In House of Cards, Frank and Claire Underwood are pretty rotten individuals.Here at National Review, Betsy Woodruff tries to explain the irony that is House of Cards.
The dark forces behind House of Cards hate us. They are contemptuous, vengeful, and pre-meditating. They view us with scorn. They want us to suffer.
But the evil doesn’t come in the form of political scandal or backstabbing. Instead it’s something commentators think is revolutionary and fans find fascinating — the show’s all-at-once, binge-viewing release schedule.
“Human beings like control,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told The New Republic in a December article about the company’s on-demand series release pattern, in which the entire season is put out at once, for viewers to watch on their own schedules. “To make all of America do the same thing at the same time is enormously inefficient, ridiculously expensive, and most of the time, not a very satisfying experience.”