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Keeping an eye on politics

Mar 20. 2019
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By The Nation

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Netflix gets in tune with Sunday’s general election by streaming eight series and movies with political themes from history to office dramas for Thais to get ready to cast their votes.

 Showing now is the original Netflix “House of Cards”, a political thriller about the destructive power behind the White House, which wrapped after 6 seasons. The show was the first original online series to receive nominations from Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013, and has since received 53 Emmy nominations to date. Even if you are not a fan of politics, you’ll enjoy the drama, fall in love with Claire Underwood’s costumes and be enthralled by several excellent plot twists!

Also streaming is the first original Netflix series from South Korea, “Kingdom”, which admittedly is about zombies but also has a linear political plot.

The British series “Bodyguard” is a thrilling drama focusing on a war veteran David Budd (Richard Madden) who is assigned as a private security specialist to protect a Conservative Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). Both are initially at odds as David is forced to choose between responsibility and self-belief, but eventually the relationship crosses over from a cautious professional alliance into a personal tryst. Responsible for her safety, will Budd turn into her biggest threat?

How will the world’s greatest country survive if the President and all the senators were assassinated? “Designated Survivor” may provide the answer. Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is named as a designated survivor after an incident destroys the United States Capitol building and claims the President’s life. How will Kirkman hold on to his new position through the bad times?

“Suits”, sets in a fictional law firm in New York, allows a sneak view of the other side of politics. The show begins when Harvey's promotion requires him to recruit a graduate of Harvard Law. He chooses Mike Ross who accidentally shows up during an interview session. But Mike doesn't actually have a law degree. Will Ross get caught?

“The Hunger Games”, a dystopian trilogy, is set in the fictional land of Panem, which is divided into 13 districts with Capital as its control centre. Ever since District 13 rebelled against Capital and was destroyed, the Hunger Games have been held every year as a punishment for the rebellion. The trilogy starts when Peeta and Katniss are selected to represent District 12 in the Hunger Games. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

“Six Flying Dragons”, a South Korean historical series, combines imagination with the story of the foundation of the Joseon Dynasty in which six dragons battle for supreme control.

The last one is the action thriller “Homeland” which is now available on Netflix for the whole six seasons. Season 7 is currently in production. It’s told through the eyes of Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a CIA analyst who struggles with mental health and family issues while leading the global war against terrorism. 

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