Season two of ‘House of Cards’ gives viewers what they want

February 20, 2014 6:16 AMComments Off

Column by Annika Grassl

annikagrassl-w2000-h2000I am a political junkie and was counting down the hours until the second season of “House of Cards” was released on Netflix.

In the current season, which came out on Friday. Zoe Barnes (played by Kate Mara) is still investigating Frank Underwood, who has been picked for vice president of the United States.

The show gives viewers an interesting insight into the fight for journalistic excellence in a tense political atmosphere.

I like how Frank continues to talk to the viewer as if we are friends. This adds to our connection with him as a character.

Frank Underwood is still trying to protect Zoe Barnes by continuing to meet with her in secret, so no one has the opportunity to catch on to his or her secret plans.

I found it disturbing that a prominent character was killed  in the first episode of the second season. On the other hand, I found it comforting that Frank still goes to the same small, rundown, southern-style BBQ restaurant in D.C.

Frank is a Democratic representative from South Carolina.

The show gives viewers an interesting insight into the inner workings of the executive and legislative branches of government.

I really liked how there are impressive camera angles that are used throughout the show that add suspense and severity.

Despite the fact that Washington D.C is generally a male-dominated city, especially in the political sphere, there are some powerful and influential women who are profiled in season two of “House of Cards.”

Frank’s wife Claire is a classy and sophisticated executive of a non-government organization that builds wells for impoverished communities in Africa.

In addition to Robin Wright, Deadwood’s Canadian actress Molly Parker plays another well-connected, influential woman in Washington D.C. Parker’s character Jacqueline Sharp was nominated as the majority whip when Frank Underwood was elected vice president.

These influential, powerful, strong, driven, determined women add a sense of humanity to the cut-throat Washington D.C. setting of this Netflix original series.

Grassl is a first-year law, politics and society and public relations double major and can be reached at annika.grassl@drake.edu

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