House of Cardss Spaceyless final season trailer Netflix plays it safe
In a post-Frank Underwood world, Claire is in power but the show still looks as if it's going to suffer from its biggest flaw: the lack of a worthy opponent
Two men stalk through through the halls of the White House with serious intent. A West Wing office bustles with activity that borders on panic. Another corridor, more action. A woman briskly issues commands into her phone. All is movement. And then, as we enter the Oval Office, serenity. The president of the United States swings around to meet us head-on. 'Hoo boy!' she yells. 'Were you worried I'd still be Kevin Spacey' Yeesh! I mean, Kevin Spacey, huh' Yuck-a-doodle-doo! Am I right, guys''
Except she doesn't. Instead, she stands up and says 'We're just getting started'. Welcome to the first trailer for the final, Spacey-less series of House of Cards.
As trailers go, this could not have been more generic if it had just been a close-up of a flag fluttering in the breeze. House of Cards could not have played this any safer if it tried. But, seriously, can you blame it' House of Cards is still incredibly important to Netflix. As its first original series, the show stands as a monument to the company's cable-challenging intent. It is expensive and prestigious and it drips with talent. Forget the fact that it hasn't been much cop for years, because House of Cards is still a big deal.
And yet things have never been so precarious. The removal of Kevin Spacey, following a raft of allegations that in all likelihood have sunk his career for ever, has left a void at the centre of House of Cards. Frank Underwood was the show's dark heart. As he slashed and seduced and murdered his way to power, we were right there with him. He would turn and chat to us during his worst moments. He made us complicit in his wrongdoing. House of Cards was him and us, and everything else was window dressing.
But now some of that window dressing has been turned into a centrepiece. Thanks to a fortunate quirk of narrative ' last we saw of her, she was addressing the camera just like her husband ' the last series of House of Cards ended with Robin Wright's Claire Underwood in power. That might mean that she will get to play the lead this time around. But it also means that House of Cards has once again run into its most common problem. She doesn't have a worthy opponent.....
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