Rubicon: "Pilot" Review Episode 1


It's fitting that Rubicon was craftily hidden on my DVR Guide as an extension of the Breaking Bad Season 3 finale. An honest error by AMC or a brilliantly laid out national conspiracy to trick an unsuspecting audience into recording a thought-provoking new series? We suspect the latter. Rubicon, AMC's third original series, attempts to prey on the conspiracy theorist within all of us and succeeds admirably.


Will Travers (James Badge Dale) is a man haunted by the death of his wife and son during the attacks on 9-11. He now buries himself in his work as an analyst for a federal intelligence agency in New York City. Travers, a well-educated man, has a knack for discovering patterns in everyday minutiae and finding details where there seemingly are none. The story does a good job of painting a portrait of this emotionally distant soul without bombarding us with too much needless exposition.


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