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Wright... remains one of the best parts of the series, while Underwood's bottomless appetite for dark dealing keeps Spacey so deliciously detestable you can't help but keep rooting for the bad guy to win.
With the cupboard bare, Willimon does his best to inject some residual humanity into House of Cards in Season 3. But it's awfully hard to retroactively Frankenstein a human heart into what is essentially a monster show.
The season starts extremely slowly, but gets pretty good, starting in the third episode. It never reaches the dark, dramatic heights of previous seasons, but it's also a little more focused and intelligent than they were.
House of Cards benefits from hurried viewing. It keeps you from noticing how much of a political soap opera it really is, or questioning who to root for, since every major character is just different shades of self-obsessed and power-hungry.
As I would never underestimate Frank's ability to change the course of events with a quick sleight of hand, I wouldn't count out the show's writers quite yet. I will definitely be streaming the entire season this weekend.
Unless you were only on board for the crazy sex and plot twists, it might actually be a better show in the long run.
When you put aside all the political shenanigans, House of Cards S3 is a great, thematic examination of characters wanting to prove their self-worth.
The show has not just jumped the proverbial/cliché shark. It has lost its reason for being and it verges on the unwatchable.
Was this, in the end, what all the conniving was for - to end up in a prime-time soap? Not for the first time in history, politics, or show business, the greatest danger of all may be success.
House of Cards no longer has much to say about itself. [Full review in Spanish]
It can easily be said that season three is a step up from the previous season, and it ends up being for a very basic reason: the intrigue has returned in force and is simply more engaging than what season two had to offer.
Audience Reviews for House of Cards: Season 3
May 18, 2020For their first ever television series, Netflix knocked it out of the park with House of Cards... for the first two seasons. Sadly, the third season is where the writing begin to get shaky and it only continues fluctuating (mostly downward) as the series progresses. The obvious discrepancy and flaw here: Remy Danton. Dare I say, Mahershala Ali's performance as Remy was on par with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as Francis and Claire Underwood, respectively, but the way that he is written in this season is lazy at best. Gone is the whip-smart, calculating, sophisticated lobbyist and here to replace him is the wooden, myopic, dumb Chief of Staff to the US President. The radical change is surprisingly stark when you compare him to who he once was, and it's disappointing that the screenwriters destroyed a once-formidable and -complex character with insipid dialogue for no reason. All of that aside, Frank gets to experience the headaches and frustrations of trying to push signature legislation through Congress in order to begin writing his legacy while Russian president Viktor Petrov played by Lars Mikkelsen gives him a run for his money while playing on the grand chessboard. Season three ends up being largely enthralling and a captivating look at the political drama of how the Underwood administration gets the sausage made both in Washington DC and abroad.
Mar 21, 2020What do we have here? A powerful congressman who steps up his game, becoming the leader he always wanted to be. But for how long?
Dec 20, 2019Even though the acting and cinematography remain impeccable, the writing begins to fall flat as storylines unravel and new ones entangle with a lack of realism.
Dec 14, 2019Even though the acting and cinematography remain impeccable, the writing begins to fall flat as storylines unravel and new ones entangle with a lack of realism.
Nov 15, 2019In season 3 it delves deep into a side of the Underwoods we haven't seen before and is definitely a different focus than the previous 2 seasons. I believe this season has nicely developed the Underwood's characters, as-well as Doug Stamper who is featured slightly more in this season.
Oct 14, 2019Major improvement over season 2's boring plot
Apr 08, 2019We get deeper in the characters of the Underwoods and their chief of staff Doug Stamper. At this point, it feels like been there done that, the show is fast becoming a ridiculous political drama.
Dec 31, 2018This show just keeps getting better and better!
Dec 29, 2018With Robin Wright's character becoming a more prominent presence, S3 remains a gripping political drama that involves a much deeper character dissection.
Dec 23, 2018The third season takes a major step back, the last few episodes this seems entirely like a marital drama. Sure their relationship has always been key to the show but their marital problems as the main subject just doesn't cut it for me, they are not the powerful couple we saw in S1 but the problem isn't just that, it's the reason behind it, it feels entirely like the sole reason they are fighting each other is to give the show something to rely on, and that plot isn't nearly as good as the previous two seasons.