‘House of Cards’: It’s binge time again


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Try this line on your loved one: “Be my Valentine. Let’s watch TV for 13 hours.”

Don’t be surprised to hear that on Friday, when the second season of House of Cards arrives at the program service Netflix.

Derived from a British dramatic trilogy, House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, a congressman from South Carolina who is manipulating his way up the political ladder. His scheming also involved his wife, Claire (Robin Wright), and an ambitious reporter, Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara). Underwood was set to become vice president as the first season ended, but it was clear that trouble loomed.

In the second season, Netflix says, that trouble includes Barnes inching closer to the truth about Underwood’s crimes, Claire dealing with the brighter spotlight on her life and marriage, and billionaire Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney) wanting payback for help he gave Underwood.

Just those hints make me want to clear my schedule. House of Cards, after all, gave new impetus to binge-viewing when Netflix put all 13 episodes of the first season online at the same time, letting people either stretch out their viewing or devour the whole thing.

Whether you binged or not, the first season of House of Cards was a grim look at the evil men and women do in pursuit of power — a look that was helped not only by good performances but by the gloom-laden atmosphere generated by writer Eric Roth and producer-director David Fincher. It was wildly implausible in spots, and occasionally dragged. But there was always enough to keep viewers hooked.

So maybe your sweetheart will want to watch, too.

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