House of Cards was the first original series that Netflix ever created. It paved the way for shows like Daredevil and Stranger Things.
They have created some of the finest shows of our generation. House of Cards is one of those shows that will go down in history as the best there ever was. But like all good things, it has to end at some point.
This season is the last. After Kevin Spacey was fired amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Netflix decided to finish the show without him. Everyone, including us at The Digital Worm, was wondering what kind of finished product would be presented to us.
Here is how it stacks up.
House of Cards Season 6 Review
Claire is the President of the United States. She faces opponents no matter where she goes. From the corporate Shepherd family to politicians. The season follows her journey as she tries to be her own woman and her own President. On top of it all, she has a lot of loose ends that she needs to tie up.
House of Cards was one of my favorite shows. I loved Kevin Spacey. I thought his character was absolutely magical. Without him, this season fell completely flat.
This made me upset. Especially because, just like the other seasons, the acting was phenomenal. I have no complaints about the acting at all.
Unfortunately, this is the only thing I’m not going to be complaining about.
The pacing of House of Cards has always been slow. I don’t think anyone can deny that. But this season was excruciatingly slow. There were times when I would look at my phone, thinking several hours had passed by. But no. I was still on the episode I had just started half an hour earlier.
Aside from the pacing, let’s get into some more of my issues with the show.
From the time the show starts, Frank is dead. Yes. This is a spoiler. But you discover this as soon as you start the season so I don’t think it really counts.
You would think, given how much space the show and Netflix wanted to put between them and the former main character, they wouldn’t talk about him so much. But Frank Underwood still seems to be the main character of the show.
Throughout the season, and throughout every single episode, Frank is talked about. Some people are trying to figure out who killed him. Others just want to talk shit. Claire, played by Robin Wright, is trying to get out from under her dead husband’s shadow. She wants to erase him from her memory and the country’s. She wants to be her own woman and her own president.
I can’t fault the character for that. What I can fault her character for is talking about Frank. All. The. Time.
If you want to forget about someone, the first step is to not talk about them all day, every day, to anyone who is willing to listen.
This struck me as truly bizarre. I was ready to move on from Kevin Spacey and Frank Underwood. Why wasn’t the show ready? They could have cut the mentions of Frank down to next to nothing. But they didn’t. They could have set the final season to take place months or years after his death. But instead, it picks up a few days after his death.
I just don’t get it.
The Shepherd Family
The Shepherds play a large role in season 6.
Their involvement in the show, and their antics, turned this season of House of Cards from a great show into another mediocre soap opera. They failed to prove to the viewer that they were there for a reason. Why should I care what they’re up to? And why did they have to be such a huge part of the show?
I think placing them into such a prominent role and giving them so much screen time ruined the show. It’s supposed to be about the Underwood’s rise to power. It’s supposed to be about how they scheme and scam to get what they want.
Instead, we were given one lame doublecross after another. It became predictable and then it became boring.
I almost feel bad for writing this House of Cards season 6 review. It’s the first negative review we’ve ever posted on this site, which is one of the reasons it’s so short.
But as someone who watches a lot of Netflix, I feel it’s my duty to tell it like it is. This show was bad. Unfortunately, that’s probably the nicest way I can put it.
If you need closure to the show, don’t watch it. You’re not going to get the answers you’re looking for with the final season of the series. And there is only one word to describe how I felt after watching it.