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JoshTheater

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« on: 02-16-2014 06:45 »
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So since this show's second season just went up on Netflix, I figured it deserved its own thread. I loved the first season of this show, Kevin Spacey is great and I thought it had a great arc and some very good twists. I just watched the first episode of season two, and I won't spoil anything for anyone in this first post but...well, that's one way to start a season. I can't wait to see how the rest of it plays out.

Anyone else caught up with the first season?
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« Reply #1 on: 02-16-2014 08:20 »

Having enjoyed the original I was unsure about watching the US version but having seen the first season I realise I needn't have worried; it is a great version.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #2 on: 02-16-2014 08:58 »

I'm still only partway through the first season but I do enjoy it.
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« Reply #3 on: 02-16-2014 21:44 »

Kevin Spacey does the dramatic equivalent of "Jim Face" from The Office every once in a while, I love it. love
Spacedal11

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« Reply #4 on: 02-17-2014 08:35 »

Ok I now only have 2 episodes left on season one.

JoshTheater

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« Reply #5 on: 02-17-2014 19:31 »
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Spacedal11

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« Reply #6 on: 02-17-2014 21:45 »

You're the second person inquiring my thoughts on the first episode of season two. I am so very nervous.
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« Reply #7 on: 02-18-2014 00:51 »

Just finished season 2, awesome stuff.

Spacedal11

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« Reply #8 on: 02-18-2014 00:58 »

I watched episode one of season two. I totally saw it coming.

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« Reply #9 on: 02-19-2014 21:54 »

Svip

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« Reply #10 on: 02-20-2014 00:05 »

Gotta agree with Tweek, the British version is brilliant.  I've decided to watch that before I watch the American one.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #11 on: 02-20-2014 12:00 »
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Just finished the second season. This is easily the smartest and most compelling political series I've ever watched. Brilliant plotting that makes sure to account for all its loose ends and characters who become consistently deeper and more interesting. I also love how just when you think the story is moving at a snail's pace, it turns out to have been moving faster than you could have imagined. And being able to binge watch the seasons as a whole on Netflix means I'm never confused or forgetting important details.

If you're not watching this show yet, you're missing out.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #12 on: 02-16-2015 23:33 »

Bump!

Been rewatching season 2 with my dad who's watching it for the first time. Such a brilliantly and complexly written show.

Season 3 goes up on the 27th of the month. If you haven't started watching this yet, you should catch up now.
Svip

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« Reply #13 on: 02-17-2015 08:47 »

Eh.  It's OK.  I still recommend watching watching the original version as well.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #14 on: 02-17-2015 18:07 »
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It's not the original version if it's based on a book. tongue

I have heard great things about the BBC miniseries. Still, I'd be surprised if it matched the Netflix show's levels of acting and directing.
Svip

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« Reply #15 on: 02-17-2015 22:08 »

But it is better in terms of writing.  And Ian Richardson is better to pull off the Shakespeare 'talk to the audience' than Kevin Spacey is.  In fact, the BBC miniseries actually make some clever usage of it.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #16 on: 02-18-2015 04:24 »

I'll have to take your word for it until I check it out myself. How much of the US series have you seen? I'd say its real genius doesn't become clear until near the end of the first season.
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« Reply #17 on: 02-18-2015 08:02 »
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I have seen all of the US series.  This is why I feel I can make the comparisons between the two.  I suppose I was 'ruined' having watched the miniseries first, because I knew what was going to happen.  And I felt some of it happened better in the miniseries.


I feel I am being too harsh on the US series.  So I will mention some of the things I like more:  I like that FU's wife is more fleshed out.  I definitely also like the scenography and directing (with the exception of the Shakespeare act) better than the miniseries, which definitely has a TV production of the 1990s feel to it.  I suppose that's understandable, since it was the 1990s and it was a TV production, but in comparison, it does show.

Here is a good article on why the British version is better than the American version, there is just more depth in it.
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