Season 2 of House of Cards = mind blowing!
As previously stated, Brian and I like to watch TV marathon style - many episodes back to back. We have watched entire seasons of a show in just a day or two. We also tend to watch a series almost exclusively until we have worked through all of the seasons of the series. We watch 1 or 2 episodes per night and slowly watch the entire series. We have done this with Scrubs, Better Off Ted, Mad Men, 30 Rock, New Girl, Parks and Rec, Weeds, Rules of Engagement...and the list goes on. I hate to admit it, but we have watched many of these series multiple times.
When I write this out, it makes us sound awful! As if all we ever do is watch TV! I promise we have lives: we do shower, get dressed, and leave our home!
TV is something that we enjoy doing together and a great way to relax together at the end of a long day. TV is also something we turn on while we're doing other things. It's not time wasted. I argue that Netflix has enabled us and has made our marathon watching worse. There are no commercials, and it offers instantaneous gratification. I don't have to wait an entire week to see what happens next!
House of Cards is a kink in the chain -- Is there a way to explain more than marathon style watching? Double time? Lightening round? We finished season 2 in LESS than 30 hours. We stayed up almost all night the first night the season was released! It is a powerful series that draws you in. You just. have. to. see. what happens next. The Underwoods are dark and manipulative...ruthless. There were moments we screamed out loud in disbelief; moments I was so tense I was sitting straight up on the couch.
It's an extremely well done series. The actors are absolutely amazing, and I like the cinematography and VFX. Netflix has "done good." As proof of this, you should search through your Facebook news feed and count the number of status updates about House of Cards. I posted when we finished the series and instantaneously had multiple comments (mostly about how fast we had finished!); and then Monday morning at work I had two teachers (who usually don't) stop by my classroom just to talk about the show! Netflix has built a community that brings people together!
I am already ready for season 3, and I will anxiously wait. Smart move, Netflix.