I know what I’m doing this Valentine’s Day. I’ll be at home, probably by myself, watching the second season of House of Cards on Netflix. Not very romantic, I know, but I’m looking forward to it.
The Netflix original series, starring Kevin Spacey as U.S. Rep. Frank Underwood, debuted last year to critical acclaim. It’s a political drama, based on a British series of the same name, that follows the devious Underwood in his schemes to gain more power. Think Macbeth meets U.S. politics.
I believe it speaks to our generation. The West Wing, although still a great show, is a political drama for a different age. It reflects the pre-recession, booming 90’s optimism that seems so foreign to us now.
In contrast, House of Cards is a bleak portrayal of our collective political pessimism. There are no good guys. All politicians are corrupt, and they’ll say or do whatever it takes to get (re)elected. No wonder we’re so disillusioned and apathetic.
To promote the second season of House of Cards, all of which will be available on Friday, Netflix has joined with Cards Against Humanity, the politically incorrect oh-god-I’m-such-a-bad-person card game. The House of Cards expansion pack, which can be downloaded for free, features:
25 brand-new cards about power, politics, passive-aggressive handjobs, and other scenes that we can never unsee.
Apparently, it was Netflix who approached Cards Against Humanity about this joint effort. According to the expansion’s official site:
Last month, someone in the Netflix marketing department had an epiphany: House of Cards and Cards Against Humanity both contain the word ‘cards.’ When we got a phone call from Netflix, we enthusiastically agreed that the two products indeed contain the word ‘cards.’
Unfortunately, the printed packs are already sold out. But you can download and print the expansion at its official site! I’m sure Frank Underwood would approve.