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02/07/2014

How a TV show about flesh-eating zombies is more palatable than a show about D.C. politics

UnknownOn Sunday evening, our favorite brain-craving zombies return for the mid-season premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead", Sunday at 8 p.m. central.
On February 14th, Netflix will release its eagerly awaited second season of "House of Cards".

The last time we saw our zombie-chased crew, Rick Grimes finally defeated The Governor in a brutal war to take the prison; it has now been overrun by zombies, who despite their differences remain unified in their quest to eat brains without tipping.

The last time we saw the Democratic whip, South Carolina politician Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), he had successfully manipulated damn near all of D.C. into a ploy for the Vice Presidency. Nooooo, no Dick Cheney inferences here.

Seldom have two TV shows explored such deplorable conditions, one by accident - zombie apocalypse - the other by design - Washington D.C. politics.

The irony is that the show that features gratuitous amounts of violence, bloodshed and zombies chewing through necks, arms, legs, faces, etc. is far easier to digest than the show that is blood free.

Unknown-1House of Cards may be the  darkest, sickest (not in the good way), and most twisted "TV show" ever produced. Every one of the characters from Spacey and his power-grabbing wife (Robin Wright) offers no sense of remorse, regret, or even the slightest battle within their conscious. In this world, or show, every single slime ball move is not only explainable, but justified. Everybody is looking for leverage, and has no problem screwing anybody to get a just a bit more power.

Every character on Cards is bereft of anything remotely likeable. It figures that one of the executive producers of House of Cards, David Fincher, directed the movie "Seven", which featured Spacey as the disgusting villain. 

Walking Dead deliberately walks over the suspension of disbelief from the outset, while some of the scenarios being played out in D.C.'s in House of Cards are getting to be just a bit much to watch, or believe.

One of the House of Cards players must show a semi-redeemable quality, or it will eventually turn off even the most hardened, darkest cynic.

Amid so much death and destruction, Walking Dead is actually full of hope, optimism, decency. You want these people to survive, and make it.
Amid so much wealth and opportunity, House of Cards offers none. You want these scumbags to get theirs.

Oh ... that's the point, isn't it?

 

 

 

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