"Carry on my wayward son; there'll be peace when you are done; lay your weary head to rest; don't you cry no more." Kansas
There are many sons "carrying on" despite exhaustion and frustration, fear and great risk in the penultimate episode of AMC's Rubicon. (Hey, AMC, if you are listening out there, DO NOT cancel this fine show and give it a second season!) Some carry on for glory, like our All-American type home-grown terrorist, known by the name Kateb. By the admission of friends and family this kid is a loser: the type that turns into a Timothy McVeigh, a skinhead or a Columbine killer. Instead he becomes (at least he thinks) a tool of Middle Eastern extremists.
Will Travers (James Badge Dale) carries on for his father-in-law, murdered for his part in trying to expose a greed and hubris fueled conspiracy. And whose son is Kale Ingram (Arliss Howard)? API chief Truxton Spangler (Michael Cristofer) believes him to be a trustworthy protegee and long-time friend. And despite Ingram's horror that he's been working for a conspiracy possibly headed by his old and trusted friend, Ingram carries on to the truth whatever it may reveal.
Rubicon’s first season is almost at an end, and in an episode one might expect in a season finale, the terrorist Will and his team have been hunting for weeks blows up a devastating target right here in the U.S. Having finally figured it out, Will is devastated to learn that they are simply too late. Or are they?
Kateb’s target—an oil tanker in Galveston Bay—causes a strategic oil spill. It’s nowhere as large as the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but its location renders Galveston Bay is lost for months. API chief Truxton Spangler and his cronies have exactly what they want. Oil production and movement will by blocked, with a quarter of our oil supply needing to pass through Galveston Bay. Price of oil futures? Way, way up. Bet I know a certain API bigwig who’s got lots of those oil futures: big, big money. Oh, what’s a little terrorism and a lot of chaos when money’s at stake? But can it really be as simple as all that?