The Underwoods. I’m talking about Francis and Claire. I’m talking about House of Cards. I’m talking about a television show.
A good friend of mine suggested that I should watch House of Cards since I enjoy shows such as The West Wing and The Newsroom. What an insane ride House of Cards was….
I understand that a show about Washington politics is going to have scandal, deceit, and human cockroaches. After all, that’s pretty much what we have in Washington politics in reality. But I was unprepared for the breadth of scandal I would see on this show. I was unprepared for the depth of deceit I would see on this show. I was unprepared for how vile the human cockroaches would be on this show. I am terrified to think if even a fraction of this is true in reality.
The show is filled with the most morally depraved characters ever witnessed in television history. Frank and Claire Underwood, the main characters around whom the whole show revolves, are so chillingly awful that they belong to Dante’s Ninth Circle of Hell, but whether they belong in Caïna, Antenora, Ptolomaea, or Judecca is up for discussion. I have actually taken to watching the show under a blanket because the Underwoods are so cold that I feel a chill whenever they are on the screen.
It’s a toss up who is more demonic — Frank or Claire. Frank is more obviously terrible, but Claire is the silent, sneaky type, which makes her a special kind of dangerous.
As the show has progressed, I started feeling like maybe Frank and Claire weren’t so bad after all. I’m not sure if I’ve just become accustomed to their treachery or if the characters who surround them are so disgusting that the Underwoods are starting to look good in comparison.
I still haven’d decided if I want to see them be victorious or if I want to see their downfall. Regardless, I will keep watching because Francis and Claire Underwood are a horrific train wreck that I simply can’t tear my eyes away from.