Rubicon Review: "Connect The Dots"

by at . Comments

For a second consecutive week, Rubicon proved that it's at its best when the David conspiracy is NOT a focus of an episode.

Granted, we learned a few clues about it on "Connect the Dots" - from Ingram's connection to Donald Bloom to whatever the heck is going on at MRQ to the Spangler's shredding of David's Houston paper - but I remain most intrigued by the characters themselves and the effect the world of data analysis has on them.

The scene were Will was forced to lie to Ed in order to prevent another breakdown by the retired API employee was one of my favorite to date. The former fought back tears as he watched the latter practically fall apart in front of his eyes.

Ed clearly is on to something regarding Bloom and an assassination, however. As Will tries to connect these dots himself, we're left to wonder if his brain will be able to handle it.

Kale Ingram Picture

The same can be said for Tanya's liver. She may have impressed Spangler and Ingram with her presentation, but the mental burden of this job is proving detrimental to her health. I'd be shocked if she's a member of the team when the season concludes.

Among the man questions this episode left me with:

  • What does Ingram have on Maggie? She's clearly passing him information for a reason. I'm guessing blackmail and I'm guessing it's related to her daughter.
  • Who are the man trailing David? The one we've seen more prominently is played by Isiah Whitlock, best known for playing Clay Davis on The Wire. It's doubtful the show would use such a recognizable actor if there wasn't more for him to do down the line.
  • The squalls have been shipped, a mystery man told Spangler. Well... okay then.
  • How shady is Ingram?!? "I strongly suggest you stick to the analysis side of things. I would hate to see you involved in any mayhem," he said to David.
  • Why does Bloom carry around an umbrella everywhere?

Overall, another solid episode. It was nice to see that Spangler has a connection to Katherine's supposed pal, James Wheeler, and to have it confirmed that he's behind the tail on David. This genius of a man is clearly at the center of the conspiracy, which bodes well for viewers. For Will? Maybe not so much.

What did you think of the episode?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
  • 4.2 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (20 Votes)

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

Tags: ,
Avatar

I am still confused...this show is so Postmodern...I will eventually piece it together ...if not, I will lose interest and move on ;o)

Mr-probst

Do you guys get the sense that Ingram knows less than Will, but knows he's up to something? I think that's why he made the comment to Will, but then followed Bloom himself to try and figure out what. I liked the subtle transition Ingram got this week from bad guy to possibly good guy. Gray area characters like Kale are very interesting.

Avatar

I'm still quite confused about this show...I'm not even sure I understand what the hell they do at API.
I do think Bloom's umbrella may be a weapon.

Avatar

The reference to "squalls" is obviously meant to be ambiguous. One possibility: its a reference to the Russian VA-111 Shkval ("squall" in english), a super-cavitating torpedo. Frightful weapon - travels 200+ knots underwater, and can be equipped with a conventional or nuclear warhead.

x Close Ad