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'House of Cards,' by 'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein
House of Cards shows us the ways that power is both an intoxicant and toxic. All our fears about Washington, D.C., and who is running our country come to fruition. But at the same time we relate to Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire's (Robin Wright) ambitions, making them a fascinating couple to watch in action. There's a brilliant scene when Francis goes back to his alma mater to give a speech. He throws out the script and has this very sweet and, for him, quite candid and vulnerable moment. He uses this analogy of his vocal group and how life is just a series of these very fleeting moments when you're in concert with someone else. That was a nice metaphor for the show.