Rubicon – In Whom We Trust

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The mighty pow’r in whom we trust, is ever to His promise just;
He makes this sacred day appear, the pledge of a propitious year

Handel, Athalia

We’re finally getting a full read on Kale Ingram, and he’s not the boogey man. The show went exactly the opposite way, like a slap hit to the opposite field from a pull hitter that just clears the wall. Home run. Cue the fireworks.

He ditches Spangler’s henchmen at will to keep him guessing. He sweeps his place for bugs while his partner sleeps. He ditches the bugged lamp in an innocuous way to protect his partner from any knowledge that could harm him. He lets Maggie keep her daughter at work and pledges to “take care of the rest” (Ok, I was a little creeped out by that line, but when he showed up at Craig’s hotel room and told him it was time to leave town, I was cheering him on). Ingram’s a supremely competent, take-no-prisoners, badass. I love it.

And did you get a load of his place? Hercule Poirot has nothing on this guy. That is the apartment of one highly intelligent, totally fashionable, perfectly put-together dude. I probably would not want to live with him (if you spill something, you’re dead), but I absolutely appreciate his style. This is why he says to Craig “The way you live is disgusting.” Compared to Ingram’s place, just about anyone’s place is disgusting, but it’s also a comment on chaos in general. And then there’s this quote from Roy (to Spangler):

“When he’s not being the most innocent man in America, he drops off the grid for hours at a time. He’s still very good. When Kale wants to shake you, he shakes you”

Awesome. Spangler’s face when he hears that is fascinating. Annoyance, but admiration at the same time.

There’s something so satisfying in watching a man who loves his work. Is there a man who loves his work more than Donald Bloom? If so, I can’t imagine who he is. The way he draws out the “messages” to Katherine (why two? just so he can talk longer?), the way he smiles at both Katherine and Will, like the cat that got the cream (and it’s your cream), the way he revels in the moment and then reports back to Spangler. This is a guy who is doing the job he was born to do. If his job wasn’t threatening and killing people it would be fun to watch. Instead it’s horrifying. The money quote:

“And by ‘terminated’ they mean killed. Do you understand this message? Because sometimes they can be unclear, but that one was pretty straightforward.”

Creepy? Yeah, by the master creeper.

Tanya’s therapy session was one of the best filmed segments I have seen on TV. The time-lapse photography showing just her expressions as the therapist talks and she responds was brilliant. I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen that before, but it was an amazing way to tell that story, and an incredible acting job by Lauren Hodges. Watching her face go from defiance and distrust to acceptance and resignation in such a short time was truly painful and exhilarating.

I don’t know what to think about Grant and Tanya’s relationship. I like that he’s concerned about her and her humbling loss of security clearance, and his going to help her in the dungeon was really sweet (except that it also clearly seemed designed to avoid seeing his wife) but I don’t exactly see them as a great couple. For one thing, rehab or no, she’s too hot for him.

I loved the scene where Tanya is forced to do the grunt work and she’s still flaunting her two PhDs to try to get out of it. The girl she is forced to work with really puts her in her place: “God has blessed you.” It’s all in your perspective isn’t it? Here’s a girl that considers herself very lucky to have the job that Tanya disdains. She has no education and yet she knows enough to tell Tanya that she has cause to be grateful. Know what? We all do.

The plot with Kateb and his allies is coming to fruition in parallel with the investigation into the clover conspiracy. There’s a terrifying convergence between the two, as if every step Will makes toward finding the truth also brings closer the attack that is sure to come. Yuri and George are both dead. Why does that seem so shocking when we have never seen or heard either one of them? And is anyone else freaked out by the info Will gets from the librarian? She confirms that he is following David’s footsteps. Remember where those footsteps lead and fear for Will Travers (note the cause of death).

I loved the reference to Waiting For Godot. I also love how the show has managed to make the Kateb plot so real without ever showing us anything of Kateb or any of his allies. It’s as if we are the analysts, hearing all the facts second-hand and having to draw our own conclusions, just as the analysts in the show do.

NYC has become another character in the show. The scenes of the city sprinkled throughout the episodes are wonderful and endearing. Now we hear that all Kateb’s bombings all happen at the same time in New York: 4:20 pm. It’s a message, or a clue to something, but what does it mean? Can there be any doubt that New York is the target?

“What we have is an operation in progress”


Ominous words indeed.


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