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  • dr_swin 4 Feb 2013 10:17:22 4,824 posts
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    Wow - I loved those books when I was younger.
  • RobAnybody 6 Feb 2013 15:14:17 824 posts
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    Three episodes into the Yank version and it just isn't drawing me in - not sure why but I do find most of the characters (escept Spacey's and the reporter) unlikeable and dull. Or is that the point?

    I'll keep at it .......... maybe I'll start to like it eventually.
  • bad09 25 Feb 2013 14:09:45 5,504 posts
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    Watched the first episode of this last night, as a brit not massively interested in US politics but thought it was quite good and kept me watching so gonna get into it. Spacey, as always, is just great to watch and I love his little chats with the camera in this (I worked with a yank who shared a flat with him many years ago, apparently he is a genuine really nice bloke).

    Didn't know it was a remake of a British series before coming in here though so might check out the brit version to.
  • Bremenacht 25 Feb 2013 14:31:49 15,753 posts
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    Oh please do. Ian Richardson is magnificent in the role. You'll love his lovely twinkly eye and amused grin as he tells viewers how his sneaky, underhanded schemes are doing. Even though the character is a cold-blooded, ambitious monster.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • Lukree 25 Feb 2013 14:32:51 155 posts
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    I cannot stand that Zoe character. Unbelievably dull, one-dimensional and uninspiring character.
  • bad09 26 Feb 2013 23:10:49 5,504 posts
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    Finished episode 7 tonight and really enjoying it so far but I still have little idea how this "house of cards" is fitting together but then I guess that's the whole point. Obviously by this time it's clear the education bill victory got him Russo but no idea where that is going.

    Despite the slight confusion as to what the hell is going on and why it's going on the characters are helping me stick with it though, some very interesting characters and good performances so I can see why it was getting praise. Top stuff, makes me want some ribs to.

    Bremancht I'll definitely check out the UK one, do you think it's best to wait and finish the US one first? I notice you said it was a different story on the previous page but will it spoiler or ruin anything for me by watching a bit of both?
  • bad09 26 Feb 2013 23:11:03 5,504 posts
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  • TheSaint 26 Feb 2013 23:14:30 13,629 posts
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    Just watched episode four. The Vita plug made recent Bond films product placement look subtle.
  • bad09 26 Feb 2013 23:22:14 5,504 posts
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    Yeah that made me giggle "is that a PS Vita? I gotta get one of those" :)
  • Bremenacht 27 Feb 2013 00:03:19 15,753 posts
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    bad09 wrote:
    Bremancht I'll definitely check out the UK one, do you think it's best to wait and finish the US one first? I notice you said it was a different story on the previous page but will it spoiler or ruin anything for me by watching a bit of both?
    I've not watched the US one yet! I've a bit longer to go on Lovefilm before I can cancel it and try Netflix.

    Based on what I'd read, the story in the US version is different. How different, I don't know - hopefully someone who's seen both can answer that.

    Either way, you've started the US one, so you may as well finish it!

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • RobAnybody 27 Feb 2013 09:10:15 824 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:

    Either way, you've started the US one, so you may as well finish it!
    I gave up about half way through episode 9 - I just couldn't get into the poorly written plot or the poorly written characters. Still, I tried ..........
  • GiarcYekrub 27 Feb 2013 09:38:28 3,583 posts
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    I loved it, can't wait till Season 2 which is stopping me from watching the UK version because I don't want to spoil it.
  • bad09 27 Feb 2013 20:18:45 5,504 posts
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    Holy shit he killed Russo! :eek:
  • beastmaster 27 Feb 2013 21:33:23 10,177 posts
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    Just started watching. I've got the original BBC trilogy series on DVD. If you've not seen it, it truly is exceptional.

    Now, back to watching this one...

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • craigy Senior UI Designer, Gamer Network 28 Feb 2013 10:24:59 7,386 posts
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    bad09 wrote:
    Yeah that made me giggle "is that a PS Vita? I gotta get one of those" :)
    Just got to that bit. I can't believe how terrible it was :D
  • bad09 28 Feb 2013 11:07:00 5,504 posts
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    @craigy

    It gets worse, there's a scene were he is sitting all thoughtful....in front of a large TV with PS3 start up screen going :redface:

    Kinda ruins things when product placement is that bad but they need to earn I guess.

  • craigy Senior UI Designer, Gamer Network 15 Mar 2013 09:19:45 7,386 posts
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    One episode left. Boy, have things ratcheted up in tension over the past few episodes!
  • Bremenacht 17 Apr 2013 00:44:46 15,753 posts
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    bad09 wrote:
    @craigy

    It gets worse, there's a scene were he is sitting all thoughtful....in front of a large TV with PS3 start up screen going :redface:

    Kinda ruins things when product placement is that bad but they need to earn I guess.

    Is that George Clooney?

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • Bremenacht 17 Apr 2013 00:48:38 15,753 posts
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    Started this recently. I'm enjoying it, but it's not quite as sharp as I was expecting. Then again, The Wire didn't grab me by the throat to begin with either. I think the UK version was relatively short, so it developed faster and felt punchier. Urqhart seemed lethal - his plan was made clear and developed from the start, whereas Underwood seems laid-back and unhurried. Maybe it's the length of the series again. Or the southern thang.

    Spacey is excellent. I love his accent. His wife's story is interesting. I do wonder where it's going.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • fletch7100 17 Apr 2013 00:50:19 6,167 posts
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    My favourite piece of subtle product placement in a movie


    Edited by fletch7100 at 00:50:44 17-04-2013
  • Bremenacht 23 Apr 2013 18:45:45 15,753 posts
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    I watched the episode with the 'Father's day' scene last night.

    Daddy conversation
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    Spacey Noshing
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    Spider
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    Creepy

    Edited by Bremenacht at 18:45:59 23-04-2013

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • Bremenacht 23 Apr 2013 23:55:11 15,753 posts
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    Another episode watched, and although I'm enjoying it, it is rather lacking in places.

    It isn't as sharp, cynical or as biting as I had expected. I'm not a box-set guy but even for me the format of this series seems a little familiar, as if there are certain subjects which they simply had to cover in order to provide depth and background to Frank Underwood.

    As a result, I'm seeing stuff I wouldn't have expected. Positive attributes. Hope, trust, friendship. Family values. Mundanity even.

    Maybe I'm I'm remembering the original series a little too rosily, but it made it's mark quickly, kept up the pace and got to the point quickly.

    Maybe it'll ramp up over the next couple of episodes.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • sirtacos 24 Apr 2013 02:08:12 7,205 posts
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    Saw the first 2 episodes the other day. Kevin Spacey certainly doesn't disappoint. In fact the acting is top-notch all around. Not a fan of the 4th-wall breaking narration, though. Seems like a lazy device.
  • Stickman 24 Apr 2013 07:20:07 29,407 posts
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    It's pretty much what made House of Cards the programme it was, separating it from countless other political dramas. An extremely unlikable protagonist makes you root for him by drawing the viewer into his confidence.

    THIS SPACE FOR RENT

  • sirtacos 24 Apr 2013 10:47:12 7,205 posts
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    I'm not disputing its function or its effectiveness, it's just a personal preference. Except for the 'lazy device' part- that's an opinion. Admittedly a very debatable one

    Wait, you say 'was'. Did it not get renewed for a second season?

    Never mind, google says it did.

    Edited by sirtacos at 10:51:46 24-04-2013
  • Bremenacht 24 Apr 2013 10:52:00 15,753 posts
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    I think he meant the original series.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • sirtacos 24 Apr 2013 11:04:55 7,205 posts
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    Ah.
  • Widge Moderator 26 Apr 2013 11:29:33 12,595 posts
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    @bad09 Yeah, he is constantly playing Killzone too. I recognise that twinkle noise anywhere!

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    www.unpaused.co.uk - electronic noise adjective salad

  • Huggybear 26 Apr 2013 11:57:36 520 posts
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    craigy wrote:
    bad09 wrote:
    Yeah that made me giggle "is that a PS Vita? I gotta get one of those" :)
    Just got to that bit. I can't believe how terrible it was :D
    That's nothing. Wait until you get to:



    That's apparently a total of nine iPhones and iPads for two people.

    I did like the series though, Spacey is just right for the role.

    Edited by Huggybear at 12:00:01 26-04-2013
  • TheSaint 26 Apr 2013 12:27:35 13,629 posts
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    Spacey was good at the political side but he really struggled at any of the more human scenes. I didn't find his affair with that reporter in any way believable and some of the scenes were just plain creepy.
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