I have found myself yet again infatuated with another politically-driven, D.C. based drama.
If you haven’t peeped House of Cards yet, then you must be hiding under a rock with a set of Beats by Dre over your ears listening to NOW 4. Many thanks to Thought Catalog for putting me on, I have become obsessed with this show in the last week and find myself talking about it to almost everyone I know. Without giving the entire story, I’ll spill a little tea: the political drama stars the amazing Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, a South Carolina congressman and House Majority Whip that is feeling quite bitter after not becoming the next Secretary of State. But instead of dwelling on the shade that is thrown his way, Frank decides to seek revenge on those who he knows had something to do with him not receiving his rightful promotion. The show presents many twists and turns, and has the potential to accurately dictate what could take place up on The Hill (sorry Scandal, I still love you though.)
After spending a few hours diving into this story line and becoming emotionally attached to some of the characters, I picked up a few tidbits along the way that could be applicable to real life. But let me be clear: in no way, shape or form do I condone malice, mean behavior or hatred — these little morsels I’ve learned from watching this show are strictly my formulated opinions. Now let’s get into it, shall we?
1. Generosity is it’s own form of power. If you recall, Frank spits this knowledge to Zoe in one episode, and boy is he right on the money. That term “Kill them (your enemies or foes) with kindness” doesn’t just hold true for nothing — being nice can put you on top in a variety of situations. Now, I’m not saying that being nice to everyone will make you the king/queen of the world, but it gives you advantage in certain situations. We as a society must learn to forgive more, but remain mindful of the teachable moments that are presented when people may do us wrong. Even though there were a few times Frank took the rap for others’ mistakes, he still finds a way to do nice things– like get the Chief of Staff’s kid into Stanford.
2. Transparency is everything. From Claire and Frank’s marriage laden with infidelity to Peter revealing his sobriety has he launches his gubernatorial campaign, we see that not much is left hidden in the characters’ lives. But one thing I’ve learned is that honesty is always the best policy whether you’re dealing with work-related or personal relationships.
3. Never mix business with pleasure. Welp, this is sort of inevitable in the circumstance of this show — but in real life don’t do it! We see first hand in Zoe and Frank’s little rendezvous starts out platonic, but gets pretty hot and heavy real quick. But once you take it there, it’s kind of hard to press rewind and go back to stage one because by then someone has probably already caught feelings. So my advice? Be honorable in your work, and don’t look for shortcuts. That’s it.
4. Kevin Spacey makes narrating your own life SO cool. If I had a camera following me around 24/7, I too would break the fourth wall and let you all know what I’m really thinking. I think this technique is just brilliant and provides a very personal element to the show that makes it that much greater.
So there you have it! Now if you’re still not convinced that this show is all sorts of amazing, then you head over to Netflix right now and I guarantee you that you will be hooked after just watching the first episode.