Any one who is a fan of this (which isn't me) should check out the original series with the great Ian Richardson; he makes Spacey look like a pussycat.
Aye thats fair enough though we don't know how many series of the Spacey one there will be (my guess is four to tie in with the original's four series). I've said this before, but the original is more concise and Richardson's performance is superb, though it does look very early Nineties and a bit dated, but you just have to transport yourself back to Thatcher's Britain and it still works well.I'm doing it arse about face. I've seen the first two series of the new one and am eagerly awaiting the third. I have the original on DVD and will give it a watch at some point after I've finished the Spacey version.
Better with the original, its shorter and more concise, plus Richardson in the lead was stunningly good.
Yeah exactly, with Urquhart, you kind of rooted for him in certain circumstances, but with Spacey's Underwood you get none of that. He's just a bland psychopath.I've watched it, it's excellent. I think that's kind of the problem, everything just seems so prolonged and tedious and unnecessary. It's overly heavy when it shouldn't be as it's strayed away from political thriller and is more a Frank/Claire focused drama. It sways between Homeland-y ridiculousness and 'this is very serious and clever and the dialogue is so Sorkin-y and witty'. The other thing is that it's so inconsistent - scene to scene and episode to episode. There's far too many episodes that don't achieve anything or are forgettable and far too many scenes that do the same within the episodes themselves.
I think the main problem since season 1 (other than the fact the novelty of Spacey/Wright being good and 'omg you can watch it all at once!!!' wore off a bit) is that there's no worthy adversary there. It started off as the Whitehouse Macbeth but he's not really against anyone waiting to lop off his head or a credible threat to make him pay for being a serial killer. He does something bad and doesn't get found out and the dark humour surrounding it has slowly dissolved, he's not a badass villain you can empathise a bit with...he's just a dick.
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