Rubicon: They Really Are Out to Get You—Again
- Friday, September 17, 2010
How old is the conspiracy thriller genre? Was it born out of the theories that the truth had never really been revealed about President Kennedy's assassination? Did it start in the post-Viet
That's the idea behind Rubicon, the new series from AMC, the folks who brought us the acclaimed series Mad Men and Breaking Bad. In an online video at the AMC site, one of the producers states that the new series is meant to recall the types of movies I've mentioned but set in an era where the gathering and interpretation of intelligence in the war on terrorism may be itself a dangerous game, given the consequences when the US invaded Iraq based on faulty intelligence that the country had weapons of mass destruction.
The pilot episode begins with a mystery as a wealthy man opens his morning paper to find a four-leaf clover leading him to pull out a gun and shoot himself. We then meet the series hero, Will Travers (James Badge Dale), a researcher at a government intelligence agency. His melancholy manner stems from his survivor's guilt when he was late to meet his family at the
Travers discovers a striking pattern in some newspapers' daily crossword puzzles that seems to suggest a larger meaning for those who would detect it. He shares it with his superstitious boss and former father-in-law, David (Peter Gerety). David seems to dismiss it but shares it with the agency's head, Kale Ingram (Arliss Howard), who asks if anyone else knows about it. Soon, David is killed in a train accident and Will begins to suspect something is amiss when he finds David's car where he would never park it -- at the 13th space of the train station lot. And there are mysterious men standing around, too.
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