Over the past few weeks, I have been re-watching the House of Cards Trilogy on DVD again.
It’s one of those great political drams, but my views of the series changed over time as the programs themselves changed.
In part 1, we are the co-conspirators â€“ jointly plotting the downfall of the PM and we glory in our successes as we work together to defeat the other politicians. It is a marriage of equals â€“ and we feel as if we are the Prime Minister at the end. We won.
In part 2, we are just a confidant â€“ the new PMâ€™s best friend, but no longer â€œone of the guysâ€. Francis turns to us when he needs to, but we are no longer a player in his plots, just a bystander. We wonder what we did to get so distant and the confusion discomforts us. Something has been lost and we ache for the comfort of the older statesman.
In part 3, he tells us his story of the Cyprus problem and we find out later on that he had lied to us about it. He spurns us like a forgotten harlot and turns back to his wife for help.
And we do not forgive him his betrayal.
In a way, the final series is a bad way to finish the series as we feel left out of the fun – being a mere bystander now, and frankly I personally have never been a huge fan of gratuitous sex on TV, which the 3rd series has fair bit of.
Nonetheless I do love the series and the DVDs also have some interesting commentaries – such as the moment where the late much lamented Ian Richardson was introduced to Susannah Harker’s father, who was younger than he was – causing a bit of embarrassment about the kissing scenes!
Also, the infamous "You may very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment" saying was never specifically designed as a catchphrase and it wasn’t until the program was shown that they realised what they had created.