Monday, August 23, 2010

Rubicon 1.5: Bloom

Ed advises Will to "connect the dots," find the "narrative," in Rubicon 1.5, and Ed gives Will a significant dot or name:  Donald Bloom.

But the narrative is not easy to find or even fathom in Rubicon, much like Joyce's Ulysses, where Bloom also plays a major role.   In Rubicon, where the spy games are much more life and death than the figurative polarities of Ulysses, the key is matching the code to physical realities at home and abroad.

Will soon runs into Bloom in the real - at a table in a restaurant - but Will's boss Kale (played with quiet deadpan potential deadliness by Arliss Howard, last seen to good effect on television in Medium) is sitting right across from Bloom.   Kale sees Will, who "scurries away," as Kale later says to Will, and the chess game is on.

Will finds enough to know that looking into Bloom can be dangerous.   When Ed proudly shows him that he's connected a lot of dots, producing summaries of summaries, Will tells him that they both should forget about Bloom - he wasn't a spy at all.   Will wants to protect himself as well as his new old friend Ed.

But the intricacies wind higher.   Turns out Will's meeting with Ed was recorded, and it winds up in the hands of Spangler - Kale's boss - who also now seems disinclined to pursue Will on this matter.   Is that because Tanya, the nervous but brilliant new kid on the block on Will's team, dazzled Spangler by identifying a major Al Qaeda operative - one George Beck - before he even fully became one?

Hard to say - as is the case with just about every theory on or about Rubicon.  But that's part of the strange appeal of the show, and tonight's episode did have the major step forward of Will finally meeting Katherine Rhumor (the widow of the guy who blew his brains out at the beginning of series) in person.   And that was real, no rumor, and enough to keep me in good humor that show's making some real progress.

5-min podcast review of Rubicon

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