The Underwoods send their regards. The fifth season of "House of Cards" brings back the show’s best elements, the Underwoods’ calculating coldness, a political situation that eerily mirrors reality and phenomenally tense storytelling, feels Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture. The show doesn’t shy away from confusing and befuddling its viewers with abstraction that gives it a constant edge of unpredictability. The relationship between Frank and Claire, based on so much more than love, is particularly special. With no scheme too low in the quest to topple one’s enemies, House of Cards uniquely captures the decadence of modern politics.
Don’t stick to the script. The latest season of "House of Cards" seems to have run out of ideas, falling into predictable tropes of escalating evilness, holds James Temperton of Wired. The show loses its classy subtlety in a bid to capture viewers with thrilling but distracting extremity. Ultimately, the plot can’t help but recycle previous ploys while leaning too heavily on the Underwoods’ relationship, without adding much to it. Beyond the flashes of excitement, viewers find themselves in familiar territory. Disappointingly, the show is held back by its fear of risk-taking and innovation that would put its characters in situations that we haven't seen before.