A remake of the UK 1990 TV series that is transferred to the USA and stars Kevin Spacey as Congressman Francis Underwood and Robin Wright as his wife Claire.
Underwood and his Deep South accent shows his disgustiness by putting a dog hit by a car out of its misery in the opening scene. Then President-Elect Walker breaks a campaign promise to the 22 year veteran Underwood by not making him Secretary of State. Underwood addresses the camera as he makes it his absolute purpose in life to unleash hell. There are nice opening credits. Zoë is a newspaper reporter on the make. Claire works for clean water and is searingly awful.
Underwood mumbles about ingratitude and Claire is manfaced. The tramp-fest that is Zoë is an ambitious and has impertinence as she inveigles. Underwood makes sour observations, is venomous and plots against Kern (Kevin Kilner of ’Earth: Final Conflict’, ’Dollhouse’ and ’Home Alone 4’) the man who is getting his job. Good and taut.
“Do I like him? No. Do I believe in him? That’s beside the point.”
“As tough as two dollar steak.”
“I love that woman. I love her more than sharks love blood.”
Underwood owes people and plots and is suspiciously practical. An old editorial of Kern’s is used to disgrace him. Zoë’s co-worker Lucas is the poor man’s Bradley Cooper. Kern is moronic. Claire is appalling. Underwood suggests a new name for Secretary of State. Good.
The teachers unions whine and resist reform. Underwood heads back to his home district. Edward Meechum is Underwood’s new bodyguard. Underwood comes from hillbilly stock and intimidates, deals and makes a speech. Okay.
“It’s a water tower.”
“Weep a river of snot.”
We Are Grounders, part 1
The Ark is doomed. Bellamy is a lacklustre and inadequate leader. Reapers lurk. There is a casual acceptance of genocide. This was inconsistent and woeful. Murphy creates a hostage situation, Lincoln aids in an escape and does stuff and Abby is stupid. Bellamy rants. The Chancellor comes up with a plan to turn the Ark into a drop ship.
“You’re scaring people.”
“They should be scared.”
“Bring the Ark to the ground.”
“What’s a Reaper?”
“Pray you never find out.”
Ruth has a kid. Cal’s friends lie and navel gaze. Ruth is Romany and was chucked out for some reason. Eli’s horse is sick. Trash is worth more than these people. Why did Ruth’s friends turn on her? There is a wild party where James is introduced to a girl (it’s Ruby from ‘Hollyoaks’). Ruth uncovers a drug scam at the vet’s and that the vet isn’t who she claims to be. James gets a tractor for his birthday. Ruth’s baby daddy is a bit ick. This was terrible.
“This place is poison.”