House of Cards Season 1: A Ticket to the White House
Betrayal, betrayal, betrayal: a three-course meal best served cunningly.
In every story, there is always a success to be ultimately met, typically by a hero brandishing righteousness, justice, honesty and many other good things so lovingly narrated at bedtime. Evolving from these are the laws of men that, god forbid, no one should break. They are laws, after all. But there are things behind the tapestry of righteousness, justice and honesty: a backroom where deception offers a similar endpoint with a shorter road, where kindness is a weakness, decency unheard of, and trust and compassion given new meanings. Inside is a whole new breed of men biding time, generating power and calculating words that turn into actions that turn into upheavals. A card atop another.
House of Cards Season 1
The setting is present-day Washington DC. We have the lives of Congressman Frank Underwood, the house majority whip, his wife Claire, head of Clean Water Initiative and Zoe Barnes, budding political journalist, all intertwined, becoming fodder for political drama enough for a TV series: House of Cards. Ambition, political grit, influence and power: all so palpable, so delicious that I can almost hear Frank Underwood directing my life.
Pawns are deployed to the left, the right and the middle of a chessboard interspersed with the shining alabaster walls of the White House and deep black square pits much dirtier than a dugout. This is politics.
It is Chicken Soup for the Politician’s Soul, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the White House, like a civilized version of Game of Thrones.
RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network is currently premiering the first season of House of Cards here in the Philippines, and while it is a confusing mess to take in at first because the layman has no idea how the Philippine government works, let alone the US government, betrayal is always sweet to watch onscreen. The government system rulebook takes a lot of neural muscle to digest, but deception has always been a universal language. Even the Bible agrees.
Be a part of the congressional audience of House of Cards every Wednesday, 9:55PM on the RTL CBS Entertainment HD SKYCable channels 53 (SD) and 196 (HD).