Will we ever find out if and how Truxton Spangler takes his own life as the four leaf clover bodes? We are pretty sure Katherine Rhumer won’t be back, unless the supposedly lethal injection was more like what the airplane passengers got on The Event (FYI – they came back to life.) It Tanya really going to quit and write another book? Will Miles have a nervous breakdown and then live happily ever after with the new chick who speaks Urdu?
I was not surprised at all that Will’s new artsy lover (with the fabulous shower curtain) was really undercover protecting him, but who hired her? Arliss? So many unknowns..but what would happen next season? Will Will (ha ha will will) keep trying to take down Atlas McDowell? Will he find happiness so he can have more than just that one perplexed expression on his face.
I was not as impressed with the Rubicon finale as I was with the Mad Men finale, but I am definitely up for another season. I am too tired from fighting with Power Point all day to elaborate more or make a great case for James Badge Dale and his crew but my friend Maureen Ryan at TV Squad (she is not really my friend) wrote this great article called “Six Reasons to Save Rubicon“…read it and support the cause.
..and not with who I thought it would be! I was dead wrong when I predicted that Will and Maggie would make up this week and hop in to bed (which is good because that would be been predictable and annoying in hindsight – but I do want them to make up!). Was not expecting him to shack up with the artist across the way. (Maybe that will happen to me when the people move in to the building they are almost done building in front my “city view”!) Still liking learning about my characters. Grant has gotten more likable and is an even more sympathetic character now that we know his wife is kind of a bitch. Rooting for Miles and the new girl who speaks Urdu. Looking forward to Tanya’s return from rehab. Wondering if Miranda Richardson is annoyed that all she gets to do is bop around the city and ask questions for 5 minutes an episode. I keep waiting for a four leaf clover to fall from the sky and knock her out. I still don’t totally get what is going on with the CIA informant who I think is dead and might have been playing both sides BUT it does keep going so I will keep trying and maybe the two stories will come together in the end? What is that Corn Flake loving Spangler up to??????
I read a review on TV Squad today that made me look at Rubicon with new eyes. The review called Rubicon the “Addictive Anti-24” and the essence of it was that, unlike 24, Rubicon focuses on how the intelligence world impacts the people in it. On 24, things move fast, and there is not a lot of time spent on how the characters feel about it all. Rubicon moves slower (sure does!) but really focuses on the characters and what their world does to them as people. When I read that, it was like a light bulb went off and I could not wait to watch the next episode.
Hard to say how I would have felt if I had not read that review, but who cares, loved this week’s episode. I am worried that the discovery of the “hydra” made Ed Bancroft crazy and could tell that James Badge Dale (Will) was worried too! (He is such a good guy. And not like vampire Damon good, like REALLY good.) I am annoyed that Kale ratted out Maggie but believe he did it with the best of intentions and I am pretty sure after seeing the preview for next week that Will forgives her, big time. I do hope that confusing intelligence project they were working on is over, because I was not in to that, but I definitely want to know what is going on at Atlas McDowell!! How creepy is that corporate dude/bad friend to Katherine Rhumer. He deserves to be spied on. (Although I would love my own executive bathroom). So glad Tanya is not fired. Maybe Spangler is not the devil? Or maybe it is too much of a security leak to ever fire people.
Last week, I was annoyed by the pace and all I could think about was “why does he keep picking up that owl?” This week, when he was checking out the bug in his apartment (which I noted looks like a mini walkie talkie and thought that was cute) I was thinking, “that is what I would do. I would not be able to stop thinking about the bug in the owl. I would think about removing it but would be scared, so I would probably keep opening up the owl to just look at the bug.” I think this week, he felt so empowered by having the “phone list” that he finally had the balls to squash one of the bugs. That was awesome. Makes me want to go back and buy the owl necklace I saw this weekend that reminded me of Rubicon.
One more thing that the TV Squad review mentioned was that James Badge Dale was on season 3 of 24. Could not place him. I IMDBed it. He played Chase Edmunds, Jack’s partner who was secretly dating Jack’s daughter Kim. I thought he looked familiar, but there was no way I would place him because his hair is way more bushy now. (This is JBD as Chase Edmunds on the left)
Link to the TV Squad review: ‘Rubicon’ Is the Addictive Anti-’24’: http://bit.ly/cALMMe
I really want to like Rubicon, but so far I am mostly bored or confused. Maybe it is all over my head…
My thoughts after episode 3: If you were going to leave a bunch of clues for someone to find because you thought you might be killed, would you really be so elusive? You are already dead. “They Hide Out in Plain Sight”? What is that? A code that includes stuff that is totally irrelevant so you know you decoded it? Is that a common code tactic? I would have no idea but seemed like a stretch to me. And who would take apart and entire motorcycle before noticing the seat is ripped and has a piece of tape over it? Not someone who knows that bear recycle their waste when they hibernate! Very confused by the odd relationship between the short creepy boss guy and the wimpy office spy lady. It seemed like she might hate him, but then she picked him to talk to about her scary ex-husband…that was just weird. I could go on..
My thoughts after Episode 4: It is touted at the best episode yet, but I was mostly bored. Is the point that espionage is boring and not that glamorous? That decisions about life & death are made over doughnuts with incomplete information (how many times did they say that?). The briefcase thing seemed like it was trying to be funny, but it wasn’t. Same with the MILF joke. The Acela to DC does not leave from Grand Central. I know Penn Station is ugly, but that was just wrong.
Some positive notes…The show is visually appealing. This James Badge Dale guy (aka Will) is adorable. Digging the FiDi location near the Seaport. Still can’t figure out where Will lives…he appears to walk home from work. Must be Brooklyn somewhere. Seems like the characters are starting to develop it is just so SLOW!!!!
I love the idea of it all..so I will hang in there but I my excitement is waning…