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House Of Cards Season 5, part 3 Review

Chapter 60
Rich men in hoods in the woods plot to rule the world, or rather the USA. There’s no underlying tension. The furious contestation for the White House goes on. Underwood relies on deceit and chance. He and Claire have irreconcilable aspirations. Claire has petulance. There is no triumphalisitc narrative as things are messy and contentious. There are no civilised interactions. One is not emotionally immersed. Tom thinks he is exuberantly honest. Tusk shows up again, he seems content with life. Men talk intently. Petrov bores. There is mumbling. Mark switches sides. Will’s personally revealing rant is to be made public. There is no acclaim for this ep.

Best Lines:
“The latter I will be again.”

“Drink?”
“I’d rather not.”

“This won’t end well for him.”

Chapter 61
Will has been destabilised and abandoned and has lost the election, which he actually won. There is no social cohesion. Will has failed expectations and can’t present what is thought of as good behaviour. A reporter annoys. Petrov bores. Mark is an Underwood lackey now. There is unsubtle commentary on real life POTUS Trump. Underwood gets it on with his personal trainer. Yawn.

Best Lines:
“That’s all I wanted. That’s what I was promised.”

“Because what you thought you wanted is now here.”

Chapter 62
I don’t know what is going on or why. Underwood ignores that his wellbeing is always conditional on Claire. Yates bores. Underwood is uncompromisingly horrible and avaricious and incapable of rational activity. LeAnn is out. Nothing is revelatory. Nothing makes sense. Underwood thinks he is unassailable. Nobody has thoughtful looks in their eyes. Underwood takes his mutually understood dominance for granted. Doug harasses Lisa. Tom has undimmed hostility for Underwood. There is disproportionate attention paid to Jane, Doug, Petrov, LeAnn and Aiden as well as an abiding refusal to entertain. Seasons 1, 2 and 4 were more obviously fun. Walker rants and gets revenge, sorta.

Best Lines:
“Terrible terrible people.”

“Don’t do I don’t know.”
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