The Bridge – S1, Ep. 3 – “Rio”

Oh, The Bridge. How much I’d really like to enjoy you. Still, though, you’re making it tough on me. As the weeks pass, I’m finding it harder and harder to get invested in this story. That’s not to say there hasn’t been some improvements over these first three weeks, but it’s just not quite at the level that I’d hoped it would be. Although I’ve been having a difficult time diving into The Bridge thus far, I can’t deny that the hour flies by whenever I’m watching.

This isn’t necessarily a good thing. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I almost feel like there are too many moving parts in the story. I feel weird saying this because there are shows that I absolutely love (GoT, anyone?) that are all over the place. The Bridge just can’t seem to be able to find it’s stride. I can’t figure out if this is supposed to be part of the appeal, or if it’s just sub-par writing. It almost seems to me like the writers can’t decide if they want to tell us outright who the killer is, or if they’re trying to throw us off by making it seem so obvious. I kind of wish they would just commit one way or the other, although I don’t see that happening at this point.

You’re probably wondering why I even bother watching this show anymore, but to be fair, there were a couple of solid moments in “Rio.” The largest bright spot, surprisingly, was Sonya. If you’ve read my earlier reviews, you know that I haven’t liked her from the beginning. I felt that she was overdone. However, this week, things seemed to have toned down a bit. She is, without a doubt, still a quirky character, but it felt more realistic to me. She had her moments, but it didn’t feel forced. I get that she is supposed to be a very specific type of character, but it is nice to see some balance. I also liked that Frye (Matthew Lillard) is finally beginning to show a little bit of depth.  I know this is probably by design, but I was starting to get annoyed with how one-dimensional he was.

My major gripe with this week’s episode had to do with a specific action committed by Ruiz. I won’t be specific for those who have not seen the episode yet, but it was rather frustrating. When you see it happen, you’ll know exactly what I was referring to. It just doesn’t make any sense that he is built up to be this guy with honor, common sense, and commitment and then one seemingly random action destroys all of that. Maybe this will be explored further in the future, but at this point, I’m finding it difficult to understand.

Overall, this week’s episode was a bit stronger than last weeks. I think that these next couple of weeks are going to be critical. I’m really hoping that we begin to see some focus in the direction that the show will be heading. Nevertheless, I’m committed to see this one through to the end. Even though I may complain about it along the way, I am at least curious enough to find the answers to our questions.

Score: 7/10


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