RUBICON “Keep the Ends Out” Review

Rubicon (AMC) - " Keep the Ends Out"

There is a girl (the second one I’ve heard about) who has the odd ability of finding four-leaf clovers. She is adept at seeing shapes and distinguishing patterns, so they pop-out at her. She finds so many that she gives them away. Of course, this made me think of RUBICON, wondering if intelligence analysts in real life actually make instantaneous connections based on just a few pieces of information; and how many cases they go through, saving us all from annihilation with their analyses. From this week’s episode “Keep the Ends Out”, one would assume yes to the first question.

Will is being stalked by three men. One turns out to be a Special Agent who tails Will for FBI security clearance reasons. It is still unclear who the other two men are or to whom they report. David’s son Evan asks to see Will; he wants the Norton that David gave to Will before dying. With his superhuman senses, Will pegs the bike as another clue from David. He strips off a piece of tape on the bike seat and finds a code on the sticky side. There is also a gun in the seat. When Evan goes to Will’s apartment to claim the bike, Will again instinctively asks Evan about the number of times the New York Yankees won the World Series. This turns out to be the key that breaks the code on the tape. [This was an interesting bit of baseball history, regarding the one day major league career of Allan Travers on May 18, 1912.] Will goes to Ed for help on deciphering the code.

Maggie’s ex-husband shows up, wanting to be part of Maggie and his daughter’s life again. Apparently he has changed, but how so and from what?

Wheeler and Katherine meet for lunch. Wheeler claims that he had no idea about the townhouse left to Katherine; he says that Tom was like a brother to him. She didn’t believe him before; does she believe him now? Should we? He certainly is suspicious, in light of being part of the mysterious group of men that API head Truxton Spangler met. Weren’t there FOUR men at the meeting after Tom conveniently dies?

Miles, Tanya, and Grant continue researching the assignment given by Truxton in the last episode. They are searching for the identity of a third man in the photo with Yuri and George Beck, a Russian thug and a German banker, respectively. Miles is having marital problems and misses his kids, so his head is not entirely in the game.

As expected, there are no answers yet. But I have found that I can’t multi-task while watching Rubicon. If I do, I miss the furtive glances; the lurking men; and the general moody expressions and sidelong glances of the characters when there is no dialogue, which is quite often. Surprisingly I haven’t been bothered by the slow development of plot or the general pace of the show. For me, the interesting camera shots and changing camera angles have kept the episodes in motion and entertaining. What will we learn next week?