Rubicon The First Day of School S01E02 (AMC)

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There is so much about this show that is really interesting. First of all, the main characters all work in a think tank. I find that an interesting line of work. They are basically paid to think about certain problems. It all looks collegiate, but there is more than meets the eye, as the protagonist discovers.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

I really enjoyed this episode. It wasn’t disappointing and I can’t wait to see more of this show. It’s surprising how good I found this. It’s actually hard to describe, but basically, a think tank considers national security investigations and are asked to find out more about them. It’s also got to do with espionage, money trails, and other conspiracies.

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Will is on top of a building looking down. He’s on the edge of the ledge.

A young woman, Tanya, arrives at the think tank and pukes in the bathroom. She had a rough night. Maggie sees her in the bathroom. Will has got an intake meeting in 5 minutes.

Will has Hal run an analysis on the crossword puzzles. This makes him late. The boss isn’t too pleased. The boss tells him that the big boss wants to see him. He tells Will not to let him down. He recommended him for the position. The boss wants Travers to concentrate on the Yuri thing. The big boss meets with Will. It has to do with Yuri Popovich. He’s been selling weapons. Spangler wants two men identified and what they are up to. Travers has got 24 hours.

There is a certain gravitas about this show. It’s really going to be interesting. I love these shows which center on intelligence, more specifically intelligence analysts and not operations.

Two days before Tom dies, he decided to leave his current wife Katherine a company. She also gets a townhouse she didn’t know about. Katherine goes to the townhouse. She doesn’t believe her husband’s friend, who says that Tom didn’t sleep around. In the house, Tom entertained, read books, and spent a lot of time.

Will tells his team that they need to look into Yuri Popovich. Maggie is helping Will with dealing with the team. At lunch, they ID George Beck as one of the men in the photo with Yuri. Grant is pissed, as usual.

Will goes to see Hal. This has happened before. In 1983, there were similar crosswords in 11 newspapers, with identical clues. That is strange.

No one has picked up David’s things in his office yet. Will goes through them. In David’s things, he finds a typewriter with some coded message. Will goes to see David’s old friend Ed. He tells him about the car being in parking spot #13. He shows him the message. It’s a book code. Find the right book and you can find decode the message.

Ed says that he wrote a prototype in code for the crosswords. It happened in 1983. It was a go code for 7 participants. It was David’s op.

Will comes back and finds the boss waiting for him. He offers some moral support. Will has got to find the book. The message says “They hide in plain sight”.

Miles, one of the members of Will’s team, is obsessed about the Nigerian uprising. The CIA never came back to him with any info.

Will goes home and sees someone waiting for him. He almost gets hit by a cab. It was a setup, or almost looked like one. Someone is following him.

He arrives at his place. Someone has come to see him but he doesn’t come in. It’s kind of freaky.

Maggie goes somewhere. She goes to see the boss, who’s waiting for her. She’s spying on her team for him. He’s curious about Will. She doesn’t say much.

The next day, Hal avoids Will, but he corners him. The crosswords appeared 3 days after a Hezbollah sent a car bomber into marine barracks in Beirut. He killed 220 men. The day after the crosswords appeared, 4 Hezbollah leaders and 2 Hezbollah financial backers disappeared or were assassinated. The go-codes are to initiate revenge killings.

Katherine is going through the things in the townhouse to find a clue why Tom had it.

Spangler comes to see Will. He wants his update. They are sweeping the rooms for bugs. They do so every month.

Will is trying to run a meeting while Grant whinges. Tanya arrives with beignets. They still haven’t heard back from the CIA. Counterterrorism is keeping an eye on Beck, but won’t say why. Will has to shout at Grant for being an ass. He wants results, not watching Grant eat beignets.

The episode ends like it began with Will on the roof. Someone is watching him. It looks like the man  who was following him last night. He’s got a partner. They don’t know why they are surveilling him.

This show is like a layercake. You never know what one layer will unfold. It’s definitely one of the best shows on TV right now, with True Blood and Mad Men.

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Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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