Previously on The Bridge, Steven Linder awkwardly and ironing-ly dealt with Scary Tear-Drinking Dude, Marco’s messing around prompted his wife to give him the heave-ho, the FBI tried to cover their prostitute-related messes, and Gina, a neglected teen, had a scary time in Juarez and an even scarier time upon returning home.
Wonder along with me, as I put together this week’s recap while traveling (I’m stealing WiFi for you!), who the hell is having the opener’s hot sex? Why, it’s Charlotte and her sleazy Florida man-toy, Ray! Continue reading
Previously on The Bridge: poor Maria freaking was filmed baking in the desert sun while the FBI floundered. Sonya figured out Maria’s location from shadows because she is just that good. Marco found unwelcome help in Fausto Galvan, the SCARY AS HELL crime boss of Juarez. And the killer sent some home truths in the form of another segmented body to Daniel Frye and Marco Ruiz.
In possibly the best scene of the entire episode, Fausto Galvan and his chief minion count ill-gotten cash and muse about what makes a serial killer. Continue reading
Previously on The Bridge: Charlotte buried her husband Carl, slept with masculinity-issues Marco for extra infidelity points, and lost a prize horse to a hella-scary senora who wants her to re-open her ranch’s immigrant smuggling tunnel (how Charlotte finds the time for Pilates and manicures, I’ll never know). Sonya and Marco hauled in Steven “Creepy Mutton Chops” Linder, who seemed both oddly sympathetic and crazy suspicious. Adriana took Daniel Frye to Juarez, where he got drunk, saw a guy shot, and pried into her family and personal life. And Maria, the on-the-run illegal, escaped death only to get kidnapped and duct-taped to stakes in the desert.
“Whose idea was this internet horseshit anyway?” Hank barks over at CAP El Paso. Hank, I have been wondering that FOR YEARS. But Hank’s focused on live-feed of poor Maria, which Tim Cooper explains has “gone viral”: twisting in her duct-taped bonds (with the standard, but frankly lower-key than I’d have anticipated, chest-thrusting and squirming focus on the female victim’s body).
Wow. That’s horrible. And I’m a bit freaked out how impressed I am that our mystery killer got such a good signal for his nefarious live-feed in the middle of the freaking desert. Continue reading
Previously on The Bridge: Creepy Mutton Chops burned up all Eva’s belongings and fixated on a blonde homeless woman. Sonya leaked the serial killer’s message, stuck her nose in cartel killings in Mexico, and made a guy at a bar feel cheap with their meaningless but hot sex. Marco was a serious BAMF while questioning Daniel Frye and confronting pimps, but yes-dear-ed his wife ineffectively about family problems. Charlotte found her husband’s human trafficking tunnel and refused a casserole full o’ cash. Our reporter pals broke the story about the serial killer and found the poor border-wandering illegals dead from poison (save one who crawled away). Oh, and the adult braces wearing deputy = enthusiastic, suspicious, and still my choice for comic relief.
At the ranch, Charlotte buries her husband in a ranch-y well-attended funeral and stares awkwardly at the tombstone next to his with her name on it (because that’s just practical death-planning, and not in any way an omen Charlotte herself may soon bite the dust!). Continue reading
Previously on The Bridge: Sonya and Marco partner to discover who dumped the body (eventually revealed to be two separate corpses) found on the USA-Mexico border. Charlotte goes from loving and anxious wife of a dying husband to spurned widow slash secret-discoverer. Creepy Mutton Chops kidnaps Eva Guerra and acts suspiciously like that serial killer everyone’s searching for. And, reporter Daniel Frye offended so many people he can’t even begin to imagine which one planted a pipe bomb in his car.
Back at the ranch, Charlotte reveals what’s behind that padlocked door. Who else thought it would be Carl’s hidden (and obviously not kept in much comfort) secret second Mexican family? But nope, we shift immediately from infidelity suspicions to human trafficking as Charlotte discovers a tunnel that leads to Mexico. Continue reading
Diane Kruger as Sonya Cross and Demian Bichir as Marco Ruiz on FX’s The Bridge
Visible in a nighttime aerial view, the bridge between the United States and Mexico shines brightly as cars idle in long lines, waiting to pass. Suddenly the lights cut out all at once, and static fills the border patrol security cameras. When the lights go back up with a snap without explanation moments later, there’s a dead body, BOOM! It’s lying across the line designating the divide between the two countries. “Shut the border,” one officer shouts to another. Holy cripes, I should say so!
Okay, so there are plenty of crime shows and serial killer mysteries out there. But to take the lights-out discover-dead-body trope and put it smack dab on an international border? That’s not only blowing up the drama to a bigger stage, it’s involving immigration issues and US-Mexican tensions right from the get go, importing the conflicts between two nation’s populations to (what seems at first) a single crime and the people tackling it.
Add to that fascinating spin (because my goodness, the US-Mexican differences/divide holds a wealth of stories yet to be properly mined in American media) intriguing characterizations, great twists on expected crime show tropes, and seriously excellent actors, and we’ve got a terrific start on a new show that I want everyone who loves good drama watching. Continue reading