Monday, October 11, 2010

Review - Rubicon Season 1 Episode 12 Wayward Sons

Wow, I didn't see that coming. Rubicon is a slow paced show, to be sure, but that doesn't mean things can't happen. The end of "Wayward Sons" completely revolutionizes the entire show, promising never to turn back. The oil tanker explosion is a defining moment. It's greater than The Event, FlashForward, or any number of incidents on various shows. This is rooted in reality, the pure potential for a terrorist attack which could cripple the United States.

But at the same time, it's the possibly of those in power pulling strings. Through the season, the two main plots, Kateb and Atlas McDowell have run concurrently, without ever touching each other. In "Wayward Sons," however, it all comes to a head. David's API analysis of the "Houston problem" was used for the attack, a strategic move by Atlas McDowell to once again gain more money through nefarious means. The episode tries to convey the point that Kateb is a pawn, using his friends, family, and scenes of him brooding in the dark. While I certainly didn't care for him, nor did we learn his twisted motivation, the point stands. Atlas McDowell uses API to get rich.

The world of Rubicon is a dark, dark place. The monsters like Kateb are only the first wave. The real enemies lie further, out of sight but always on the perch looking over the ordinary people. If Rubicon is canceled--and there's little reason to believe it won't--I'll certainly be very impressed by how this season went.

Score: 9.4/10
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