Friday, August 13, 2010


There aren't many shows this summer that have grabbed my attention... the summer was starting to look bleak. Then I heard rumblings in the TV world of a show called "Rubicon." Mystery and intrigue were the key words thrown around a lot; the show's catchphrase is "not every conspiracy is a theory." I wasn't sure what the show was about in terms of characters or plots, and since it was on AMC I wasn't really sure I was going to check it out (No, I'm not an AMC fan for all you mad men people, ugh!). But I kept hearing about the show and reading up on it, so I got interested. One person wrote that "Rubicon" wasn't like anything else AMC had produced. I decided to give it a try.

Within the opening credits some old guy commits suicide, and the camera tilts down to reveal a four-leaf clover. Hmm... okay, a clue to remember. Then we get into a think tank of code breakers. Not so much clues the audience needs to pick up, but a lot of character development. These people are smart, especially Will Travers, the main character. We start to see some connections between the co-workers and then BOOM, another guy dead (or is he?!?). About half-way through the show I start considering every new character the next dead person. But there were no more deaths, just a lot of clue finding and breaking to try to uncover the plot.

I'm not sure how the show will run; if this one puzzle will carry through the season or the series. But so far I really like it. I've only watched two of the three episodes, and I've heard the third one is amazing. I like that the show doesn't drag on the puzzle pieces; once Will finds a clue he can usually break it, or find someone else that can (like that old, retired guy). I know we haven't met all the pieces to this puzzle, but what's even more interesting is that the pieces/characters are really well developed. Everything is interconnected and has meaning. A show that makes you wonder what's around the corner, and doesn't make that corner too far off.

Check it out when you can! Just be sure you're not too sleepy or trying to do something else at the same time. "Rubicon" is a show where you must pay attention, because every detail is of value. "Rubicon" is on Sunday nights, 9/8c, AMC.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer TV

What idiot starts a TV blog in the middle of summer?!? Oh yeah... me. Sorry for the hiatus, I'll be better now. Promise.

ABC has turned Monday Night into Date Night. Tonight is the return of Dating in the Dark (8/7c); a social experiment of how we judge each other in the dating process. It's actually not too bad of a show, an interesting concept that obviously did well enough in season one to bring it back. My one wish for this show is that they would update on the couples afterward. ABC's other dating show is the new Bachelor Pad (10/9c). This show has the rejects from the Bachelor/Bachelorette shows in a Big Brother type setting. It should bring all the hook-ups, break-ups, and drama of both shows, we'll see if it brings the ratings.

Speaking of Big Brother! This show is my summer guilty pleasure! I don't know why I love it, but I do! It's like watching a bad car wreck or something, you can't look away! This season is the year of the saboteur... which the contestants voted out in week 1. But... in good ole' Big Brother fashion, they're bringing back a saboteur for two weeks in the form of Ragan. I hope he does well... I like him and wouldn't want this to spoil his game! I'm on the "get rid of Rachel/Braden" bandwagon. Not just because they can be annoying at times, but because they're obviously a huge threat in the house. She keeps winning HOH and he keeps winning POV; that's a troublesome pair. One of them has got to go. I'm also not really a fan of the Brigade... they're gonna be trouble at some point. And not just for the rest of the house, for each other as well. I predict Matt is the first out of that alliance; his crazy little lies are going to catch up with him!

Summer TV is here now, but never fear - Fall TV is just around the corner! Most shows start back up in the first two weeks of September! Can't wait!!