‘House of Cards’ season two stands tall


(Left) Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) stands next to (right) Clair Underwood (Robin Wright) in a scene from “House of Cards.” The second season began Feb. 14.

By Josh Alfrey

Politicians in Washington D.C. are on the verge of collapsing like a house of cards.

The second season of the Netflix original series “House of Cards” was released in whole on Valentine’s Day. Many shared their Friday with the charismatic and wonderfully deceptive Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey.

Watching this season was like diving into a pool, but the air is just out of reach. I am still holding my breath.

Character depth seems to have no end on this show. There are no one dimensional characters who could be tossed to the side. Everyone has an agenda, some more moral than others.

People like Freddy, owner of Freddy’s BBQ Joint, truly round out the story by showing viewers not everyone is a wealthy socialite in D.C. Yet, no one is safe from the world of Underwood.

This series is hoisted up by some spectacular writing which had me replaying scenes to absorb what was being said. Every time Underwood breaks the fourth wall, shivers go down my spine as Spacey’s voice imparts his dark wisdom upon the audience.

Even the best of writing cannot be useful on its own. The second season shows off even more of these incredible actors. Two of the best actors throughout the new season are Mahershala Ali as Remy Danton and Molly Parker as Jacqueline Sharp.

“House of Cards” does well with depicting a modern age of politics. The uses of technology through the season reflect the digital age as text conversations become part of the dialogue. The inclusion of cyber warfare and the government’s use of hacktivists proved that executive producer Beau Willimon has done his research in current affairs.

Season two was shot with some beautiful compositions that often emphasizes the use of mirrors in frame. Willimon has done a remarkable job creating this reflection of the under belly of American politics. Subsequently, this view also shows what depths people will go, not because it is right but because it is necessary.

I cannot emphasize more my appreciation for the Netflix television series. Being able to watch the entirety of a dramatic series of this quality of “House of Cards” in one weekend has been a gift.