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Tuesday Trio: Power Play


If you are like me and most of America who subscribe to Netflix you have binged watched House of Cards by now. Life after ‘Cards is the new reality. So what’s next for you? Two other shows that came to mind while watching House of Cards was the critically acclaimed yet under the radar show Damages and the scifi/political drama Battlestar Galactica.

House of Cards (Netflix Streaming / DVD)
Ambitious congressman Francis Underwood is skipped for an appointment he feels he earned and takes matters into his own hands. He makes his ruthless climb up the political ladder while popping off rivals and bystanders along the way. Stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara among other notable actors.

Damages (Netflix Streaming / DVD)
Patty Hewes, a morally ambiguous lawyer and head of Hewes & Associates, takes protégé Ellen Parsons under her wing as she builds a case in a class-action lawsuit. The time shuffling style of storytelling as well as the superb acting makes this show particularly submersive. Hewes is a lion to Parsons’ cub, but soon Parsons learns the game.  Stars Glen Close and Rose Byrne as the lead roles along with Tate Donovan, Ted Danson, and a dream team of supporting actors.

Battlestar Galactica (Netflix Streaming / DVD)
At first glance it appears to be a scifi military show, but it is actually more like The West Wing in space. Human society is nearly wiped out by their own creation. Cybernetic robots called Cylons and skin-job versions that are indistinguishable from humans return after decades banished to deep space. Humans lose the war and most of human infrastructure in the blink of an eye and go on the run in a convoy of ships. In the meanwhile the Secretary of Education, Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell) is the next in the chain of command to become president and hold society together.  She must negotiate with the military and civilians while being threatened by political parties that spring up and the ever present threat of enemy pursuit, infiltration, and risk of extinction. Stars a long list of quality actors including Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfir, Grace Park, and Katee Sackoff.