Monday, September 23, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Bridge

The Bridge: Season 1, Episode 11 “Take the Ride, Pay the Toll” (B+)

What an emotionally wrenching hour this was. After orchestrating so many things to bring to the attention of law enforcement the great discrepancy between how murders in Mexico and in the United States are handled, David Tate saved his most devastating and personal act for last. Encouraging Marco to kill Daniel in order to save his son’s life was a horrible game, and it’s a testament to Marco that he didn’t give in to it. The editing of this episode was enormously complex, telling multiple narratives at once without full disclosure about when their events were transpiring. Sonya reaching into the tub and yelling Gus’ name before the show cut to commercial was worrisome enough in itself, and then having her run to Marco on the bridge screaming that they found Gus while David was trying to get Marco to kill him was enormously intense. This was a tour de force performance from Demian Bichir as Marco, indicating so much in just his face and then expressing his agony in the way that he shouted at those parties around him. Ultimately, Sonya acted nobly by shooting them both, but it’s clear that it’s going to take Marco a while to forgive her. His words were harsh, but it’s also quite shocking that Gus actually died. This show has turned out to be very competent, and though the main action is probably done with for the season, I’m very interested to see where it goes next, especially since David is still alive and Marco won’t be too happy about that.

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