Valentine’s Day with “House of Cards”


Blake Roberts, Staff Writer

The second season of Netflix’s original series “House of Cards” will be released Feb. 14, much to the excitement of couples everywhere. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with politics, backstabbing and murder?

All joking aside, the release date for the second season is odd; but nevertheless, everyone should watch the first season of “House of Cards.”

The show revolves around Democrat Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives. As whip, Underwood is tasked with ensuring fellow Democrats in the House vote for the President’s bills, through any means necessary.

Frank, though, is a power-hungry guy, and he’s been the whip for long enough. With the election of the new president, Frank hopes to gain the position of Secretary of State. However, his hopes are crushed by the ever-shifting landscape of politics, and the position is given to someone else.

And so the show’s conflict is set up: Frank is angry at the current administration, and he’ll use all his cunning and manipulation skills to gain power, and if he has to step up on a few faces on his journey to the top, so be it.

Frank is joined in his journey by an extremely interesting cast of characters: his ruthless wife, Claire (Robin Wright), the intrepid reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), and the addict Congressman Peter Russo (Corey Stoll), to name a few. These characters and their interactions are fantastically dynamic and original. They are truly what make “House of Cards” great.

What makes “House of Cards” especially fun to watch for myself is that Frank Underwood is from South Carolina. He grew up in Gastonia County, and he speaks with a thick Southern accent. The plot of the third episode of the series even centers on the famous peach water tower.

Coincidentally, if by the third episode you aren’t hooked, then “House of Cards” isn’t for you. But if you find yourself eagerly awaiting what will happen next, then the rest of “House of Cards’” first season won’t disappoint.

One can only hope that the second season will continue to deliver the same interesting storylines. So on Valentine’s Day, crack open a box of chocolates, and enjoy every twist and turn in this political drama.