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Review: House Of Cards Series 5

REVIEW

House Of Cards Series 5, Netflix

★★★✩✩

WHO knows if it’s thanks to insider insight, spooky soothsaying or sheer luck — or a fateful combination of all three — but the latest series of House Of Cards couldn’t be more bang on the political money.

With a president declaring war on home-grown terrorists, talk of closing down borders and underhand moves to exploit the polling power of social media, the fifth series of this impeccably crafted study of modern politics reflects the state of Donald Trump-era America while also carrying sinister echoes further afield. At the start there’s just two weeks to go to an election (sound familiar?).

Kevin Spacey’s soul-chilling president Frank Underwood calls on all his power-hungry cunning to turn a terrorist attack on home soil to his political advantage. The politician who can most accurately catch the fearful zeitgeist will win the day.

‘Tell them what they want to hear,’ runs Underwood’s mantra at the heart-stopping close of the first episode. And what would that be exactly? (You’ll feel you can talk to Underwood, just as he talks directly to us.) ‘You have nothing to be afraid of.’

How that campaign slogan plays out across the rest of the season would be the spoiler of all spoilers.

But, suffice to say that after a couple of seasons where House Of Cards shuffled the pack and confusingly brought too many players to the table, the focus is now firmly back on Spacey and the equally compelling Robin Wright as the ultimate political power couple.

Prepare to binge, you won’t be able to stop yourself.