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Quick Hits: Rubicon E1.10 — “In Whom We Trust”

September 29th, 2010

Spangler, Roy and Bloom met on their surveillance of Will and Katherine, and attempted to discern if there paranoia had merit.

Although I’m apprehensive about its somewhat slow pace, I still think Rubicon has what it takes to grow into 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 1.10, “In Whom We Trust.”

I stated in my review of episode 9 that the addition of Annie Parisse was a genius stroke and really worked.  I hadn’t really wondered as to the probability of Andy being a spy or anything other than what she says she is/was. A friend expressed that he thought she was suspect and a little too perfect / trusting. I think that there are certain characteristics which don’t really add up about her reaction to Will’s activities – in fact, it wasn’t really until this episode’s sister call fallout that you had her acting in any way normal – e.g., her expression that she was happy he had a gun, instead of being weirded out by the paranoid guy she assumes is lying about being a spy and even his name… and who shows up with a concealed firearm.

In this episode, we see a more honest character in Andy. She chats with her sister about Will and playfully owns up to that. She also gets peeved when he withdraws and then tries to steal her phone to see who she’s been calling. The only unnatural thing about it was the fact that she didn’t throw him out. And the only real bullshit comment she made was the suggestion that she had three-way calling in high school.

Anyways, I’ve been swamped at work, so I’m going to jump right into the quick hits, after the check.

  • The wardrobe designer deserves special kudos for having Kale’s bedtime tee-shirt be a United States Marine Corps shirt. While it’s likely that Kale’s character actually did serve in the USMC prior to his spook-ops career, the use is almost better without any affiliation in a world where the GOP just blocked the repeal of a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that 70% of Americans no longer agree with.
  • I was lost a bit at first in Katherine’s new apartment. At first it seemed like the producers had forgotten we’d seen the 73rd street townhouse (which Wheeler said he believed she had been living in). Instead, Katherine explained that she had just moved to the spot which appeared to be on Greenwich Street in Tribeca. That she had purchased the apartment and left a property record, and that she’d go with a ground floor entranced townhouse is beyond me. Undoubtedly, Katherine would have opted for a doorman building offering security, but that is neither here nor there. As is the question of why the widow of a billionaire with safety concerns hasn’t hired security.

The scenes between Will and Katherine continue to impress.

  • James Badge Dale and Miranda Richardson have good chemistry between them, despite the fact that they haven’t had much shared screen time. There’s a subtle flirtation to their relationship and it works.
  • I actually really, really liked the appearance of the office staff member. It’s extraordinarily rare that an office drama actually feature the perspective of the non-spectacular employee, particularly in the manner shown here. The file sorter was neither brilliant nor terribly skilled, but she was proud of her job and good at it. It was nice.
  • Will’s “remarkable” identification of the fact that all of the bombs went off at the same time (as adjusted for time zones) in the day was pretty weak as far as a hidden connection. It did, however, allow for the great question of “What’s the significance of 4:20?” (I think they were overestimating the percentage of their crowd that are stoners)  Less clear is how one could assume that the time’s significance was in establishing that Kateb survived the drone strike.
  • I appreciated that the producers continue to allow information to flow naturally and at a good pace. The information is often revealed in speech from one character to the next, permitting the audience to receive the information in a linear manner, but allowing for reminders with individual characters learning facts at various times.
  • We learned there is a character more annoying than Maggie: her daughter Sophie. Again, I’m trying to figure out why this character is there. I do trust that there’s a purpose, but I don’t see one yet. Her bringing the kid to work is perfectly fine for a spy organization. Sure….
  • I was surprised at how sympathetic a character Tanya was in this episode. She added depth and personality when discussing and accepting her addiction. Her interactions with Grant furthered that sympathetic view.
  • For those with keen eyes, the countries that Will had connected Atlas MacDowell to were Venezuela (home of socialists and oil), Nigeria (home of scammers and oil), Burma (home of human rights violations and people how prefer to use the name Myanmar), Pakistan (home of nukes and ‘strong American allies’) and Kazakhstan (home of Borat and former Soviet republic members). That Will ran a card catalog search on a country with as significant a role in the world economy and continental stability as Nigeria could return only five results (Kazakhstan earned four, the others were not shown). That the librarian is expected to just stand there amazed that Travers could pull five white papers that David Hadas had last checked out is almost equal in stretching the imagination.

Tanya saw greater depth, sympathy and some understanding of her addiction in this episode.

  • I got a legitimate laugh when Grant cheered his victory in Solitaire in a manner that left us to assume he’d identified an intelligence break. Yuri’s and Boeck’s assassinations were a bit unexpected as we’re closing further in on the information as to what the parties’ importance is, without any idea of who they are and how they tie to the conspiracy. Again, I repeat the question as to whether or not the “operation in progress” is just a side story or something innately tied to the unraveling of the clover conspiracy.
  • Bloom’s visit to Katherine provided intrigue in just how brazen it was. It also was a bit odd in that it was counter-intuitive. A conspiracy of the sort that dabbles in controlling world affairs certainly isn’t afraid of eliminating civilians or potential threats. It made for a fun scene, though.

Another solid episode.  I feel like Rubicon is getting past some growing pains and developing into the show I hoped.  Yes, a bit more excitement would help and I’m bit concerned by the re-separation of Will and Miranda, but I’m really looking forward to next week again.

AMC’s “Most Talked About Scene” (A Message for Katherine)

AMC’s Episode Summary

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