REVIEW — House of Cards, Season 2, Episodes 5 & 6

 

Hey, look at that, I’m back to reviewing these! Primarily because the new season of HoC premiers at the end of the month and I am super behind. In case I haven’t mentioned this: I watch and then review, and I don’t watch further if I haven’t written a review, so I’m sure you can see how that strategy might backfire into not ever getting a chance to watch the rest of the show because I’m just too lazy to write my review. Bad, SM. Get it together.

 

I am getting it together! Or trying to, anyway. I finished automotive school at the end of January and now I am in Israel on a month-long trip that I like to call “My Last Hurrah Before Having To Come Home and Be an Adult.” And of course, what is there to do in Israel aside from watch TV shows about American politics? Nothing significant, that is correct.

 

This review in particular, though, I’m finding hard to write, not because it’s been so long since I’ve seen and written about the show, but rather because nothing that happens in either of these episodes struck me as particularly memorable. They hit a couple of major plot points — Lucas the Journalist’s story mercifully wrapped up with his framing and arrest for cyberterrorism, and Frank is attempting to drive a wedge between the President and his billionaire advisor, Raymond Tusk. But neither of these storylines are all that compelling to me because Lucas is not a character I find interesting, and neither is Raymond Tusk. Gone is the eccentricity that gave his character the slightest bit of depth; now he’s just this rich guy who’s looking after his interests. Very one-note, very boring. So these major arcs just feel perfunctory to me as a viewer because I don’t care much for the people involved.

 

The smaller stuff I find more compelling, even if there’s not much there — the few brief scenes with Rachel Posner (I think that actress has incredible screen presence and I hope she gets to have more agency as the show goes on), and more substantially, Claire’s new committee to fight for women’s rights in the military, which introduces the character of the First Lady, and it was awesome to see her use her status to smack down that general/military dude who was insisting the military does all it can to protect its women, when clearly it could do more. I was less enamored with the bit where Claire is clearly trying to push Christina (girlfriend of the late Peter Russo, a’’h) out of the picture by planting suspicions in the First Lady’s mind that Christina is having an affair with the President. At least, I think pushing Christina out of the White House is her goal with that, but honestly I have no idea because I don’t know why she suddenly cares what happens with Christina. Theoretically she could be concerned that Christina could piece together the fact that Frank murdered Russo, but it’s unclear how that would be possible and why now this is a concern. Also it’s unclear if Claire even knows that Frank murdered Russo? Ugh, show, you could be better at this.

 

Basically, these two episodes fall into the category of Less Engaging Setup. I do not have a problem with setup in and of itself, but even if seeds are just being planted for a payoff down the line, there are ways to make those seed-planting scenes more interesting than many of these. (As I wrote in my review of the season 5 finale of Supernatural, that show suffered from the opposite problem of setup that was so interesting that the payoff paled in comparison.) Of course, most people aren’t watching this show in two-episode chunks and then stopping to write reviews, so the show is structured to build as one story and not necessarily be broken down on an episode-by-episode level. Still, there are very serialized shows out there that do a better job on an episode-to-episode and scene-to-scene level than these couple of episodes. Hopefully things will pick up soon, and if they don’t, well, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are still worth watching regardless. Underwoods 4evah!!

 

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REVIEW — House of Cards, Season 2, Episodes 3 & 4

 

[Trigger warning: A large chunk of this review is going to deal with the topic of rape, because my favorite part of these two episodes happens to be strongly tied to that subject.]

 

If Robin Wright doesn’t win an Emmy for her performance in Episode 4 alone, there will be no words to express the injustice. I mean, it’s not quite Syria or Rwanda, but still, she should win awards. All of them. Princess Buttercup, how far you have come.

 

More on that later.

 

First, the other storylines, starting with the weakest one — Lucas the journalist attempting to find evidence against Frank Underwood using the ~magic internet~, or “Deep Web.” (I called it the “Dark Web” in my last review; my apologies.) I don’t quite get all the details of what’s going on here, and I may have spaced out a couple of times because I was bored and am a bad reviewer, but the gist of it is that Lucas thinks he’s following a lead but really he’s being caught in a sting operation contrived by the FBI, because Frank’s lackey, Doug, told an FBI friend of his that this journalist was a threat to national security or something. Thus ensues some preposterous uses of technology and Lucas being way too trusting to even be alive, let alone be a journalist. Whatever. Hopefully this storyline picks up soon or gets dropped.

 

The main storyline in these episodes of course belongs to Frank. He is still attempting to earn the President’s confidence, and at the same time, he’s trying to make a public name for himself, since it turns out that while he is well-known in political circles, he is a complete unknown outside of them. And anyone who wants to run for president needs more name recognition than that. So his current project is a bill touted in the President’s State of the Union address, which (I think) wants to raise the retirement age in order to help pay for entitlements like Medicare. (Correct me if I’m wrong please; you should all know by now that the politics aspect of the show is SO not what interests me.)

 

Episode 3 is about Frank’s battle to get the bill through the Senate, which he does in quite hilarious fashion, with both sides invoking various bush league (which in this context have nothing to do with the Presidents Bush) technicalities while trying to block and pass the bill. It’s not unlike watching a playground squabble being enacted by erudite men in suits. Episode 4 then picks up with Frank trying to get the bill through the House of Representatives, which he actually nearly fails at, despite an anthrax scare putting him in lockdown with his chief opposition, Representative Donald Blythe. No matter what Frank tries, what angles he attempts to exploit, up to and including offering funding for Alzheimer’s research for Blythe’s dying wife, Blythe sees right through him and refuses to budge. It’s refreshing to see someone who is completely immune to Frank’s folksy charm and sees him as the power-hungry viper that he is. Four for you, Donald Blythe. You go, Donald Blythe.

 

Luckily for Frank, Jackie Sharp, the new Whip, employs more idealistic tactics rather than simply ruthlessly pragmatic ones, and winds up bailing him out. (I’m not convinced that her style of appealing to people’s consciences instead of negotiating or bribing them would really work in the D.C. that this show has painted, but I’m willing to roll with it and see how it plays out.)

 

Oh, and Remy Denton from last season is still around for some reason. I’m not sure what he’s supposed to be doing, and it’s a shame that the show’s most extraneous-seeming character is black, because it makes him feel extremely token.

 

Okay, NOW my favorite part. Claire.

 

In order to boost Frank’s public profile for his potential presidential run, Claire hires a publicist, who books a joint interview for Claire and Frank. But when Frank gets stuck in lockdown, Claire decides to do the interview on her own. It starts out benignly enough, humanizing Frank through his wife’s palpable affection for him, but quickly takes a turn for the personal and invasive questions that are typically asked of powerful women, especially women in politics: “Why don’t you have children?” — to which Claire responds that it was a choice she and Frank made, career over children; “Have you ever been pregnant?” — to which Claire admits that she has been; and finally, the doozy: “Have you ever had an abortion?” — which Claire refuses to be cowed by despite the consequences that her answer will have on the public’s opinion and Frank’s career, and she says yes.

 

The interview, which is shooting live by the way, cuts to a commercial, and Claire’s publicist essentially begs her not to go on again, telling her that there is absolutely nothing she can say to recover from that. But Claire Underwood does NOT run away from things. Not happening.

 

So what does she do? She knows she can’t say, “none of this is any of your business and has no bearing on my husband’s political competence,” and she knows she can’t win the abortion debate with any kind of straight-up “it was my choice and I had a right to choose” argument, because that is much too polarizing. So she deflects. She turns the issue from abortion into something else entirely.

 

She says that the pregnancy which was aborted was the result of a rape.

 

We know from a previous episode that Claire was in fact raped, but we know from comments she makes privately to her publicist that while she has had three abortions, none of them were results of that rape. So she is lying, but she is lying magnificently, saving the interview from sure political disaster and inverting it, turning it into an enormous opportunity to get justice for herself — she proceeds to out her rapist, by name, on live TV.

 

Omigod, it is glorious.

 

I wanted to high-five Claire, Robin Wright, the writer, the director, and everyone else involved in that scene, because it was just so thoroughly satisfying.

 

Other women, emboldened by the example of the Vice President’s wife and assured protection by Claire herself, begin to come out of the woodwork to attest that they were also raped by General Dalton McGuiness and were too afraid to speak up. We get a shot of the General in his office, and it’s clear from the look on his face that his goose is well and truly cooked. Ah, justice is sweet. I don’t know how this would or will play out in court, but he has definitely been convicted in the court of public opinion, if nothing else.

 

I realized while pondering this storyline that if someone were to watch this episode in isolation, they might come away with an impression that Claire is a wonderful and ideal feminist role model, fighting for justice and giving women a voice and taking back their power. I want to state unequivocally that Claire is not a role model, is not someone that women should put on a pedestal or aspire to be — she is in many ways a horrible person: she is ruthless, she has shown a willingness to do anything and everything to get what she wants, up to and including ruining people’s personal and professional lives regardless of whether they did anything to deserve it, and she is tacitly complicit in all of Frank’s schemes, including his murders, even if she is not generally an active accomplice.

 

But this is the first time I got a real sense of why someone like Claire wants power so badly and what she would do with it if she got it. And if there was a show, “Claire Underwood: Anti-Heroine, Fighting Injustice with Class, Poise, Power, and Occasional Evilness,” would I watch it? Heck yes.

 

 

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REVIEW — House of Cards, Season 2, Episodes 1&2

I have put off writing this for so long it is RIDICULOUS. Almost as ridiculous as the procrastination on my novel, but not quite. But still. RIDICULOUS. I’ve actually watched these two episodes twice by now, because I watched them so long ago without getting around to reviewing them that I’d forgotten what even happened in them. Ergo, a second viewing was necessary.

 

Note that this is the second season of House of Cards, and my reviews will be spoilertastic for both the episode being reviewed and the first season, reviews of which you can locate by using the handy dandy sidebar. BUT also note that I’m reviewing the episodes as I go and am unspoiled for the events of Season 2, so please don’t tell me anything.

 

Okay? Okay. [The Fault in Our Stars is coming out soon; I had to make that reference.]

 

Onward!

 

[Trigger warning for a very brief discussion of rape.]

 

The first episode of Season 2 is about damage control, tying up the dangling plot threads left from the Season 1 finale, one centering on Kevin Spacey’s Congressman Frank Underwood, and one centering on his wife, Robin Wright’s Claire.

 

Frank spent all of last season plotting and scheming to ultimately become the Vice President of the United States, and he’s about to be sworn in. However, he left a trail behind, most notably in the form of the dead body of Peter Russo, the alcoholic congressman he murdered in order to get the previous Vice President to go back and govern that state in Russo’s stead. Everybody following? It’s okay if you’re not; this whole thing is super convoluted and that’s why we love it. Anyhow, there’s a hardy bunch of reporters on his tail, led by Zoe Barnes, who are sticking their noses where Frank would really prefer they didn’t.

 

Meanwhile, Claire is dealing with a pending lawsuit against her and her nonprofit organization, the Clean Water Initiative, that her former colleague Gillian Cole threatened her with at the end of last season, for reasons that I am fuzzy on because it’s been a while since I saw Season 1. But I’m sure Claire deserved it.

 

Proving once more that they are television’s (or at least Netflix’s) most well-matched couple in existence, the Underwoods both dispense with these crises with brutal efficiency: Frank by *MAJOR SPOILER* throwing Zoe in front of a train, and Claire by blackmailing Gillian and cancelling her medical coverage to get her to back down. Good job, guys. You win the Most Horrible People award for the week.

 

With those pesky concerns dealt with (or so they think…dun dun DUN), the season can move forward into the all-new Season 2 stuff, which includes storylines such as: Frank having his home terrorist-proofed and learning to deal with the overbearing protection befitting the Vice President (which makes murdering future people significantly more difficult for him, what a shame); Frank performing Vice Presidential duties like presenting medals to soldiers, one of whom turns out to be a man who raped Claire back in her school days; Frank secretly sabotaging negotiations with China in order to hurt Raymond Tusk, a billionaire friend of the President’s who, in Frank’s opinion, has way too much influence and way too little respect; and last but certainly not least, the ethics-free machinations involved in getting Frank’s choice, Jackie Sharp, voted in as his replacement as Majority Whip in Congress.

 

The reporter storyline didn’t die with Zoe, though. Her boyfriend, Lucas, is sure that he’s onto something and has resorted to asking people on the Dark Web — or as I like to call it, “the ~magic internet~” because lol it does not exist — if they can hack the phone records of the Vice President. Aaaaaand credits.

 

So, color me psyched. I love Kevin Spacey in this role; he is so amazingly sleazy and awful and unapologetic, and every time he so much as looks at the camera to break the fourth wall I grin because I just love it that much. And Robin Wright is perfect again as cold, calculating Claire, and when she talks about the rape, I almost wonder if anything like that ever happened to her in real life because it feels like she’s employing such a genuine coping mechanism. And the show is just so beautifully shot and atmospheric that I lose myself in it every time.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing how Frank can keep all his schemes secret with all the security personnel surrounding him. He made it a point to keep Edward Meechum with him despite better qualified security professionals, presumably because last season Frank saved Meechum’s career and so he knows Meechum would do anything for him. I’m curious to see if the guy who raped Claire is going to show up again or he was just a one-off character to give Claire some backstory and illustrate Frank’s willingness to restrain himself for the sake of his wife. And of course I want to see how this new Whip stuff plays out and to see if the ~magic internet~ can bust Frank for his evilness.

 

 

REVIEW: House of Cards — Episodes 12 & 13 (Finale)

Okay, I’ll admit it upfront: I don’t really know what I thought of these last two episodes. I know two things:

 

1)   They didn’t “wow” me, and

2)   They didn’t suck.

 

All right, now that we’ve gotten the pesky extremes out of the way, I need to start parsing the even peskier middle ground.

 

Things I liked:

 

1)   The direction of the reporters’ storyline. Zoe has clearly been humbled by her experiences, and is owning up to her mistakes by treating her fellow reporters with respect and working together with them to uncover the truth. She obviously hasn’t lost her non-deferential streak and is perfectly willing to poke her nose around in places she ought not to be trespassing, much to the chagrin of my journalist brother: “Real reporters can get information without harassing people — that’s not heroic; it’s invasion of privacy.” I still like the other reporters better than Zoe, but I don’t dislike her nearly as much as I did in the beginning when I called her a diva.

2)   The president not being TOTALLY clueless. Okay, he was still a little clueless and didn’t realize that Frank and Linda are working together and that they could figure out what he was scheming, but at least he was scheming instead of being the useless pretty boy he’s been all season.

3)   The scene where Frank gets the tables turned on him by the president’s billionaire buddy and realizes he wasn’t sent to St Louis to convince the guy to take the Vice Presidency but rather to be vetted for the position himself. Nice to see that role reversal.

 

Things I didn’t like so much:

 

1)   I felt like the resolution to Frank convincing the guy to support his promotion to the Vice Presidency was a little too easy. I mean, first he ran around in a panic trying to sabotage the billionaire’s fortune with some complicated scheme involving SanCorp, in order to gain the upper hand. That backfired, but for some reason the guy was sufficiently impressed with Frank’s failed scheme that he decided to support him anyway. So . . . yay, Frank?

2)   I liked that Claire’s decision to enlist SanCorp’s help with the water filters came back to bite her when Gillian found out and rebelled at this deal-making and corporate sponsorship. But I felt like there was insufficient setup for the degree of Gillian’s anger and her decision to go after Claire with a false discrimination suit in order to sully her reputation and the reputation of charities like Claire’s. Peripheral but relevant to this: I also still don’t really understand what is so important to Claire about this particular charity and what she hopes to achieve with it. I feel like that’s a key aspect of her character but it hasn’t been explained yet.

3)   All the cliffhangers! Netflix, I hate you. Everything is unraveling and we have to wait until you put up the next installment? GAH. At least they’re already shooting season 2.

 

Overall, something about these episodes did not feel as strong as the build-up to them. Maybe the success of Frank’s machinations to become Vice President seemed anti-climactic because of the too-easy execution, or because of the theory that the show has lost tension because “Frank always, always, always wins.” Also, I miss Peter Russo and his redemption arc and vulnerability and inspiration and little-engine-that-couldness, and . . . yeah.

Regardless, House of Cards on a bad day is still better than The Newsroom on a good day.

 

Rating: 3.5/5

REVIEW: House of Cards — Episodes 10 & 11

So in these episodes we finally find out what Frank’s long game is, and it feels little . . . haphazard? Like the writers weren’t quite sure what they were doing and then decided, I’ve got it!

I just mean, it seems overly convoluted if you buy that this was Frank’s plan all along. I mean, if he was just setting Peter Russo up for a fall, why did he work so hard to get that bill passed and then get so ticked off when it didn’t? I get that he needed to get the timing right and keep Russo in the race long enough so that it would be too close to the election for anyone other than the Vice President to run instead (and then Frank could take the Vice Presidency and later run for president himself), but really? Did they have to put all that genuine effort into a campaign they were just going to torpedo anyway? And was Claire aware of it, how all her work on the campaign was just going to be trashed?

And what exactly was Frank planning to do about Russo to tie up the loose ends? Was he always planning to kill him? That didn’t seem like Plan A. But then what was Plan A? The whole scheme is very intricate and it works in hindsight, but I find it hard to believe Frank planned it the way the show seems to say he did. And did Claire know about Frank murdering Russo? The text Frank sent her was phrased to sound like Russo just turned up dead, not that Frank killed him. Does Claire know Frank well enough to have guessed the truth? Does it matter to her? Is this a time bomb that may go off in a future episode, or is it just another way that Claire and Frank are perfect for each other?

I wouldn’t go so far as to call this end of Russo’s storyline “terrible,” as Ryan McGee the AV Club reviewer does, but I certainly agree with him that “Frank’s master plan, as stated tonight, simply doesn’t line up with the season arc.”

McGee also complains that the structure of the show does not allow characters room to exist outside of Frank’s schemes. I can’t say I entirely disagree, but this doesn’t bother me the way it seems to bother him. Claire and her lover, Adam, have a tryst in this episode, and of course it’s temporary because Claire and Frank are simply too drawn to each other and too tightly bonded by their ultra-ambitious worldviews. I don’t mind that Claire’s decisions are ultimately tied to Frank, and that because Adam has no relevance to Frank he will never be shown having his own independent storyline. I couldn’t care less about that; I’d rather watch Claire and Frank try to take over the world than watch Adam gallivant around being a free spirit or whatever he is. He’s a nice foil to Frank, and it’s gratifying to see Claire’s more spontaneous and emotional side, but overall Frank is a much better fit for her, and she knows it.

Also, it must be said, THE PRESIDENT IN THIS SHOW IS A PATSY. Seriously. He does nothing. Linda should be president. LINDA FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016!!

 

Rating: 3.5/5 for stretching the boundaries of logic a little too far

REVIEW: House of Cards, Episode 9

Frank and Claire

 

I realized at some point that this show has an odd number of episodes (13). So if I’m going to be reviewing in blocks of 2 episodes each, I was going to have one left over; ergo, I was going to have to review one episode all by its lonesome. I was figuring I’d do that for the last episode, because, you know, it’s a finale so there ought to be SOMETHING to discuss, but then this episode popped up and I have many many thinky thoughts on it, so I decided that if I’m going to review a single episode, it may as well be this one.

First, let me just acknowledge the sheer irony in Frank’s closing line of the episode: “I want to know who lied.” Dude, you’re on House of Cards. EVERYBODY is lying, including and especially you.

But everyone on the show, including Frank, also has their own twisty code of honor, and operates within those parameters. For Frank, his central tenet is loyalty. You pick your loyalties, you form your alliances, you pay your favors, and you absolutely don’t change the rules of the game in the middle or you are dead to him. That was the President’s mistake in the very first episode — changing the rules, withdrawing a promise. Zoe (who is back in this episode) tries to change the rules and end the affair she’s having with Frank, and he cuts off her exclusive access to behind the scenes scoops. (I have to say I liked Zoe in this episode. She wasn’t whiny or babyish or entitled like she has been previously. She accepts that she can’t have everything she wants — such as get exclusive scoops and NOT sleep with Frank — and decides to prioritize and sleep with Frank for the scoops, but with as much dignity as she can muster. This is a such a welcome departure from what we’ve seen of her so far that The AV Club considers it to be out of character.)

The person who really changed the rules on Frank in this episode, though, is Claire.

As I said in my review of episodes 5 & 6, the Frank/Claire marriage is the bedrock of the show, its reliable constant, and the two of them work synergistically with each other, feeding off the other’s energy, working toward the same goals. This episode is an exploration of what happens when their goals diverge, and it’s not pretty.

The divide is foreshadowed early in the episode with Peter Russo’s children. Frank tells the camera, “I hate children,” but a few moments later we see Claire volunteer to drive them to school, and it’s clear that while she may not be the most motherly of women, she clearly doesn’t hate children. It’s a quick reminder that Frank and Claire are not the same person, regardless of how similar they are.

And things devolve from there. For the first time, Frank is clearly prioritizing his political efforts to get Russo elected governor over Claire’s organization’s needs, which at the moment include a $200,000 shipment of water filters stuck in Sudan. To complicate matters further, Claire finds that the only place she can go for assistance in retrieving the water filters, the powerful company of SanCorp, will only help her if she deliberately sabotages the very campaign Frank is working on, by secretly working to kill a bill that is crucial to building Russo’s support among his constituents. She does it without blinking, because Claire’s currency is also loyalty, and Frank has not paid up.

The episode ends with a nailbitingly tense scene of the whole Russo campaign in Frank’s office, watching the votes come in — it goes from celebratory jocularity to horror-struck silence in the span of thirty seconds. It’s the first real cliffhanger on the show; the sense of Where do we go from here?! is palpable. Russo losing the bill means he’s lost the support of the shipyard workers, whom he worked so hard all episode to win over, which means he’s probably going to lose the election, which means he might relapse . . . I think it’s safe to say that the house of cards is starting to collapse.

 

Rating: 4/5

REVIEW: House of Cards — Episodes 7 and 8

One thing about binge-watching vs. regular week-by-week watching is that sometimes you don’t notice when a character or storyline is dropped or de-emphasized for a particular episode, because sooner or later they always come back, and since you’ve been watching everything in such quick succession, you don’t always have time to realize they’re gone.

I noticed this in this block of episodes because my schedule has been crazy lately and I haven’t had the time to sit down and binge-watch like a normal person — sometimes I don’t even have a chance to watch an entire episode in one sitting. But I’d decided before starting this pair of episodes that I would give some attention to Zoe Barnes (the journalist that Frank is using to leak information to the public strategically) because I haven’t discussed her since my initial post on the show.

This turned out to be not so simple. Because she drops out of episode 8 entirely. If I were lucky enough to just be binging, I probably wouldn’t have noticed, would have just clicked ahead to the next installment and she’d be back as if she’d never left. But since my viewing experience has been so truncated recently, and because I’d decided to focus on Zoe, I was very aware of her absence, although it makes perfect sense, given that the episode takes place on the road, away from Washington DC where Zoe is stationed.

Zoe is probably the part of the show I have the most issues with, which is possibly why I’ve avoided discussing her previously. I don’t like her, but in a much stronger way than I don’t like Frank or any of the other “unpleasant” characters on the show. I just don’t find her enjoyable to watch. Probably because she suffers from what I’ll refer to as Newsroom Syndrome, which is what I’ll call it when any character is obnoxiously self-justifying about their actions and never admits that they could be wrong or not 100% right. Zoe throws hissy fits, she disobeys instructions, she’s petulant and whiny. She happens to have brains and journalistic talent as well, but she uses those to justify her babyish moments, complaining that she’s being wasted and not given good assignments and yadda yadda, and I just want her to take a chill pill and do her work. Simply put, she’s a diva, and I only like diva characters when they are somewhat self-aware, and/or played for laughs, and/or get put in their place frequently. Zoe is none of these.

The relationship between Frank and Zoe turned sexual at the end of episode 4. Until then, it seemed like Frank had no interest in her in that way, and was simply using her for his own nefarious purposes, and she benefited from the exclusive scoops he gave her. I personally preferred the Frank/Zoe relationship when it was non-sexual — I thought the dynamics were more interesting, because in general I find platonic relationships between men and women to have far more dimension than sexual ones. I also don’t really understand why turning the relationship sexual was a smart strategic move on Frank’s part (it is made clear in the very beginning of episode 5 that this is “strictly a business relationship”). Maybe I’m naïve and sheltered, but I think he’d have a better chance of keeping Zoe under control if sex was not a part of the equation. Introducing sex means that more things can go wrong and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, etc. Perhaps someone more schooled in the discipline of sexual power dynamics could explain to me why this is anything other than a bonehead move.

As for episode 8, which did not include Zoe, I loved it. It humanized Frank in a way we have not yet seen, by sending him back to his alma mater, where we see him hang out with his old buddies and just have fun in a way that’s not mean-spirited, just reckless and immature and silly and male-bonding-y and totally entertaining to watch. There is also an obvious reference to Frank’s past sexual experimentation with one of his buddies and the attraction he still harbors, and since I have a running discussion going with a male bisexual friend in which we complain constantly about the lack of representation of male bisexuality on TV, that was nice to see. Even if Frank is a scumbag.

 

Rating: 4/5