Friday, March 7, 2014

House of Cards [s2, ep 13]

SPOILER ALERT.  The first entry reviews episodes 1 to 3.  The next entry reviews 4 to 6; the next entry reviews for 7 to 9; the next covers 10 to 12.  The final review is here.

Thank you to the creators of such a great and meaningful show.

I don't write letters anymore.
          Bush 41

Chapter 26 - 'It's the final score that counts.'
So my question persists and I direct it to @BeauWillimon: why did Frank bury the ring?  As I said prior, I believe he was asking his ancestors for help.  And they clearly came through in spades...and the ring came back.  You see a clear fulfillment of this idea in his successful letter to the President - written on an Underwood typewriter.  See 23:45.  (If you want to share the answer privately, I'll tell no one:

Claire has a conscience.  As predicted, she did not protect Hennessey at all.  She actually ruined her.  It is an unintended mental crucifixion.  And yet Claire now suffers too.  Finally!  (Why is Tricia still talking to Claire? Why do people trust their abusers?)

The real world Raymond Tusk would have chosen to work with Frank under the opera house.  Walker was clearly in a rough spot.  Admittedly I am writing this after having watched the full season.  Still it is rare that a $40B man lets himself get pinched - especially in the states.  Nevertheless, something had to happen; as Woody Allen once put it, "let's face it, I wanna sell some books here."  I imagine that Frank may see a benefit in bailing him out with a pardon.*

The real world President Garret would have hung Frank.  Right?  Also Chiefs of Staff don't generally do a second show.  I thought Panetta may have but I don't think it has ever happened.

The deep web character proved deeply meaningful.  Rachel Maddow just yesterday spoke these words about CIA spying on Congress: "This is kind of death of the Republic kind of stuff."  As I intend on arguing in my penultimate entry in my NSA series, as I quoted Scott McNeally in that first entry, and intimated with the Assange quote in the same entry, privacy is gone for all but the most skilled.**

Money vs power.  As I wrote, Remy is about money - not power.  "Power is better than money as long as it lasts.  But it never lasts."  I really have no idea what lasts more between the two.  I suspect real power and real money sit in the same seat.  By real I mean one if not two orders of magnitude beyond the common millionaire.  Remy is the person I'd have aspired to if I had continued in the policy field.

Rachel is the global under class and Remy is the American middle class.  Under the right pressure, they're actions in each case are illustrative.  My biggest sub-plot curiosity is what goes on with them next season.  The most important idea IMO of season 2 is that Frank never explicitly intended to replace Garrett but only to unravel him and see what opportunities might surface.  This method is the rule.  I'm excited for season 3.  And yes: I do take this show way too seriously.  =)

* I am ignorant of the story of Madame Butterfly.  Tosca seems a more natural choice.  If someone has an insight on this choice, do tell.  I didn't put a lot of time into the question.

** Purists can argue that we should not give in to such a pessimism but in  practical terms it's the only reasonable view.  Innovations, alternative Internets, (perhaps) closed Internets will certainly create new options.

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