Episode 216: Netflix Grab Bag

May 9, 2016

216

Jakob and Mandi talk about a totally random assortment of things they’ve been watching on Netflix. Mainly Daredevil Season 2, Downton Abbey Season 5, House of Cards Season 4 (well, the first 3 episodes), most of Poirot, and the Ender’s Game movie.

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Episode 189: House of Cards

April 29, 2014

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“There are two kinds of spoilers. The sort of spoiler that makes you strong, or useless spoilers. The sort of spoiler that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”

Wow. House of Cards is a powerful indictment of the American political system. And that in itself raises some questions…

  1. Is it really like that on Capitol Hill?  The lobbying, sure, we all know about that, but the more subtle Machiavellary? That can’t really exist in real life, right? And yes, I just coined the noun “Machiavellary” (feel free to use it).
  2. If it’s not really a corrupt knot of tangled webs, do Americans actually believe it is?
  3. And if people don’t believe it is, then do Americans kind of wish it’s really was like that? (Better than believing your country is run by incompetent buffoons?)

As someone who lives outside of America (barely), these questions fascinate me.


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