TV Review – House Of Cards: Pilot (minor spoilers!)

I know, I know, I’m four seasons late to the party on this one. I’d seen it on Netflix before, but never chosen to watch it for various reasons; mostly because a lot of my Netflix choices are often light-hearted comedies and easy-to-binge favourites. As a student I preferred things I didn’t have to think about a lot of the time – that I could work while watching or just sit and relax with. House of Cards has been sat in my to watch list for a long time, and now I have the time to fully commit to it I figured I may as well review it in the process. Also, before you say it, yes I should’ve read the novels first – but in fairness to me, I didn’t know it was a book series until the title sequence!


The show begins with a dog getting hit by a car. Enter Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and the first of his infamous monologues, spoken as he strangles the dog. As a dog lover, killing one in the first scene of the show wasn’t exactly going to get me on side – but even I must admit it got my attention, and provided a powerful premise to the rest of the episode. Underwood is set to become Secretary of State under the newly elected president; however at the last minute another man is given the position. This triggers the cut-throat, yet measured attitude shown at the start of the programme – Frank doesn’t get angry, Frank calmly plans his revenge and acts carefully.

So far, the show is well written and cleverly done. I’ve heard a lot of good things, and I can see why it is so popular. Frank Underwood reflects the opinions many of us hold of politicians – he is jaded and sly, his morals are questionable and his goals are entirely selfish. Yet, he’s still incredibly likeable. His smooth talking, Southern charm appeals to us and although on paper I shouldn’t be able to stand him, there’s something that makes him a compelling protagonist.

I haven’t seen the British version, and as I said I didn’t know it was based on a book series, so my knowledge of the show is mostly limited to what’s in this episode. The pilot is interesting and well-paced, and has left me intrigued and wanting to find out more. I don’t think I’ll be able to binge watch it in one sitting, but I’m certainly hooked.


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5 thoughts on “TV Review – House Of Cards: Pilot (minor spoilers!)”

  1. I too, keep seeing it on Netflix and have heard nothing but rave reviews – yet still have not watched it. Myself, I tend more towards shows spinning off of fantasy, science fiction, and the supernatural. However, I’ll dabble in something like this from time to time. Politically framed shows have never had the slightest appeal for me, though. While I have no premise for this, whenever I scroll by it I just assume it must be similarly directed as shows such as “Law & Order”, while I know that’s a baseless and silly notion.

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    1. I haven’t seen Law & Order but I can say that House of Cards is very well done and worth at least trying if you feel like this sort of thing – I think you have to be in the right mood for though so don’t start it if you don’t feel like it! It does require some effort to watch but as I said, it’s been worth it so far to me 🙂

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  2. House of Cards is pretty good, have watched all the seasons. It’s interesting to watch because the casting is stellar ! Superb acting from the leads makes it stand out from the rest.

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