House of Cards: Season Two – Opening Episode

The latest storm in Washington has dropped about nine inches of snow. This is about double the usual monthly average for February and the nation’s capital, and it is only February 14th. By the way, there’s another storm on the way.

Speaking of stormy weather, that is, the kind that is brought on by the machinations of one Francis ‘Frank’ Underwood, soon to be a former Congressman on the Netflix TV Series House of Cards, because he’s about to be named, then confirmed, and installed as the nation’s Vice President – he’s back. House of Cards Season Two was launched today.

As Underwood has stated in the Season Two trailer: One heartbeat away from the Presidency and not a single vote cast in my name. Democracy is so-overrated.

The above was Underwood speaking to us. This was a usual event in Season One, but we had none of it this time until the end of this Season 2 first episode.

Not everyone likes it when Underwood breaks the 4th wall and speaks to us. But I love it. While I understand intellectually, that he is not speaking to me and me alone, somehow when it happens, this is how I think of it.

Quite near the end of this episode, we get our first Underwood aside.

Did you think I’d forgotten you? Perhaps you’d hoped I had?

For those climbing to the top of the food chain, there is but one rule:
Hunt or be hunted.
Welcome back.

Yes he’s back, and having watched and absorbed the season opener, I am now faced with a decision. Shall I pace myself, and view one episode per week or one per day? Or shall I binge-watch and race through this second season in a matter of hours instead of weeks.

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