Saturday, 14 May 2016

House of Cards — Series 3: Episode 7 (Chapter 33)

Ye, gods, I am dog-tired.

Seriously dog-tired.

But … ?

There’s a reason for that.

I has to admit to heading to work early for a meeting.

Frankly, I’d rather you didn’t ask: it’s enough to say I had to go.

At ANY rate, that, and working for six hours … 

Well, hopefully, I’m sounding coherent.

Although I’m VERY aware I’m going to have to double check on the meaning of the word, ‘debatable.’


Debatably, or otherwise?

Debatably, or otherwise, I really wasn’t in the mood for heading out: especially as I’ve spent my extraneous money for the week.

Yes, that’s right: I’ve bought a book.   A collected edition of the first four of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea quartet.

Although, to be frank … ?

I didn’t fancy starting the book.   JUST yet.   At least, until AFTER I’ve finished Press Play to Start.

AND after I’d caught up with another episode of — you’ve guessed it — House of Cards.

You could tell, couldn’t you … ?


Episode 7 (Chapter 33) takes place in the aftermath of the big row between Frank an Claire: and is told in flashback, roughly a month later.

At the episode’s opening, the pair are quietly renewing their wedding vows in Frank’s home town of Gaffney.

The flashbacks show us the President and First Lady quietly sniping at each other: both in private, and at cabinet meetings: with Claire increasingly angered by Frank’s ignoring her suggestions for getting the Jordan Valley peace accords through the UN.

By contrast?   By contrast, all seems well for Doug Stamper: now happily involved — if only temporarily — with his physiotherapist.

Although Stamper is VERY aware his hired hacker — Gavin — has found the woman of his nightmares.

All this … ?   All this … and there’s a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks in the White House, building up and destroying a sand-painted Mandala.


Now, this may have been one of the slower episodes.

Especially given the monks.

But, granted, this episode may be a pause.

But I’m thinking this episode is a pause for breath … rather than searching for ideas … 

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