If there was ever an era ripe for political satire in America, the current one displays all the symptoms: rampant dysfunction in Congress; a paralyzed, peevish administration; dynastic ambitions in not one but two families; a surfeit of outsize and frequently cartoonish figures jockeying for space on the national stage. Given the wealth of material so near at hand, I was eagerly anticipating David Fincher’s adaptation of the brilliant 1990 BBC miniseries House of Cards when it debuted on Netflix two years ago. At last we would see biting, eminently British political satire applied to an American milieu.


Is it me, or did this seem a little thin on actually answering its titular premise? Most of the article was spent comparing how British and American satire attempts are different, rather than providing any interesting cultural commentary or case studies attempting to explain why.

Edit: Kind of just me, I missed a couple of key paragraphs in the middle whilst scrolling on my phone. My bad. I still believe it could've sought to be more insightful and informative than it was. It was a bit trite overall.

posted by thenewgreen: 1428 days ago