Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review - Rubicon Season 1 Episode 11 A Good Day's Work

From the first episode, Rubicon has been slow, excruciatingly so at certain times. It's very much a visual show where the audience sees things play out in front of them, often without much talking, so the plot developments are doled out piece by peace. "A Good Day's Work" moves much faster than the previously episode, with Will's near-murder and huge revelations about Kateb, but it still has those slow character moments which define the show.

The big thing that annoys me is how the assassination attempt is badly botched. We're supposed to believe that this organization which can orchestrate a massive global conspiracy can't get rid of Will, even with the specific instruction not to be sloppy (leaving the spoon to tip off Will was very dumb). For the sake of the show and the protagonist being indestructible, we must assume that, yes, Will is smarter than this all-powerful group and Bloom.

With two episodes left in the season, here's where we stand. API couldn't get anything on Kateb, because he is a manufactured person, the alias for a white guy named Joseph Purcell who is coming to the US to do harm. Spangler orders a hit on Will, but Bloom fails (and there's no backup). And Will knows exactly what Spangler's buddies have been up to: Atlas McDowell profits off of disasters using API's white papers. Is that the extent of the conspiracy? Is Atlas interested in Kateb causing harm? Hopefully we'll find out by the end of the season.

Score: 9.4/10
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