Bridging the Gap to Greatness

Posted: October 3, 2013 in T.V.

The Bridge

When The Killing first came out, I ignored all the skeptics and what they had to say about the show. Eventually, their concerns became too glaring and I fell out of favour of the show and, unfortunately, some of the acting (a cop who decided to take on a murder before she was to move? Was this plot written in 1988 and just kicked around for two decades?). When FX announced that they, too, were importing a show Danish-idea about an unlikely cop-partnership-drama who are supposed to solve a murder, I almost refused to watch. Almost.

The biggest selling point about The Bridge is that FX was going to produce it; yes, I’m well aware that I’ve gushed about FX in the past but they do produce quality shows overall. So, when The Bridge was made available, I found it to be really well done.

The show starts with a murder that resembles that of Bon Cop, Bad Cop (Canadians everywhere that have seen both just nodded in agreement) but the twist, that won’t be given away here, felt almost Dexter-esque. From there, there are a number of different storylines (the death of a rancher with a tunnel, a journalist with a substance abuse problem, a number of dead bodies) that all intertwine with the overall theme: people die in Mexico, nobody cares, people die in the U.S. and people are up in arms about it.

The show itself does a great job trying to show the dynamics between the Mexican and the American “way of life” and also isn’t afraid to keep the dialogue authentic with the use of subtitles (by the way, if you’re one of those people who will play the “I don’t like subtitle because I don’t like to read while I watch”, you’re just being lazy and I doubt you said that when you watched Inglourious Basterds).  Over the course of the season you see Detective Macro Ruiz struggle with his personal life, Detective Sonya Cross trying to just deal with everything after a messed up childhood, and Lieutenant Hank Wade doing his best to keep it all together when he’s so close to retirement.

As far as the casting goes, Sonya is played by Diane Kruger (amazingly enough, was IN Inglourious Basterds) and does a phenomenal job as the ‘by-the-book-but-lacks-social-interaction-on-a-personal-level’ character. Demain Bichir is the reasonable but often too emotional for his own good Mexican detective (who may have let his emotions get the better of him after the season finale), Ted Levine (yes, THIS Ted Levine) is the Lieutenant is a blend of both officers for their good traits, and then you have a great tag-team of “keep your eye on” guys with Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard) and Steven Linder (Thomas M. Wright).

Overall, the first 2/3rds-or-so of the season makes you wonder “who dunnit?” and the rest makes you genuinely wonder “where do we go from here?” The show is definitely worth a watch and, since it’s on FX, will most likely be on Netflix in the near future to get caught up.

Thanks for reading and stay connected with me on Twitter: @ChrisFudali.


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