Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on March 14, 2013

house-of-cardsI finally got around to House of Cards, having completed my lengthy Star Trek re-viewing. David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, it’s unsurprisingly good. A generally pleasant cast: Kate Mara, Robin Wright, Reg E. Cathey, Constance Zimmer, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (who is now going by “Mahershala” which is not very short for a shortened version of a name).

Of random note:

  • I like the early attention paid to the absurdity of the news cycle. Vaguely tie someone to something devoid of substance and utterly irrelevant, yet controversial, and a shitstorm ensues.
  • I’d read something about them struggling a little to find ending/starting points for the episodes once they’d established a larger narrative, and I can see that. Some of the episodes end in an episode-ending sort of way, but some end abruptly or strangely. They do feel more like chapters in a book than TV episodes. But for a show designed for Netflix, where they’re released all at once, so there’s no incentive to end either with closure or cliffhanger to make people feel satisfied or anxious during the wait for the next episode.
  • Talking to the camera is weird, but I’m getting used to it. It seems a bit more in place in a show like the similarly titled House of Lies, which is not particularly serious, but in House of Cards, it seemed strange at first. It’s funny how you get used to conventions, I imagine early “talkie” movie viewers would have been confused by first person voiceover narration. “How am I hearing that man’s voice when his lips aren’t moving? What sorcery is this?!” But it’s so common now, that even though it doesn’t entirely make sense, I don’t bat an eye at it, while talking straight to the camera seems wacky. Though I will say that if Kevin Spacey ever calls time out, Zack Morris style, I will consider bailing on the show.
  • I call BS on Kate Mara’s middle aged editor guy at the paper not remembering her name. Her hotness is plot-relevant, and you’re telling me some dopey guy doesn’t know the name of the hot girl in his office?

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