Day 53. 205 pages, 96,942 words.
We just started watching House of Cards on Netflix. That’s the USian version, hence my hilarious capitalisation in the title … I was resistent to the idea of a USian reboot of perhaps my all-time favourite British political thriller. In the end I was won over by Kevin Spacey and all the positive comments I’ve heard about the show.
My approach, in this case, was to consider it as a different show, a different story, to the House of Cards / To Play the King / The Final Cut series. It has some connecting points – character names and titles, general plot, the narration style – but it’s a whole different set of politics.
I’ve only seen a couple of episodes so far but it isn’t terrible. It’s nicely-written and interesting. F.U. is a compelling character even if he’s not worthy to lick Ian Richardson’s boots. I imagine it will have a lot more shouting and violence and aggression, but that might just be my prejudice speaking. I’ve read that the later series go wonky and Underwood is actually a pretty terrible politician, let alone a mastermind. But I’ll see how it goes.
Mrs. Underwood is nicely-written and well-acted too. Just not sure she’s worthy to do anything with Mrs. Urquhart’s boots yet either.