It does fall apart in the last couple of seasons, and losing Spacey (regardless of anyone's assessment of things recently revealed about his life) was a huge loss for the show, which is very much evident in the last season. At its best, however, this is one of the strongest political TV series ever made with some spooky parallels to today's world.
For 5 seasons, all I wanted was more of Robin Wright's ice queen. I put up with the political shenanigans, fairly enjoyed all the murders and admired Francis mischievousness and Spacey's commitment to the role... but it was Wright's portrayal of the mysterious and complex Claire that kept me around. So it was sad to see her alone in a convoluted final season that would've been much better if Francis was still there.
The first two seasons are very strong! unparalleled insight into governance and power. I wish pacing wasn't so straightforward, yet the efficiency is understandable given the many storylines and threads. In lieu of frustrating cliffhangers (Breaking Bad style) has a seamless way to propel you to binge watch. The natural low key lighting is a very bold aesthetic choice in reducing artificiality.
A terrific show that sometimes mirrors reality in a very disturbing way, showing us how easy we can be manipulated. A game of chance and coldness. I also won't mention Kevin Spacey's last news of molesting as I think an actor's actions are his personal choices that always must have consequences. It's a shame the series is being cancelled, so I'm eager to watch the last season. Will "re-rate" if after that.
At first, I found it engaging as Frank's Iago-like breaking of the4thwall moments even tho it became a plodding cautionary tale (with unmissable performances) but then with the arrival of the Trump Administration this became very weird with moments mirroring reality becoming hypnotic and cringe worthy and now in a post-Weinstein world of men behaving badly I Find the show making us feel even more complicit.
[House of Rapists] The day is fast approaching where "the artist" vs "their work" is no longer possible. Men are going to hell. Deservedly so. Follywood is doomed. Let's end Rape Culture for good shall we? Women as: Studio Execs, Casting Agents, Directors, Showrunners, Programmers, Curators. If men can't keep it in their pants, they should work only the prison yard for LIFE. Also: hand Robin Wright the ship already!