Critic Consensus: House of Cards enjoys a confident return to form this season, though its outlandish edge is tempered slightly by the current political climate.
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Season 5 of the political drama opens right after the events that closed the previous season, when James Miller was executed by terrorists. The controversy surrounding his death fuels the last leg of the electoral campaign, which pits Conway (Joel Kinnaman) and Frank (Kevin Spacey) against each other. Election day turns out to be a mess: After a serious terrorist threat, a state of emergency is called and several states hold their results, leaving the election contested. As the season… More
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It's a pact between not just husband and wife and running mates but two clawing, deadly animals backed into a corner. It's also a foreboding promise that makes the first episodes of season five an anxious watch.
... the series has elevated itself to an entirely new level of crazy that allows it to be more unpredictable and enjoyable again.
Still, it's fun to watch Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright dig into their dastardly roles with such gusto.
Frank and Claire are at their best this season when they function as a peculiar couple speaking elevated and unrealistic dialogue, because today that's escapism: What if the villains walking the halls of the White House were thoughtful and capable?
Worse than all that, though, was that the show had lost its edge, its wit, its dark sense of fun; it didn't even break the fourth wall that much any more.
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