Too true to be good any more?

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“Trump has stolen all of our ideas for season six,” Robin Wright, the ac­tress who plays the fic­tional vice-pres­i­dent Claire Un­der­wood, told Va­ri­ety last week.

She is echo­ing com­ments made a year ago when I spoke to the show’s cre­ator Beau Wil­limon. “Truth is now stranger than fic­tion,” he said. “There were times when we thought we were re­ally push­ing the plau­si­bil­ity of our story. It’s sup­posed to be an ex­ag­ger­ated view of the lust for power — some­thing might have been un­likely, but it had to re­main pos­si­ble.”

Wil­limon stepped away from the show af­ter last season (a topic he re­fused to dis­cuss with me). It is cer­tainly within the realms of pos­si­bil­ity he saw the writ­ing on the wall.

In truth, hav­ing watched the pre­miere episode of season five, this show might have a prob­lem — not with the next season, as Wright sug­gests, but with this one and the zeit­geist. House of Cards

Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing had tremen­dous ap­peal be­cause it imag­ined a White House oc­cu­pied by a thought­ful Demo­crat with a PhD and a heart of gold dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Ge­orge W. Bush.

The pre­vi­ous sea­sons of House of Cards imag­ined a craven, power-mad cou­ple who were pre­pared to tram­ple on any­one or any­thing to grab power — and what­ever crit­i­cisms you might le­git­i­mately level at Barack Obama, he was no Frank Un­der­wood.

Is this show’s con­ceit still en­ter­tain­ing? Or will it feel like a freak­ish hall of mir­rors, re­flect­ing an al­ready dis­com­bob­u­lat­ing re­al­ity?

The best mo­ment of the first episode is what the young daugh­ter of a slain soldier whis­pers in the pres­i­dent’s ear — it is a chill­ing por­tent. Tues­day. stream­ing on Netflix from

Kevin Spacey as pres­i­dent Frank Un­der­wood in

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