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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
1 August 2010 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Not every conspiracy is a theory
Plot:
Will Travers is an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be.
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 48)

James Badge Dale ... Will Travers (13 episodes, 2010)

Jessica Collins ... Maggie Young (13 episodes, 2010)

Lauren Hodges ... Tanya MacGaffin (13 episodes, 2010)

Dallas Roberts ... Miles Fiedler (13 episodes, 2010)

Christopher Evan Welch ... Grant Test (13 episodes, 2010)

Arliss Howard ... Kale Ingram (13 episodes, 2010)

Miranda Richardson ... Katherine Rhumor (13 episodes, 2010)

Michael Cristofer ... Truxton Spangler (11 episodes, 2010)

David Rasche ... James Wheeler (7 episodes, 2010)

Natalie Gold ... Julia Harwell (7 episodes, 2010)

Annie Parisse ... Andy (7 episodes, 2010)
Roger Robinson ... Ed Bancroft (6 episodes, 2010)

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Mr. Roy (6 episodes, 2010)

Jennifer Butler ... Team DLeader / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
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Series Directed by
Jeremy Podeswa (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Writing credits
Jason Horwitch (13 episodes, 2010)
Richard Robbins (3 episodes, 2010)
Nichole Beattie (2 episodes, 2010)
Henry Bromell (2 episodes, 2010)
Eliza Clark (2 episodes, 2010)
Zack Whedon (2 episodes, 2010)

Series Produced by
Leslie Jacobowitz .... associate producer (12 episodes, 2010)
Henry Bromell .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2010)
Jason Horwitch .... executive producer (4 episodes, 2010)
Blake Masters .... consulting producer (4 episodes, 2010)
Kerry Orent .... co-executive producer (4 episodes, 2010)
Christopher Goode .... co-producer (2 episodes, 2010)
Michael Oates Palmer .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Original Music by
Peter Nashel (12 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter Reniers (3 episodes, 2010)
Michael Slovis (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Film Editing by
Terry Kelley (7 episodes, 2010)
David Ray (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Casting by
Mele Nagler (12 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Production Design by
Tim Grimes (12 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Art Direction by
Toni Barton (13 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Cherish M. Hale (11 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Costume Design by
Lorraine Calvert (8 episodes, 2010)
Juliet Polcsa (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Makeup Department
Persefone Karakosta .... makeup department head / makeup artist (13 episodes, 2010)
Sasha Cummins .... department head hair stylist / hair stylist / ... (12 episodes, 2010)
AnneMichelle Radcliffe .... key hair stylist (12 episodes, 2010)
Nicky Pattison .... key makeup artist (11 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Production Management
Thomas Sellitti Jr. .... production supervisor (13 episodes, 2010)
Beth Friedland .... post-production supervisor (3 episodes, 2010)
Christopher Goode .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel J. Shaw .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2010)
Mirashyam Blakeslee .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2010)
Brendan Walsh .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Art Department
Brian Buteau .... set dresser (13 episodes, 2010)
Eric Dean .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 2010)
Laura Hyman .... buyer (13 episodes, 2010)
Hank Liebeskind .... set dresser (13 episodes, 2010)
Robert Ludemann .... graphic designer (13 episodes, 2010)
Melissa B. Miller-Costanzo .... art department coordinator (13 episodes, 2010)
Wolf-Dieter Stoeffelmeier .... scenic forman (13 episodes, 2010)
Maus Drechsler .... assistant set decorator/buyer (12 episodes, 2010)
Scott Getzinger .... property master (12 episodes, 2010)
Shannon Robert Bowen .... props (11 episodes, 2010)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (11 episodes, 2010)
Bradley Rubenstein .... scenic artist (8 episodes, 2010)
Jonathan Huggins .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2010)
Malcolm Reid .... construction coordinator (2 episodes, 2010)
Sherryl Sachs .... camera scenic artist (2 episodes, 2010)

Carl Baldasso .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Sean Haines .... props (unknown episodes)
T.W. John House .... key construction grip (unknown episodes)
Alexander James .... scenic industrial (unknown episodes)
Lou Lotto .... construction of giant ghetto blaster (unknown episodes)
Stephanie Shannon .... art department assistant (unknown episodes)
Max Sherwood .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Robert Zorella .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Steve Borne .... supervising sound editor (13 episodes, 2010)
Gregg Harris .... boom operator (13 episodes, 2010)
Adam Sanchez .... sound utility / sound mixer (12 episodes, 2010)
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor (11 episodes, 2010)
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2010)
Michael Barosky .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (3 episodes, 2010)
Joshua Anderson .... additional production sound mixer (2 episodes, 2010)
Peter Waggoner .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2010)

Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Michael Fowler .... foley recordist (unknown episodes)
Douglas Murray .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Jeff Brink .... special effects (1 episode, 2010)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Ted Markovic .... visual effects producer (13 episodes, 2010)
Jesse Spielman .... digital compositor (13 episodes, 2010)
Euna Kho .... visual effects artist (12 episodes, 2010)
Lenz Kol .... digital compositor (5 episodes, 2010)
Adam Schwartz .... digital compositor (5 episodes, 2010)
Franz Kol .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2010)

Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
Luis de Leon .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Chris Healer .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator / stunt coordinator/stunts (4 episodes, 2010)

Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Mike Burke .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Donohue Jr. .... grip (13 episodes, 2010)
Christopher M. Elassad .... grip (13 episodes, 2010)
Scott Koenigsberg .... "a" camera second assistant (13 episodes, 2010)
Jesse L. Saviola .... grip (13 episodes, 2010)
Paul Wachter .... key grip (13 episodes, 2010)
Alex Weisman .... camera pa (13 episodes, 2010)
Ben Dailey .... first assistant camera (12 episodes, 2010)
Doug Foote .... a camera first assistant / camera operator: "a" camera (12 episodes, 2010)
Linda Phillips .... electrician (12 episodes, 2010)
Brooke Stanford .... gaffer (12 episodes, 2010)
Jonathan Stern .... best boy electric (12 episodes, 2010)
John Woods .... rigging best boy electric (12 episodes, 2010)
Brendan Lowry .... grip (11 episodes, 2010)
Andrew Voegeli .... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (11 episodes, 2010)
Peter Reniers .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2010)
Doug Meils .... shooting electric (5 episodes, 2010)
Rashad Clinton .... grip (2 episodes, 2010)
Charlie Foerschner .... second assistant camera (2 episodes, 2010)
Alan J. Mehlbrech .... steadicam operator (2 episodes, 2010)
Joe Mellon .... dolly grip (2 episodes, 2010)

Cesar Baptista .... grip (unknown episodes)
Kevin L. Bright .... b dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Daniel Casey .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Nicole Cosgrove .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
James Daly .... additional camera loader (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Heller .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
T. Ray Treece .... on-set video assist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Avy Kaufman .... original casting (2 episodes, 2010)
Christina Wright .... casting associate (2 episodes, 2010)

Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe supervisor (13 episodes, 2010)
Amanda Sroka .... key costumer (13 episodes, 2010)
Jennifer Ingram .... wardrobe supervisor (12 episodes, 2010)

Eileen Goh .... key costumer (unknown episodes)
Angela Mirabella .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Roger Doran .... final colorist (13 episodes, 2010)
Shon Hedges .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 2010)
Adam Moore .... dailies: assistant colorist (12 episodes, 2010)
Jennifer Davidoff Cook .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2010)
Jennifer Lame .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2010)
Mike Nuget .... on-line editor (5 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Music Department
Thomas Golubic .... music supervisor (13 episodes, 2010)
Eric V. Hachikian .... conductor / orchestrator (13 episodes, 2010)
Yvette Metoyer .... music coordinator (13 episodes, 2010)
Sally Swisher .... music editor (12 episodes, 2010)
Dan Marocco .... composer: additional music (11 episodes, 2010)
Brian Deming .... additional score recordist / assistant to composer / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Transportation Department
Michael Buonocore .... transportation co-captain (2 episodes, 2010)
Edward Iacobelli Jr. .... transportation captain (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Other crew
Sam Bromell .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2010)
Paul Contos .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2010)
Keith Marlin .... key set production assistant / background production assistant (13 episodes, 2010)
Elaine Martinelli .... first assistant accountant (13 episodes, 2010)
Cara McKenney .... main title producer (13 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Pollack .... location scout (13 episodes, 2010)
Erin Sullivan .... post production assistant / post-production p.a. (13 episodes, 2010)
Christina Walker .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2010)
Joshua Williams .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2010)
Caleb Woods .... main title: editor (13 episodes, 2010)
Alex Bach .... account clerk / accounting clerk (12 episodes, 2010)
Robert Gori .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2010)
Johnny Holland .... second assistant accountant (12 episodes, 2010)
Ryan Smith .... location manager (12 episodes, 2010)
Jeremy Cox .... title designer (11 episodes, 2010)
Theo Daley .... title designer (11 episodes, 2010)
Sam Griffel .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2010)
Michael Matlak .... unit production assistant (10 episodes, 2010)
Joseph Turner .... key set production assistant (10 episodes, 2010)
Diane Hounsell .... additional script supervisor (6 episodes, 2010)
Nichole Beattie .... executive story editor (4 episodes, 2010)
Alyssa Cuttler .... office production assistant (4 episodes, 2010)
Karin Fong .... title designer (4 episodes, 2010)
Michael L. Mizrahi .... location scout (4 episodes, 2010)
Theodore Collatos .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2010)
Jason Dean .... assistant production coordinator (3 episodes, 2010)
Karla Gadecki .... script coordinator (3 episodes, 2010)
Meredith Mills-Cavalluzzo .... production coordinator (3 episodes, 2010)
Liz Adams .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2010)
Tara Anderson .... assistant to co-executive producer: Kerry Orent / assistant to executive producer: Henry Bromell (2 episodes, 2010)
Eliza Clark .... assistant to writer (2 episodes, 2010)
Claire Cowperthwaite .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2010)
Tom Farmer .... film electronics coordinator (2 episodes, 2010)
Conor Kelly .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2010)
Charlie Kessler .... assistant to co-executive producer: Kerry Orent (2 episodes, 2010)
Zack Whedon .... story editor (2 episodes, 2010)

Rob Coleman .... location scout (unknown episodes, 2010)
Robert Apuzzo .... location assistant (unknown episodes)
Alec Bates .... location assistant (unknown episodes)
Joshua Chaplinsky .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Logan Wolfe Edler .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Steve Grivno .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Emily Millay Haddad .... video and computer playback operator (unknown episodes)
Diana Hammons .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jamie Horwitz .... first assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
John Hoving .... location coordinator (unknown episodes)
Sean Ilnseher .... location scout (unknown episodes)
Eric A. Knapp .... location assistant (unknown episodes)
Elizabeth Krekel .... location scout (unknown episodes)
Joe Mancini .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Talia Mayer .... location coordinator (unknown episodes)
Cathleen McFadyen .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jayar Myers .... location scout (unknown episodes)
Brendan O'Rourke .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Ayo Ogundele .... parking coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jean Pesce .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Roberts .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Chris Rodriguez .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Alicia Van Couvering .... location coordinator (unknown episodes)
Wing Yeong .... location scout (unknown episodes)
 

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Since the series is cancelled does the finale give us closure?
Why is the series called Rubicon?
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41 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
Suspense is a balancing act – and this show's balance is tipping, 13 August 2010
Author: imdb2-556-923983 from Australia

If asked after the pilot, I would have given this series a 9/10. An episode later: 8/10. Now, after their third episode, it's down to 7/10.

The good:

The concept: A return to the "paranoia" genre of the 70s, but with a twist. The world-dominating clandestine organization is divided into echelons, and no matter how high up the hierarchy we glimpse, all we see are more and more pencil-pushing bureaucrats. "Truxton Spangler", the head of the protagonist's sub-organization is introduced as someone not powerful enough to open a small crack in his office's window in order to steal a few whiffs of a cigarette. (This is perhaps a tongue-in-cheek reference to The Smoking Man from The X-Files. The show is riddled with such references, such as the pilot's opening, lifted directly from "Three Days of the Condor". I would have preferred originality.) The concept is both innovative and daring, at least in TV, and that alone commands some attention.

The characters: Despite some too-cluttered relationships and an over-populated character list (everybody in the show seems to have a rotten family life), the characters are all well rounded and believable. So far, I still care for them.

The excellent dialogs: (This, perhaps, above all.) It's hard to find these days, in film or TV, dialogs that are as terse as the ones on this show, and that force the viewer to think, to reach into the internal monologues and to mentally fill the gaping silences. You can't zap through this series, but watching it closely is a rewarding experience.

The art direction: In the spirit of the old "paranoia" movies, the colors are all bleached and gray. The only bright colors are the reds of two large "Stop" signs. The series also maintains a somewhat back-dated feel with its lack of cell-phones and Internet presence.

The music: mood-setting and effective.

Arliss Howard: Stellar performance as the shark-in-the-kiddies'-pool. Arliss plays a spook with a killer instinct trying to blend in with the pencil pushers.

The bad:

There seems to be no plot. The pilot sets out with two leading characters, each investigating a death that we know to involve foul play, but since that point, they've been mostly running around in circles, chasing a set of unconvincing and unhelpful clues left to them by the dead (who could have just said, outright, what they mean, but didn't).

The pilot and episode 2 included crossword puzzle questions to the audience that were completely disjointed from anything else on screen. That was annoying and broke the thread of events.

The bottom line: Suspense is what happens when you're glued to the edge of your seat not because something is happening on screen (It isn't) but because you anticipate something to happen shortly. It is a balancing act notoriously difficult to maintain successfully in a TV series. If too many things actually happen, there is no suspense. If not enough things happen, the suspense goes sour. "Lost" somehow managed to pull it off by convincing its persistent audience that answers will, eventually, come, and by continuously raising more and more questions. I think the collective anger at "Lost"'s failure to deliver any answers made viewers even less patient now than they were before. I think this is what axed "FlashForward" (which actually did deliver a constant stream of answers), and if "Rubicon" doesn't start moving the plot forward, and quickly, I fear it will suffer the same fate. Currently, the pace of the show is highly reminiscent of "The Conversation". This may have made it an instant classic in 1974, but in 2010 we just don't have that kind of patience anymore. I am going to give this show two more weeks, three on the outside, and if it doesn't start picking up the pace, it will have lost me. That would be a shame, as the show has so much talent and so much potential. In the words of the dialog between two of the clandestine operatives: "He's on the ledge again." "Do we care?"

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