‘House Of Cards’: Robin Wright Is Formidable, But Underutilized, In Frustratingly Tedious Final Season [Review]

The Playlist | 11/2/2018 | Julia Teti
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With the world of politics as complicated and polarizing as ever, Netflix’s “House Of Cards” returns for a final voyeuristic view of the entanglements of democracy. When the series began in 2013, the show was one of the first Netflix Originals that was always part of the awards season discussion. For years, the series served a pillar for the streaming giant. However, as the series has progressed, it seems the episodic story of the ruthless Underwoods and their pawns has stagnated leading to a frustrating final season that takes far too long to get going.

It’s Claire’s turn now. After President Francis Underwood’s passing, his wife, and Vice President, becomes the new Commander-in-chief. But with the Underwoods, there is always hitch. Not only has Claire inherited the Oval Office, but also the constant stream of death threats, conspiracies, and dealings with outside oligarchs. Naturally, it isn’t anything Claire can’t handle as the, perhaps, more dangerous half of the Underwoods. But this is where the final season seems to squander the advantage of having Claire Underwood lead the series.

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Following star Kevin Spacey’s departure after sexual assault allegations became public, “House Of Cards” appeared to shift gears and exclusively focus on Robin Wright’s Claire. But for a final season highlighting the fictitious nation’s first female President, the presence of Francis Underwood feels like a looming specter throughout most of the episodes – at least the first five that were made available to critics. Despite trailers and marketing that would lead you to believe this season of “House of Cards” is all about Claire, more than expected, we’re left to ponder about Francis. At one point, Claire even breaks the fourth wall to ask, “Do you miss him?” However, fans aren’t left to answer that question, as the series assumes we all do. Even...
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