There are, of course, big questions raised regarding governments and their use of ex-intelligence types as contract consultants. Is this the inevitable outcome when the lines between private contractor and government are blurred? The priorities of the government and business are not the same, yet when contractors like API become (in a sense) our intelligence arm, whose priorities are we following? Has the military-industrial complex that President Dwight Eisenhower warned about been replaced by a military-consulting firm complex. Clearly it has, and taken as a cautionary tale, Rubicon has fictionally illustrated the frightening potential inherent in such couplings: a homegrown, hence invisible, jihadist, hired and used for corporate strategic interests—a tool not of Al Quaeda, but of greedy men.
On the other hand, there is yet one more episode to the season, so it’s not over ‘till it’s over. We’re being led to believe with the climactic and completely unexpected terrorist attack by Kateb that the season finale will be to tie up loose ends. But will the season finale really be the denouement? Or is there something bigger on the horizon?
I’ve said all along that the series seems almost novel-like, and with what seems to have been the “book’s” climax in last night’s episode. The next step would be the neat (or not-so-neat) tying up of the story.
There are certainly a lot of dangling questions. What is it in that Meet Me in St. Louis DVD that Thomas Rhumor wants his wife Katherine (Miranda Richardson) to find? What key (or what evidence) does it hold? Is Kateb still alive? Will Kale indeed be carried out of API—assassinated by Spangler (as the deeply sinister Spangler seems to imply)? Or will Spangler be arrested for treason and API go on with Kale at its head?
And, what about Maggie (Jessica Collins)? Who is she—and more importantly—who is she to Ingram? We still don’t understand her relationship with Kale. And then there’s the team: Miles (Dallas Roberts), Grant Test (Christopher Evan Welch), and Tanya (Lauren Hodges). Each one an interesting character, three-dimensional and very human despite their genius.
The entire series began with photographs. One of them is of an intel photo of clandestine meeting between foreign agents; the other is of a group of boys on the shore, innocent and playful. Who is in those pictures? Why are they together and why is it important? Each picture tells a story that has been unraveled these last weeks.