David Fincher – House of Cards 101 & 102

We broke the rules! We’re bringing you bonus Fincher coverage from the first two episodes of House of Cards. Fincher’s ground-breaking streaming television series brings the same tension as his cinematic pursuits to the small screen. It contains many Fincher-isms, call backs to his films, and an epic foreshadowing scene. Entertaining stuff.

413 – Chapter 52

We wrap up our coverage of House of Cards season four today with a deep dive on the stunning finale, “Chapter 52”. All out war has been declared, as it feels like 7 shoes have dropped on the Underwoods, and we’re waiting for the other 3. We discuss foreign policy, the touching love story of lizard man and liver woman, Presidential gaming, and FBI goon squads. Then we discuss our overall thoughts on season four, look ahead to season five, and cover the final thoughts from our listeners. Thanks for coming along with us, we had a great time, enjoyed all of the discussion, and greatly appreciate your support.

410, 411, 412 – Chapters 49-51

We’re nearing the home stretch. Just one episode left to cover after this, and then the season re-cap. But there is plenty of machinations left to unravel. Frank uses national security, the death of a mother-in-law, and the inexperience and ambition of his political rival for his own gain, aided and abetted by his right hand woman, Claire. Can frank defeat both political parties, a skilled and savvy reporter with a lot of axe to grind, as well as the terrorist organization ICO in just one more hour of television? We’ll find ou

407, 408, 409 – Chapters 46-48

It’s all out political war as Frank and Claire fight on all fronts, Islamic terror organizations, search engine snooping, the vice presidential nomination, Republican opposition, gun control, Supreme Court nominations, domestic surveillance… it’s like the Underwoods want to touch every third rail in politics simultaneously. What’s next, taking on Social Security? Are they insane? We’ll check back in with you next week on Tuesday to see how they manage to escape from the various predicaments they find themselves, then we’ll wrap things up with the finale and wrap up podcast Friday!

404, 405, 406 – Chapters 43-45

Jim and A.Ron are impressed with the strongest stretch of House of Cards in any a season. With events both shocking and eminently watchable, we praise the opportunism of Claire as she waylays the entire government apparatus as a sort of audition for her role in higher power. Will her daring gambit pay off, or will the Underwoods, and the United States of America, pay too high a price? Join us as we discuss and debate organ donation, the various schemes and power grabs, and analyze the potential treacheries and betrayals ahead.

401, 402, 403: Chapters 40-42

Jim and A.Ron return to the seedy amoral world of “House of Cards”, taking in the first three episodes and finding it more nuanced and complex as it returns to the purer forms of politics from the first two seasons. Frank is trying to prove that he doesn’t need Claire to win, and failing miserably. Claire schemes on a plan that seems on the face of it insane, but what is she actually getting at? And how will Lucas’ sudden return to relevancy impact Frank? Which of the seemingly endless stream of weapons of mass destruction being hurled at the highest levels of government will be the first to go off and destroy everyone? Is there any good to root for at this point? We’ll be back with coverage of the next six episodes over the course of next week. See you then!

Season Four Preview Cast

It’s looking like Season Four of Netflix’s House of Cards is going to be Frank v. Claire, no holds barred. Are you ready? Jim and A.Ron discuss the upcoming season, our coverage of same as well as our thoughts on Beau Willimon’s upcoming departure from the series in this brief preview podcast. See you back tomorrow for coverage of the first three episodes!

313 – “Chapter Thirty Nine”

Jim and A.Ron have seen the finale of House of Cards, episode 313, “Chapter Thirty Nine”, and are left wanting; like showing up to Freddy’s for a full rack of ribs and getting served a McRib, with not even a consolation slice of cornbread or side of fried okra to be seen… Is this it? No knuckle-rapping, no thermonuclear war with Russia? Hell, Doug got more vengeance on consumer grade electronics in two episodes that Frank got vengeance on his enemies all season long. We talk about the two major bombshells we got McRibbed with, as well as tons and tons of your feedback. Let’s hope for some cornbread next season, shall we?