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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Series 5 of the drama about a ruthless congressman and his equally ambitious wife who navigate the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
as Francis Underwood
as Claire Underwood
as Lucas Goodwin
as Jacqueline Sharp
as Raymond Tusk
as Christina Gallagher
as Linda Vasquez
as Edward Meechum
as Janine Skorsky
as Rachel Posner
as Garrett Walker
as Gillian Cole
as Catherine Durant
as Remy Danton
as Doug Stamper
as Adam Galloway
as Tom Hammerschmidt
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Stepping back into the Underwoods' White House feels familiar, but it's clear that the show's creators have gone to great lengths to avoid using the same old tricks and tropes.
That Season 5 of Netflix's flagship program doesn't feature much in the way of drawing out the wild interior lives of these characters is one of the primary reasons that the show feels stuck on autopilot.
Together, Spacey and Wright power a microwave year of House of Cards that reheats our interest for the franchise.
Halfway through this season, the only thing I can say with the utmost certainty, and with great difficulty as it does bring entertainment above all else, is to just let it go.
Five seasons in, House of Cards still trades in predictable scripting that recycles the same themes time and again.
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