Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Bridge on FX Network

My sister Lucy has been bugging me about watching a new show on FX. “It’s great,” she said. “You have to watch this show!” But until yesterday, I never had the chance; my bad.

"The Bridge" is one hell of a good cop show that is based on the Danish/Swedish series, “Bron.” Now you can watch this American version developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m.
I’ve seen three of the episodes on “On Demand” and hope to watch the rest during the week. I’ll try to give you the Readers Digest Condensed Version of what the show’s about.

The Plot

A body lies on the bridge that connects the borders of Mexico and America. The top half of the woman’s body lies on the El Paso Texas side; the lower half on the Juarez, Chihuahua side. Two police officers are called to the scene by border patrol, Det. Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) a homicide detective for Chihuahua and Det. Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) the American homicide detective. The victim is discovered to be Judge Lorraine Gates, a person who is against immigration and wants to build a wall to keep foreigners out.
When Det. Ruiz allows an ambulance carrying Karl Millright and his wife Charlotte (Annabeth Gish) to go past the crime scene on the bridge; Det. Cross sends him home. Ruiz tries to explain to the homicide detective that the man was having a heart attack, but she doesn’t care; he did not follow the rules. When the paramedics try to place the body on the stretcher it comes apart; the victim’s been cut in half.
Det. Sonya Cross is an excellent detective; quick to pick up clues; not afraid to ask questions, but there is one slight problem which makes it hard for her co-workers to understand her abrupt ways; Sonya has Asperger Syndrome. Thankfully, for her, her boss Lieutenant Hank Wade (Ted Levine) acts like a father figure and tries to guide Sonya through the twists and turns of social behavior.

Det. Ruiz is a good cop in a bad situation; his superior officer is part of the Cartel and Ruiz needs his permission to work on the case; he’s had a vasectomy, but his wife is pregnant again; his teenage son might fall under the clutches of the Cartel; and young women are being killed and dismembered. Is it the Cartel or a serial killer?
When the coroner (Mary Pat Gleason) does the autopsy on the victim, she gets another big surprise; the top half does belong to the Judge, but the bottom half belongs to Cristina Fuentes, a missing girl from Mexico. Det. Ruiz is called back on the case and now he and Sonya are racing against the clock to find another girl before she is killed.
The subplots also keep you on the edge of your chair. Charlotte finds out after her husband’ death that he may have been involved with smuggling people into the country and the people in charge don’t take kindly to the word,  Charlotte saying, no!
Steven Linder (Thomas M. Wright) plays a loner who might or might not be the killer, and Matthew Lillard plays the down on his luck reporter, Daniel Frye, who has a knack of getting himself into serious trouble as he tries to hunt down leads to the identity of the killer. There are many plots and side stories going happening in this series, but you'll find yourself (like me) anxiously awaiting the next episode.
If you have the chance watch “The Bridge” and if you like the show; you can thank my sister Lucy for her good taste.

                                                         Lucy and me at the Art Museum                

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