Hard to believe that The Following couldn't improve upon the trainwrecks of Seasons 1 and 2, but they did it and officially cemented this showHard to believe that The Following couldn't improve upon the trainwrecks of Seasons 1 and 2, but they did it and officially cemented this show as one of the worst ever. The implausible and predictable plot turns continue, but are even dumber than they ever were. Congratulations to the show's writers, despite their long Pre-K school days, they have accomplished the unthinkable and put the finishing touches on the worst show ever.… Full Review »
I had hopes this would be good, but it is an awful show. This show does not compare to the Colbert report. . I am not sure it will last wellI had hopes this would be good, but it is an awful show. This show does not compare to the Colbert report. . I am not sure it will last well i hope it doesn't so something else will be presented.… Full Review »
Fresh off the Boat is totally fresh!! It's a wonderful comedy that is a combination of silly and clever resulting in an appearance of notFresh off the Boat is totally fresh!! It's a wonderful comedy that is a combination of silly and clever resulting in an appearance of not going for the big laughs but getting them anyway. Many of the lines are delivered so dryly and as if they're just throw away, and you end up howling. The father in the show makes me thin of a Chinese version of Ricky Ricardo. One of my favourite new shows of the year..… Full Review »
Season 3 has become a boring collection of episodes where not much changes from 1 to 13. It lacks both thrill and wit. The domestic policySeason 3 has become a boring collection of episodes where not much changes from 1 to 13. It lacks both thrill and wit. The domestic policy arguments are boringly flat. Having left out any serious political enemies, there's just the primary debates. The international policy crisis is badly written and lacks realism. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright act with aplomb, but achieve less and less for every episode. One thing stands out: Lars Mikkelsen's impersonation of a paranoid Russian president - excellent and chilling. It's worth watching series 3 only to see Danish Mikkelsen at his best.… Full Review »
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It is saddening to watch how season 3 of House of Cards has become a shoddy production that lacks both thrill and wit. Where Frank in the first two seasons was scheming and pursuing a real objective, his character has become a boring president with no ambition. He entirely lacks an agenda and pushes the same uninspiring America Works proposal for 12 full episodes, when the script writers could actually have made this an exciting partisan battle.
It's really a pity, the plot could e.g. build around a series of fierce attacks from the Republicans on his domestic policies (the Republicans are absent from season 3) and a more realistic international policy crisis. While Lars Mikkelsen's portrayal of a paranoid Russian president is excellent and entertaining, the whole storyline with a "peacekeeping mission in the Jordan Valley" is flat - there's simply no reason why Israel's east border would be threatened by anyone, an international force containing Russian soldiers (>sigh< it's too unlikely), a parachute jump by US soldiers into the encampment of the Russians (to do what, exactly?), then have the US soldiers flee when the first shot is fired - it is simply laughable. When the Russian president demands Claire's resignation as ambassador, Frank just bows to his demand and in the next episode there is not even an attempt at retaliation.
The attempt to deepen the female characters of the series is also a debacle. Both Claire and Jackie go to great lengths to satisfy the mens' desire to dominate and abuse their loyalty, then finally react halfheartedly but it adds nothing to the actual outcome of series 3.
The last chapter of season 3 epitomizes the script writers' inability to make the story move forward. Doug now seeks revenge on Rachel, which adds nothing and is only painful to watch (oh no, not another CSI where man murders woman). Why is this even in series 3? Doug is supposed to be dead, or else busy himself drafting strategies to help Frank defeat political enemies. I thought HoC was a different and intelligent TV series!
Where series 1 and 2 kept the suspense and the viewer only slowly realized what was going on, series 3 is unfortunately rather predictable. Obviously, the end of season 3 promises us that seasons 4 and 5 will mash the primary and the presidential campaign very, very slowly.… Full Review »
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