I came late to the party but by god did I make up for it. House of Cards fell into my lap while on holiday in Italy last month. There’s only so much sightseeing, pizza eating and canal admiring one can do in Venice so at night, we turned to the acclaimed Netflix original. It didn’t take long to ensnare us and before we knew it, we were watching two, three, five episodes back to back. I have always harboured a secret crush on Kevin Spacey. Before this it was a dim flicker, now it’s an all out blaze. Must be a power thing, or possibly the infamous knowing look he shoots to camera, oh how I love that.
Despite studying politics as part of my degree, I had never found it as enthralling as I do now. In my mind, Barack Obama is surrounded by Frank Underwoods and House of Cards is more a documentary than a TV series. Separating fact from fiction has never been my strong point. To my delight, I learned that Obama does watch the show (where he gets the time I’ll never know, Bernard’s watch perhaps?). He also takes spoilers very seriously. As he should.
Needless to say, season one was devoured in a week. The heart-warming news that ALL of season two would be released on Valentines day soon reached me and it may or may not be possible that I started a countdown timer on my phone. I’m not ashamed.
Season two arrived and was consumed in 4 days. It’s important to note that I do have a life, although I haven’t supported this statement with much proof. I’ll remedy that now. In the same four day period I just so happened to be in the UK visiting the boy, went out for a rosemantic meal, watched house of cards, did a bit of shopping, collected friends from the airport, went to a ball, danced a lot, recovered from afore mentioned ball, watched house of cards, ate pizza, flew home, watched house of cards, went to college, played tag rugby, finished house of cards. See, very productive.
So why the rush to binge watch? Thirteen episodes in 4 days, it could have been worse. If I’m honest I think Netflix made a mistake in releasing the whole season in one day. Some of us just don’t have the self control to drip feed ourselves. There’s also the ever present fear of spoilers. The huge quantity of HOC gifs and memes doing the rounds at the moment is mind blowing. As a result, even if I didn’t watch the show (GASP!) I’d probably have a fairly accurate idea of what it’s all about . . . ish.
Thanks to my impatience, I’ll have to wait a year for my next fix. In that time I’ll definitely forget the vast majority of what happened this season and might even have to re-watch a couple of episodes to refresh my memory. In the mean time, I can wear a smug smile knowing that no one managed to ruin the *HARMLESS SPOILER* shocking twist in the first episode for me. I’ll also have plenty of time to imagine what will happen in the next season. Maybe the world needs more House of Cards fan fiction, I’ll get on that.