I've seen 10 episodes (3 left) so far, and I am finishing it tonight. Guys, I'm obsessed. It is so good. Wright's and Stoll's acting is my favorite, but Spacey and Mara are pretty dang good too. I feel like Spacey and Wright have a good shot at lead Emmys this year. From what I've read, they'll be eligible. Anyway, I'd really recommend it for anyone. I'm sure I'll be back on here tonight after I've finished the season. All my friends said the final 3 episodes are amazing, so I'm ready for my mind to be blown.
Sometimes, I guess there just aren't enough rocks.
For the most part I loved this, but it could have been shorter, the momentum stalls particularly after Stoll leaves the show. Some of the stuff in the earlier episodes paid off, some just fizzled out. A lot of Wright's material felt sort of superfluous. Her acting is great throughout, but I just couldn't give a toss about her workplace shenanigans. The straight politcal stuff simply is more interesting.
Spacey, Stoll and Mara were terrific throughout and I just about squealed with delight when Gerald McRaney turned up in the penultimate episode. I vaguely remember seeing the British series in the 90s and how fresh and exciting it felt to have Ian Richardson break the fourth wall. Spacey is not quite as bitchy as his predecessor, but I think he suits HoC's more realistic version better.
Finally finished this and loved it. I do agree that it falters a bit once Russo is dead (Corey Stoll for all the Emmys, plz) as it's quite a stretch to think Underwood could have orchestrated this is as well as he did. It's a just all a bit too much, but I didn't mind. The pacing of the murder and the creating his way to the VP nomination is quick and exciting.
Sage and HS are obviously the Lord of Butt Town and are stupid, stupid, stupid.
The entire thing just feels very...Hollywood.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Corey Stoll, yes.