Rubicon : Season 1

  • Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 13, 2010
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 129

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User Reviews

  1. Oct 24, 2010
    5
    This...may...be...the...slowest...moving...show...ever...made. The show has a decent premise, but does nothing with it. After setting up a potentially intriguing story in the first couple of episodes, the following 5-6 episodes go ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE. Nothing really happens until the 9th episode. The entire middle of this show was a complete waste. Very little is revealed about theThis...may...be...the...slowest...moving...show...ever...made. The show has a decent premise, but does nothing with it. After setting up a potentially intriguing story in the first couple of episodes, the following 5-6 episodes go ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE. Nothing really happens until the 9th episode. The entire middle of this show was a complete waste. Very little is revealed about the characters and their personalities. They are all very generic and there is almost no character development to speak of. If you're going to do a show where almost nothing happens, you'd better at least have interesting characters and good character development...but this show doesn't. The entire middle portion of the season is just a long, drawn-out tease in which nothing happens. For 5-6 consecutive episodes people just walk around suspiciously looking over their shoulders with intense expressions. It's like the makers of the show are trying to fool the audience into thinking something is happening, but nothing really is. While some characters look over their shoulders, the rest are sitting in rooms spouting off worthless national security jargon that does nothing to advance what little plot there is. This show is an example of style over substance. The makers are giving you an abstract version of what a "thriller" is by playing creepy music while mysterious figures lurk in the shadows...all the while NOTHING is really happening at all. Expand
  2. Aug 21, 2010
    4
    The Opening episode was intriguing, but subsequent episodes have been too packed with senseless dialogue that is both hard to follow and boring. Too bad, I was really looking forward to a strong showing from this series. It is always best to show a lot up front and struggle in the middle, but this appears to be destined for failure right from the get go.
  3. BKM
    Aug 12, 2010
    5
    I'm a big fan of James Badge Dale ever since seeing him in The Pacific, so I'll continue to give Rubicon a chance. But after three episodes, the show feels sluggish and chilly. It tries way too hard to create a sense of paranoia and the codes and clues that Will Travers manages to decrypt border on absurd. I haven't given up on it yet, but things had better turn around quickly.
  4. Jan 17, 2011
    4
    I tried to get into this and let the whole season sit on my DVR for months, but this show is simply too slow-paced. Nothing happens and everything is vague, but there are some great actors involved. Sorry, AMC, I really did want to like this.
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 80
    If you enjoy slowly piecing together a puzzle without having first seen the final image, Rubicon is right up your alley; if not, the brainteasing will likely unnerve you.
  2. It's a dull blend, a slow-moving mind-rot creeping on unsuspecting viewers.
  3. 88
    There are some great characterizations and attention to detail. If you stick with the series, you'll be treated to a lecture on the perfect briefcase by the droll Michael Cristopher that's worth the price of admission. And if you think your office banter is entertaining, try swapping in-jokes with the intelligence community.