Back in November I signed off Netflix. I wasn’t using the service, had probably watched two or three movies in all of 2012, and it bothered me that I was paying $8 a month for something I wasn’t using. I put off resigning because I figured it would be a pain. I had to call them to do it, but it wasn’t as difficult as it had been years ago to get off AOL or MSN.
But then I started hearing about House of Cards. It was getting a huge rollout. On the web and in podcasts. It’s exactly the kind of show I like, political drama, a series, and it all came out at once. I am definitely one of those people who likes to watch shows quickly, in a serial fashion. I watched the first few seasons of The Wire that way, and have worked my way through a bunch of other series since then, watching episodes the way I’d read a novel.
They got me. I turned my Netflix account back on. They didn’t toss any of my data. I’m not surprised, but I’m also not necessarily happy about that. I just watched Episode 7. Took a break to watch a David Fincher movie I hadn’t seen in a long time — The Game. Loved it even more this time than I did the first time. The story is very moving. If House of Cards is as emotionally grabbing as The Game it will be a huge winner.
One thing that’s missing from House of Cards, that you get from other serial dramas like Breaking Bad or Homeland, is the ability to discuss it with people online. It’s tough because people are either a few episodes ahead or behind. I don’t want spoilers, and I don’t want to be a spoiler. We need to invent new communication systems, where only people who have made it through Episode X can discuss with others who have made it exactly that far.
Update: Conclusions after watching all 13 episodes. No spoilers. 🙂