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 1.03, “Keep the Ends Out.”
As in past episodes, a scene without dialogue was deftly shot to narrate the story.
The third episode of Rubicon made me, for a moment, question whether the series was going to be too slow in its pace for its own good. I love that the show gives you the time to process and I’ve enjoyed watching each episode so far a couple of times. That said, not everyone is going to deal with a lack of action well… particularly when you draw some comparisons to the more high octane spy genre. But the series continue to hint at big payoffs for the investment viewers are making.
The bicycle scene in Travers’ apartment best exemplified my excitement over this show. For the third straight episode, the finest segment was a nonverbal run-through by an actor seeking answers and wondering if what they’ve found is just new questions, rather than any resolution.
In this particular scene, Travers examines the bike that David left him, which he’s brought up to his apartment. After spending the night tearing it apart over a few beers, Travers flips through the Norton Commando’s manual, finding a photo of David guiding his son Evan on the bike. Doing so, you could see the resignation in Travers that he did, indeed, have to return this prized possession to David’s natural son… but on looking closer he noticed an anomaly.
In a show so keen as to ensure the veracity of his griminess with dirt under fingernails, Travers finds a something slight askew and keys in on it immediately. In the photo, the bike seat did not include a stripe down its middle. Examining it closer and peeling back the white, he found a series of ciphers: 10 Arabic numeral digits across and scores of lines down. He also noted that the bike seat had been stitched down the middle. On opening it up and reaching in, he finds and pulls out a Glock.
This epitomizes the show so far. There’s basic, on the surface activities that are relatively innocuous and drawn by regular activities and desires. But there’s the promise of real pay dirt. Yes, they haven’t yet delivered on promised action, but much like a sexy starlet will repeat, sometimes the big fun is in what’s not shown but anticipated. We’re being granted questions and data to puzzle over, but only offered the promise of great action not seen.
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