Friday, 2 June 2017

Homecoming of Terror - House of Cards

Frankly speaking, House of Cards (HoC) has been one of the best TV series on political drama in the recent past. It is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs and deals predominantly with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation and power. Frank Underwood kept us hooked to the screen in its last four seasons of manipulation and politics of fear. It is now back with a tinge of terror in an all new season. 

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café! 

Here is a sneak peek at what you can expect in this homecoming of terror – 

**Spoilers Ahead**

The episode commences with a message from Claire Underwood. She appeals to the nation to be observant of unusual activities and report it to the authorities. There is an intense look on her face, and the gravity of the message send a chill down the spines. Frank Underwood then plays a masterstroke in the congressional session and declares war on terror. He delivers a powerful and a compelling speech on the floor in the backdrop of an investigation demand on the crimes he committed as vice president. However, like always, Frank Underwood knows how to turn the tide. 

I am on my way to the funeral of an American patriot. A good man, a husband... a father... who was beheaded on American soil. And this chamber chooses to debate me?”, says Frank Underwood in his fierce speech. 

Claire Underwood chooses to make a public appearance at the convenience store in North Carolina that possibly saw a terror attack. It shows how she is trying to influence the public opinion and use anti-terrorism sentiments among the masses to get votes in the upcoming elections. The funeral scene when Claire breaks down and tries to hide her tears but is stopped by Frank highlights the extent to which he has gone in manipulating sentiments and opinions of the people. As when Claire Underwood says, “We need to dial up the terror”, it reminded me of Donald Trump’s campaign that carefully managed apprehensions and staged ‘anti-muslim’ hysteria to garner votes and eventually won the election. In one of the scene, Catherine Durant and Frank Underwood talks about restrictions on visas and closing down the borders that draw striking similarities in thinking and policies of the reel life and real life POTUS. 

The episode ends with Frank Underwood uttering the words “You have nothing to be afraid off” to a large public gathering outside the White House. However, it is frightening when he pronounces those words facing the viewers. I firmly believe it is just the beginning of the reign of terror under the President Frank Underwood and a lot more exciting but terrifying events and plot twists are about to happen in the coming episodes. Let’s wait and watch as it is revealed on Zee Café. Lay all your cards on the table with the Homecoming of Terror this season! #HOConZCafe