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I'm catching up on the American version of House of Cards -- I'd seen the British version before, but just hadn't gotten around to this one -- and I'm really enjoying it. BUT I'm nearing the end of season 4, and the notion that the First Lady would be nominated as her husband's running mate? Strains credibility.

I mean, obviously we have a former First Lady who has a good shot at being our next President, but that's not *at the same time*.

Also, Underwood was so much darker in s. 1. Obviously he's still unscrupulous, but the really dark edge is muted.

I keep thinking of the Underwoods as the Macbeths.

Date: 2016-06-22 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] executrix.livejournal.com
If you're casting about for something new to watch, I just started "Borgen," which I think would be your jam. Principled (but occasionally pragmatic) female prime minister trying to keep a coalition together. Although the Freedom Party are bad guys, which I find confusing.

Date: 2016-06-22 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chelseagirl.livejournal.com
I'll keep that in mind -- sounds interesting.

Date: 2016-06-22 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] executrix.livejournal.com
Because I am not familiar with Danish TV actors, some of them look like real people instead of actors. However, the guy who plays the prime minister's spin doctor* looks a lot like Joshua Jackson, so I sort of assume that Pacey Whitter has moved to Denmark. The woman who plays the news anchor looks like Billie Piper, so I assume that her CV includes "call girl" "Dr. Who companion" and "reincarnated streetwalker."




*Danish vocabulary word of the day: yes, the Danish word for "spin doctor" is "spin doctor"

Date: 2016-06-22 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chelseagirl.livejournal.com
I was in Copenhagen for a week, back in the 80s. Loved it.

Date: 2016-06-22 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] signeh.livejournal.com
Beau Willimon has described the Underwoods as Richard III and Lady Macbeth. I agree that Frank has lost his edge; I'm still not exactly sure what season 3 was all about. Season 4 was better, and I can't wait for season 5. Do you watch Orange Is The New Black?

Date: 2016-06-22 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chelseagirl.livejournal.com
I do, but that's one I watch with M, which means I can't just binge-watch an episode or two a day . . .

I heard the thing and I'm already sad about it, but maybe glad to be prepared in advance.

Date: 2016-06-23 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chelseagirl.livejournal.com
Oh, also, have you seen the original UK version? M introduced me to it years ago; our (wonderful, sorely missed) neighborhood video rental had all three series and we rented it on VHS tape! I'm going to rewatch that one next -- it's so much briefer, but his delivery was so dry and evil. Kevin Spacey used his signature tag line only once: "You might think that. I could not possibly comment." M and I still use it occasionally in conversation . . .

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