By Hunter Cisiewski ’17
“House of Cards”- Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright- Netflix
7 out of 10
After two enthralling seasons, Netflix’s acclaimed “House of Cards” continues the tradition of thrilling political drama.
Season 3 brings some of the best characters the show has had since its impetus, with the introduction of the Russian President Viktor Petrov, played Lars Mikkelsen.
Petrov rivals Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the conniving president of the United States, in every aspect of their ruthless characters.
The season is at its peak when the two share political discourse over Russian troops in the Jordan Valley, paralleling modern foreign policies and discussion over the Middle East.
What could have easily become a caricature of Russian culture was instead portrayed as a deep and complicated man who gives Frank Underwood a run for his money.
Season 3 is very different from the others as it puts Frank in a position where his bullying and overbearing personality is commonplace.
Instead of being a lion among sheep, he is just part of the pack as the White House is full of morally aloof people like Underwood.
As president, he faces the difficulties and controversies that encompass what makes running a country so difficult.
The presidencies’s lack of progress causes Frank to enact a new job plan, the largest since the New Deal.
With this and campaigning for next year’s election, the season is far from boring.
Of course, Spacey does a phenomenal job playing Underwood and brings his indelible charm to a despising person.
However, one of this season’s major downfalls is the story of his wife, the First Lady, Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright.
While in previous seasons she was a powerful female lead who was the backing to many of Frank’s important decisions, she now is nothing more then a device for conflict.
Claire does things that no sane person would do and seems to do nothing but set back any progress made.
Besides Claire’s new tone, the ending is the only other disappointment.
It is hard to see so much build up and so many great plot points ignored as it all comes to a close in such an abrupt fashion.
“House of Cards” has garnered too much respect and trust from its fans to leave them with a Sopranos style disappointment instead of a true ending.
Despite theses things, “House of Cards” Season 3 is a great addition to a solid franchise that while occasionally has its downfalls, stays solid as one of the best shows running.