There is over-arching angst. Tom broods in his different life trajectory. This is not emotionally charged. Baddies are humourless, frivolous and self-prompting. There is no moral grime just ponderous pretentious melodrama that lacks piquant realism. This was raging idiocy. Abe has pomposity and is spectacularly pointless. This is a contrived narrative. This causes teeth-grinding frustration. Abe doesn’t have any regard. Chuck does stuff. Tom’s presidency is framed by the circumstances and context of the times he lives in. There is no gleeful darkness.
Did TPTB do a ‘No Way Out’ homage? Catalan has fixed determination. Abe is ridiculous with no idea of social conduct. Abe is pernicious and makes a concerted effort to annoy. Abe is all outward hostility and faint distain. This was bewilderingly terrible. The fired crazed General lurks at home and is bellicose. Abe is selfish and incoherent. There is no intensification. The authorities are gormless. Catalan has no nihilist cool. He and Hannah fight and then he dies.
I felt a baffling lack of interest in this. Seth is an exceptionally weak character. Expectations are met. Abe has egregious brazen nerve and effrontery. There are lots of theatrical glances. The damning secret is out, there is no gleam of hope and this is an unmitigated disaster. Nobody emerges with the slightest shred of credit, the government gather in one place for the first time since 1x01; Tom makes a speech of sombre enthusiasm. I never believed in their danger or their emotional connection.
Tom goes on and on in his speech about the alluring myth that America is uniquely right. Will the former General be in season 2? There is sap and Tom’s innocently joyous speech gets grinnining agreement. Enjoy your comforting illusions Tom.
“That terrible fateful night.”
“Wrong in every possible way.”
“I will never cease.”
This show has little use for neutrality, nuance or sophistication. Yates bores. Cathy assesses the validity of Underwood. Doug faces the occasional barbed comment. Underwood faces the pitiless vastness of an ex-VP. There is moral cowardice and silent inferences. Seth has no idea of social relations. There is no required ranuch for Underwood now Tim and Meechum are gone. Seth is a pig. There is unacceptable disloyalty. Loyalty is good and something people aspire to give and receive across all aspects of life, but not here. Yates should be utterly rejected. This was okay. Some random woman (Paton Ashbrook) lurks.
“I hate apologies.”
“Why am I even talking to you?”