House of Cards is still one of my favorite television shows to watch even if the last two seasons don’t hold a candle to the first two. To be honest, Frank Underwood’s rise to power is far more interesting than his attempt to hold on to the position of President of the United States. At the end of the fourth season, we saw the end of the primaries for President which secured President Frank Underwood the Democratic nomination with a rather shocking addition of First Lady Claire Underwood as his running mate. Frank Underwood spent many months planning the fall of President Walker, but now there are more than a few people trying to take him down as President. Will Underwood/Underwood make it past 2016 and into 2017?
The show picks up not long after the events of the fourth. Election day is near approaching. Frank Underwood’s Republican opponent New York Governor Will Conway is not a weak man and a fair match to Frank on the political level. To the public eye, Will Conway is more likable, and it seems that should be a pretty slam dunk election win for him. Frank Underwood has alienated many Democrats both in office and regular folks alike, so Frank really needs to pull some tricks to get this election to go his way. Even in his home town of Gaffney, South Carolina, supporters at the polls don’t seem very excited. However, fortunately for Frank Underwood, near the finish line, Will Conway will make his own mistakes.
But as fans of House of Cards truly know, you can’t count the sly Frank Underwood out even when the winds shift against him. Frank Underwood realizes that he can’t win fairly, so he’ll have to resort to some pretty clever tricks up his sleeve. Fortunately the public likes Claire Underwood far more than him which gives him a chance. But will Frank Underwood just play the system for its flaws, or will he have to resort to dark depths of evil again to make sure he still is the Commander-in-Chief and President of the United States of America? After-all democracy (according to the Underwoods) is terribly over-rated.
Overall I will say I was a bit disappointed by the newest season. I’m a realist, and some of the ways the election goes is clever and smart, but has almost no chance of ever playing out in the real word even after the horrible events of the actual 2016 election win of Donald Trump. Even though the script writers probably didn’t have much time to counter Donald Trump’s win, there are elements of a Trump-like president in Frank here. The story does drag on a bit, but I did really like the evolution of Claire Underwood here. But I also think a problem with the series long-run is that Frank Underwood (unlike his British counterpart Francis Urquhart) doesn’t really have a true political philosophy which makes his desire to remain in power seem rather pointless.