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THEY'RE BACK

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada TV

Mark Feb. 27, 2015 in those calendars "House of Cards" fans, because you've got a date with Frank Under — sorry, make that President Underwood and t...

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Molly Parker Infiltrates 'House Of Cards'

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada TV

Last time we were in the "House Of Cards" universe, it seemed like Frank (Kevin Spacey) had it all: he'd successfully made it to the near-peak of the ...

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 13 Recap: All's Well That Ends Well (Or Not)

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 07.04.2013 | Canada TV
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Sometimes smashing a sink faucet with a hammer is just smashing a sink faucet with a hammer. At other times, as in the finale of House Of Cards' first season, it means a whole lot more. Blunt force might silence a dripping faucet, but it doesn't stop the underlying problem. Frank is surely going to find this out.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 12 Recap: This Is Politics

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada TV
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In these final episodes of the first season, House Of Cards has that feeling of last-minute panic. Everything is on the verge of crumbling and Frank's future looks bleak. Out of the blue waltzes Major Dad himself -- yes, Gerald McRaney -- and we have yet another wild card in the mix.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap: Bitter Truths

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 06.20.2013 | Canada TV
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For the first 10 episodes of House Of Cards, there has been a layer of secrecy and double-dealing over everything. With Peter's very public implosion, that layer has disintegrated, and the characters on the show have no choice but to reveal their truths. This is the moment before checkmate. It's make-or-break for Frank.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 10 Recap: Things Fall Apart

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 06.13.2013 | Canada TV
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It was bound to happen before long: all of Frank's allies are turning into enemies. Even his beloved Claire, the woman who's stuck by him for decades, has had enough of his lies, his manipulation and his using. For her to break away signifies a major shift in House Of Cards -- could it be that Frank's carefully calculated empire is finally crumbling to dust?

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 9 Recap: Sex, Lies And Campaigning

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada TV
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All of our main characters are either rewarded for their bravery or punished for their cowardice in this episode, and we start to see the decline of many relationships we thought were stable, relatively speaking. Tenuous threads of trust are severed as personal interests take precedence over the greater good.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Blast From The Past

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 05.30.2013 | Canada TV
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This is a nice character exploration of the two main (male) characters, Frank and Peter. Like Episode 3, this one goes off on a personal tangent, and whisks us away from the grey sameness of D.C. To be honest, this show needs it.

House Of Cards Season 1, Episode 7 Recap: Of Vice And Pen

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada TV
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It's interesting to think of politics as a vice, or something you can't shake. On House Of Cards, our Frank is an unabashed politics addict, which, of course, has horrible effects on everyone in his immediate surroundings.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap: The Brick

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 05.16.2013 | Canada TV
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You know when a TV show tries to convey an issue via a metaphor, and sometimes it's subtle, but other times it has all the covertness of a heavy brick hurtling through the air? Well, in this episode, House of Cards uses a very literal representation of what it's trying to communicate. In this case, yes, it's a brick, and it's smashing through Frank's window.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap: A BBQ And A Meltdown

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada TV
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All of the relationships on House Of Cards move forward to varying degrees: Frank and Zoe take it there, Claire and Adam dance on the edge of danger and Frank and Peter test each other's limits. Master manipulator Frank always manages to come out on top, at least for now.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: Think About It

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada TV
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This episode is all about big decisions; nearly every character is told to "think about it" at some point or another. The irony is, in making most of these choices, there is no "right" or "wrong" outcome -- and in some cases, like Peter's, there is no good option at all. I suppose this is representative of politics at large: for every bill passed, for every law enacted, there is a winning party and a losing party. No victory comes without its victim.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: Just Peachoid

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada TV
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In all honesty, I was getting a bit worried for House Of Cards after I'd finished the first two episodes. Sure, the show was intelligent and witty, and the lead actors had their own special brand of charisma. I felt myself caring about (most of) the storylines. But it was missing something integral to any modern TV show (yes, even the weighty dramas have it too): humor. We finally got it in the third episode, in the form of a giant peach.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap: Working In Shadow

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 04.18.2013 | Canada TV
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As we move on in the storyline (and as with any great puzzle or mystery), things are getting deeper and more complicated. There are increasing numbers of people involved, each with their own secrets and agendas. Pulling the strings in the middle of it all is our beloved Frank.

'House Of Cards' Season 1, Episode 1 Recap: Breaking Down Walls, Literally

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 04.11.2013 | Canada TV
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The premiere of Netflix's House Of Cards thrusts us directly into the cutthroat world of D.C. politics and we take the ride with Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey). In this world, word means nothing. You can trust no one. Through Underwood, we can see that it's literally one man against everyone else.

Media Bites: Why Canadian Politics Isn't Netflix Material

J.J. McCullough | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Politics
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2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The fact that Canada has spent a decade creating nothing comparable to House of Cards, Game Change and many more political dramas is a shame, but hardly surprising. We're a plucky lot -- and certainly no slackers in the world of entertainment -- but this is one realm where we're hopelessly out-gunned. There's never been (and never will be) a compelling Canadian political drama for one simple reason: Canadian politics is not interesting. "Yes sir, we'll get right on that, sir" isn't the sort of dialogue from which compelling scripts are made.

Why Netflix Is Genius

Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada TV
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After we'd exhausted our favorite shows and watched numerous movies from the '80s that we'd forgotten about, we grew a bit bored with Netflix. So it's only natural that the company would take another step and move forward with a smart, thoughtful plan.