Rubicon (New AMC series)

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  1. Michigan Planner

    Michigan Planner Senior member

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    I watched the first two episodes on demand yesterday afternoon and would say that I am hooked!
     
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    Miles is the best thing about this show. Also, his wife sounded like an answering machine... [​IMG] It's not great yet, but I'm hoping that the build-up actually amounts to something worth watching. The pre-op shemale remark was hilarious.
     
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    Just finished the third episode. Still nothing happening but there were a few minor plot reveals. I liked this Slate piece on the show: RubiconAMC first aired Rubicon (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET), an atmospheric homage to '70s paranoia thrillers, in the form of a one-hour preview preceding the June season finale of Breaking Bad. Then, at the end of July, it aired this extended tease again after the season premiere of Mad Men. We must give this unusual programming strategy some credit for building the large audience that greeted the series' proper debut last Sunday"”a two-hour affair that ranks as the highest-rated premiere in AMC's history. While we're at it, we must also wonder if this unhurried unveiling was meant to accustom viewers to the slow pace of the show itself.Being generous, we could praise Rubicon for respecting our intelligence and having the courage to be patient with exposition. Being impatient, we could just call it listless and then maybe try to poke it with a stick to see if it's dead or what. After watching the first four episodes, I'm content to settle on the euphemism deliberate and to note that the performances"”centrally that of James Badge Dale as an intelligence analyst named Will Travers"”have so far been sharp enough to ward off outright drowsiness. Will works for the American Policy Institute, a federal agency that gives its employees a bit of latitude in the matter of office attire. He favors a layered Ivy League look suggesting Robert Redford's in Three Days of the Condor, though modernized with the occasional well-chosen hoodie. His mentor David Hadas (Peter Gerety) flops around like a commuter-train slob"”or at least he did before dying early on, surely murdered, after noting the machinations of a cabal perhaps constituting a fourth branch of government. Meanwhile, the top boss, Truxton Spangler (Michael Cristofer), wears rep ties that pair well with the OSS and Skull and Bones flavor of his given name. Kale Ingram"”Spangler's potentially sinister right-hand man, played by actor Arliss Howard"”goes in for quietly expensive crewnecks and solid dark slim-fit dress shirts that give him the air of a music mogul slithering comfortably into late middle age, which is to say that the wardrobe department doesn't at all want us to trust him. I don't quite understand how Will's comely assistant Maggie (Jessica Collins) affords all those Anthropologie-quality blouses on a government salary, but they anyway indicate that she, a single mother and vulnerable sweetheart, is both the API's delicate flower and its gentle mama bear. She's the one who reminds walled-off Will that it's his own birthday. Though the proximate cause of Will's detachment concerns national security"”his wife and child died at the World Trade Center on a morning he was running late"”his loss is not the motivation for his civil service. There's no righteous passion to his steady gloom. He's lost in his thoughts even when they aren't rueful. Inasmuch as he thinks before he acts, he stands as a welcome addition to a TV lineup busy with shoot-first-ask-questions-later types. On the other hand, placing thought before action is tantamount to putting mood before plot, which has its limits on-screen. I don't want to spoil the developing story line of Rubicon. Also, it remains unclear what there is to spoil. Will continues to decode a trail of clues that David has left for him to follow, and it will somehow, sooner or later, lead him to stare into the spectral eyes and forehead of Miranda Richardson, who plays the widow of a zillionaire somehow wrapped up in the whole big enigma. The pieces of the puzzles have not yet begun to fall into place"”or, for that matter, to be removed from the box. We're instead just getting to know an Edward Hopper kind of action hero"”a solitary man passing time among dark furniture in classic settings"”and hoping that it's not all just oak-paneled hokum.
     
  4. boogaboogabooga

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    I like some of the characterizations and the general idea. I don't really understand why a covert group would broadcast some message to the public at large, no matter how slipper slope-coded (although I do understand that mechanically it reinforces the intelligence of the main character, whom the writers think the audience should absolutely grasp, apparently) and I'm sort of bored with their reliance on bullshit hypothetical syllogisms with insert-esoteric-subject-intermediary-here backing. It'd be cool to see some number stuff or some tech stuff, which I'm sure really is closer to how folks are encrypting things these days, but what-ev.
     
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    I liked it. I'm with the show so far.
     
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    Still nothing was revealed though. At least this one had a bit more pace and more things going on but it was sort of a throwaway.

    The receptionist is cute.
     
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    The receptionist is cute.

    Barely.

    This might be the first recent AMC show with no attractive people whatsoever.
     
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    Spengler's rant on the necessity of a proper briefcase made me think of SF.

    It also made me want such a briefcase.
     
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    Spengler's rant on the necessity of a proper briefcase made me think of SF.

    It also made me want such a briefcase.


    That and his tie spiel.
     
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    What do you think the significance of his "father" spiel was?
     
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    I finally figured out who Spengler kind of sounds like. Christopher Walken. His intonation is the same. It bothered me for a while.
     
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    Barely.

    Wrong, she is stunning, albeit in a weird way.
     
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    Best episode yet. Amazing dialogue is some scenes, the restaurant for example.

    Eds monologue. [​IMG]
     
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    It's a shame that everyone probably tuned out after the first few mediocre episodes. It's becoming quite good.
     

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