House of Cards has been quite a bumpy ride for me—but an enjoyable one nonetheless. I have fallen in love with the ‘villain’ (a tendency that I have, if I were to be honest) and I have grown to be heavily annoyed by the ‘innocent’. As far as the ‘victims’ go, I’m not sure where I stand. Love/Hate relationship perhaps? Mmm… I guess I’ll go with that. Either way, as I’ve said before, Frank Underwood is my favorite and I could care less if anyone disagreed. Throughout this entire series, I found myself reacting in odd and aggressive ways, whether it was shouting at my laptop or going absolutely bananas whenever there was a Zank or Flaire scene (Zoe/Frank and Claire/Frank, for the unhip readers). This show has taken a lot from me (emotionally, mentally, physically, psychologic- ah, you get the point). Overall, I love, love, LOVE this show and as I’ve said in my previous blog, I am definitely looking forward to the 2nd season.
Now… to binge, or not to binge? fangirlinggoneheinous says… *drum roll*
Now, I did not have option two (which was to watch all of the episodes in one shot, before the given deadline) and I must say that I hate everyone who did. Option one, which was to watch one episode a week, to me, was supposed to be the better option, but it honestly failed. Why? Here are my reasons:
1) I made every deadline, but wanted MORE. I could not fathom the wait and gave in during my second week.
2) I felt disconnected from the show at times and lost interest in some episodes (because of the wait).
3) I WANTED TO KEEP WATCHING BUT I KNEW I COULDN’T GET TOO AHEAD.
4) Waiting for each episode was agonizing and I couldn’t bear it.
5) Not binging just sucks.
Now, there are plenty of shows that I make appointments with weekly (such as Once Upon A Time aka the best show EVER), and I have suffered a great deal of depression while waiting impatiently each week. Shows like Once Upon A Time and Glee are a pain to watch because of the many writers strikes and two-week breaks they go on and I honestly despise it. With Netflix and all of it’s shows and movies, you can watch at anytime and without waiting 3,654,789 years.
Netflix is definitely where it’s at and I have no arguments against it. How can you possibly criticize great service, a variety of movies and T.V Shows, PLUS an incredibly cheap price (just $8 a month, TAKE THAT BLOCKBUSTER THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T EXIST). If anyone is reading this and dislikes Netflix, I hope you drown in your endless seasons of Law & Order DVD’s.
Anywho… after reading both articles, I obviously agree with both of them and I feel like they both establish the correct interpretation of binge-watching. Both authors captured the significance of binging and the overall success of House of Cards.
Before ending this post, I would like to list my villains, innocents, victims, neutrals, why I think these characters fall into these categories, and give the writer of HOC some praise. Ready? Here it goes:
Frank Underwood - He’s a bad mother-shut-yo-mouth, but with good intentions. What more can I say? Oh, right. I LOVE YOU FRANK!
Claire Underwood – Sneaky, killer looks, and is ambitious for reasons only including her and her husband.
Gillian Cole – She means well, is charitable, and is pregnant. How much more innocent can you get?
Lucas Goodwin – Is a great guy, dedicated to his job, and does everything and anything for Zoe.
Peter Russo – Fell prey to drugs and alcohol. Tried to be the best father he could be and loved his children dearly, but unfortunately died before getting a chance to truly redeem himself.
Rachel – Was targeted by that restaurant owner for her good looks and history of prostitution.
Christina Gallager – Was definitely a victim. Fell in love with someone who was incapable of stability then that someone died because of that incapability… my heart goes out to her.
The dog in the beginning of season 1, episode 1 – All I have to say is that poor sparky never had a chance.
Zoe Barnes – She’s not really a villain, does not fit the criteria for a victim, but isn’t so innocent. So, she’s neutral. I guess.
Janine Skorsky – I was never crazy for the character, but she’s neither a villain, an innocent, or a victim. So HI.
Linda Vasquez – Not much to say, except she was neither of the three listed categories above so… HI.
Doug Stamper – Did some dirty work, but is not exactly a villain. He meant well, but isn’t entirely innocent. OH, and there is no way this dude is a victim of any sort. So… HI DOUG.
Well, that concludes my analysis of each characters given label. Now here is my praise:
BEAU WILLIMON. YOU BEAUTIFUL HUMAN. I GIVE YOU FULL THANKS FOR A SHOW SUCH AS HOUSE OF CARDS. KUDOS, COOKIES, CAKE, AND ICE CREAM ALL GOES TO YOU.
Good for you Beau Willimon, you go Beau Willimon.
Okay, okay. I’m out of here! Till next time!
– C-Drizzle ~