Mid-Week M.E.L.A: House Of Cards

Mid-Week M.E.L.A: House Of Cards

Mid-Week M.E.L.A: House Of Cards has been edited by Ruhaan Shah.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead.

Through reruns of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and plodding Breaking Bad episodes, only when we thought that our daily dose of entertainment from sitcoms had come to a standstill, came House of Cards.

Netflix original, House of Cards, is an American drama, subjecting American politics. Frank Underwood’s panache and his ever-charming, curt wife, Claire Underwood create an aura that cannot go unnoticed. In an era of clichéd rom-coms, this series was a breakthrough. It gave a fresh approach to the entertainment industry.

The series gives an insight into the life of Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina’s 5th congressional district. Initially supposed to be the Secretary of State, the avaricious Democrat, with help of his dominant wife, strives to reach the status of utmost power. His cognitive skills and art of persuasion finally lead him to the top of the game, ultimately, making him the President of the United States. However, the series also portrays how ruthless one has to be while making decisions to attain the position of supremacy; whether it is incarceration of the innocent to protect your stand, or in worst cases, murder.

“Proximity to power deludes someone into thinking they wield it.”

-Francis J. Underwood

The series parallelly presents the story of Doug Stamper, Underwood’s most loyal subordinate and his Chief of Staff. The series shows how he tries his best to protect Underwood. This prompts him to perform illicit actions; one of which is his apparent relationship with Rachel Posner; protecting Underwood’s wrongdoing’s, and in due course, killing her. While Frank’s presidential campaign was underway, Claire had been offered the United States Ambassador to the United Nations’ position. Later, due to various ordeals with the Russian government, Frank negotiated an agreement with the Russian President in return of Claire stepping down from her position. This causes a strain in their relationship. In a further attempt, Claire leaves Frank’s side for the campaign. She bluntly states that she would return only if offered Vice Presidency.

What really is fascinating about the series is a strong male protagonist with an equally competent female protagonist. Men, commonly, are portrayed in positions of power. We seldom see women in such a capacity. House of Cards shows the thin line between professional and personal life; how Frank’s and Claire’s bittersweet relation flourished despite the numerous issues in each of their lives.

“Seduce him. Give him your heart. Cut it out and put it in his fucking hands.”

-Claire Underwood

American politics has always been utmost intriguing among people globally and hence, this show struck a chord with the masses. The show’s audience is widespread. This series has received several nominations and eminent accolades which speaks a lot about the series. I, personally, believe that anything centred around politics can never go wrong (unless if it is Sarkar Raj 3). This web television deals with the right amount of diplomacy, ruthlessness, and pragmatism.

With the 5th season airing, we, the enthusiasts, cannot help but binge-watch this surreal drama on American politics.

So, what are you waiting for? Thank me for sorting your weekend.

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Ishita Gupta

Misfit in an engineering college. Tennis player. Social media addict. Animal lover. Logophile. Hopeless romantic. Wanderlust. Serendipitous. Love everything that shines.