First season was awesome and most of the pros/cons has been already said here. Fincher is top notch director and Kevin Spacey is IMO one of the best actors of our time.
I'll just add that Netflix has been paying attention for it's user statistics and it was genius to release full season at once. TV is full of good series and by releasing the season at once ensures that the people that like the pilot will probably watch another episode and not forget the next episode because they were watching something else while "waiting", which has happened to me few times.
9/10 series, you couldn't tell a difference if it was labeled as a HBO series.
The Underwood's have a very interesting relationship. But there seems to be a level of undying trust present, which is interesting based on a show that takes place in a land where nobody trusts anyone else. Again, Frank is just always a step ahead of everyone else which really bothers me. There has to be someone out there in politics as smart as him who sees what he's doing. Perhaps we just haven't met that character yet.
One small pet peeve that I have is that every time Spacey is on his BlackBerry "taking a phone call" the BlackBerry lights are still on, which doesn't happen when the phone is in phone call mode. And since the lights are on you can see his screen and it's on the home screen, not the phone call screen.
Few episodes in. I love how the hole thing feels like a timeline for the guy getting revenge. I don't think everyone would enjoy that type of thing but if you're okay with cheering for the protagonists no matter how twisted they are then it's fun.
I figured out how they're making $ off of it....product placement lol. Maybe they didn't get anything from that but it's hard not to notice in a few scenes.
Watching another Kevin Spacey movie atm on Netflix...The Usual Suspects.
the more significant thing about this show is that it is the first netflix-produced show, with a 100M budget. This show very well could've been on cable, as netflix outbid HBO and AMC for it, and the 100M spent shows that interest from the cable side was high as well. It will be very interesting watching how well it does (i assume netflix will publish 'ratings' at some point. This could be the future of TV, and it's going to end up meaning cheaper tv, but also possibly lower quality if the show fails to bring in enough new suscribers and future shows therefore wont get as huge budgets.
I don't know if Netflix commisioned Lillhammer even if they distributed it.
Same with this one, I've read confusion over whether Netflix just bought the rights or if they started it from the ground up.
But in terms of competing....most people who'll watch this show will watch it over a few days or weeks. Your normal TV shows you watch over a season so it's a different business model, not really direct comp'n.