I’ve been watching House Of Cards lately. It’s one of those shows that are designed to keep you hooked, but it’s so plot-driven and dark that it becomes tiring after a while.
I can’t help but wonder, though: how many of the people who are watching this show take its premise at face value? What I mean is: what percentage of the audience will end up thinking that politics – and, by extension: media, business, and society as a whole – is merely a game of conspiracy versus conspiracy?
It would be interesting to be able to put a number on that: the amount of people who turn off the tv after two or three episodes of House Of Cards, thinking that they have understood something about how the world works.
Anyway, I got bored with the show after the first one or two seasons, and I decided to give Designated Survivor a shot. Same production sets, different actors, whole new premise. Of course there’s a conspiracy in this show as well, but it’s more of a classical hero story: unlike in House Of Cards, not all of the personas in Designated Survivor are necessarily rotten to the core.
But there’s a question here as well. During the second season, the show pivots to some sort of feel-good atmosphere that reminded me strongly of The West Wing. It even had the same long walking dialogues.
Which makes me wonder, because I remember reading that a lot of people were watching The West Wing in the early 2000s in order to forget that George W. Bush was president.
Is Designated Survivor turning into The West Wing of Trumpian times?
Oh, and I went to another yoga class today:
It was good.