While this isn’t without flaws, especially in the first few episodes, it develops into an intense, tremendously well
acted and deeply chilling portrait of power and it’s various abuses.
Kelsey Grammer is a frightening Godfather-like mayor of Chicago, who reveals just enough humanity for us to hope
for some redemption. Or are even those flashes just an act? Almost everyone in this show is working an angle, playing
their cards, hoping to come out on top and not worried about who they step on to get there. Filled with some really
surprising and often depressing turns, this is as dark a look at U.S. politics as I’ve seen in a long time. And to me
that makes this important viewing. Because sadly, as over the top as the show can seem, why do I think it’s much,
much closer to reality than we’d all like to believe?
As for the weak spots, there are a couple of performances in supporting roles that don’t quite keep up, and especially
in the first few episode a lot of gratuitous sex that feels shoehorned in. Believe me, I love a good sex scene. Just not
when it feels like there’s no reason for it to be there besides someone in power saying ‘hey, no one’s been naked for
15 minutes!’ But that starts to fade as the season goes along, as do the plot holes. At the same time the emotional
power grows, and by the last couple of episodes it’s simply mesmerizing