The Bridge

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

23
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 10, 2013 on FX
8.3
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    An El Paso detective, Sonya Cross, and Marco Ruiz, a Chihuahua State Police Officer, are forced to work together when the body of a murdered judge is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez and is linked to a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

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    • I've enjoyed this

      7.5
      I am catching up late with this new show. So far, the pilot is very good. I don't know what to think of the female lead's character yet. She seems to have aspergers syndrome. If that's what it is supposed to be, she won't develop any empathy. I am a big fan of The Killing and I read people saying that this is better. So far, it doesn't look better. I hope people are not saying that just because there is a woman cut in half. Still, I think this is a show for me and I'll keep watching.moreless
    • The Bridge - The Killing - Justified

      7.5
      Always interested in new detective/procedural series, I watched the pilot. Favorably impressed by a dramatic show with very skilled acting, excellent photography, AND NO CAMERA JERKING! Thanks to the producers for that. The lack of a musical soundtrack in most scenes is also refreshing, allowing me to pay attention to the characters and the mood created by the arid west Texas landscape.



      I had no knowledge of the book on which it's based, nor on a previous tv series or Danish origins, but I can see the similarity in mood to "The Killing," another series I admire and watch regularly. "The Bridge"also manifests the serious intensity and extreme violence and profanity of Character relationships in "The Bridge" leave some things unanswered, such as the relationship between Detective Sonya and her supervisor - why he brought her in and makes such an allowance for her inability to relate to others and her robotic adherence to the rules.



      Some political viewpoints and preaching are evident to me - the disparity between Mexican culture in Juarez versus El Paso, for example, is portrayed as being unjust, which means someone or something is culpable. The producers push sympathy for illegal immigration, but the powerful and evil influence of drug cartels seems realistic. The violence and murders across the border are clearly a result of the American market for drugs.



      What have we done to our neighbor? Why don't we see the connection between US addicts and the drug cartel violence in Mexico? The producers are making this evident through a gripping but somewhat depressing drama. I've watched most episodes twice to be sure I don't miss any important details, such as the surprise guest spot by Lyle Lovett. How did he become such a capable actor, subtle yet sinister? I continue to be impressed by the production crew and assembly of acting talent.moreless
    • Pilot

      7.5
      Not a fan of The Killing, but I did like the pilot of The Bridge. The main difference is that there is more to the premise and the characters than chasing a cliched murderer.



      Diane Kruger is solid, but there just is not enough originality to her character, Sonya Cross. We have more than enough tough, by the book female cops on TV these days.



      Interesting show. A bit of a slow pace, but I think it will pick up eventually.moreless
    • Asperger syndrome cop

      9.0
      Another Scandinavian crime drama series given a US makeover. Too early to tell if Diane Kruger who plays Detective Sonya North in the US version is as deliciously "looney tunes" as detective Saga Noren from the original TV series Bron / Broen. Nor is she as "bonkers" as Carrie Mathison from Homeland. Female cops with mental health issues is the new norm, so far her affliction seems limited to a mild case of Aspergers, her inability to look people in the eye and lack of diplomacy hardly make her a shewolf like Saga Noren or a pitbull like Carrie Mathison. What happens when Detective Sonya North seeks out a sexual partner will be interesting, will she be able to look him straight in the eye ....moreless
    • Still needs to grow...

      6.0
      How much more stuck-up and wooden can you get? - But this may be just the right path to choose for Diane Kruger - as it will allow her to grow and develop in future episodes. - So far, the pilot did a so-so start with establishing the foundation for this crime-drama along the Mexican-US border bridge. I was missing chemistry between the two leads, but judging from the preview of episode two, there is more tempo and development to be expected. - At least I am curious about what is to come, which is much more than from other newbies in the TV series department.moreless
    Diane Kruger

    Diane Kruger

    Detective Sonya Cross

    Demian Bichir

    Demian Bichir

    Detective Marco Ruiz

    Annabeth Gish

    Annabeth Gish

    Charlotte Millwright

    Ted Levine

    Ted Levine

    Lieutenant Hank Wade

    Thomas M. Wright

    Thomas M. Wright

    Steven Linder

    Matthew Lillard

    Matthew Lillard

    Daniel Frye

    Guest Star

    Emily Rios

    Emily Rios

    Adriana Mendez

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    Diana-Maria Riva

    Diana-Maria Riva

    Kitty Conchas

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