Review: Much-Awaited ‘House of Cards’ S2 Was Surprising, But Not Why You’d Think
Fair warning: this article contains both spoilers and opinions.
Just as Kevin Spacey predicted, I watched season 2 of House of Cards the same way I read most novels: from cover to cover, as rapidly as possible, and at the expense of most other activities. The Valentine’s Day release, which happened to fall on a Friday, was actually liberating in that way. Since we (the ‘significant other’ and I) mostly only know other couples, there was no competition for our time. After work, we were free to drink wine and binge into the wee hours of the morning. After about 12 hours of R&R, we said goodnight to President Underwood on Saturday night. It was a pretty good couple of days.
According to Procera Networks, a broadband technology firm hired by Variety to to get a ballpark of day-one viewership, over six million people watched at least some of the second season of House of Cards within the first 24 hours, about 15 percent of all Netflix subscribers. This compares against just 2 percent of Netflix subscribers who watched at least one episode of the first season when it premiered last year. That’s a huge, but unsurprising, increase in audience. Season one was good and hooked a lot of viewers over the course of the year.
However, whether or not season 2 was any better than season one is another question entirely. I thought it was okay — good but not great, worth the watch but probably not worth re-watching. I hope the team racks up some nominations but there are only a few I would argue that they should win right now.