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February 19th, 2014

House Of Cards Season Two

Man, around Episode Five I was worried this was going to have Boardwalk Empire Syndrome - where the writers forget what made the central criminal character interesting. But, by the end they do pull it together and what seem like fucks up on Spacey's part end up seeming like genius.

Some things of note:

1. This is the first time television has ever depicted a bisexual polyamourous character in that position in government, right?

2. Am I right in thinking this is the first time Spacey has let himself be filmed French kissing a dude?

3. The President was horribly miscast. Can you imagine anyone voting for that guy, ever?

4. The people on this show have the worst judgement when it comes to sexual partners ever.

5. Why did they just drop the whole reporter sub thread halfway through the season?

6. I do like the ongoing theme that democracy is an illusion.

7. Spacey and Robin Wright have the most healthy and realistic relationship I've ever seen on television.

Lede

I will always maintain that the opening of The Rules Of Attraction is the most well written start to a novel in all of late 20th Century American Literature:

"...and it's a story that might bore you but you don't have to listen, she told me, because she always knew it was going to be like that, and it was, she thinks, her first year, or actually weekend, really a Friday, in September, at Camden, and this was three or four years ago, and she got so drunk that she ended up in bed, lost her virginity (late, she was eighteen) in Lorna Slavin's room, because she was a Freshman and had a roommate and Lorna was, she remembers, a Senior or Junior and usually somestimes at her boyfriend's place off-campus, to who she thought was a Sophomore Ceramics major but who was actually either some guy from N.Y.U., a film student, and up in New Hampshire just for The Dressed to Get Screwed party, or a townie."

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