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Is ‘House of Cards’ the new black?


The mourning stage had set in. After watching the last episode of “Breaking Bad,” nothing seemed to be the same.

There was the feeling you get when you finish a really good book — the rest of the world seems to go about their business, but your world halts for a brief, reflective moment.

How can all of these other people be oblivious to the chapter that had just closed?

That was exactly how I was feeling, so naturally I investigated to see what other television shows my friends were watching in hopes of filling the RV-shaped hole in my heart. The response was overwhelming: “House of Cards.”

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Politics had never interested me. All the talk of amendments and taxes and majorities is a headache.

I tried to watch “The West Wing” once, and even though it was more of a situational drama than a political one, it still couldn’t hold my interest.

Though skeptical, I decided to give the Netflix original a try. There was nothing to lose.

The first episode began, and positioned behind my iPhone, I had a feeling of uncertainty.

Within the first five minutes, the familiar rush of a looming binge-watch session had returned.

The moment Francis Underwood, Democratic majority whip played by Kevin Spacey, breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to his audience. You are immediately powerless to turn off the series.

Frank is good Machiavellian character. It’s the way he plays the rest of the members of the House against one another with the charm of a southern gentleman.

The interpersonal relationships pulled me in – the deep background stories of the characters and, shockingly, the politics.

The first season quickly went by and luckily the second season had just appeared on Netflix right on cue. I ate up both seasons much quicker than I care to admit.

During the last episode of the second season, I began to feel the nagging void of a good thing ending all over again.

How could the producers expect us to go on after that cliff-hanger of the second season? When will the season three trailer come out? Could I change my major to political science to get my fill of the politics I was missing from Vice President Underwood?

The good thing about “House of Cards,” unlike “Breaking Bad,” is that it’s coming back this season on Feb. 27 and I couldn’t be more excited.

According to the trailer that was released several weeks ago, the political intrigue and interpersonal drama will continue.

The only question is, when will the House of Cards fall apart?



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