In Season 3 of HOUSE OF CARDS, President Underwood fights to secure his legacy. Claire wants more than being the first lady. The biggest threat they face is contending with each other. This Emmy-winning original thriller series stars Golden Globe winner Kevin Spacey as ruthless, cunning Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire (Golden Globe winner Robin Wright).
++Warning++ there will be spoilers from prior seasons in this review, but no major giveaways from season 3. If you have not seen the first two seasons, proceed with caution.
Season 3 follows up a few months down the line from Frank maneuvering his way into the Presidency. Unfortunately, for most of the season, the story of him trying to keep power is not as thrilling or enticing as his grab for power. At this point the story has abandoned any threat to Frank for the murders of Russo and Zoe. The only loose end from seasons 1 and 2 is Doug's obsession with finding Rachel after she hit him with a rock and ran off at the end of the second season. Much of his story involves recovering from his brain injury, dealing with his alcoholism, and finding her. Frank's story this season is divided between dealing with the Russians (and a very Putin like president), trying to get his jobs program off the ground, in a very dubious fashion, and then campaigning to be re-elected going against a female Solicitor General. While he is still very slimy and underhanded this season, he does not get his hands as dirty (for obvious reasons) as he did in the first two seasons.
The show takes a big turn toward the end when Frank and Claire's relationship starts to disintegrate. Her arc during the season goes from being first lady to forcing herself into a UN Ambassadorship and then back to the dutiful first lady campaigning for her husband. All throughout the cracks in her armor, which in many ways is thicker than even Frank's get wider, in large part due to a writer who Frank hires to write a book about his America Works program, but comes up with something much different. The big season cliffhanger and lead in to season 4 really is about their relationship.
For those who get the blu-ray, the show looks and sounds great as you would expect. There are only a couple extras, a 25 min behind the scenes/making of feature on the third season, and an 18 min feature involving the end of a character arc. I cannot say too much more without giving major plot lines away, but the extras are good for what are there for those who enjoy the bonus material. My only real complaint is the packaging. The discs are again packed in very tight slip cases. Not a huge issue for the blu-rays because of the anti scratch coating, but beware if you get the DVDs they could easily scratch taking them out.
We bought the entire season as a gift for a relative. We are hooked on this show. The writing, acting, and cinematography are excellent. Even if you don't care about politics, this is one of the best shows available. Beau Willimon is the writer and producer. He has worked for many notable politicians. This series is very much a drama but it twists and turns in ways you can't believe. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are made for each other in this series. Most of the set is an exact replica of the white house and all of the outdoor shots are real places. This is just the beginning of the seamless continuity of the series. Of course it is a work of fiction, but so entertaining!
This season of House of Cards is probably the best of the three so far. As the Underhill's finally get everything they have schemed for, we finally get to see the repercussions of their past indiscretions coming to haunt them. I think the problem that I had with this season was that the repercussions don't seem quite severe enough. Frank and Claire are completely without any moral or ethical value. At some point doesn't the ground have to fall out from underneath them? Apparently, not. Season three isn't as over the top as seasons one and two so I actually found it a lot more believable.
This is a GREAT SERIES! If you like political intrigue, this is the vehicle for you. Seasons One and Two were outta sight and this series was just as good....EXCEPT for the very last chapter as they call them. The last chapter seemed to have been written by someone else...maybe cats on a typewriter?! It was awful. No specifics because I don't want to spoil the series for anyone but the rest of this season is great...some episodes stronger than others but all leading to what I understand is a fourth season. I love it when Frances speaks directly to the viewer, breaking the fourth wall. You feel as though you know so much more than the other characters in the show. If it were not for that last episode I would have given this series a full five stars. Even at four stars this is a must see series...but you should probably see the first two seasons as well in order to really understand what is going on. So get the snacks ready cause you won't want to leave your screen until each episode is over!
I am not going to go thru the story line .. other reviewers have done that. I just want to say that in my opinion, this has turned into another West Wing. As we watched season 3, we felt that we had tuned into reruns of that old series. Until I received season 3 (We had watched season 1 and 2 from borrowed DVDs from my brother-in-law.) We watched the BBC series of the same name, that this series was based on. I had purchased it years ago, but didn't watch it, as my wife thought it was boring. It was worth watching, to see how closely this series was based on it. Once we got into it, it was just as riveting as this American series is. Then we watched season 3 of this series, still interesting, but not as intense as season 1 or 2. However. we will probably get subsequent seasons just to follow it out.
If you haven't seen this show on netflix then you need to buy the DVD because this show will blow you away. It makes you wonder if that's how things really are in the White House or in any political office where people have the power to make change.
Ah, yes, the evil Underwoods are back, doing their dirty best. I still enjoyed the programs, although I think the first season was the best so far. Kevin Spacy and Robin Wright are both excellent, and so are the supporting actors. I have had to stop comparing the story lines to anything found in the British House of Cards, though. They are two very different offerings. Yes, the Underwoods are distinctly American. I LOVED the British series, and think maybe it is better than this one, but I give this one a "excellent" (despite some of the Soap Opera shenanigans they keep pulling).