cancelled. I don’t understand why they didn’t continue with it.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Well I just finished watching House of Cards. I really enjoyed that show. I was happy Netflix released it all at once but at the same time I’m not because I marathoned it and know im going to be waiting for quite some time till I get more episodes.

I thought the show was really well done and it was interesting to see Underwood’s plotting vs what happened and how he had to constantly adjust his plans and manipulate others to succeed. The only thing I’m kinda eh with in regards to the show is the breaking of the 4th wall. Near the end it started to grow on me but in the first couple episodes I found the way they did it to just be awkward and take away from the overall experience.

I’ll defintely have to go check out Boss now. Knowing nothing about Boss, I don’t see how House of Cards can really be a remake of it but more like how @Pachyderm_In_The_Room said in that its a retake. Too much of the show is in American culture. I can see how this could be adapted from a British version but I feel the two would still be two totally different shows unlike many of the other UK to US ports.

janbb's avatar

@uberbatman “House of Cards” is a remake of the British program “House of Cards” that starred Ian Richardson.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@janbb Ok(misread above) but still there is just so much going on in the US version that is relevant only to US politics/culture that I don’t see how the UK one wouldn’t be dramatically different.(not saying better or worse, just different)

janbb's avatar

@uberbatman Makes sense.

glacial's avatar

@uberbatman The UK version was much shorter (roughly 4 hours). I assume that with such an increase in length, there was room to add a lot more detail to the plot of the US version (which runs around 13 hours).

El_Cadejo's avatar

@glacial Makes sense. And this is only the first season, there is going to be more. I’ll have to look up the original sometime

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