The last time we meet the Underwoods, Frank has finally achieved what he wanted: becoming the President of the United States. I think I share the same sentiment when I said the third season premiere did not meet certain expectations (Telegraph called it ‘underwhelming’). The opening credit shows Frank paying his respect at his father’s grave, while the press waited to give him a private moment. “It makes me seem more human,” he explained, flashing his sly smile at us his loyal audience. Despite no clear timeline given in this episode, we quickly learned that six months have passed since President Frank Underwood moved into the White House. And as shocking as ever (not really), Frank and his staff are not doing a good job to revive the economy and creating more job opportunities. It’s easy to foretell this episode will focus on the Underwoods, however, it shifts its attention to Doug Stamper, Frank’s fixer who survived a brutal car crash and attempting to get back to his old job.
The idea to start this season from Doug’s point of view is mildly exciting and tedious at the same time. It doesn’t take an Oracle to see that Doug will rebel and plot to take down Frank and his icy wife Claire in this season, right? Let’s hope the writers won’t kill him off for momentary surprise. Speaking of Claire (played by the ever magnificent Robin Wright), she is the ONLY character that I personally will invest my time and I suggest you to do the same. From her surprising evil demeanor last season, the first episode of this Beau Willimon’s project, indulged her fans even further with new storyline involving Claire’s ambition to secure a UN rank in case Frank don’t get reelected (Ouch!). Will there be a rising conflict between the power couple? What information does Doug possess to bring down the omnipotent Frank Underwood? Will Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) return from the dead – we never see her body!!
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