Rubicon [Season 1]
The second episode of Rubicon has my favorite cold open of the year - Will Travers standing on the roof, observing his surroundings. With no exposition (or dialogue) whatsoever, it’s just a minute of darkened windows, worried glances and connected lines in the urban infrastructure.
Revealing a conspiracy over the course of a TV series always, of course, comes with the possibility that viewers will be disappointed with the conspiracy by the time it’s revealed. And although Rubicon’s inaugural season did an excellent job of dropping clues to its master plan from the pilot onwards while still maintaining some sense of unpredictability through its final stretch, the spirit of that cold open is what was great about this show, especially in its first few episodes.
No overdramatic hints towards the larger mythology. Instead: impressionistic, ambiguous and deeply unsettling.