House of Cards: Season 3
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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 and 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). Updated Synopsis for Seasons 1 - 5 In Season 3 of “House of Cards”, President Underwood fights to secure his legacy while Claire wants more than being the first lady - but the biggest threat they face is contending with each other. Frank will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C.
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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.