Actually, it's Francis and Claire Underwood, the political power couple from the Netflix series House of Cards.
The series had already completed four seasons by the time Collin and I discovered it a couple of weeks ago, while he was off work recovering from a stress fracture in his left ankle. We binged our way through all four seasons in a matter of days and are now anxiously awaiting Season 5--which, unfortunately, won't come until next year.
I'm not sure I really want to
know the answer!
It all starts with House Majority Whip Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a South Carolina Democrat who's been promised the Secretary of State position by the newly-elected President. When the President decides Underwood is more useful to his political agenda in Congress, Frank hatches a plot to rise to power by manipulating the players in the political game like pieces on a chess board. Among those stepped on in his climb up the political ladder are Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an ambitious young political reporter to whom Frank feeds information she in turn leaks when it will most benefit Frank; Peter Russo (Corey Stoll), an alcoholic congressman from Pennsylvania; Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan), a Washington call girl; Zoe's colleagues Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer) and Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus); and Secretary of State Catherine Durant (Jayne Atkinson). One by one, Frank eliminates everyone who stands between him and the Presidency.
Claire's (Robin Wright) own political ambitions eventually threaten Frank's, first when she demands he appoint her US Ambassador to the United Nations, even after Congress has rejected her nomination, and later when she wants to be his running mate in the 2016 election. When she announces she's leaving him, Frank agrees to make her his Vice-President.
No way were the character's name--and
those initials--a coincidence!
The pair will stop at nothing to get what they want. Murder? Not above them at all. Using the beheading of a hostage held by Islamic terrorists to gain public approval? No problem. Facing off with a Putin-like Russian President (Lars Mikkelsen), Viktor Petrov? Certainly! Starting a war? Why not!
We enjoyed the series tremendously, but it made both of us think. If behind-the-scenes Washington DC is really this bad, is there anyone there worth voting for?