The Bridge – S1, Ep. 1 – “Pilot”

Ever since FX started running these teasers a while back, I’ve been intrigued by The Bridge. None of these teasers really gave any kind of solid indication what the show was really going to be about. I didn’t do much in the way of Internet digging prior to the premiere, either. Basically, I was going in blind with the hope that I wouldn’t have any kind of preconceived notions about the show.

From the very start, it is pretty apparent what we will be dealing with. We have two cops, who couldn’t be any different from one another, working together to piece together this murder mystery. Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) come from different sides of the border, and have very different ways of handling things. Cross’ character is a bit overplayed in my opinion, but it is not enough to ruin the show. I’m hoping that they adjust her sharpness as the season progresses, but time will tell. Ruiz, on the other hand, is written and played almost perfectly. I foresee him becoming the star here. Bichir certainly has the ability to steal the spotlight.

In regards to the actual storyline, I’m more than interested. I see plenty of room for growth here. “Pilot” seemed to move a bit sluggishly, but I am willing to forgive this in the beginning. One would assume that we have been introduced to all of the major players at this point, so I would expect that the pace will pick up. My main concern lies primarily in the subplots laid out in this first episode. I am a fan of having different story lines moving laterally with the main plot, but there is always a fine line. As long as The Bridge walks that line, you can count me in.

Score: 8/10


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