Without all the subtext and CIA spooks of Homeland, House of Cards has become a political soap opera that is trying way too hard to remain relevant. At this point, I’d have to say that House of Cards has jumped the shark. In TV lingo, that means, that House of Cards has gone on for far too long. I would have liked to see it end on top after season 4 with a cool 52 episodes, the same amount of cards, in a deck!
While the last season of Homeland featured many of the same devices we see in the first episode of season 5 of House of Cards these issues are now front and center to everyday Americans and it affects the story-line in ways that aren’t practical or even believable. Take for instance Underwood’s Trumpian behavior, railing in front of Congress (where he isn’t technically supposed to be), and vowing to wipe ICO (ISIS) off the face of the Earth. In House of Cards’ rush to make Underwood a cold blooded villain they forgot one thing, he’s a Democrat!
Compared to other TV shows, that supposedly feature “evil” Republicans or downright makes fun of them, the Republican presidential candidate Will Conway, is timid compared to Underwood. All his stances are more logical than Underwood who was so affected by the beheading of Miller, that he seems to be a bit unhinged.
I’m not complaining about this portrayal, I’m worried that House of Cards has lost it’s spirit and Trump has even enabled Underwood to bring to the forefront many of the character’s own faults and shady dealings. Throughout the first four seasons of House of Cards, Underwood meticulously plans in the shadows how to go about gaining power so that he can ascend to the highest office in the world. Now he is openly killing people inside gas chambers and yelling at Congress to bow down to his demands. Spreading fake news and telling people to trust him.
In age where we have a President who openly does this too, and Homeland was able to predict all this stuff two years ago, House of Cards, seems old, stale, and predictable.