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article image'House of Cards' Season 2 trailer promises 'butchery'

By Kirstin Stokes Smith     Dec 13, 2013 in Entertainment
'House of Cards,' the Netflix series loved by critics and fans alike is scheduled to premier its second season Feb.14, 2014, in time for Valentine's Day. To promote Season Two, Netflix released an intrigue-soaked trailer to whet the appetite of viewers.
This trailer review for Netflix series, 'House of Cards,' contains spoilers.
The two-minute YouTube trailer contains scenes from the first and second season. It shows Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood and his dramatic quest for vice presidency, concluding with a tag-line that will likely be the new catchphrase for the season, "And the butchery begins."
Netflix describes season two like this:
Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has masterfully maneuvered his way into the vice presidency, but his ascension faces threats on all fronts. Investigative reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) is inching closer to the truth about Frank and Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) and will stop at nothing to break the story. And Frank's wife Claire (Robin Wright), the newly appointed Second Lady, must deal with the bright glare of the spotlight and how the intense scrutiny eats away at their once private existence.
'House of Cards' first season was reviewed by Digital Journal in March 2013. Spacey's Frank Underwood is introduced at the first episode of the political thriller as a House Majority Whip. He is expecting a promotion to Secretary of State, a position that was promised to him by the new President-elect. When he discovers the position is not his, Underwood and his wife, Claire (played by Robin Wright), devise a plan to take down the people he sees as responsible for this disappointment.
The series has been popular by critics and viewers alike. To date, it has grabbed three Emmy awards and is the happy recipient of four Golden Globe nominations. That said, it is also been widely criticized in the media.
Chris Jancelewicz, Lead Entertainment Editor with Huffington Post says he is uncertain about the upcoming 'House of Cards' season. He predicts this second season will see the Underwoods self-destruct "with the help of all the people they've screwed over to get to the top." Jancelewicz assessed the Season One finale as a disappointment, saying that "the fun moments" were found when Frank broke the third wall, speaking to the audience, when Claire was "taking names" and when Doug Stamper, Frank Underwood's chief of staff was "being a wiseass."
Season One's climax came shortly before the season finale when Frank Underwood murdered the unpredictable and alcoholic Peter Russo and then staged the death to appear to be a suicide. The trailer shows us that the second season of 'House of Cards' begins where Episode 13 left off: with the infamously anticlimactic close-up on Frank Underwood's phone showing a call from Stamper, and then the camera panning out through the Underwood's home to the street where we find Frank and Claire out for an evening run. The final scene's heavy-handed symbolism communicates quite clearly that Frank surges ahead, moving upward and onward towards his candidacy for vice president.
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