Some people may be skeptical of a television show that is created by the video streaming website Netflix, but the experiment was worth it. With an all-star cast and a strong story, "House of Cards" lifts the veil on a deceptive but effective political world of Congress.
South Carolina Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is the Majority Whip in the House of Representatives and uses the influence and power of this position to further his agenda. When the president-elect gives the Secretary of State nomination to another congressman instead of keeping his promise to Underwood, the claws really start to show. Underwood is a southern gentleman one minute and a ruthless backstabber the next.
Meanwhile, budding journalist Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) is eager to get the big political gossip for The Washington Herald and uses a paparazzi photo of Underwood as blackmail to get information. The mutually beneficial arrangement helps Underwood further his political revenge and helps Zoe make a name for herself in the city, but when the pressure is on she might not be able to play with the big boys.
With a well balanced blend of politics and drama, the show proves just how powerful a tool the media can be and it never hurts to be owed a favor. The pilot shows director David Fincher's intricate cinematic work to build a suspenseful and adrenaline fueled scene with every shot.
With forward thinking ideas mixed with legislation with some sex and drugs on the side, the show perfectly balances the politics and drama in a believable way. The entire first season of "House of Cards" is available for viewing on Netflix and non-members will be abel to view the series for free during the month of February.