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Flabby in the middle.,
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This review is from: House of Cards - Season 1 (DVD + UV Copy)  (DVD)
The thing I find with American dramas is that they seem to be told how many hours to fill and then they just have to go ahead and fill them. Often I find that American series are too long for the narrative and this leads to problems.
There's various ways of filling time when you don't have a central story that can sustain that amount of screen time. And none of them bode well. You can have needless subplots, you can extend the cast... often the worst is you can have your main characters do more stuff. The danger there is that a character can become diluted. There's one episode in the series that is a serious bit of padding. Spacey meets up with old friends he knew from military school. It's a completely wasted episode and just makes up the numbers. Indeed the middle of this series is a little frustrating. Fortunately the performances of the entire cast are so great, Spacey in particular, that you can appreciate just spending the time with them.
For the first two or three episodes this was a sure-fire 5 star. Then I started to wonder if it was going to go horribly downhill. But it picked up again and satisfies for the final third.
No spoilers here: I only found out after seeing all the episodes that there's going to be a second series. Had I known that at the outset I would have come to terms with the fact that I was only seeing part of a story, albeit one that has a complete arc in it.
I recommend the series and look forward to getting series 2.