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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 13, 2010
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  • Summary: Will Travers (James Badge Dale), an analyst for API, a New York intelligence agency, soon discovers there is more to the company he works for than meets the eye.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 100
    It looks like AMC is three-for-three with their newest original drama, Rubicon, a throwback espionage thriller that takes place in the present--if the present were more like the 1970s than the 2000s.
  2. 88
    Challenging but engrossing.
  3. If you enjoy following complex machinations, however, and enjoy watching smart TV characters try to figure them out, Rubicon is your ticket.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Holcomb
    75
    The show creates a fascinating and wonderful hyperreal world of shadowy figures, secrets hidden in codes, and perhaps even the revelation of a giant conspiracy. It's not completely original, but there's currently nothing on TV even remotely like it.
  5. 63
    This pleasantly low-key drama has little trouble creating an atmosphere, but the pace is sometimes slack in the first four episodes.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Rubicon dares to be smart but, as conventional thrillers go, it's not very thrilling.
  7. 30
    Turgid and plodding, Rubicon has the pace of an industrial-training film and the lucidity of a Czech art movie with the subtitles turned off. It would have to triple its pulse to rise to the level of lethargy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 54
  2. Negative: 4 out of 54
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    10
    Simply put, AMC's Rubicon is the most engrossing and thought-provoking drama of the current TV season. Yes, its pace is slow and an episodeSimply put, AMC's Rubicon is the most engrossing and thought-provoking drama of the current TV season. Yes, its pace is slow and an episode leaves the viewer with some unanswered questions. But that's exactly the point. We're following in the same footsteps as Will Travers, the CIA analyst who seeks to uncover details behind a deep government conspiracy that killed his boss/father-in-law and led a multi-millionaire to suicide. Rather than revealing it all to the viewer while keeping characters in the dark, we end up feeling the same anxiety and uncertainty that Will battles every day. I like the fact that the show forces the viewer to take in every last detail of what you're watching and hearing, and just when you think you have a grip on someone's M.O., you're later proven wrong. Arliss Howard is outstanding as Kale Ingram, Will's manager and "guardian angel" with questionable loyalties...so much so that I'm hoping that his work is recognized during awards season. Those who are not familiar with 70's conspiracy/espionage thrillers like The Conversation, The Parallax View, All the President's Men or Three Days of the Condor won't grasp the inspiration or flow of the series. An outstanding ensemble of actors, sharp writing, interesting subplots, great character development and a thoughtful use of symbolism all add up to the most worthwhile TV that a viewer could possibly ask for. Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    I'm eight episodes in, and this show has finally finished its metamorphosis from a plodding non-drama into a complex, writhing machine.I'm eight episodes in, and this show has finally finished its metamorphosis from a plodding non-drama into a complex, writhing machine. Disparate clues and seemingly-random lines are finally making contact with each other, and the paranoia is quickly mounting. James Badge Dale, Arliss Howard, and Michael Cristofer are brilliant in their respective roles, twisting the purposefully-vague dialogue with hints of broader knowledge and deeper meaning, cementing both the humanity of their characters, and the pressure of their environment. The conspiracy is mounting. Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2011
    10
    We want a second season! Rubicon is simply outstanding.

    Obviously for AMC money matters more than stories and, despite I can understand, I
    We want a second season! Rubicon is simply outstanding.

    Obviously for AMC money matters more than stories and, despite I can understand, I can't agree with it. Rubicon cancelled and Walking Dead renewed? C'mon! What a joke!
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  4. edwardT.
    Aug 3, 2010
    9
    Needs to be watched at least twice to catch most of the subtleties. But well worth viewing.
  5. LeeF
    Aug 2, 2010
    9
    Caught and held my interest right away. It will be interesting to see where it goes.
  6. KevinD.
    Aug 2, 2010
    8
    I think we can trust AMC to deliver by now. This show is, so far, less character-focused than Mad Men and Breaking Bad, but that could turn I think we can trust AMC to deliver by now. This show is, so far, less character-focused than Mad Men and Breaking Bad, but that could turn around--and the plot is intriguing enough to keep me invested for now. I expect the payoff to be worthwhile, and if it's not, hopefully the characters will have strengthened by then. This is a slow-moving drama, so it won't appeal to everyone. But it promises to be a treat for those who enjoy a slower spy story. My biggest gripe: the main character of Mad Men is Don Draper. The main character of Breaking Bad is Walter White. And now the main character of Rubicon is Will Travers? Come on AMC! Keep alliteration alive. Expand
  7. Dec 16, 2010
    0
    After watching ALL 13 episodes I can only say that it was SO much work for SO meager returns. Awful. The sad thing is with such a cadre ofAfter watching ALL 13 episodes I can only say that it was SO much work for SO meager returns. Awful. The sad thing is with such a cadre of fine actors much more could have been done. Horrible pace--it took me nine episodes to be fully engaged, and the wrap up was tepid, at best. Expand

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