I think Rubicon might have what it takes to be a real winner and a hit. As such, I’m putting some faith in it and am anointing it with instant recap status. To read prior Quick Hits for the show, click here on my posts tagged #Rubicon. Here are my Quick Hits for Episode 1.05, “Connect The Dots.”
At Spangler's wife's charity event, Katherin and Travers finally cross paths.
So in “Connect The Dots” the viewers start to get the first signs of some real payoff for the patience. Yes, it may not pack the action punch that you’d get in Alias or 24, but we did get some forward momentum and the opening to the path toward some answers. As I mentioned in my first Quick Hits for Rubicon‘s pilot episode, a show like this can, hopefully, operate like a crossword. Shooting off clues to be woven into the patchwork thread.
Much as the opening credits paint an image of connecting loosely sprayed dots, the show (I hope) will be something to be collected as a patchwork and layered together in order to simplify the analysis. For the first time, we saw some actual movement to integrate some of the information we’ve learned. Not the least of which was colliding the worlds of Travers and Katherine Rhumor.
Yes, their first interaction was a bit awkward, complete with a simple flirtation toward each other (even if the widow and widower did so almost reluctantly). They met at Spangler’s wife’s charitable event (the introduction of which was a bit too compressed in the storyline… in that Travers and the other team leaders were only invited last second), at the bar while ordering vodka tonics. With it, you had each admitting to somewhat addicted and depressive behavior, with Travers lamenting the moments drinking alone and Katherine referring to her vodka tonics as oxygen.
But it was the second connection that held more weight. You had Spangler telling Mr. Roy (The Wire‘s Clay Davis) to push off attention from Travers (who was recorded telling Bancroft to stand down) and focusing it on Rhumor (who had rebuffed suggestions from all parties to get rid of MRQ Alternatives, the company her husband had left to her at the last second). Looking on in the background was Bloom, who apparently was brought into the surveillance by Kale.
This followed Katherine’s continued efforts to look into her husband’s activities. Although we’re only privy to the conspirators being aware of Katherine refusing to sell off MRQ, she had been slowly digging and learning. In this episode, she paid a visit to MRQ’s headquarters. MRQ Alternatives ended up being a clothing company. But I’m not sure we should have expected much beyond that, as Katherine suspected, it was a drop of sorts. In her quick examination, she was drawn to and examined a news clipping stating that “CCNY Professor Bradley Ruled Suicide.” Perhaps the most revealing thing to us was that Katherine continued to be affirmed of her husband’s love for her, using their anniversary as the combination lock entry (despite the fact that Master Lock does not, to my knowledge, allow customization of locks of the variety that Katherine cracked).
In any respect, click on through for my quick hit thoughts on the episode. Read more…