House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 34 

A hurricane endangers more than just the entire East Coast and Frank must make a difficult choice.


John Dahl


Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
Kim Dickens ... Kate Baldwin
Paul Sparks ... Thomas Yates
Reg E. Cathey ... Freddy
Larry Pine ... Bob Birch
Eisa Davis ... Cynthia Driscoll
Marc Kudisch ... Henry Mitchell
Ben Livingston ... Director of NWS


A hurricane endangers more than just the entire East Coast and Frank must make a difficult choice.

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Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Kate Baldwin: [from her hurricane article] A storm has been forming. Not for weeks, but for decades. It's name is not Faith; it's Francis. The entire nation is in his path, and if we ignore the warnings, then we have no one but ourselves to blame.
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"It's good to have dreams, just so long as they're not fantasies"
1 August 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With "Chapter 34" Season 3 of 'House of Cards' is just a little over its halfway point, and the season up to this point was a more than solid one with this and all the previous episodes being between good and excellent. Although "Chapter 29" and "Chapter 32" were divisive, to me while with their (fairly big) issues and lesser episodes of the season they were well done and had a lot of recommendable things about them.

Along with "Chapter 28" and "Chapter 33", "Chapter 34" is one of the best episodes up to this point of the season and as far as Season 3 goes it is in the better end. It doesn't quite achieve the same level of brilliance seen in the best of Seasons 1 and 2, and the third season generally wasn't quite as strong as them. That is not knocking it though because the quality is still high and 'House of Cards' is still at the stage where it was one of my favourite and most addictive shows.

Nothing inherently wrong here in "Chapter 34" really, though as said the extra something that the best episodes of the previous two seasons is not quite here. Other episodes had more emotional impact, but that is not that major a criticism and is just a personal nit-pick.

The storytelling is always absorbing, and with a lot going on without crowding the episode too much. It didn't feel like filler and like things were moving forward, more so than the previous episode. The character writing also seems to progress and become more interesting, particularly Kate and Freddy. Thomas also plays an intriguing role. The script hasn't lost its sharp bite or edge, while doing a lot with the episode's making the impossible possible (or separating the two) theme, which a great job is done with.

It's Freddy's line mentioned above that sums up the episode's theme well, while Kate's hurricane article one is a great way of summing up Frank and the goings on. Also memorable is Thomas' analogy, which is surprisingly frank in a quite strong way. Frank's ruthlessness has not been lost while not being over the top, though his more optimistic side is interesting to see. Kevin Spacey is without issue as Frank and Reg E. Cathey and Kim Dickens are on his level. The production values are still stylish, have always loved how 'House of Cards' was shot. The direction is taut but has breathing space, balancing both well.

On the whole, great and a step in the right direction. 9/10

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