The Underwood are bad. Very bad, increasingly bad. In an unlimited climb, the scriptwriters of Netflix's series House of Cards throw more firewood onto the fire. The fifth season, produced by Netflix, has raised the levels of badness of a marriage that almost accumulates on their backs more corpse than Jack the Ripper. House of Cards has become a parody in which the characters, which are divided into bad guys and good ones (and, therefore, this ones are usually stupid), are just pedestrians at the serviceof characters turned into caricatures of President, Frank, and Vice president, Claire Underwood, of (their) the United States of America.
Beyond some good scene, Stamper (Michael Kelly) is one of the weakest points of the season. I have the feeling that with the ease they sometimes have in the series to get people from the middle without too much contemplation (no one will miss you, Zoe Barnes) they could have loaded Doug for at least two seasons. But no, his sad life and his inexplicable fidelity towards the Underwood will continue boringly. Fortunately, there are also new characters, such as the one played by Patricia Clarkson, all the scenes in which her eccentric aristocrat appears with many political ties are essential. Equally essential that everything that Kevin Spacey or Robin Wright lent their presence because House of Cards has resented with age, it does not have the quality or freshness of the first years but Spacey and Wright get the viewer almost can forget about it every time they seduce us with their interpretive talent
Then there is the issue that producers believe that their public have an exclusivity relationship with the series. In the current scene of "peak TV" we all see more television than necessary and follow House of Cards is as difficult as ever. Not only do they not bother to explain things for a second time, is that some of the ellipsis between the end of an episode and the beginning of the next will make key moments of the argument develop outside the camera. It expects a lot from the viewer.
Even though this season seems to be much longer than the previous ones, I will continue watching House of Cards. And it is that the series is consumed by moments like when Francis approaches Tom (Claire's lover) and says him, «Tom, do not be unfaithful to my wife.» By the way, the best starts at the end of episode 11.