Friday, June 2, 2017

House of Cards Season 5, Episode 1 - The ruthless Underwoods are back and how!

The elections are just two weeks away. Democrats and Republicans are at their best. Everyone already has their favourites. Each wants to win. Each wants their side to win. And they will all do anything to achieve what they have set out for.

That is the undertone to the first episode of Season 5, House of Cards. Devious plans, wicked plotting and planning, making shady alliances, fake speeches, evil gimmicks… you get a bit of everything in the season premiere. 

The first plan by the Underwoods is to obviously do some damage control that was done by Tom Hammerschmidt’s revelations in the previous season – of corruption, murder, and what not by the current President! To deviate from the same, Claire goes on to tape an anti-terrorism speech for the nation. Frank asks Congressmen to declare a formal war against ICO, the series version of ISIS, to show the country his stand on terrorism.

 Meanwhile, the innocent Jim Miller’s killer, Joshua Matterson, is all over the news. His mother is interrogated by Claire who leaves no stone unturned to bring this reluctant mother on her side. Frank Underwood tries to woo Jim Miller’s family as well, but the consequences only make him a little nervous. Once again Claire takes control and he confidently tells the world that they have nothing to fear, which of course, is yet another vicious plan to attract the naïve citizens.

Oh, what a team!

It is eerie to watch that fiction is indeed matching what is probably going on in the Trump era. The strict policies stated by Frank resonate with the recent immigration ban in America. His ruthlessness matches with the one of the current U.S. president. How long will reality match the storyline, only time will tell.

Going forward on #HOConZCafe, it will be interesting to watch the Conway’s and how they respond to the Underwood plots. Will they be able to reveal to the world how he dealt with the killer of Jim Miller? Will the crimes reported by Tom in the previous season be justified much against the wishes of the Underwoods? What turn will Thomas’s relationship with Claire take? What role will a NSA hacking plot have in this season?

It is guaranteed by the first episode that this season will be more ruthless and compelling than the previous ones. You can watch all the deceitfulness on television as Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café!

I, for one, will surely be binge watching!