Let’s Talk Politics

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Political talks in the United States are underway for the 2018 Presidency and its a tight race between the first female president, Hillary Clinton and the social political blunder, Donald Trump. 

With 44 presidents taking the podium and swearing to protect the United State of America, its slightly different when it comes to television land. With more than 44 Presidents taking the stand, television gives us a fictional glimpse to business being undertaken in the four walls of the oval office and what the First Lady is wearing for those who purely watch for fashion. 

While sausage fingers are being poked into pies and secret ‘handshakes’ aren’t being mentioned, when it comes to making it into the Let’s Talk Politics’ top four, you need the following: kidnapping, a means to gain political domination and someone getting fired or killed.Scandal_BAIL.png

If you like/love a good love triangle, questionable murder plots and a First Lady who makes drunk and grieving look classy; than Scandal is a show you should consider picking up.

Scandal opens the door to the former media consultant and gladiator named Olivia Pope. Who now owns and works a crisis management firm, located in the political district of Washington DC, that covers up and destroys anything you wish to not be found by the opposition. Got a drug and prostitute charge, murder plot, kidnapping, extortion and/or illegitimate children? Call Olivia Pope and gladiators.

Being a Shondaland production, Scandal gives you as the viewer a variety of different plots with each new episode while returning to the over headlining plot. Overlooking the love triangle that has seen me countless times moan, I find myself forming an emotional attachment to the First Lady and the journey she is undertaking; not only as the wife to the President but as herself.

To be included in the top four, it needs to have a little murder, kidnapping and someone getting fired. Scandal has all of that and so much more. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love trying to figure out who the bad guy/s are, what B613 is and how Olivia is going to cover the next sh*t storm.

Rating: 4.2/5

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FU 2016.

FU 2016 is the first thing that springs to mind when I think about House of Cards and why you should consider picking the Netflix original series up.

With Kevin Spacey bringing Frank Underwood to life in so many ways, the story follows the path undertaken by Frank and his wife, Claire. Both Claire and Frank manipulate their way up in the ranks of socialism, work and gaining the fundamental grounds: politics. With their strive, determination and manipulative reasons, they both have dreams of reaching Presidency and life satisfaction in what you can say is for both the right and wrong purposes.

Some four seasons with a potential fifth pending; House of Cards moves with a cunning speed that sees you grasping the edge of your seat, while peering at the screen. Because of this reason and the love of being kept firmly planted to my seat in anticipation, I definitely recommended watching House of Cards.

Having been described as the ‘gritty reboot’ of The West Wing or ‘The Game of Thrones of US politics, minus the dragons’; House of Cards leaves you experiencing many a moment that makes you rewind and reply the same scene to understand what you’d had just witnessed. Because you simply cannot fathom as to what particular scene/scenario just happened.

As Frank says: “For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.”

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Ever wondered what happens to soldiers who get taken as captives/POW and discovered several years later in a bunker in the middle of the desert? The answer is: Homeland.

Homeland is an American political thriller based on the Israeli series ‘hatufim’ which translates to: Prisoners of War. The series follows Carrie, a CIA officer with a mental disability and Nicholas Brody, a United Marine Corps Scout Sniper who was rescued after spending several years being held hostage in the Middle East.

Throughout season one, we are witnesses to Carrie’s increasing suspicion and hostility towards Brody after being told by an undercover operative; someone had been ‘turned’ by the enemy and was now poses as a threat towards the US. Meanwhile, we witness the repercussions of how war and being held captive can have a somewhat ‘deadly’ impact upon not only Brody’s life but also those around him.

Homeland has impressive qualities that will send you spiraling down a twisty, thriller pathway. I believe Homeland is a standout drama as it informs us in photographic way, the potentially increasing threat of jihadists and terrorism. It shows and informs us, terrorism can be found not only around the world but also within the board room and climbing social ladders of those around you.

If you’re interested in cliffhangers, the good ol’ conspiracies and figuring out who has been really ‘turned’; Homeland is the show to watch. 

Rating: 4.6/5

 

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A political and drama filled show that doesn’t bear the fruit of an oval office, The White House and First Ladies walking the grounds in heels. Rather, we are captured by a throne and room made out of hundreds of swords, murder being a clear and precise way of killing a spouse and so much nudity.

Based on an adaption of A Song of Fire and Ice, a series of fantasy novels created by George R. R. Martin; Game of Thrones (GoT) is set across two fictional continents known as Westeros and Essos and the seven noble families. All of which are either driven for greed, political means or fighting to restore the family name.

GoT is a great political thriller as it shows what extraordinary measures, political gains, murder and sexual relations are taken by those seven noble families. As world domination unfolds, we’re forever warned about the ultimate threat that continues to rise on a daily basis when winter arrives on horse back.

Although its brilliantly directed with a fabulous cast and location is everything; I find GoT to be lacking something and that might be the family trees. However, I recommended GoT if you can handle the sight/thought of blood, endless battle and sex scenes. But if you are anything like me, you’ll find yourself Googling the family tree so you can understand who is dead/alive or mentally deranged.

Rating: 4.3/5

Do you know of any political shows that I should add to my collection?

Until next time,

~S xo

 

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