As some of you may have noticed, Netflix has recently produced a remake of the BBC mini-series House of Cards, presumably in order to boost their circulation & help create fresh content which they've been having difficulty purchasing at a reasonable price. I have no idea if their remake will meet their business needs. However, since I have quite a bit of spare time on my hands, (Hello continued unemployment!) I watched both the original mini-series (still available for streaming on Netflix) as well as 2 episodes of the remake. Some thoughts: The original is every bit as awesome as all the reviews say. Ian Richardson is absolutely fabulous as the conniving MP. It's stunning how they managed to create a series with absolutely no redeeming characters (with the possible exception of the coke-head MP) and yet the whole thing is engaging from start to finish. I have a feeling that my thorough enjoyment of the series was aided by my current misanthropic mood, though. No one does misanthropic condescencion quite like the British. I've read that it's rather courageous of Netflix to leave up the original series so that it's easy for viewers to compare the quality of the two, but it was a good move IMO. The remake holds up well so far. The writers have successfully managed to transplant the story to an American setting in such a way that it feels fully American, complete with American mannerisms and American political & cultural realities. It's not as dry and droll as the original series because, well, Americans aren't as dry & droll. As much as I loved Ian Richardson in the original, I'm finding that Spacey is every bit his equal. Spacey's character is a very different character, since he's from South Carolina rather than... wherever Richardson's character was from. But he's just as smart, conniving, and machiavellian as the Richardson character. His motives are a little bit weaker, but... *shrug*. It's not too much of a distraction, and it keeps the story moving. Anyways, is anybody else watching this?