14 June 2010

First Look: Rubicon

AMC, a premiere cable channel, is bringing its third original series on air this summer and it's one that mystery buffs and conspiracy theory freaks will probably want to check out.

The series is called Rubicon and it stars James Badge Dale (who I last saw on HBO's mini-series, The Pacific).

Here he is pictured to the right ---->

He's kinda looks like a grown-up and serious-looking Mr. Schu from Glee, no?

Anyway, Rubicon isn't going to air until August 1st, with a two-hour pilot episode. But AMC viewers were treated to a 46-minute preview of it the other night.

I got to watch this preview as well...which actually was a bad idea. Don't get me wrong. I take a lot of interest with shows that deal with conspiracies. I sat through Lost's six seasons when most people gave up after Season 2. I like the mind-games, I like analyzing every possible clue. But watching Rubicon earlier was bad timing. My mind was completely lazy and tired, when Rubicon is the kind of show you'd have to watch with all of your senses on full alert. Ergo, half the time? I couldn't process what was going on.

It also bothered me that nothing from this show is hi-tech so I couldn't place what period or time this took place. It looked present-day but felt so much like the 70's, you know what I mean? The characters only relied on crossword puzzles, numbers and other old school clues to put pieces together. No one even mentioned to "Google it up!"

A short clip on Rubicon below, as well as this blurb, from AMC:
“Rubicon” is a conspiracy thriller set in a NYC-based government intelligence agency, where nothing is what it seems. The series focuses on a beleaguered analyst, Will Travers, who, faced with a shocking tragedy, begins to uncover clues that point to a complex and sinister conspiracy. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Television.

I mentioned that Rubicon is the third original series from AMC. The first two include Mad Men and Breaking Bad --- both groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed series.

I haven't bothered watching Mad Men, in spite of the fact that it's a multi-awarded series because I did not like how it made me feel as a woman. Breaking Bad is actually very, very good. Bryan Cranston, its lead character, even won an Emmy for Best Actor for it, except that I only got to follow its first season.

Now given the calibre of these two, in spite and despite my hesitations for watching, people are betting Rubicon also turns out really well.

We'll see come August.

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