Season Four was better than Season Three which was kind of transitional not so much action, more storyline build-up (did love Lars Mikkelsen as a Putin type Russian president. Glad he is in the new season too). Of course still more holes in the plot than Swiss cheese but a lot more happening, major developments, this season. Kevin Spacey is as usual excellent.
What I especially liked about this season is how it addressed issues that have come up recently in real life. I have felt in the last three seasons The HOC world was a parallel universe. But the handling of phone records and the NSA was excellent and made a very good argument about why it's wrong. You may like or trust Obama but what happens when a sociopath like Frank Underwood becomes president and gets access to that kind of power? The issue of gun control (SPOILER as filtered through an assassination attempt) was interesting as well especially since it was merely another way for the Underwoods to manipulate the public and other politicians. Also like the oily, narcissistic Republican candidate - He reminds me of a cross between Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Obama.
The final episode of the season was chilling….President Underwood starting a war to wag the dog – distract from the giant scandals of the first three seasons now finally exposed by newsman Tom Hammerschmidt….And that last line “We make the terror” Like Walter White “I am the danger”. This season was great but next season should be even more interesting and eventful. Wish we didn’t have to wait another year for it to come on TV.