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  • Mola_Ram 16 Mar 2014 10:09:54 8,329 posts
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    Don't get me wrong. I'm not against the concept of product placement, particularly in this case. I just find it funny, that's all. :)
  • L0cky 16 Mar 2014 11:58:59 1,560 posts
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    Strange product placement if that's the case. Microsoft then Apple then HTC/Google, followed up by BlackBerry.

    Frank even switched his Xbox for a PlayStation iirc.
  • Mola_Ram 16 Mar 2014 12:49:36 8,329 posts
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    Well, in the second episode, Stella Artois gets not-so-subtly namedropped, when two characters are apparently having beers in this guy's office, in the middle of the day. You could almost see the actors resisting the urge to turn the labels towards the camera.

    Again, I don't find it particularly objectionable. It's just a little weird how obvious it is.
  • DugBriderider 2 Jul 2014 09:45:27 531 posts
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    TarickStonefire wrote:

    Will probably watch Season 3 when it happens just because of the main guy's performance (forgot his name!) but plot-wise, meh.
    Really! there are 26 episodes of mostly Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood plus 7 pages of it here, I get the impression you weren't paying attention.

    Just finished myself and enjoyed it a lot, I am old enought to just remember the BBC version so there are no big surprises apart from When I shouted at the TV "Meechum Nooooo!" and had to turn away at the vile 2 way seduction
  • Dougs 17 Jul 2014 12:05:55 69,542 posts
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    That was outstanding. Enjoyed S2 way more than the 1st, but as Psycho says, there was lots to set up, characters to develop. I also now have a bit of a love thing for the actress that plays Jackie Sharp.
  • faux-C 17 Jul 2014 12:38:58 9,651 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    That was outstanding. Enjoyed S2 way more than the 1st, but as Psycho says, there was lots to set up, characters to develop. I also now have a bit of a love thing for the actress that plays Jackie Sharp.
    Yeah she's great. You should get on Deadwood if you haven't already.
  • Dougs 17 Jul 2014 12:59:13 69,542 posts
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    I've seen the first half a dozen episodes but it's not my wife's favourite genre, so we gave up a bit. Do need to check it out again,
  • mattk84 17 Jul 2014 12:59:21 585 posts
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    Once this is done I intend to watch the English original to see how it compares.

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  • Bremenacht 18 Jul 2014 00:03:43 19,666 posts
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    Urquhart or Underwood.
  • TheRealBadabing 18 Jul 2014 00:11:40 1,370 posts
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    Series 1 of the BBC version is amazing but the next two have aged badly.

    The US version seems to have maintained the quality throughout but Underwood at his best would never be a match for series 1 Urquhart.
  • MrSensible 13 Aug 2014 09:59:32 25,394 posts
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    Just started watching this last night and really enjoyed the first episode. I wasn't sure what to expect but it set up the plot very well and Spacey is always great.

    I'm not sure if I was supposed to or not, but I kept cracking up at the wee little glances he keeps giving the camera.
  • geeza2020 19 Aug 2014 13:17:34 1,888 posts
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    Just finished the 2nd series of this and I'm completely obsessed with Spacey's Frank Underwood. He's just superb. There are weaknesses in the show with so many threads which don't always end in a satisfactory way (Hammerschmidt? Wasn't he supposed to be following up on Lewis's suspicions? He got one interview with Frank, and we never see him again...) but Spacey is just a privilege to watch. Felt sorry for the president, which us something I never thought I would think or write. Roll on series 3!
  • craigy Staff 28 Aug 2014 11:59:32 7,850 posts
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    Cool deconstruction of the House of Cards theme tune here:
    http://songexploder.net/episode-7-jeff-beal/
  • FrostPan 13 Sep 2014 14:51:13 246 posts
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    Season 1: 9/10
    Season 2: 8/10

    Massive spoilers within the spoiler tags for both series.

    Watched this recently, brilliant show. Didn't know what to expect really, but from watching the first episode it's been gripping. Love the Frank Underwood character and how dark and twisted his character is.
    Killing off Russo was one thing, but pushing off Zoe in front of the train was a shocker for me. Love how he hardly ever mentions her again :D
    I love how Frank's wife is also twisted and as devious as him.

    The forth wall of Frank talking is excellent - tons of amazing quotes and insights of his thoughts and motivations.
    Series 1 was consistently excellent, series 2 was great but the whole Doug/Rachel, Lucas and the hacker's plot lines were really irritating to watch at times, some of it were just not needed at all.

    Season 3 for next year I definitely look forward to.

    Edited by FrostPan at 14:54:06 13-09-2014
  • LionheartDJH 24 Sep 2014 20:21:41 19,549 posts
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    Just signed up to Netflix and started watching this, it's a bit good isn't it? Hooked after 5 episodes and can't wait to see more. I wasn't sure about the fourth wall stuff at first but I actually love it now. Spacey + Machiavelli = win.

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  • Armoured_Bear 20 Nov 2014 19:54:39 11,936 posts
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    I just watched the first two series, really enjoyed it at first but it annoyed me more and more how utterly obvious and predictable it was. You can tell a million years before that he's going to become VP and also president. There's no fucking suspense at all, just waiting to see the manipulative cunt get his way.

    I hate the bad guys winning all the time :-(

    Edited by Armoured_Bear at 20:02:31 20-11-2014

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  • CosmicFuzz 20 Nov 2014 20:00:05 25,676 posts
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    Obvious AND unpredictable?

    Come listen to us discuss the Playstation Experience in Episode 11 of Open Source. zoolophage writes in!

  • Armoured_Bear 20 Nov 2014 20:02:46 11,936 posts
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    CosmicFuzz wrote:
    Obvious AND unpredictable?
    One 'un too many...

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  • Bremenacht 20 Nov 2014 23:13:51 19,666 posts
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    He makes it very clear what the nature of his ambition has become from the very first episode. So, you then have to wonder, having ruthlessly knifed his way to the top, what (or who) is left for him to attack?

    Edited by Bremenacht at 23:14:24 20-11-2014
  • LionheartDJH 20 Nov 2014 23:27:00 19,549 posts
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    @Bremenacht that is the question, but perhaps the tables will get turned and he'll be on the defensive. I think Claire is actually more devious and manipulative and she might turn on him.

    Edited by LionheartDJH at 23:27:25 20-11-2014

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  • richarddavies 20 Nov 2014 23:30:53 2,935 posts
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    Love the show and seeing where he ended up at the end of season 2 makes me interested what the next series will hold. Theres only one direction to go when your at the tippety top.....
  • Mola_Ram 20 Nov 2014 23:55:38 8,329 posts
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    He'll get to power and realise that he can't do anything if the republicans control congress. So future seasons will consist of him methodically destroying congressmen and senators with targeted drone strikes and blaming it on terrorists.
  • The-Bodybuilder 20 Nov 2014 23:59:22 14,446 posts
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    The show will take a biblical twist as Frank reveals himself to be the anti-Christ and proceeds to shag prozzies on the newly rebuilt Jerusalem temple.
  • Bauul 21 Nov 2014 00:34:45 194 posts
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    He'll realize his power is limited by the senate, so using his contacts gets a large corporation to blockade his home state, effectively starting a private war. He then uses this as a pretense to begin building a bigger US military over which he was complete control to combat the corporation.

    He escalates the war on both sides, with the corporation resorting to robots and the government resorting to clones. After a few years of this, when the country has collapsed under the pressure of the war, he promotes himself to supreme leader, disbands congress, merges the two armies and begins a 30-year reign of terror.

    Eventually he's killed by one of the placement students from series 1 who throws him down a coolant shaft.

    Or am I getting that mixed up with something else?
  • Jeepers 21 Nov 2014 07:36:46 13,316 posts
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    Worth watching the BBC original (also on Netflix) if you enjoyed this. Richardson is easily a match for Spacey.
  • mothercruncher 21 Nov 2014 08:09:40 7,880 posts
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    I enjoyed the plot, the characterisation, the direction and whatnot.

    But mostly I enjoyed Kate Mara's bottom.
  • PES_Fanboy 21 Nov 2014 08:11:31 18,999 posts
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    Better looking at that than her chimp face
  • Armoured_Bear 21 Nov 2014 08:30:04 11,936 posts
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    PES_Fanboy wrote:
    Better looking at that than her chimp face
    Shut your whore mouth!
    She was lovely, as was Christina...

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  • mothercruncher 21 Nov 2014 08:34:05 7,880 posts
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    Always spoiling my wanking PES.

    That doesn't quite sound right.
  • Bremenacht 21 Nov 2014 10:52:46 19,666 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:
    Worth watching the BBC original (also on Netflix) if you enjoyed this. Richardson is easily a match for Spacey.
    I think the 3rd series of the original is as good an indicator of what happens to Frank as any. As such, LionheartDJH, I think you might be right!
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