Crossing The Rubicon
Anybody see the last episodes of “Mad Men” and “Rubicon” last evening?
Spoiler Alert. If you’ve got them on your DVRs, stop reading now, because I plan to comment on some of the outcomes.
First, Don Draper. Did anybody see that coming? Asking the new secretary to marry him on a trip to Disneyland, and using now deceased Anna’s ring? What a small world after all, especially for the lovely researcher, Dr. Faye, who’s on the losing end of this proposition, as she was assumedly in love with Draper, and he with her.
I dreaded Draper’s contacting Faye (or not) the rest of the episode. The from-the-couch psychotherapy that could be read into that decision (marrying his assistant over the professional working woman), particularly at that point in history…well, it could fill volumes.
Meanwhile, poor Peggy Olson puts on her advertising gumshoes and lands the troubled Topaz account virtually on her own, and nary a person in Sterling Cooper notices due to Don’s newlywed nuptials.
I can’t wait to see where Matthew Wiener takes this thing next season.
As for “Rubicon,” it’s my favorite new show on TV.
It’s everything impatient and reality TV isn’t. It makes you wait. It’s slow to unwind. But the looming backdrop is like a conspiracy unraveling amidst a greater web of conspiracy.
It’s impossible to dive right into this show and understand what’s going on. From the first episode, the backstory drove the narrative, and the conspiracy, but it’s been one that’s a real pleasure to see unwind.
When the rest of TV is beating up on your intelligence with sensory overload (“Ice Road Truckers,” “Dancing with the Stars”), “Rubicon” has been more like a storyline cabernet that just needed a few weeks to breathe and open up.
And open up it has. API analyst Will Travers uses his fine analytical abilities to connect one dot to another through most of the season, only to discover there’s a seemingly whole other portrait being painted, one that transcends that of the inside operation being planned by Truxton Spangler.
The terrorist attack in Galveston Bay was planned and masterminded by a cabal of insiders connected to Atlas MacDowell, but they’re convinced Spangler’s left too much of a trail linking the attack (purposely) to Iran, and with Will Travers having learned way too much.
Who’s ultimately pulling the strings, then, becomes the critical question. If not Spangler, if not his associates (who deliver the much feared four leaf clover, a death sentence in the show to date), then who?
That’s the key question left to the imagination, and one that will only likely be answered if “Rubicon” is picked up for another year.
My vote is most assuredly yes…then again, I’ve never been a big “Ice Road Truckers” fan.